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I had a bit of an episode on my commute home last night. I live in the mid atlantic, so you can imagine the weather on my ride home (I passed an ark going the other direction). I had something flip up and blow out the sidewall on my roadie, so I ended up walking the last mile and a half home in the rain. Could have been worse I guess, and happened a few mile earlier. But this sort of pushes an issue for me. I have SPDs on my roadie. Admittedly, I never like SPDs, and have CB Candies on my MTB. I really like the candies, and if I could use my MTB shoes for commuting, it would make walking a hell of a lot eaiser. Especially on those occasions where I'm walking long distances.

I was lookng at the CB quattros, but tey're actually heavier than candy SLs. What's up with that? Plus, the way they are designed, with a bigger platform, I might not be able to use my MTB shoes, and I know that wlaking on the brass egg beater cleats will destroy them in a heartbeat. The quattros come with some shims that attach to the shoes to supposedly keep you from walking on the cleats, but I've seen mixed reviews of them

Any reason not to put candies on a road bike? I noticed both are on sale right now at Performance (I have a shop within walking distance from my office). Anyone out there use quattros and have an opinion (especially if you use them with MTB shoes)
 

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I used candies on my road bike because I only had mountain shoes and I was already running eggbeaters on my bikes.
 

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I have eggs on my roadie for that very reason. I just can't walk more than a few feet in road shoes with the cleats making my toes point at the sky. I have either eggs, candies or mallets on every bike so now I have one pair of shoes that I can use with any of my bikes. A road geek would frown upon my shoes but F'em, I don't really care :p
 

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I would recommend either Quattros or Mallets. The Candies are kind of a waste. The Quattros with the road cleats will give you a lot more solid platform that people like with road shoes generally. The road cleat is essentially the same thing as the mountain cleat, only there are two "ears" that attach to the bottom of your shoe to give you a larger contact area on the quattro pedal. If you don't want to use road shoes, then don't get them, because it would be pointless. Now, the Candies are an enigma I guess. While there is a larger platform on the pedal, the contact area with the shoe is still the same. If you click your shoe in, and look around the pedal, you will notice that the shoe only rests on the eggbeater in the middle of the pedal, not the platform at all. I honestly don't know why anyone uses the Candies. Which brings me to the Mallets. If you don't care about weight, these are probably the most practical pedals out. They are comfortable to use with regular shoes, but offer the ease of use of Eggbeaters. It's a great platform that gives pretty good grip.

BTW, I use Eggbeaters on all my bikes. I use them on my road bike, and I wear mountain shoes all the time. No issues ever.
 

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sonyisdope said:
Now, the Candies are an enigma I guess. While there is a larger platform on the pedal, the contact area with the shoe is still the same. If you click your shoe in, and look around the pedal, you will notice that the shoe only rests on the eggbeater in the middle of the pedal, not the platform at all.
Disagree. The shoe's tread also contacts the platorm of the pedal, which is why you don't have the loose play issues with candies/mallets/quattros like you do with the straight-up eggbeaters.
 

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Disagree. The shoe's tread also contacts the platorm of the pedal, which is why you don't have the loose play issues with candies/mallets/quattros like you do with the straight-up eggbeaters.
Thanks for the feedback.

I have to agree with sethm. As I mentioned, I have candies on my MTB, and I love them. The platform is perfect. Not to big, not too small, and it keeps the posts from wearing into the sole of the shoe, like it does on standard EBs.

I'm thinking of going with the candies on my roadie. Just the idea of being able to walk in my MTB shoes is a big benefit. My MTB shoes don't have soles that are as stiff as my road shoes, so I'd probably put the cleats that came with a new set of candies on the road shoes, and use them for longer, harder rides.
 

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The Quattros are the best road pedals I've ever used. Together with Shimano carbons they
make one stiff combo. The walking platform of the Quattro does make contact with the pedal.
 

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As long as you don't care about being scorned by "real" roadies, there's no problem whatsoever. I run my Frogs on both my MTB and roadie. I don't race and have no hard core roadie aspirations and really don't care what others think of me. Function over form! For me, having only one pair of shoes that works on both bikes is more functional for me.
 

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i used regular eggbeaters for a while on my CX bike. but the cleat put too much pressure on my foot. ok. it's not technically the cleat's fault. i weigh 195#. but it was still painful until i went to a set of look-style pedals.
 
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