What are spd cycling shoes?

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Clipless shoe and pedal systems revolutionised the sport of cycling. They allow for a smooth transfer of power to the bike pedals from the rider and for greater handling prowess. SPD shoes and pedals were the second revolution in clipless technology, making cycling more comfortable for the average rider.

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SPD pedals were developed by Shimano and were the next major development in clipless cycling shoe and pedal technology after LOOK pedals were invented in the 1980s.


SPD pedals and shoes were the first clipless system that had recessed cleats. All other models before had cleats that protruded from the shoes.


SPD pedals and shoes function much like other clipless systems. The rider steps onto the cleat to engage it, and twists the foot to the side to disengage.


You can now find SPD pedals and shoes for both mountain and road bikes. Mountain bike cleats and shoes are more rugged in design and are made to easily expel dirt so as to not clog the system. Road systems are sleek with wide platforms for optimum power transfer.


SPD pedals and shoes are ideal for the rider who wants a shoe that will allow him to walk more comfortably when off of the bike.

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