• Description
Pioneered by Shimano, a mountainbike pedal uses a relatively small cleat, which is attached to the shoe in a recess in the sole, allowing the wearer to walk normally when off the bike. This is necessary when mountainbike riding as the bike can't be ridden over all terrain and barriers; the bike will sometimes have to be pushed or carried, and it's not easy scrabbling up a steep rocky slope on a pair of slick smooth nylon soles. Also it's pretty handy when commuting, shopping etc, being able to get off the bike and just walk normally without having to change shoes first. Some mountain shoes are designed for significant walking and leisurely riding, while others are designed for performance riding and little walking.