There’s still time to dabble in some cyclo-cross fun this season. If you are thinking about getting yourself a little dirty, then we have good news. Most of your road or mountain bike kit is pretty transferable. Aside from the bike itself, you don’t really need to buy much, if any, specific kit to go cyclo-cross riding.
One of the major differences in kit between road riding and cyclo-cross is your choice of shoes and pedals. If you are brand new to the discipline, then it is probably worth opting for flat pedals and a pair of old trainers (although this may be slippy) as you familiarise yourself with the new style of riding. Cyclo-cross is challenging, so be prepared for a lot of mud, technical sections and an abundance of dismounts.
As you become more confident on the cross tracks, you’ll probably want to try clipping into the pedals. It’s best to leave your road pedals and carbon soled road shoes at home, and opt for a mountain bike pedal instead. MTB pedals are double sided which makes them a lot easier to clip in, and they have a higher tolerance for mud which is crucial to this messy sport.
So let’s have a look at a few of the most popular mountain bike SPD pedals for cyclo-cross…