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Gear Talk / Clipless w/float and platform please
« on: August 11, 2008, 04:00:29 am »
Thanks for all the comments!

I played with my cleat on the side which is giving me trouble.  It felt better on my trip to the grocery store this evening.  

Maybe the thing for me to learn here is that the SPD is centering and has limited float, which Speedplay does not.  So adjustment to the cleat is critical, just as adjusting your seat height is critical.

Thanks - if I don't add to this thread, then all is well!  I'm off to tour in a week!

Gear Talk / Clipless w/float and platform please
« on: August 07, 2008, 08:31:48 pm »
Well, I run marathons without any special shoes, so if the orthotic inserts are working similarly on the bike, I  might not be a candidate.

Also, I didn't ask for "a lot of float", just a few degrees in both directions would be fine, but SPD is nearly zero degrees in one direction.

In any case, nobody suggested any pedals which float in both directions that meet my requirements.  Does that mean there aren't any?

Currently, I own these pedals, so my question is based on experience with them:

Shimano PD-M324 (squarish, SPD side and platform side)
Shimano PD-M545 (or similar)(ovalish pop-up SPD)
Speedplay X2 (have about 10-20k miles on these)

Gear Talk / Clipless w/float and platform please
« on: August 07, 2008, 02:45:11 am »
Haven't seen what I want out there yet, is there a product that matches these needs:

- cleat works on MTB shoes without "modification"
- has platform suitable for wandering town w/o cycling shoes
- floats in both directions

I really like the availability of SPD, and there are multiple pedals that meet the requirements.  Except - they float 0 degrees in one direction.  This is horrible for my right knee for some reason.

Actually, I just realized that I might try adjusting my cleat.  But can we try to answer my question anyways?

I use Speedplay on my road/race bikes and have zillions of miles on those, they work great for me.  The Frog would work, except I don't see a platform accessory for that pedal (it is available for Speedplay X series).


« on: August 07, 2008, 02:36:03 am »
I once read that you should first select the LBS you want to buy from, then choose the bike from them.  Especially for the novice, this might still be the best advice, even though we not fully approve of the selection.  At least they will be taken care of - maybe they won't get the fancy bags, and may end up on Al instead of steel, but I'm sure they'll still have fun out on the road.

My two (off topic) cents.

Routes / Spokane to Penticton (north)
« on: August 07, 2008, 02:47:18 am »
Any personal suggestions for the route?  Or publications I should refer to?

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