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Offline ahorowit

pedals?
« on: September 07, 2006, 12:03:42 pm »
My old SPD-compatible pedals are worn out and need replacing.  Don't love them; don't hate them.  Does anyone suggest I consider other styles like Eggbeaters (or others)...or just buy new SPD's?


Offline Badger

pedals?
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2006, 12:51:25 pm »
I like the SPD's with a large platform then I can ride with or without my riding shoes. Also double entry is a must as far as I am concerned. Keep those pedals turnin'.


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pedals?
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2006, 04:50:46 pm »
I am very happy with my Time Atac SS pedals.  The platform is quite wide making them easy on the soles of your feet and the cleats are totally out of the way making me fearless walking even on polished wood floors.  Of course the latter advantage also depens on your shoes.


Offline Sailariel

pedals?
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2006, 06:49:38 pm »
Have used a combination platform/SPD on my commuting bike for two years and they are fine for that purpose. On my road bikes, I like the Look KEO. They are pricey--watch for sales, I like the very positive engage/disengage and the power transfer. Never got hotfoot with Look and they seem to last forever. Best of luck.         Alex


Offline adventurepete

pedals?
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2006, 02:04:27 pm »
I use the Candy C pedals from Crank Brothers and have found them to be excellent. They are easy to enter and exit and the wider platform is comfortable to use.

Travel Safe.  Peter Campbell
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Offline wandering_words

pedals?
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2006, 08:37:04 pm »
I like to stick with SPD's so that I can use the same shoes on any of my 3 bicycles.  It is always easy to find a new pair of SPD's at the right price.  You can put the top of the line set on your touring bike and the bottom of the line set on your townie.

I like to wear casual shoes most of the time. SixSixOne makes a pair called Launch, with SPD compatability. Addidas is making some nice casual/spd compitable shoes as well.  

With these casual/spd shoes, I'm always ready to jump on any of my bikes and head out to the store or coffee shop. When out riding or even touring, I'm more comfertable whenever I'm stopping off for a beer or picking up supplies....



Offline litespeed

pedals?
« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2006, 03:39:03 pm »
SPD's are cheap, commonly available, reliable, and often on sale. I've worn out more shoes than cleats or pedals. To be honest, I've never used anything but recessed SPD's (set for easy release) with mountain bike shoes in my travels. I don't plan to change.

This message was edited by litespeed on 10-26-06 @ 11:40 AM

Offline JayH

pedals?
« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2006, 04:31:18 pm »
I've used TIME ATAC pedals for commuting/touring with no problems. They use SPD shoes and I've biked on them with plain old sneakers before, wouldn't do it for long distances but it works in a pinch.  Eggbeaters have even a tinier platform than the Time except they are 4-sided.  

Jay


Offline Sailariel

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« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2006, 07:45:19 pm »
Have to agree with Litespeed--SPD is the hassle free way to go. They have been great on my every day bike and are really simple and trouble free. On my "go fast", I still love the LOOK.  Best regards, Alex


Offline BrianCM

pedals?
« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2006, 01:49:12 am »
I've been using rat-trap style pedals for years and Power Grips pedal straps.  I adjusted the strap for my shoe, and its been reliable ever since.  My feet are held in by strap tension.  When there's no tension, my feet come right out.  Slip in, slip out.  When I did a three-flip dismount, my feet came right out.  I talked to one fellow who was injured because his clips didn't let go from the bike when he crashed.


Offline John Nettles

pedals?
« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2006, 05:33:59 pm »
For road touring, I am sooo old school that I strongly prefer (but can't find anymore) the old Dettio Piedro??? riding shoes with the old nail in cleats with leather straps and steel toe clips.  I have tried Look, SPD, and bolt-on cleats but I still like the old style.  Technological  "improvements" can sometimes not be improvements. :)

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

Offline BrianCM

pedals?
« Reply #11 on: October 29, 2006, 11:31:24 pm »
TulsaJohn, try toeclip pedals at Yellow Jersey.  They have a page dedicated to cleats for toeclip pedals, and of course toeclips.


Offline RussellSeaton

pedals?
« Reply #12 on: October 30, 2006, 10:15:17 am »
"For road touring, I am sooo old school that I strongly prefer (but can't find anymore) the old Dettio Piedro??? riding shoes with the old nail in cleats with leather straps and steel toe clips.  I have tried Look, SPD, and bolt-on cleats but I still like the old style."

One of the greatest joys of modern cycling is the abscence of numb toes from toe straps cutting off circulation.  That was the first wonderful thing I noticed when I finally switched to clipless pedals.  When I used toe clips I actually tightened the straps so they would provide some benefit.  If you never tighten the straps then you will not get numb toes, but you will also not be able to do anything other than push down, otherwise your shoes will come off the pedals.

But I still have my last toe clips with Alfreda Binda Extra straps.  When rummaging through my bike parts boxes I see them and think those straps are the pinnacle of quality.  Then I think how happy I am to use Time Equipe and SPD pedals.


Offline John Nettles

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« Reply #13 on: October 30, 2006, 10:46:22 am »
Thanks for the Yellow Jersey link.  As far as numb feet, I have only gotten them since started wearing clipless as my shoes have to be tight to feel like they are not slopping around in the pedal.

I have over 40k miles in old-style cleats and straps with no problems and yes I did use them properly to get the 100% powerstroke in the cadence (used to race so I learned that valuable skill).  Only time I got sore feet is if I used tennis shoes instead of cycling shoes.

Obviously, some definately prefer and are better off with clipless (my 'bent is much better with clipless), but for some of us weirdos, old school is often better, i.e. steel touring frame versus other.  Not trying to start a flame war, I'm just a old school cyclist thinking about the "good old days" :).

Happy trails and may the wind be at your back!

TulsaJohn

Offline ptaylor

pedals?
« Reply #14 on: October 31, 2006, 03:30:06 pm »
Russell.

You add a lot of quality to this forum. Thanks

Paul
Paul