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May 30, 2001 8:11 PM
Which type of pedal is better, Spd or Look Style?
re: pedalssimstress
May 30, 2001 8:47 PM
Each has its strengths and weaknesses. What kind of riding do you plan to do?
re: pedalsbonsai171
May 30, 2001 9:39 PM
I live in Northern New Jersey, and do a lot of road riding through a good deal of traffic. It's a lot of stop and go type riding usually, unless I go to certain spots where there is very little traffic. I occasionally go to the shore where I can ride 30+ miles with little, if any stopping. Hope that makes sense!
re: pedalsLen J
May 31, 2001 7:48 AM
MY experience:

The more stop & go you have the more important it is to find pedals where you can clip in without looking. I have found that it is harder for me to clip in on SPD pedals without looking. I have not used Looks for 10 years, so I can't say if current models are easy or hard to enter without looking. Personally, I have found that speedplay x/2's are the easiest & most comfortable pedals I have ever tried.

Another thing to consider is what kind of shoe's do you have (Or will have). MTB shoes (which are easier to walk in) can limit what kind of pedal system you buy.

MY 1.5 cents.
re: pedals-Speedplaybonsai171
May 31, 2001 9:19 PM
Spd does look kind of tough.. I have a few friends who use looks, and one always complains about how the cleats wear out quick. I took a look at the speedplay x/2's on Performance Bike's web site, but I can't quite figure out by looking at the picture how the shoes clip in and out. How does that work? Also, do you think the cleats for Speedplay last a long time? I've seen the spd, and look too, i'm kind of familiar with both. Of those two, spd looks a lot more durable. What do the speedplay cleats look like too? Also, I don't really have anything right now either, (no shoes, cleats, etc.) so that is wide open. I'm currently using some road pedals and toe clips. Thanks
Another 2 cents...MikeC
May 31, 2001 8:32 AM
If you're planning on doing a lot of clipping and unclipping, you'll be negating many of the advantages of a traditional road "racing" pedal. For this type of riding, my humble opinion is that you should consider a walkable shoe (MTB) and a two-sided pedal. That gives you many options, including SPD, Time, etc. Speedplays are great, but you should use the cleat covers for walking in them.
Another 2 cents...bonsai171
May 31, 2001 9:25 PM
you mention Time pedals. I know almost nothing about them.. What can you tell me about them?
re: pedalsPoulidor
May 31, 2001 11:16 AM
Most of my riding consists of commuting with a lot of stops and starts. I have been very happy with SPD's and touring shoes which have a rubber tread and the cleats are recessed so they are easy to walk in (you can get Diadora Voyager touring shoes at Nashbar for $70). These shoes are not as stiff as traditional road shoes but unless you are planning on riding 50-60 miles at a time, I don't think that is much of a problem. They are sure easier to walk in, no slipping and sliding and you don't have to worry about grinding down your cleats.
re: pedalsbonsai171
May 31, 2001 9:28 PM
lol, it's fun watching people wearing look cleats doing the "duck" walk!
re: pedalsChas
Jun 1, 2001 8:55 AM
Your right on about the duck walk.
Got a new set of 396's a few weeks ago and the large clips do make me walk funny. Slippery too!
But the pedals are great, no trouble clipping in or out, nice size platform and the adjustable float makes for real comfort. The clips are wearing fast but can be replaced for about 15 bucks. I like em