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speedplay pedalsdaveo
Nov 6, 2001 2:39 PM
Anyone had any experiences with speedplay pedals? How do they feel? Is there too much "float"? How good of a pedaling platform do they provide? thanks daveo
re: speedplay pedalsmorey
Nov 6, 2001 3:08 PM
I do not mince words when I say this is the best pedal I have ever used. My knees do not hurt! The float is great! They are easy to engage and disengage! They have a large platform! I like them!
re: speedplay pedalsChen2
Nov 6, 2001 3:28 PM
This is my first year on Speedplays, I have the X-1s. I think they are terrific, love the float. The double sided pedals engage quickly, a big benefit when re-starting at busy intersections. Only problem I've had is keeping the cleats clean, the optional cleat covers help. I've had 5 knee surgeries and my knees feel much better since I've been on these pedals.
-Al
Love mine too.Lance's Neighbor
Nov 6, 2001 5:41 PM
I like the float, but it does take a little getting used too, especially when standing it can feel a little akward. If you walk in any dirt at all the cleats get gunked up. They are also very easy to maintain.
Nice pedal.Helduser
Nov 6, 2001 8:24 PM
I've had some trouble with my right cleat. It seems to disengage a little easier than the left. It's so loose I can pull out of it when pedalling real hard. I probably just need a new spring. Other than that I have no complaints and my knees have felt really great since i started using them. You really feel as if your foot is one with the pedal spindle.
Get it fixed!Birddog
Nov 6, 2001 8:48 PM
A friend of mine was out practicing sprints on a rural road and pulled out of his pedal and crashed. They aren't sure how long he was unconscious before he made a phone call on his cell and got an ambulance. Punctured lung, multiple abrasions etc.

On the good side, I love my Speedplays, both sets of 'em. I just added X1's . Pedal platform is small, but the cleat makes up for it. All decent shoes are stiff enough these days anyhow.
re: speedplay pedalsbrider
Nov 7, 2001 6:52 AM
If too much float is a problem for you, check into the new Zeros. Adjustable float.
re: speedplay pedalsRolf Sindoe
Nov 8, 2001 1:00 AM
I've had X2's on my winterbike and my summerbike for a year and ridden them in all kinds of (shitty Danish) weather. Coming from the SPD-system it took me two weeks to get used to them, though. They feel a lot different than the other type of pedals, I've used over the years(Diadora & SPD). They ride well in curves and they handle accelerations fine. I was used to a rock-steady pedal and the feet get pressed a bit outward in the cleat when you really hammer down in a sprint. They are very simple to clean and repair and they are very dirt/water-resistant. I have had no problems w. the cleats, because I walk only very short distances in the shoes. The pedal use the sole as a platform, and since most modern shoes are very stiff, you don't need to worry about the feeling/action in the shoes, as long as the side-to-side adjustment of the cleat on the sole is okay. But never oil the spring in the cleat - clean it instead - the cleats free float will get out of control, if you do this.

It's a good and simple construction w. an fine overall performance. And last but not least: They are very light and the bike looks great w. these little gems on it.
OK post, but what's with the disembodied head photo?Slow Ned
Nov 8, 2001 6:53 PM
Whose disembodied head is that floating in that black rectangle, dude? Is that you?

If so, all I can ask is "Why?"
Question and Keywin Pedals!!!!!!!!Woof the dog
Nov 8, 2001 10:46 PM
dude man! what do you mean float will get out of control if you oil the springs? Is that a joke?

Sincerely
Woof the dog.

PS. Friend uses Keywin pedals. Here is what he says: Keywin pedals have float inside the pedal itself. Pedal body moves front/back on the spindle, while cleat gets complete lock in into the pedal. 10 degrees of float beats five on SPDs. They are lighter overall: 150 grams for two and cleats weigh nothing. All plastic, and you will never pull out of them. Although in a colder weather its harder to unclick. Clicking in is as easy as speedplays. Cost less ~100 I think. Still like Speedplay float though!!!!!!

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