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which type of pedal for road bike(5 posts)

which type of pedal for road bikesilroadbike
Jul 16, 2002 4:48 PM
I have the shimano double sided pedals presently. I am looking for an upgrade pedal. I need a pedal for easy release like the shimano with floatation.
Ummm, *road* pedals?grzy
Jul 16, 2002 5:06 PM
Seriously, what is it that you're looking to upgrade/change/improve? If you simply go to road SPD pedals you can use you same shoes and not even change the cleats. Then you'll get to experience the joys of a single sided pedal. If you pick some other cleat style then you may want to also change you shoes since most MTB/touring style shoes aren't compatible with the serious roadie pedals. Before you know it you'll be in it for something like $250 to $400 for shoes and pedals. If money is no object then buy the best roadie shoes that fit (around $200) and then get the latest in stylie pedals: Speedplay zeros, Campy Profit Record, Time Impact, SPD-R, etc. Pedal preferences are as unique as shoes and it's hard for anyone to say which system is THE best. The best is the one you like the best.
"the joys of a single sided pedal"filtersweep
Jul 16, 2002 7:01 PM
"the joys of a single sided pedal"

I've used both SPDs are SPD-Rs. The SPDs were convenient for my urban rides (dual-sided entry... sure they aren't a "proper" road pedal, but there is something to be said for convenience). Also, they are cheap- and I wasn't interested in spending a fortune on a pedal that will end up all scraped up.

I switched over the SPD-Rs- kept the same shoes, but paid $20 for a different adapter plate for my SIDIs. The bigger platform makes all the difference in the world- they are much more comfortable after a long ride and have a definite "better feel" than the spds.

I know it isn't all that "fashionable" to use a Shimano pedal system, but I paid only $40 for a new set of Ultegras WITH the cleats- can't argue with that... and they don't squeak. My philosophy is to buy a great shoe, and a "good" pedal... unless you have a sponsor paying your bills, I doubt anything with titanium or carbon is really worth the big money. Nothing on your bike will get chewed up faster than your pedals anyway.
"the joys of a single sided pedal"shwndh
Jul 18, 2002 5:53 AM
I was thinking of getting some cheap wellgo pedals from nashbar until I get some cash to get a real setup - Will these work with the cleats for my Shimano 515 pedals?(I know 515's suck!)

"the joys of a single sided pedal"Sim
Jul 19, 2002 2:19 PM
my experience tell me that the best road pedals are Time. the only issue is that they are made for competition, and a bit hard to engage shoes. it's Pantani, Ulrich , and Zulle's choice.they offer the bigest contact surface between shoe and pedal.
my second choice is Look because they are easy to engage and easy to install. it is a pedal that may adapt to all knees .
Shimano???? really don't understand why can anyone use them because they are too small.