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pedal systems for beginner(8 posts)

pedal systems for beginnerquinroo
Jul 16, 2001 5:10 AM
i'm a beginning road cyclist-- no real previous cycling experience at all (i grew up as one of those horsey-girls). so now i'm learning to ride a bike, in boston. as in smack-dab-next-to-fenway-park boston. needless to say, this is an interesting ordeal, but its going well, just a little nervous around traffic. my boyfriend is an experienced mtb and road cyclist and is helping me out. my feet get sore and tired easily from my way-flexy running shoes. i would like to get into clipless pedals, and i know many people recommend starting off with mtb shoes and pedals because you can walk around in them and they are bidirectional. however, i don't know if i'll get into mountain biking, so i would prefer not to buy pedals and shoes that i will eventually transition out of. i've been reading review online, but its hard to tell, as people have very different and personal likes and dislikes. i like the fact that speedplay pedals are bidirectional, but i hear that its really hard to walk in them. i'm about 140lbs with no knee problems, though i do wear down the outside heel of my shoe a lot (so i guess i roll to the outside). i think since its all new to me now, i could get used to a lot, but i want to be sure i can get in and out at those intersections! i would be riding in the city to get out of the city and ride, and sometimes to and from class (in the city). i would like to eventually be competitive. so far spd or speedplay look the best to me. any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

-qr
re: pedal systems for beginnerSTEELYeyed
Jul 16, 2001 5:57 AM
I would start with a pair of Look 136 road pedals,Excel has them on sale now for $37 with cleats,as far as shoes go I would try on some road shoes at your local bike shops,Sidi or Carnac are my personal choices but shoes are very subjective,find one the fits snug in the heel but leaves plenty of room in the toe area,once you get everything together,find a clear parking lot and practice getting in and out of the pedals,when you get things adjusted, in 30 minutes you will have it mastered,walking in road shoes is easier if you carry a pair of Kool Kovers to put over your cleats. Enjoy roading,its real.

Often in error,but never in doubt.
STEELYeyed
re: pedal systems for beginnerrtolle
Jul 16, 2001 6:04 AM
I love my Speedplay X/2's. They are a bit expensive but they're worth every penny so far.

Just my $.02
re: pedal systems for beginnerLone Gunman
Jul 16, 2001 6:33 AM
Look pedals, cleats, and kool kovers are a good way to go, shoes with carbon fiber soles, very stiff platform to ride from. RED LOOK CLEATS!! Lots of float left and right with these. The kool kovers keep you from slip sliding on floors and don't leave scratches on floors. Consider getting you shoes 1/2 size larger than normal, feet may swell while riding and that can be uncomfortable
re: pedal systems for beginnerdpeairs
Jul 16, 2001 8:06 AM
I would go with the speedplays. I have used look and speedplays and the speedplays are easier to get into even after riding the looks for a couple years. Because they are 2 sided and the pedal will center itself in the "cup" of the cleat, you don't have to look down at all, just step in and go. I think this is especially important when riding in traffic and for new riders. they also make covers for speedplay cleats, so that is not a problem. as far as the sliperyness goes, It doesn't depend on the pedal type. any road shoes will be slippery, especially on waxed surfaces (like the floor of the quickie mart you will stop at on a long ride). If you don't plan on mt. biking just get road shoes. I am not sure about the getting 1/2 size larger shoes comment. just get something that fits and then loosen the straps if your feet swell. One more thing, no matter what clipless pedals you go with you will eventually forget to unclip when you stop and fall (invariably at a crowded intersection). don't worry about it, it happens to everyone.
re: pedal systems for beginnerwink
Jul 16, 2001 9:22 AM
Suggest you get a shoe first. Shimano makes a gook mtb shoe that can be used in toe/no clips and can be with cletes as well. The model number is SH-M070. You can go to the bidirectional pedals after you are used to the shoes, model number for pedals is PD-M515. Shoes will cost about $90 pedals about $60. Great for MTB or Hybrid and you can walk around in them, I even use as an alternate for road bike.
re: pedal systems for beginnerJim Burton
Jul 16, 2001 9:46 PM
I started with Looks. I wouldn't recommend the mountain shoe thing. You may have the same problems in those as running shoes as they are not as stiff as road shoes. And, because of this softness, you won't have quite the effeciency of road shoes. They won't be walked in much, hopefully, so don't worry about that. Road shoes are ALL awkward to walk in. You'll get used to looking like a penquin.
re: pedal systems for beginnerJerry Gardner
Jul 17, 2001 3:03 PM
You may have the same problems in those as running shoes as they are not as stiff as road shoes.

Sidi Dominator MTB shoes have the same sole as the Genius road shoes with the addition of lugs, so they are just as stiff as road shoes.

And you don't have to walk like a penguin.