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New Rider --- Need Pedal advice(6 posts)

New Rider --- Need Pedal adviceTD
Sep 12, 2001 9:20 AM
I am a relatively new Road Rider, and I am looking to getting clip in pedals and shoes for my bike. Any specific advice as far as the pedals?

Speedplay X/3 Road Pedals?
Look PP 357 Road Pedal?
Shimano SPD-R535 Road Pedal?

Thanks for any advice you can give.
re: New Rider --- Need Pedal advicealex the engineer
Sep 12, 2001 12:00 PM
Speedplay: nice action, fragile, expensive cleats, broken cleat will leave you stranded.
Shimano: Hard to engage, easy to disengage, cleats everywhere, can wear MTB shoes.
Look: easy engagement, OK diengagement, light and simple cleat, been making them longer.
Comments on the LooksCima
Sep 12, 2001 12:08 PM
I have a pair pf Look PP297's that have been very good pedals. The platform of the Looks is very comfortable (esp. if you have big feet, like I do). Look more or less revolutionized the clipless pedal industry, and they have a good reputation for building a quality product. These are my 3rd pair of Looks that I have owned since they first came onto the market.

You did not ask for rec. on shoes, but I will say this. Choose the shoe that best fits your foot!!

This is not saying the other two choices are not good, I just don't have experience with them.

Good luck,

I prefer...MrCelloBoy
Sep 12, 2001 12:31 PM
any type of SPD compatible Mtb or touring shoe. Road shoes are a bit lighter and more aero, but they're a pain to walk in.
I usually at least stop for coffee on rides, and the other types of shoe work much better for me.
I've used Ritchey and Shimano interchangeable though you need to fine tune the tension to go back and forth easily.
I used Speedplay's on my RB for a time and LOVED the float, but had problems with loosening cleats repeatedly and the walking problem.
PP 357sWannabe
Sep 12, 2001 1:15 PM
I have a pair of 357s on my new bike and love 'em. Plenty of float for me with the floating cleats. One has to admit, Look has been at the clipless pedal game longer than anyone.

Andy - Wannabe
a speedplays fan heremoschika
Sep 12, 2001 3:26 PM
i like the speedplays. i got them when i got my bike last year and have no complaints what so ever. if you want to use touring shoes then i'd recommmend the frogs. i have those on my mtb. that's also why i went with speedplays (x-3) on my road bike. i like all the float they provide. and easy in, easy out.