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Newbie: back after 3.5 month injury + pedal review sought(4 posts)

Newbie: back after 3.5 month injury + pedal review soughtnn23
Oct 16, 2001 8:07 AM
I had my first crash only 2 months after I picked up the sport. A broken wrist that kept me off the bike for 3.5 months! The cast came off last week and it's good to be back and resume training again for my first century.

Anyways I've decided to move up from toe clips and buy a set of SPD pedals and shoes on the budget end.

The below were available at my local Performance store
- Performance Topo MC-7 ATB Clipless Pedals - $30
- Answer Speeder ATB Shoe - $ 59

Any reson why these would be a bad bargain (quality v/s price) and could I get much superior quality at a slightly higher price? No reviews for either in the review section.


- nn23
looks fine to mevanzutas
Oct 16, 2001 10:29 AM
I have never used either of these products. I use ritchey logic pedals which are similar to what you have chosen and they work great. I also like MTB shoes because they are easy to walk in. The straps on the Answers look a little weak though. there are some 3 strap shoes that might be better for a little more money but those will probably do.

re: Newbie: back after 3.5 month injury + pedal review soughtJohn Evans
Oct 16, 2001 10:35 AM
I have the Performance Topo MC-7 ATB Clipless Pedals and I like them. I?m using some Cannondale MTB shoes from Nashbar, they fit my wide feet are easy to walk in and aren?t that expensive.
pedal review sought: here's lonefrontranger'sTig
Oct 16, 2001 10:45 AM
Sorry to hear about your painful accident. You must be really ready to get back. Take your time since your fitness has to be built back up slowly to prevent over use injuries.

Any move away from toe clips will be a good one as long as you have the cleats adjusted right. I'd go to a good bike shop and get them to help fit you. This is worth many hours of trying to figure it out on your own while possibly hurting your knees, etc. Consider buying what they sell and they should fit you for free.

Maybe saving $ for just a few more weeks could put you into some slightly higher cost shoes and pedals that will last a little more and feel much better than the cheapest bargains available to you now. That will be your choice. The Answer shoes might be alright for now. If you get more serious later you may want something with a stiffer sole. The pedals will be heavy compared to more expensive models, but it is a good step up all the same.

Here's a nice pedal review from our resident superwoman rider, "lonefrontranger":