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WhatType of Clipless system should I buy?(9 posts)

WhatType of Clipless system should I buy?flyinbowlofmilk
Oct 16, 2001 7:04 PM
I just completed my 1st Cycling Tour(Cycle North Carolina). I felt comfortable riding in toe strap. I think I am ready to move up to the Clipless peadal and Shoe. But I have a couple of questions? What clipless system would be good for a newbie raodie/mtn biker? And what type of shoes would I buy for someone who has both type of bikes? Advice and help would be appreciated. I have been riding my road bike and Mtn bike with toe straps.
re: WhatType of Clipless system should I buy?metonymy3
Oct 16, 2001 7:28 PM
I suppose it depends on what kind of money you're looking at. You probably want to lean toward the MTB side of the clipless pedal spectrum, because it's hard to use road systems off the road (dirt in the cleat, pedal. no tread on shoes), but the only real disadvantage for someone who's not really a hard core cyclist in MTB pedals is weight. So I'd go with SPD. It's a good, cheap, basic cure-all pedal system. If it just happens to be uncommfortable, there're other MTB clipless systems (Speedplay Frog, Time ATAC which are really good. Does Bebop make MTB pedals?), but these are higher on the dough. Hope this helps.

re: WhatType of Clipless system should I buy?JohnG
Oct 16, 2001 7:33 PM
I like my Ritchey road pedals and Shimano shoes. The Ritchey's are very light and have a nice release pattern. The shoes ... well you just need to find some that fit well and have a good stiff platform. Sidis are another good shoe but I don't like their slippery cleat "plate".

re: What Type of Clipless system should I buy?davidl
Oct 17, 2001 3:20 AM
Try Look 206 pedals. Easy entry and exit, light, secure, relatively inexpensive.
re: WhatType of Clipless system should I buy?raboboy
Oct 17, 2001 5:24 AM
If you're looking for just one set of shoes/pedals, I have the Time ATAC & Specialized mtb shoes. They work fine for both. Of course, I hardly take my mtb bike out, so I am not trying to swap every other day.
SPD's a good place to startRich Clark
Oct 17, 2001 5:45 AM
They're popular among tourists because the shoes look more or less like normal shoes, and the cleats are recessed, so you can wear them all day and go in and out of restaurants and stores without difficulty.

If you want to use the same pair of shoes on both bikes, this is the obvious way to go; road pedals and shoes on a MTB won't work if you get into any sort of mud.

I don't believe you need to spend a lot of money. I've been using Wellgo SPD-clone pedals, and also Ritchey V2's, for tousands of miles without a problem; no trouble clipping in or out, no falls, nothing. They work with each other's cleats, as well as with Shimano SPD cleats. You can find Wellgos for $30. I prefer double-sided entry pedals, personally, since I always wear my cycling shoes to ride anyway.

In my experience ordering cycling shoes online is a crap-shoot. I'd suggest buying your first pair from the biggest, best-stocked cycling store you can find, because you want them to fit. Snug, but not constricting. It can also help to have a knowledgable person help you with a first-time cleat installation (the cleats come with the pedals, btw, not the shoes).

Oct 17, 2001 6:18 AM
Cheap dual sided Wellgo's from Nashbar/Performance Bike/Supergo with decent MTB shoes. All SPD compatible. Same pedals/shoes for each bike. Look for year end closouts in shoes. I picked up a pair of $140 Sidi's for my wife for $40. As for the cheap Wellgo pedals, the first pair I bought are on my MTB/rain bike (Trek 930). On the commute home from work today will hit 5000 completely trouble free miles. They have worked flawlessly from day one despite many soaking wet miles.

And I can walk in my shoes.

I posted this a while ago. Hope it helps.Elefantino
Oct 17, 2001 5:56 AM
Elefantino "Taking a "step" away from Fred-dom." 10/7/01 5:50am
I'm with elephantinoLeisure
Oct 19, 2001 3:38 AM
It's hard to argue with Frog pedals, especially when you use the same pedal on both road- and mountainbikes. Roadie-light, mtn-style double-sided, lots of float, ridiculously simple, easy entry/exit (quick learning curve), springless system, blah blah blah blah blah. The primary downside (in my opinion at least) with Frogs is that they probably don't clear mud as well as the ATAC, and mud most likely wears the cleat faster. I live in Utah, so that's seldom an issue. My cleats under this low-mud condition have gone almost two seasons and are closing in on needing replacement. When I have had to clear mud the Frogs actually aren't that bad--better than older Shimano pedals, but I can't comment on big-S's newer design. North Carolina undoubtedly gets more rain. What's mountainbiking like out there anyway? I rode a bit when I was in upstate-NY and I thought it was pretty cool. Autumn there just rules, and I bet NC is not as bitter-cold.