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Good road pedal for relative beginner?(11 posts)

Good road pedal for relative beginner?MVN
Mar 16, 2002 9:42 PM
I've been road riding for about 9 months now. I currently have mtb pedals on my road bike and I want to get some decent road pedals for it. Any suggestions? What's the advantage of LOOK's over Shimano, if any? For that matter, the advantage of Road over MTB pedals? I've been looking at entry level LOOKs and Shimano's, but I'm not limiting myself to that brand if there's something better out there for me. I'm using Specialized Sport MTB shoes with Shimano M515's and I've been getting hot spots occasionally. I've read that people get hot spots with either style of shoe/pedal (Road/MTB). I'm not sure if it matters, but I have a wide forefoot (2E or 4E depending on brand of street/athletic shoe). All suggestions/opinions appreciated and thanks for your time.
re: Good road pedal for relative beginner?Elefantino
Mar 16, 2002 10:36 PM
Because you have a wide foot, you're prone to hot spots. Same thing happened to me, except mine is big the other way. SPD pedals and cleats are too small for big feet. You'll want a wider, longer pedal platform.

I used Looks for many years and they are fine pedals. You can get Look knock-offs (at Nashbar and Performance) for significantly less than you'd pay for the name brand. The red ARC cleats provide a minimal amount of float, but enough so that it doesn't feel you can't move your feet. Generally, people who use Looks for the first time after moving over from SPDs like them a lot. The only problem is that the plastic cleats wear out faster than metal cleats do. (I used to replace cleats sometimes twice a season.)

Another pedal to check out is the Speedplay X3, the cromoly steel version of their more expensive pedals. You can get them for $99 in bike stores and for a lot less on places like eBay. That is what I use now, but more because of my bad knee than its large cleat surface. They are easy to get in and out of and provide almost unlimited float.

FWIW,
Mike
Speedplaysweiwentg
Mar 17, 2002 6:23 AM
um... I might add, though, that the X3 has inferior bearings (1 cartridge + 1 teflon bushing) to the X1/2s (2 cartridge, 1 needle), and is thus not as durable. it is also not rebuildable, apparently.
try rubber pedalsStarliner
Mar 17, 2002 12:08 AM
Sorry, i'm being a bit cheeky right now. I vote for looks because they work. Nice broad platform allows you to pedal comfortably with regular shoes if you feel like it.

I have shimano 747s on my mountain bike and i like the looks better. Again, I prefer the bigger platform and the ski binding-like clamping feel of the looks over the shimanos.

there's some guy selling new (take-off) look 206's on the classified-pedals section of this website for around $35. Go for it.
re: Good road pedal for relative beginner?bm
Mar 17, 2002 12:48 AM
one of the guys mentioned look pp206. those are great beginner/intermediate pedals. at the LBS here, the look 206 come standard with all bikes

i'm riding with my first pair of clipless and shoes (shimano rho96 and look pp296) because i got a great deal. i really like the stuff i'm using. i'm sure you'll like any look pedal you pick up.

don't know about the shimano clips or any other. however, with the speedplays, i heard that the float is kinda tricky - especially standing up. becuase you're never really locked in or anything - you can float some 90+ deg.
If you have enough money to randomly throw around...Leisure
Mar 17, 2002 4:18 AM
I like Speedplay Frogs. Dump a pair on both your mountain and road bikes: one cleat style, double-sided, less fuss, bit of float, they don't weigh much. Just what I like.
A vote for the LOOK pedals...dawg
Mar 17, 2002 9:10 AM
Changed from shimano-like SPD's to LOOK 296 a year after beginning road biking. PROS: The wider platform is much more comfortable and allows you to pedal further without sore spots. They are easy to clip into. CONS: Not always quite as easy to pull out of. The cleats do wear easily.
re: Good road pedal for relative beginner?bianchi boy
Mar 17, 2002 2:04 PM
I've used SPDs, LOOKs and Speedplays. I replaced my SPDs with LOOKs because I got hotspots with SPDs on long rides. I really like the large platform and ease of entry/exit with LOOKs, but they are prone to develop squeaks from the cleats rubbing the pedals. I tried everything -- meticulously cleaning the pedal and cleat, coating them with ArmorAll, etc., but sooner or later they start squeaking again. I find the squeak extremely annoying so recently replaced the LOOKs with Speedplay X2s. Although expensive, they are well made and should last a long time. The Speeds are the easiest pedal to enter and exit that I have tried. The float isn't a problem for me at all, although I don't tend to have knee problems so it wasn't an issue. I've only had the Speeds on my bike about a week (150 miles), but so far I have been very impressed. They don't have as big a platform as the LOOKs but it doesn't seem to be a problem so far, and they are much lighter. If you end up buying LOOKs or Speeds, make sure you buy some Cafe Covers or Kool Kaps to protect the cleats and they will last much longer.
I would like to weigh in on the hot spot issueLone Gunman
Mar 17, 2002 2:58 PM
Some posters are suggesting pedals as the reason for hot spots, I think it is a little deeper than that and has more to do with shoe sole stiffness AND pedal selection. I have ridden Look pedals for about 11 years now and have experienced hot spots, but since I now ride with a shoe that has a CF sole, no hotspots. The hotspot shoe was a New Balance, not available any longer and currently ride with a Lake CX200?. Not terribly expensive, and comfortable for me.
on the other hand ...bianchi boy
Mar 17, 2002 7:11 PM
I used the same shoes, SIDIs, which have pretty stiff soles, when I was using SPDs, Looks and Speedplays. SPDs gave me hot spots, but only on longer rides (40+ miles). Others don't.
re: Good road pedal for relative beginner?Breakfast
Mar 17, 2002 9:01 PM
I just won a pair of brand new Look PP357 in silver (color) in a raffle if anyone's interested I'd let them go for a killer price. tucma@prontomail.com