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For us tenderfoots pick shoe first then pedals or ...jmr986
May 6, 2002 7:25 PM
decide which pedal I want and then get a comfprtable shoe. Should be deciding on my first real road bike in the next few weeks. Got crappy feet plus some pronation (toes out). Should I find the most comfortable shoes, which may be a MTB, then get a MTB pedal? I'm thinking wide platform and fair amount of float like Times. First clipless. Any advice welcomed.
Unless you have wierd feetMe Dot Org
May 6, 2002 7:33 PM
My recommendation would be to find the pedal you like. Of course, you're going to have to use a shoe to find the pedal...

BTW, some roadies (namely me) use Speedplay frogs, a mountain pedal that works fine on a road bike. If you have a mountain bike, it could simplify your life.
I love my Shimano SPD-RPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
May 6, 2002 8:13 PM
I love these... the shoes fit great and the carbon soles gets ride of any hot spots since the force is distributed up and into the entire carbon sole for the most part. The old SPD-R were hard to get out of but the new ones with the teflon coated claw are great and since you can clip out at O degrees of 3 degrees, depending on your cleat, you don't have to worry about clipping out like some people do with something like Speedplays. If the shoes still aren't comfy though maybe consider orthotics?

My 2 cents... I have bad feet to but in the arches!
re: For us tenderfoots pick shoe first then pedals or ...oppcipitator
May 6, 2002 8:22 PM
Hi Jmr..
I had the same quandry about a week ago. I hear the Frog Speedplays are a good choice if you mountain bike and use clipless. I find I use my feet too much to use clipless while mountain biking. I just use the old alligator style pedal. I don't race, so speed isn't all that important as safety to me.

After much researching on just road clipless, I decided on the Speedplay Titanium 2.
I have seen them on ebay for much cheaper than you can get online or at your LBS...but plan on spending 150 bucks or so.

I pronate and have knees that hurt me often.
The main reason I bought these is because they were supposed to be easy on the knees and easy to get out of when needed.

Nothing worse than doing the "frozen dog" pose when falling sideways while your feet are stuck on the pedals. It hurts your body and pride all in one fall.

After riding with these pedals, I am very very satisfied.
NO knee problems at all and your feet almost magically come out when you want them to. Just a slight twist of the heel outward and off your shoes come from the pedals. So far, no accidental pop off either. A very smooth pedal.

Only downside, (besides the price):
You can't walk for crap when these are on your cycling shoes. Your feet point up to the sky.
If I was going to stop anywhere while biking, I would take along a pair of sandals or something like that.

Good luck in your hunt.