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pedals for a beginner road biker(7 posts)

pedals for a beginner road bikerblatman
May 9, 2002 2:19 PM
hello, i am getting into road biking and i am debating between look and speedplay pedals. i am just wondering which would be a better beginner pedal or if you have any reasons for either one. thanks
One vote for speedplayDrSchu
May 9, 2002 2:35 PM
Dan- As another newbie I can only give you my humble opinion. Haven't used Look, started with MTB pedals to get used to clipless pedals, now using Speedplay, and love them. I think they are much easier to use even compared to the MTB pedals, easy to get aligned and easier on the knees.
second vote for Speedplay and...Jekyll
May 9, 2002 2:38 PM
Look a little further down the message board - we kind of beat this topic to death earlier today....
Different subjects reallyDrSchu
May 9, 2002 2:46 PM
The earlier discussion concerned the best pedal for racing, not which is better for a new rider. Slight difference but different none the less.
May 9, 2002 3:24 PM
I got a pair of speedplays last week. They feel great took one ride to get used to. Quick in and out. Much different than my atacs.
re: pedals for a beginner road bikerMVN
May 9, 2002 3:24 PM
I started with MTB pedals and shoes, but recently bought SIDI Genius 4 shoes and LOOK PP 337's. My feet haven't been happier. I'm not a racer, more of a long distance rider and I've only been riding road for about 9 months. It took me about 3 weeks of re-positioning cleats to accomodate an ankle and knee problem, but I haven't had any problems once I got my cleats set correctly. I was experiencing hotspots and sore feet after about 10 miles with the MTB setup, which is why I switched to the wider LOOK platform. I haven't tried Speedplay so I can't comment on them, but the LOOKs work fine for me.
re: pedals for a beginner road bikerweiwentg
May 9, 2002 4:44 PM
the speedplays - aside from being good for racing and light - are extremely easy to engage. you don't have to flip the pedal, step in and push down - you just push down.