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clipless pedals for a newbie (and shoes)(8 posts)

clipless pedals for a newbie (and shoes)Jay18
May 20, 2002 3:57 PM
I bought my first road bike today (Cannondale RW700). It came with Wellgo dual-function pedals. I'll be using the flat side for now, until I find the pedals and shoes I want. I'm looking for suggestions on style/brand of dedicated clipless pedals that will be easy to learn and use. And, hopefully won't set me back more than the bike. Weight is not an issue. The bike is a lot lighter than my hybrid. Ease of use is the main consideration. I'm also looking for suggestions on shoes. I have narrow feet (9 A/B size shoe) which makes getting shoes a problem.

re: clipless pedals for a newbie (and shoes)Carbon fiber fanatik
May 20, 2002 4:13 PM
just an opinion.. I would go for look pedals, with lake shoes. both are good quality for the money and you can be set up for about $150.oo if you look around.
re: clipless pedals for a newbie (and shoes)Bike Fool
May 20, 2002 4:26 PM
I don't think you can go wrong just starting out getting stuff from Performance. Currently they've got their Performance pedal which looks to be a Look knockoff, for about $50. Tie it in with their shoes, at around $60-70 and you'll do alright. If you want shoes to walk around in without looking like a duck, try the Shimano SPD system.
re: clipless pedals for a newbie (and shoes)jromack
May 20, 2002 4:38 PM
Try the Look pedals and look at Sidi shoes since they tend to run a bit narrow.

Performance has a great entry level Look pedal called the FQV.

You may want to get some Superfeet insoles (grey) to help cradle your heel also.
some ideasnyedid
May 20, 2002 8:54 PM
What about speedplay x-3's in terms of pedals? I have 'em and love them. The cleats are kind of ridiculous-- they're just huge, but they're easy to get in and out of because they're double-sided clipless pedals: you just step down and don't have to look at all. Plus, the spring action is really nice and easy, but it feels like a really positive connection. I also really like my sidi shoes. They're comfy-- check out for good prices on sidis-- they beat most other prices by a long shot and have wonderful customer service.
re: clipless pedals for a newbie (and shoes)Joshua
May 21, 2002 3:44 AM
I also use speedplays and love them they are very easy to get in and out of. As for shoes I got a pair of
lake cx-100's from nashbar for 45.00. They are a very comfy shoe to me. Over-all I am plesased with this system
It's a trendScot_Gore
May 21, 2002 4:24 AM
My first pairs of clipless were (are) Speedplays and Lake CX125's.
The ShoesPhatMatt
May 21, 2002 8:55 AM
Just remember shoes are like bikes, the fit is critical, so go try on some at your LBS before ordering.