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road bike pedals question(5 posts)

road bike pedals questionChequama Mama
Sep 4, 2002 8:17 PM
I'm heading to Italy for a year of studying abroad for college. While I'm there I plan on getting a new road bike (I'm not bringing my current one with, actually planning on selling it).

I currently have look pedals. I would prefer to get pedals that are more "walkable", but also good for longer riding. I intend to do a fair amount of riding while in Italy, but I also want to do some touring, and would like to be able to walk a couple of blocks in my shoes without killing myself and my cleats.

My questions are:
Is there a specific brand of pedal that uses a more walkable cleat?
Would it make more sense to just take my mountain bike shoes/pedals (times) over and plan on using those for touring?


re: road bike pedals questiongtx
Sep 4, 2002 8:58 PM
Just use your mtb shoes/cleats. Unless you race, I think it's the way to go. I studied/lived in Italy for a year, too (in the 80s). I brought my bike. It's much easier. To be honest, most of the shops over there are kind of lame (though they can be super helpful, nice and fun to visit--the selection is just usually kind of weak--though of course there are exceptions...). Whenever I go back, I always bring everything (bike, spare tires, small parts, etc.). That way I know I'll get as much riding in as possible with little hassle. Good luck and have fun.
Cycling Superstore in Florence...Iwannapodiumgirl
Sep 4, 2002 9:30 PM
but for the life of me I can not recall its name! I am sure once you get to Florence, had a look around the Ufizzi etc then ask for the "hugea bikea shopa" they will know which one you mean!

This place is heaven on earth... every brand, and they make to measure. If I give you my size, can you send me a custom De Rosa King?

I will try and recall the name and post it.
Cycling Superstore in Florence...gtx
Sep 4, 2002 9:35 PM
When I lived there I went to a shop named Conti. But it wasn't near the center. Super cool old school family run shop.

I remember something like the shop you're talking about near the center--wonder if it's the same. My guess is that they'd have some cool bikes, but good luck getting one in your size without waiting a year...
Not in the center...Iwannapodiumgirl
Sep 4, 2002 9:45 PM
The store I visited was over the river, and in the foothills. It was near that big park. aaarrrggghhh this is annoying me!

I am going to ring my friend in Florence....