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Help. Advice on pedels for city riding?(12 posts)

Help. Advice on pedels for city riding?marstoni
Oct 8, 2002 3:58 AM
Hello i've been riding an old road bike into work for about 4 months now. Its only about 30min ride. But I really enjoy it and have started to go further a field each week on longer rides to get round town. Since I am using the bike more I had thought of buying proper shoes and pedels to clip into. But i don't know anything about the different types. I ride through central london there is quite alot of stop/start are they difficult to clip into? Could any one recommend a brand/model???? Any advice would be appreciated.

p.s. I also use the bike to nip friends houses and the pub so a pedal I can use in trainers might be useful too!
re: Help. Advice on pedels for city riding?Scot_Gore
Oct 8, 2002 4:13 AM
Any pedal would work fine on your commute. All brands are easy in/out (with a little practice) and will work fine in stop and go.

Do you need a recessed cleat? If you're going in the office, stores, whatever, you may want a walk friendly cleat and shoe. If so look at mountain bike pedals. Examples would be Speedplay Frogs, Crank Bros Eggbeaters, Time ATACS.

Good Luck

Cheers for advice.marstoni
Oct 8, 2002 4:30 AM
I will probably end popping in shops and the like. I'll pop down to my local bike shop and have a look for what you suggest. Thanks for the advice. I realise there are reviews but they aren't really aimed at the city based cyclist.
got to Condor - nmMJ
Oct 8, 2002 4:39 AM
re: Help. Advice on pedels for city riding?MJ
Oct 8, 2002 4:24 AM
I ride in London and use Time ATAC's one one bike and SPD's on another - both have recessed cleats which means walking is not a problem - both types of systems have shoes which you can wear to the pub

where do you commute from/to?

are you an LCC member?
re: Help. Advice on pedels for city riding?marstoni
Oct 8, 2002 4:45 AM
Cheers for the info. I travel from near mile end/victoria park to near Holborn for work. Then I travel out to near Walthamstow a couple of times a week for football and to Peckham/Brixton to see friends. So my commute isn't far but the other rides can add up.

No i'm not a member of the LCC??? London Cycle something?? Whats that all about then?
re: Help. Advice on pedels for city riding?MJ
Oct 8, 2002 6:01 AM
all London riders should be a member

Holborn is near Condor at Grays Inn Road and Theobald's Road - they're a great store - though you can get most things cheaper on the web
Shimano 324Spoke Wrench
Oct 8, 2002 5:15 AM
These have a recessed clipless system on one side and an ordinary platform pedal on the other. They are great for city riding because you can use the platform side with whatever shoes you happen to have on for short errands and use more efficient bicycling shoes to clip in for longer trips. They're on my beater bike and I wouldn't want anything else.
Shimano M515 SPDKillerQuads
Oct 8, 2002 6:11 AM
I commute every day (11 miles one way). I like the Shimano M515 pedals and mountain bike shoes with SPD cleats. The M515's are about $49. These pedals have the attachment mechanism on both sides of each pedal, so you do not have to flip the pedal over. The mountain bike shoes (Shimano M037) have treads that make the cleats recessed, so you can walk with good traction, and so you can push off with our foot when starting at green lights.

For commuting in traffic, I recommend that you set the pedals to low tension and make sure the cleats do not have too much toe-in. This will allow you to disengage faster at sudden stops. If you must have a lot of toe-in, you can disengage by rotating the heel inward, but you could scratch your seat tube.
Same here with great results.PEDDLEFOOT
Oct 8, 2002 7:08 AM
re: Help. Advice on pedels for city riding?pmf1
Oct 8, 2002 6:28 AM
Shimano sells a pedal (PD-M324) that has an spd clip on one side, but not on the other. This allows you to use mtn bike shoes, or regular shoes when riding the bike. It looks like a regular pedal (bigger platform than most clipless pedals) and might come in handy if you're in situations where you start and stop so much that clipping in and out becomes an inconvenience.

Mtb shoes are much easier to walk in than road shoes.

Check for a picture.
Eggbeaters, you can worry about traffic not clipping in -nmjs5280
Oct 8, 2002 9:39 AM