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Sidis and SPDs(8 posts)

Sidis and SPDsRom12_1
Dec 10, 2002 9:28 AM
Probably going to buy a pair of Sidis in the next few weeks. I have spd pedals and was wondering if anyone knew how well the adapter works with these (or if I should get some new pedals instead). Trying to not spend too much and obviously the adapter is cheaper than new pedals. Thanks in advance.
Possible, but not preferablems
Dec 10, 2002 10:02 AM
Two years ago I was in the same boat. I had SPD pedals, bought a pair of Sidis, but did not want to buy new pedals. The adapter works well enough. However, after several months, I switched to Look pedals and cleats and I am much happier. If your SPD pedals are in good shape, I would get the adapter and make the switch later if you are not happy. However, if your SPD pedals are nearing the end of their useful life (mine only lasted about a 3000 mile year before they began to fall apart), go for new pedals.
re: Sidis and SPDsPEDDLEFOOT
Dec 10, 2002 10:05 AM
I just switched to Sidi's last year and was in the same situation.I wasn't crazy about the adapter at first.It did provide some protection for the cleats but entry was akward.After about a month though I got accustmed to it and didn't have a problem the rest of the year.I wouldn't expect you having a problem if you keep your pedals and cleats clean and lubed.
re: Sidis and SPDssjomi
Dec 10, 2002 10:13 AM
I still run these on my old shoes and old bike. Works fine. I like SPDs because of the two sided entry. Just too small surface area and as the cleats wear out they come unclipped too easy. If the pedals and cleats are good, get the adapter you won't regret it.
If you need new cleats as well just get new pedals.
Adapter plates are terrible!!!sharkey
Dec 10, 2002 1:52 PM
I had horrible luck with the Sidi adapter plates when I tried to attach my SPD-R cleats to my new Sidi shoes!!! I would set up my cleat on the shoe, but as soon as I BEGAN to tighten the hex bolts, the (metal) adapter plate would crack!! Honestly, it wasn't even CLOSE to tight when it cracked. I brought the adapter plate back to the store and got a replacement . . . it broke too . . . in the same way. I really liked the fit of the shoes, and had no love of the SPD-R pedals . . . so I did what any red-blooded American bike owner would do: I spent another $120.00 on some very nice LOOK pedals (that don't require a SIDI adapter).

I don't know if it was a bad run of metal used in the adapters or what, but I would be wary of SIDI's adapter plates!

If you are going to be using SPD cleats, then why not just get the SIDI mountain bike shoes?? Many of my MTB buddies use the SIDI shoe and love them . . .just a thought.
Adapter plates are terrible!!!JFST
Dec 10, 2002 2:48 PM
The adapter plate is just very weak. I had the same problem and cracked one of them the first time as well. I ended up adapting the steel plate from a shimano shoe which was much stronger and actually fit in quite nicely until I could get a replacement. The sidi plate works fine but you have to be carefull how far you tighten. It will feel like its too little before it feels tight but it stays in place perfectly.
re: Sidis and SPDsChen2
Dec 10, 2002 5:08 PM
I used SPD's with SIDI Genius shoes for three years (6000+ miles) with no problems except once when they were new the screws loosened and interfered with cleat-pedal operations. All that was needed was re-tightening. I think the other posters who reported problems were talking about SPD-R's which are entirely different. My wife still uses Genius shoes and SPD cleats on Dura-Ace SPD road pedals, discontinued in 1998. The adaptor plates work very well, but I've moved on to Speedplays.
get the cheapest Look pedels you can findhycobob
Dec 11, 2002 3:10 AM
or a pair of knock-offs since the Sidis come ready for ARC cleats. After a few months, you'll know if the looks are for you or not, then get a better pair. Make sure your LBS gives you some long cleats always come with srews that are too short for my Titans (not cheap, I just prefer straps). After alot of experimentation I found I prefered Looks, and just about any pedel over SPDs. Sidis are a big step (moneywise) in the world of cycling, so why cut yourself short with pedels that don't fit the shoe? But in the end they're your feet.