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good clipless pedals for a newbie(14 posts)

good clipless pedals for a newbiemattcrout
Jan 14, 2003 10:26 AM
My Fiance just got a road bike a couple months ago. she wants to ride it more but has a lot of problems with the clipless pedals. she has the older toestraps on her mountain bike but wants to go clipless on the road bike. Welgo Road pedals came with the bike, but she is haveing a hell of a time with them. i'm thinking of buying her pedals as a present. i know she'd want to ride more if she had less problems. i've only used SPD's. do you have any recomendations? i'm on a budget too. i'm looking for $125 or LESS. (preferably less) any ideas? thanks!!
What kind of problemsJowan
Jan 14, 2003 10:38 AM
Could you tell us what kind of problems your fiance has had? Getting in/out, knee problems or sore feet (hot-spot).

I presume budget is for pedale alone, not for shoes.

Nice present!
re: good clipless pedals for a newbieMVN
Jan 14, 2003 10:51 AM
After I got my road bike, I later got Specialized's 2001 entry-level Mountain shoe ($69.95) and Shimano M-515 pedals for $50. I could have gotten the pedals cheaper online, but I didn't know any better at the time. I used those for about 8 months and then put them on my mountain bike after I got LOOK PP337's and SIDI G4's. Anyway, it is possible to get shoes and pedals with $125. It works well and I could have kept using them, but I just wanted road shoes and pedals. You can probably find those shoes really cheap at Specialized's site right now. I've seen those pedals for as low as $30. Hope that helps.
Forgot something...MVN
Jan 14, 2003 10:53 AM
the pedals are double-sided so they are easier to get in and out of. That may help with her problems (if that is what is bothering her).
Get her to...PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Jan 14, 2003 10:53 AM
Get her to ride around a field and clip in and out 100 times with each foot. Wellgos aren't as high a quality as other pedals but they still have the same feel as most pedals out there. The only difference would be with Time or Speedplay but even then you still have to get used to using them.

Get her to...practicevelocity
Jan 14, 2003 1:44 PM
No matter what pedal system, it takes practice to get used to it.

I actually found the Looks to have a steeper learning curve than mtn bk spds. I still have my old Shimano spds on my commuter roadbike -- I like the recessed cleat for running errands and such, and often find myself using this bike for shorter training rides as well.

The larger platform of a road pedal, though, can't be beat for true road riding. Depends on what kind of riding your fiance's gonna do. A lot of my friends swear by Speedplays for their ease of use. That might be the ticket for her.
re: good clipless pedals for a newbieKEN2
Jan 14, 2003 10:57 AM
Shimano M515 pedals are available mail-order cheaply, and they work fine. I use them on my commuter and mtn. bike. Mail-order shoes can be more problematic, though--unless you know the quirks of her foot sizing they are apt to fit poorly without a try-on.

If she already has shoes, as you imply, go for the 515s and make sure you install the cleats that come with the pedals correctly on her shoes. BTW Shimano also makes a multi-release cleat that pulls out easier; the pedals themselves are also adjustable with an allen wrench, for release tension. Set 'em low to start...
Jan 14, 2003 11:25 AM
Many clipless newbies start out with SPDs because they are seemingly easier to clip in/out because of the doublesided pedals. However, I think Looks are actually much easier to clip in/out. I used SPDs for about a year before trying Looks because I thought the Looks would be harder. They're not. The Look pedal tends to hang in a position where it's in just the right place for clipping in after a stop. However, with SPDS, it seems like I'm always hunting around for the right spot to clip in. If you try Looks, I would recommend the PP-206 model which has a composite body that supposedly doesn't squeak, which Looks are notorious for doing. Speedplays are also very easy to clip in/out, but are more expensive.
Jan 14, 2003 11:51 AM
I agree. I initially started with SPDs, but switched to Looks. I think they are much easier to clip in and out of, primarily for the reason stated above -- they hang in an ideal position for clipping in. The big cleat and pedal contact area also means you don't have to be as precise trying to push your foot into the pedal.

they have the added benefit that they are less precarious to walk around on then other cleat systems. Sure it chews up the cleat, but they're relatively inexpensive to replace. and it beats falling on your @ss.
Jan 14, 2003 12:13 PM
For ease of use you really can't beat the speedplays. X3's go for $100. Double sided with plenty of float.
Jan 14, 2003 12:56 PM
I'll second the speedplays. My wife had spd double sided pedals and just could never get used to getting in and out of them. She fell over at stops and had a hard time getting started. I bought her some X2s and she's never had any problem since.

She liked them so much, that she bought me a set.

If her shoes are not speedplay friendly, that would be an extra expense.
Eggbeaters are good too. Easy in, secure, very easy out. nmdzrider
Jan 14, 2003 1:13 PM
good to see that the board speaks with one voice on this one -nmBruno S
Jan 14, 2003 4:21 PM
Comes down to 1) practise and 2) pedal preferencePODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Jan 15, 2003 2:32 PM
Any pedal can work fine if you practise clipping in and out enough. A lot of people don't take the first step though. Then as you get more experience you'll find a pedal system you like either because 1) it suits your style or 2) you didn't practise enough and got lazy in getting an "easy" system.

Like for me double sided time atacs are incredibly easy to get into. I suspect the egg beats are the same way but the lateral float drives me nucking futz after using clips and straps on the track (now use old Dura-Ace)... so I got the Shimano 959 mtn bike pedals. Not as easy to get into especially in mud but they have no float.