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Clipless Pedals for Touring Bike?(9 posts)

Clipless Pedals for Touring Bike?jwhite480
Feb 10, 2003 12:22 PM
I just purchased a touring bike in an effort to develop the stamina to do much longer rides and maybe even get to the point where I will do the 20 plus miles commute to work. Should I be using regular pedals with toe strap or go clipless? If clipless, which one? There are so many and I am so confused....lol
re: Clipless Pedals for Touring Bike?JS Haiku Shop
Feb 10, 2003 12:28 PM
frequently i use nashbar clipless for long rides on which i might be required to walk for more than a few steps in other than soft grass. these are double-sided SPD pedals actually made by wellgo, and are currently on sale for $30. i think i purchased them for $25 (and now have 3 pair).

for shoes, i bought specialized sport mtb shoes from the prior year once per year for the last 3 seasons. most paid was $20, least was $9, all online at specialized.com. the oldest pair made it through 2 rough winters of road and mtb riding, plus a cyclocross season, and numerous centuries in bad weather--they are now starting to come apart. not bad for $20. and, bonus: they're more comfy walking than the fancy shoes i wear to weddings and funerals. YMMV.

good luck.
re: Clipless Pedals for Touring Bike?CJ838
Feb 10, 2003 12:32 PM
If you are doing long rides (anything above 5 miles in my opionion) on a regular basis, you'll want a pair of Speedplay X/2's (which I use) or Looks. I know this is and expensive upgrade to regular pedals, about $300 for shoes and pedals retail (in comparision), but it's worth the money. Get a good pair of shoes (I use Sidi Genius 4's) and you'll be happy you did. It adds so much more power to your leg stroke by centralizing your leg and foot in a specific position. They are easy to get into and out of, unlike the extremeley dangerous strapped peddals. And they add value to your bike. Cycling shoes last forever if you take care of them.

CJ
this is highly personalJS Haiku Shop
Feb 10, 2003 12:40 PM
in fact, considering my earlier post on this topic, i also use genius 4s and look pp296 pedals. which i prefer depends upon the situation. the only performance difference i find between the 2 combinations is in the weight of the shoe.

$150 sidi genius, $100 look pp296/pp396 = $250 minimum

$20 specialized shoes, $30 pedals = $50 maximum

i'd go the cheap route and find out if it works for you. if it doesn't, it's far more forgiving on your pocketbook.

additionally, i'm not sure i'd want to ride nice look pedals and $150+ shoes for touring or often times bad weather commutes. this is all just IMHO, of course.

-J
if by touring, you mean....rufus
Feb 10, 2003 2:04 PM
long rides where you get off and walk around sightseeing a lot, then i'd suggest going with mtb pedals and shoes. much easier to walk around in without the exposed cleat.
absolutely, MTB pedals are the best optionlaffeaux
Feb 10, 2003 2:28 PM
The purpose of a touring bike is to tour. If you wear road shoes which make walking around next to impossible, you're not going to enjoy touring very much. Mountain shoes will allow you to get off the bike and explore.

Shimano M-515 pedals sell for about $50 at your LBS and work really well on road bikes. They're not the best option for muddy rides, but for road use they are hard to beat (at the price).
re: Clipless Pedals for Touring Bike?The Walrus
Feb 10, 2003 6:15 PM
Sounds like what you need are Shimano M323 or M324 pedals; they have the MTB SPD binding on one side, with a plain platform surface on the opposite side. I've had them on my touring bike for nearly ten years now. They're easy enough to clip into for power on the road, but allow you to unclip and ride on the platforms when in traffic and bail if that becomes necessary. You also won't be restricted to wearing your bike shoes when you ride--a plus at the end of a hot, 65-mile day of touring, when you just want to ease on back (in your sandals) to that Dairy Queen in town after you've set up your tent. The only drawbacks to these pedals is that they are slightly heavier than "conventional" clipless pedals, and the velofascists will think you're a fred. If you're on a touring rig, you shouldn't let either of those things bother you.
re: Clipless Pedals for Touring Bike?ukiahbill
Feb 10, 2003 8:14 PM
I also agree that SPD is the way to go on a touring bike. Have used the Shimano single and double sided road pedals w/ good results, also recently bought a set of road SPD pedals from Performance that I like a lot and they are only 200g (the Forte Mg/Ti model) and look pretty good too. Another advantage of SPD is that cleats and pedals can be found in nearly any bike shop...this is not the case w/ some of the others....worth considering if you plan on touring in remote areas.
get some mtn bike pedalspmf1
Feb 11, 2003 5:40 AM
I've used both Shimano spd's and Time ATAC's. I like the Time pedals better. If you get the Time, go for the cheap $80 aluminium version. They last longer than the more expensive models and function identically.

I've gone on several bike vacations and commute to work. I use mtn bike pedals for that kind of riding. You can walk easily in the shoes which makes getting to your office, or seeing tourist sights a lot easier.