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Pedal Help needed(5 posts)

Pedal Help neededtnbiker
Apr 2, 2003 5:23 PM
I've just got my first road bike and I have been using toeclips/straps and sneakers. This has been my setup for the past 4 years mountainbiking. Now I want to get clipless pedals.

On my roadbike, my heel comes verrry close to scraping the chainstays. So I am afraid of buying pedals online, incase the setup has me scraping my shoes against my steel frame.

Would a wider BB help?

Regardless of price, would you rather get the Shimano
959 or the Egg beater?

I might buy the pedals online, and buy the shoes in a shop so they can set up the whole thing.
May Want To Consider Time Impactsabicirider
Apr 2, 2003 5:30 PM
You may want to consider the time impacts they have been a great pedal for me wide platform they also have a Q factor adjustment that lets you adjust shoe to crank distance.

Be Safe out On The Roads !!!!!!
Ray Still
Mooresville, NC
Second Time impacts or Look CX-7kushogun
Apr 2, 2003 7:31 PM
I agree with the above post, it sounds like you need a pedal with Q factor. In effect "Q" is the distance your pedal platform sits from the virtual center line of your bike. Don't try and let someone tell you that all you need is float (something like Speedplay/Coombe) because that excessive float will most likely excentuate your natural "toe out" position and bring your heels even closer to the chainstays. With all that being said I own the Time Impacts and love them. However, it may not be the best pedal for a newbie to clipless pedals. For one thing they are kinda tough to engage, and the tension needs to be broken in to disengage quickly. Others may not have experienced that same type of problem I have but this seems to be somewhat of a consensus on these babies. Haven't had too much experience with Looks. Great reputation for performance and durability. However, the imfamous Look "squeak" between the platform and the cleat drives some people bonkers. Go to your local shop, spend $40 and get a proper fitting of your pedals and soon to be cycling shoes. This $40 is a great investment and can save your knees and ankles agony in the future. Pedals are like any other piece of equipment in cycling, there's always different opinions on what works best. But if your heels are coming super close to your chain stays you may look into adjustable Q. Sorry for the long post. Keep the rubber side down!
another questiontnbiker
Apr 2, 2003 8:50 PM
thanks for all the great advice. I am definitly going to be fitted at a shop.

Are the spindles of mountainbike pedals and roadbike pedals the same difference? If so, then I could presumably use mtn pedals for all my bikes
Another PerspectiveStewartK
Apr 3, 2003 6:34 AM
Keep in mind that while your heel may come close to rubbing the chainstay when you're wearing sneakers, you will have more room when wearing road shoes since the heel is usually considerably more narrow than a sneaker. I have a pretty extreme "toe-out" situation that may be similar to yours and I do not have a problem with my road shoes.

Although some have recommended against free-float peadals like Speedplay, you might want to carefully consider your situation before you pick a pedal. If you do have an extreme "toe-out" situation, then conventional pedals may put you in a position that is uncomfortable for your knees, even when the cleat is adjusted. Speedplays are also available is various spindle lengths from the manufacturer. On the other hand, you might just be wearing clunky sneakers.

Regardless of which pedal you pick, you can always pick up a pair of "kneesavers" if your foot continues to hit the chainstay. These are spacers that screw on between your and your pedal.