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SPD Pedals vs. Other Pedal Types(10 posts)

SPD Pedals vs. Other Pedal Typeslexington476
Jul 2, 2003 12:16 PM
I use SPD pedals on my road bike (that way I do not have two different shoes for the road and MTB bike). How does SPD compare to other clipless pedal types for road bike use (ride and racing)?
vs SpeedplayDCP
Jul 2, 2003 1:27 PM
I have used SPD and Speedplay. Can't speak for other types.

Biggest differences are the free float of Speedplays and the bigger contact patch between the cleat and shoe (meaning less likely to hot spot). Other differences are less weight on the pedal but more weight on the cleat due to the Speedplay design. Much less overall weight. Certainly harder to walk with the Speedplay cleats and they are much more likely to be fouled with debris (covers are a good idea).

Speedplay and most other roadie pedals will offer better corning clearance angles. Most roadie pedals will be single sided, although the Speedplays are not.

I feel much more secure putting power back, up, and forward on the Speedplays than I did with SPD's, but perhaps there are better SPD's than the lower end version I used.

One most thing, the Speedplays cost a whole bunch more.
vs SpeedplayTheJoker
Jul 2, 2003 1:33 PM
Having been using my Speedplays for about 2 weeks now I can say that I really like the feel of them while pedalling. I just find it a little tricky at the moment to clip into them, maybe they are stiff because they are new. And to get out of them I find you have to have the crank arm down and twist them a lot, so you can't do them both at once or quickly. That said I like them because they feel good while riding. If anyone can give me tips on how to get in/out I would appreciate it...
What shoes are you using?pedalpete
Jul 3, 2003 7:50 AM
Although it is really more of an issue with speedplay frogs, I have heard of some road shoes that interfere with the axle, and the speedplay cleat.
Meaning that you are actually having to flex part of the shoe past the axle of the pedal in order to get the cleat to pop out.

Check your shoes for a consistent wear at near the gap of the speedplay cleats opening for the axle.
If nothing is getting in the way, they probably just need to be worked in a bit. I have no problem getting in or out of mine.

It will get easier to get into them as you get used to them (I think...I've had them for so long, I can't really remember - but it's easy now!)
What shoes are you using?TheJoker
Jul 3, 2003 10:21 AM
This is using Sidi Energy shoes. I can feel the left shoe getting easier to clip in so maybe with time they'll be okay...
Cleat screw tensionDCP
Jul 3, 2003 1:55 PM
Your problem clipping in may be that your cleats are on too tight. Loosen the mounting screws a bit, but use loctite because the screws will come out otherwise and they are very hard to find.

I can't think of reason why you have problems getting out. Perhaps it is related.
re: SPD Pedals vs. Other Pedal TypesMy Dog Wally
Jul 2, 2003 1:41 PM
I had to get rid of my Speedplays because I hated the way the free float felt. Many people describe it as standing on ice cubes. At any rate, I switched to the new Shimano 959 SPD pedals and I love them. They're light, have just the right amount of resistance to float, and they're easy to get in and out of.
As light?t0adman
Jul 2, 2003 1:55 PM
As the Speedplay? ...and how much float do they have?
As light?My Dog Wally
Jul 2, 2003 3:19 PM
The 959s probably aren't quite as light as the Speedplays, but I'm happy to sacrifice a few grams for the benefits I get. I think there's about 5 degrees of float, which is perfect for me.
re: SPD Pedals vs. Other Pedal TypesBacco
Jul 2, 2003 6:56 PM
Speedplay Zeroes allow you to adjust the amount of float which I need because of my natural tendency to ride with my heels turned too far inward. They are more comfortable than SPDs when riding and easier to get into without looking. They also are less likely to unclip inadvertently when pulling hard on them. Note: the Speedplay cleat springs will loosen with use and it will become easier to clip in after using them for awhile. Also, do not tighten the outer cleat screws very much (use Locktite on them to keep them from coming loose); otherwise, they will be very hard to clip into.

For week long bike events where I need to do a lot of walking in my bike shoes, I use the SPDs. They are far more comfortable to walk around in.

Be sure to get the plastic cleat covers for the Speedplays if you buy them to keep them clean and to reduce wear and tear when walking.