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Best value pedals? Am I wrong to recommend Nashbars SPD?(5 posts)

Best value pedals? Am I wrong to recommend Nashbars SPD?Nigeyy
Jul 7, 2003 7:45 AM
OK, first of all, I'm not a big racer, not fast, not light.... and I do more MTB than road. That said, one of my friends has bought a road bike and wants to get clipless pedals -but she is also not a racer, just a casual road rider, and has no intentions of getting too seriously into road riding. I'm thinking of recommending the Nashbar SPD $30 ones -I have three pairs which have served me really well (mtbing, commuting, etc). Also keep in mind she doesn't want to spend much more than $30 anyway.

But this brings up questions:
1. Is this a good recommendation for road riding? I currently use Shimano SPD 515s and for the road riding I do, they're perfectly adequate. Am I missing any other pedal recommnendations in that price range?

2. Is there a big difference between road and mtb pedals? (except weight). Any kind of particular functionality?

Advice is most welcome -I don't want to give bad recommendations out!
Use What WorksMisJG
Jul 7, 2003 8:22 AM
I use Nashbar SPD pedals on my bike for regular riding, centuries, tours, etc and they work fine. When I am racing, I swap over to my Time road pedals, but that is not what you are asking. For general riding, the Nashbar pedals work great. I like having a shoe I can walk in for most of the riding I do and they are indispensable on centuries. Anyone riding a racing pedal whose cleats you can't walk in on a century is just WAY too concerned about looks. My commuter has SPD pedals on it too, but they are the free ones that came with my Cannondale (CODA?). I swapped out the boring grey CODA pedals for red Nashbars to go better with my colour scheme.
they are just fineoff roadie
Jul 7, 2003 8:29 AM
Lots of people I've seen on fairly nice bikes use MTB pedals. They may use the pricier "real shimano" ones, but the cheaper ones work fine as well.

Given the same retention system, the only signifigant diffrence between MTB pedals and road is that road are one sided for slightly better aerodynmics and more cornering clearance. As MTB's have higher BB's, they don't so much need the clearance, and aero obviously is less an issue. Weights are very close, often with the MTB pedal weighing LESS than similar priced road pedals because the mechanism is equally simple (same springs work both sides) and the body (with no bottom plate) is smaller.

I think I've got a couple sets of welgo m60, one on my road bike, one that was on my MTB until I swapped for a diffrent style (dual slalomn / big cage clippless). They were probably $25-$35, and look very much like the Nashbar pedals. They could come of the same line, with different nametags.
work for meJS Haiku Shop
Jul 7, 2003 8:32 AM
I have several pairs of nashbar SPD pedals (mtb/double-entry) and use them on the mtb, for cyclocross, and sometimes for road. combined with $10 mtb sport shoes from, it's a <$40 combination. light on the pocketbook-entry into clipless riding.
Thanks all, I'll recommend the Nashbars (nm)Nigeyy
Jul 8, 2003 4:13 AM