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Pedals w/ ample float and large platforms?(11 posts)

Pedals w/ ample float and large platforms?McBaine
Nov 2, 2003 3:14 PM
Which pedals should I consider? I have a history of devloping hot spots with spd pedals. I also have a knee problem history.
Speedplay X series nmcollinsc
Nov 2, 2003 3:44 PM
Time Impactslyleseven
Nov 2, 2003 3:59 PM
Time Impacts have the one of the largest platforms and have had no knee problems or hotspots with them.
2nd the Times.KG 361
Nov 3, 2003 4:53 AM
I really like mine, and as you said, no hot-spots and a big platform. They were a little tricky to get used to clipping in/out of, but now I'm fine with them. If you look on e-bay you can get them cheap. Try http://www.wisecyclebuys.com
I also like the fact that they have a centering action-I don't think that I would like the "free-floating" of Speedplays.
Speedplay, X-1 or X-2 (nm)Al1943
Nov 2, 2003 5:35 PM
Speedplay X-2s...tirider
Nov 2, 2003 5:49 PM
I just bought a set of these after having used many other brands. I was beginning to get twinges in my knees that at 46 years old I couldn't ignore. I'd been leery of unlimited float, after using minimal float all these years, but I can say that it wasn't difficult getting used to them and the knee pains are gone. Two thumbs up for Speedplays.
Speedplay X-1, or X-2zero85ZEN
Nov 2, 2003 5:51 PM
Best pedals for people concerned about their aching knees. Large platform and they allow your foot to move about freely (pivot at the cleat) during pedaling, easing strain on the knees.
What's wrong with the X-3s?SpecialTater
Nov 3, 2003 10:10 AM
no budget for the 1s or 2s.
I'm a huge fan of Bebops...Matno
Nov 3, 2003 4:23 AM
They use SPD bolts (they're technically considered MTB pedals), but the cleat is fairly large and flat. 20 degrees of the smoothest float I've ever encountered, and just great pedals all around.

As for hot spots with SPD's, that has a lot more to do with a stiffer sole and a good fit than it does with the pedals, IMO. I use Sidi Dominators with my Bebops, and there is no way I would ever feel a hot spot from the cleat. The gel insoles I use are also a bonus. I rode 370 miles in 3 days on this combination after owning the shoes for only 3 short rides. At the end, my feet were perfectly comfortable. Not a single hot spot, red spot, or blister. Can't beat that!
Shimano PD-R600Saddle_Sore
Nov 3, 2003 4:41 AM
This Shimano pedal has a nice float and a wide area. It's pretty light too. I've only used it for about 500 miles but no "hot foot" yet.
hot spots? you need stiffer soles.lemmy999
Nov 3, 2003 4:55 AM
If your sole is stiff enough, then platform size of the pedal does not matter. the entire sole of the shoe would become your pedal. You are probably having problems with hotspots because you are using spd and most spd shoes are mtn bike shoes (and they are not as stiff). I use bebops with the sidi genius road shoe (and of course an adapter). You could also use these pedals with a carbon soled shimano road shoe. I have sidi dominator mtn bike shoes and they are not nearly as stiff as the sidi genius.