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    What pedals do you use when racing?

    I have the speedplay frogs and I love how they work for my commuter. Are the speedplays recomended when riding in competative group rides? I like the float and freedom I get from not having a spring push my foot in an uncomftorable position. I just need some info that gives me a basic idea on why certain pedals are good to use for racing. Thanks

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    there was a poll about this awhile ago. if i remember correctly the SPD-SL's were first, with Keo's in second and speedplays in third. or something like that.
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    Look Keo Carbons. Nice large platform for easy clip-in and out, and good for power transfer. Also you can tension these suckers right up, whis is what I like. On my commuter and training bike I use eggbeaters, for the recessed cleat, set into mountain bike shoes.

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    Look Keo Carbons! Best pedal ever..
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    Ultegra SPD-SL, but I might be picking up a pair of Keos if I can swing a deal on them.

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    I was on Look Deltas for a while, but I'm a Shimano SPD-SL man now. The new Dura-Ace pedal with the wider platform and metal pad is the best system I have ever used. I love the feel of power transfer and the low Q-factor. My only concern is whether I can pedal through a corner with out clipping the deck, but it hasn't been a problem yet.

    EDIT: I should note that I've tried Time and Speedplay. Time was Ok, but Speedplay was just too weird for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edonis13 View Post
    there was a poll about this awhile ago. if i remember correctly the SPD-SL's were first, with Keo's in second and speedplays in third. or something like that.
    Yep, here it is.
    Which pedals for racing?
    SPD-SL was indeed the top choice and Keo was second. Everything else was distant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UT_Dude View Post
    Look Keo Carbons! Best pedal ever..
    and you know this because you've tried multiple pedal systems over your long history of cycling?

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    Quote Originally Posted by botto View Post
    and you know this because you've tried multiple pedal systems over your long history of cycling?
    Somehow I wouldn't be surprised. The multiple pedal systems part, not the long history.

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    Look Keo Sprints, because I haven't shelled out the $$ for carbons yet.
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    Speedplay Zeros

    - double sided so you shouldnt be be dufus who cant clip in at the start of a race
    - great cornering clearance so you shouldnt be the dufus who clips a pedal in a turn and goes pavement surfing
    - nearly impossible to accidentally unclip, so you shouldnt be the dufus who unclips during a sprint or acceleration and goes pavement surfing
    - adjustable float, so you shouldnt be the dufus whining no teh innernets about knee pain

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    I love the feel of speedplays. Why do you not like the speedplays? I see they are very easy to clip in and out and you get a good power transfer from them too. They are a good knee saver as well, so what is wrong with them?
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    This comes up periodically - if the search function is working you'll find plenty of similar threads.

    Your pedals are just fine for group rides.

    I've got various versions of the Time RXS series pedals on my various bikes.
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    For what it's worth, I've tried out a friend's Time RXS and might be using those, occasionally, as well.
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    I like the groundclearance Speedplays give me. I use 180mm cranks so every little bit helps.

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    Use to have some Look pedals, but switched to some Speedplay Zeros.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MDcatV View Post
    Speedplay Zeros

    - double sided so you shouldnt be be dufus who cant clip in at the start of a race
    - great cornering clearance so you shouldnt be the dufus who clips a pedal in a turn and goes pavement surfing
    - nearly impossible to accidentally unclip, so you shouldnt be the dufus who unclips during a sprint or acceleration and goes pavement surfing
    - adjustable float, so you shouldnt be the dufus whining no teh innernets about knee pain
    I actually have an easier time clipping into Looks than Speedplays because the Looks always return to a nose up position while the Speedplays are at a random location. I toe flip always gets my feet into the Looks while I sometimes have to step twice to get the Speedplays to engage.

    I agree on the cornering clearance and float, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdcheung View Post
    Look Keo Sprints, because I haven't shelled out the $$ for carbons yet.
    Look Keo Classics, because I haven't shelled out the $$ for sprints yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmac27 View Post
    I love the feel of speedplays. Why do you not like the speedplays? I see they are very easy to clip in and out and you get a good power transfer from them too. They are a good knee saver as well, so what is wrong with them?
    I don't see why everyone has a hard-on for float. Why do you need to move your feet around so much? If your cleat is on your shoe straight, then you shouldn't ever have knee problems, no?

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    i ride spd-sl's, but i got in on the PBK $60 ultegra deal. I had look deltas before and I really like the engagement (more so than the spd-sl's), it was a really solid "bang" when you were in. I switched because the stack height on them seemed huge, and they looked goofy on my new carbon bike. OCP? *shrug*

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