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Old 07-07-03, 11:27 PM   #1
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Road bike double sided clipless pedals

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A very newbie question for you all regarding clipless pedals. Performing a search of the forums it appears Mountain bike style pedals are generall double-sided, while road are not. Am I correct that you can clip in with the pedal facing in one direction with road pedals?

With the Shimano PD-R600, PD-R535 in particular can they only be used on one side?

Sorry for the really silly question... Its just easier here than ringing up the LBS

I find the current pedals on my Specialized Sequoia with SPD-R on one side and platform on the other a bit dangerous when trying to clip in quickly to go at a traffic light.

Any suggestions on a easy to clip in to, comfortable road pedal that is double sided?
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Many single-sided roadbike pedals are weighted thus supposedly avoiding the need for having them double-sided. That said, I prefer double-sided pedals so I use the Speedplay Zeros. All Speedplay pedals are double-sided and although the Frogs are considered to be an MTB pedal, many people have used them on roadbikes too. I did for a while but I found I didn't like all that much float and the cleats were incompatible with my shoes without goofy adapters so I switched to Zeros.

Other double-sided pedals commonly found on roadbikes include the Bebop, EggBeaters and Coombe pedals
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Ooops, khuon beat me to it

Both of those Shimano models are one-sided, yep. The Speedplay X-series road pedals are double-sided, very light, and have extreme corning clearance, but they also have a very free-floating feel that may take some getting used to.

You might consider some mountain-oriented pedals as an alternative. I like the Shimanos for their durable ball-&-roller spindle bearings (not ball-&-sleeve like many of the competitors' pedals), the heavy-gauge metal claws, and the ease of finding cleats. You'll give up some cornering clearance and add some weight.

Between the two, I can clip into my Speedplays more easily than my Shimanos.
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Ooo, those Zeros look cool!
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And Time ATACs that I use on my road bikes. I have the standard (original) ATACs on the Merida and the new MTB platforms on the touring/randon bike -- the MTB ones are also double sided. But the ATAC cleats are not compatible with SPDs.
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I have ATACs on my MTB and I love them. I switched over to them after finally getting fed up with SPDs clogging up from mud.
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What amazing response all in under 20 mins

Thanks everyone!
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My vote goes to the Speedplay road pedals. I've had them on two road bikes since 1995. I also love the eggbeaters w/MTB shoes. They are 4-sided and one of the easiest MTB pedals to get into. I've got them on two road fixes.
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Speedplays.
I got used to the float sometime after the first ride.
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I thought I just saw an ad for a pedal that Look is making using permission from Crank Brothers. It was the MTB style eggbeaters, but with a platform as well, sorta like the new Time "Z'. That seems like it would be a handy pedal to have for all around use.
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I thought I just saw an ad for a pedal that Look is making using permission from Crank Brothers. It was the MTB style eggbeaters, but with a platform as well, sorta like the new Time "Z'. That seems like it would be a handy pedal to have for all around use.
gonesh, I think you have 2 pedals mixed up.

Look has bought permission to use Crank Bros. patent for the eggbeater for their 4X4



and Crank Bros have come up with the candy SL and the mallet to compete with the Time ATAC and the Time Z



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Other double-sided pedals commonly found on roadbikes include the Bebop, EggBeaters and Coombe pedals
Actually....the eggbeaters are 4-sided....

I agree, Speedplays are one of the easiest double-sided road pedals to get into.
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gonesh, I think you have 2 pedals mixed up.
Yes indeed... Thanks for the info. I think the 4 sides is a great idea for MTB, maybe not so much for road, though?
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When you add the platforms to Eggbeaters can you still really consider them 4-sided?
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I guess not...?
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