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Old 02-05-08, 09:23 AM   #1
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What pedals and shoes do you use?

I'm thinking about getting some clipless pedals and shoes. However, I have no idea what to get. Anyone have any recommendations or warnings?
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Old 02-05-08, 09:28 AM   #2
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I have Look pedals and Sidi shoes.
I like the Look pedals, because they look solid and unbreakable to me. And so far they've kept me clipped in, no matter what.

For the shoes I would recommend whatever fits and feels best. Remember that your foot swells once you start hammering, so you need to size your shoe depending on your swollen foot size, not your normal foot size
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Specialized BG Road and casual shoes..... Crank Brothers Candy and Quattro pedals. Generally innerchangable between my road shoes.
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Pedals

Time, every time!
http://www.time-sport.com/us/home.htm
http://www.mtbr.com/reviews/manufacturers/3421/



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Sidi SRS only
http://www.sidiusa.com/mtb.html
http://www.mtbr.com/reviews/manufacturers/3490/

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Ultegra and Dura-Ace SPD-SL pedals, I have bought 8 sets in the last 18 months for various bikes. I also have three different pairs of shoes depending on the weather conditions.

Cold/Wet/Freezing ~~ Performance CAT-1 shoes (they seem to run about 1/2 size bigger can accommodate thicker wool socks)
Cool/Cold ~~ Sidi Genius 5 Lorica Mega (these tend to run a little warm since the vents are small)
Warm/Hot ~~ Shimano 215's (the biggest vents and most mesh, fit is the same as the Sidi Mega)
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I have Pearl Izumi shoes (Juice R2) and my pedals are Shimano Dura-Ace (PD-7800).

Nashbar have some things on sale, or at least that is what the catalog that arrived in the mail yesterday said.

Eggbeaters seem to be a new preference for a lot of people. I didn't even look at them, because of the cheap price I got on my gear above.
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Guess I should have specified for a mountain bike, not a road bike.

Thanks for all the quick responses, though!
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Guess I should have specified for a mountain bike, not a road bike...
There's no point in using seperate shoes/pedals for different types of bikes. Just get one pair of good, stiff shoes that you can walk in and then use the same pedal type on all the bikes. For me that's Time Z on the freeride bike, and Time XS on the others with one pair of shoes and cleats covering all.
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I have a pair of (at least) 10 year old Shimano M545 SPD pedals on my Cross-Check. I wear Forte CM200 (Performance house brand, $35) shoes.

I like the SPD pedals for ease of clipping in (dual sided) and that I can walk around in the shoes normally. I have a pair of Nashbar's Look-compatables on my PDG Series-5 and I wear some old Look shoes with the red cleats. I don't like that combo nearly as much as my SPD set up.
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For a mountain bike a lot of people recommend the egg beaters.

http://www.crankbrothers.com/eggbeater.php
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Specialized BG Pro Carbon, Shimano SPD-6620 pedals. I'm new to clipless as well. These shoes are very comfortable and the pedals are easy enough for a rookie to get in and out of without busting your arse!! Highly recommend. Lp
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I'm thinking about getting some clipless pedals and shoes. However, I have no idea what to get. Anyone have any recommendations or warnings?
M520 mountain bike pedal - around $50 - and whatever mountain bike shoe fits and is on sale. I've done the road shoe thing and never saw the appeal. Mountain bike shoes can be as light and stiff as a road shoe and you can almost walk like a real person Due to various mishaps, I've even walked 10 to 15 miles in a pair of Pearl Izumi carbon fiber soled mountain shoes (Not all in one sitting) I wouldn't suggest it but it can be done. I don't think I could say the same for a set of road shoes.
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I have been really enjoying my Speedplay Frogs with Sidi Blazes for the shoes. The trick with these is to make sure you're in. There can be sort of a "fake in" which you can pull out of pretty easily and a "real in" where you're attached for good. Overall I love them and the added float just feels nice when I need a little bit more body english.
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I use the SPD pedals with mtb bike shoes on the mtb bike and also on the cross bike I have set up for the road. I like the mtb shoes for the same reasons as cyccocommute and many others. Do a search on the subject and you can get a lot feedback, I know the 50+ group debate the issue every few months.
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