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Old 04-07-09, 11:33 AM   #1
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Clipless pedals....

Im having trouble deciding on a clipless pedal. Who rides clipless out there and can recommend a durable clipless pedal to handle my weight. I weigh 275lbs. I ride a road bike and currently ride it about 4 days a week. Around 75 -80 miles a week. Thanks for your input.
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Old 04-07-09, 11:58 AM   #2
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I started with Shimano M520 SPDs as they are rugged and easy to get into and out of. The other half of the equation is shoes. Stiff soles are harder to walk in but easier on your feet when riding. Unless you plan to walk around in your cycling shoes, I'd suggest going for road shoes regardless of pedal type.
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Old 04-07-09, 12:10 PM   #3
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Ok. I was looking at the 520. I plan on a mtb shoe also. I will go to my LBS to try some on. Any suggestions on that? Thanks
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Old 04-07-09, 12:27 PM   #4
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I used to dislike the whole idea of clipless. Now, I could not imagine going without.

My shoes are SPD, and I go with the MTB style. It's easier to walk in those and I don't feel like a duck when I go into a restaurant, which I do often because I love food.
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Shimano spd-sl r540. I just ordered a second pair for $54.00 shipped, they are easy to use and pretty durable. I ordered a new pair because I am getting a Rival crankset and want the black pedals to match lol.
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Old 04-07-09, 01:54 PM   #6
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opinions vary, but ive switched from spd to time atac xs because my knees needed more float. im very happy with time. they are more expensive, but it is worth it to me.

as far as durability goes, many of the knuckleheads that i call friends, who used to messenger, primarily used time, not only becasue they held better when full of snow, but they never had to maintain them and they still worked...forever

that was good enough for me and i, along with my knees, are glad we switched to time atac.

oh yeah, spd shoe compatible.

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Shimano spd-sl r540. I just ordered a second pair for $54.00 shipped, they are easy to use and pretty durable. I ordered a new pair because I am getting a Rival crankset and want the black pedals to match lol.
Glad to hear you're happy with these. I've got Look ARC knock-offs on my road bike (cheapest Nashbar pedals and the release is a bit dicey) and plan to switch to the SPD-SL R540s when I find a good enough deal (I need silver to match my crankset and the less expensive ones are typically black).
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I started on SPD pedals when i was still 300 pounds on my mountian bike. they handled the abuse fine so i bought SPD pedals for my road bikes so i wouldn't have to buy new shoes. i just use my MTB shoes for road riding. as is said above in mountain bike shoes, its easier to walk and everybody likes you better since your not leaving cleat marks all over the floors.
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I've been riding Crank Brothers Candy pedals, with mtb shoes. I like the better than spd they give you a bit more float. I love em. Nashbar has a special on them pedals and a set of crank bros mtb shoes for $154.00.
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I'm 270 and have about 900 miles on my 520's. I use the M324 clip/platform pedal on my commuter bike.
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I started on Shimano SPD's, moved to a road pedal Shimano Ultegra's, then Look Keo's and all three were small for my foot and I eventually started using Time ATAC Alium. They are great. I can still use touring shoes an they are really easy to clip in and out and gave me a nice wide surface to put my foot on. I have not had any foot pain since I moved to them. I use them on both my bikes.
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Another vote for the Shimano M520 SPD pedals. I recently switched to them after using Crank Brothers Eggbeater pedals for about a year. The 520s provide just enough float to keep my knees happy. If you've never used clipless pedals before, you'll like the adjustable tension on the 520s and the easy entry/exit. I use the SH56 multi-release cleats when riding off-road, which makes the pedals super easy to unclip.

For shoes, I have pair of Shimano MT31s that I use with my commuter bike as well as a set of M160 shoes that I use for more "serious" riding. Wish the soles on the MT31 were just a hair thicker; the SPD cleats are tall enough that they occasionally bang into the ground when walking around on the MT31s.
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Glad to hear you're happy with these. I've got Look ARC knock-offs on my road bike (cheapest Nashbar pedals and the release is a bit dicey) and plan to switch to the SPD-SL R540s when I find a good enough deal (I need silver to match my crankset and the less expensive ones are typically black).
You'll be hard pressed to find a better deal than here:

http://www.probikekit.com/display.php?code=NP07534

Black and Silver same price, this is the trend that i have noticed at most online stores.
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well, if you dont want recessed cleats, word on the street is that spd-sls are the only way to fly.
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Thanks for all the responses. You have gave me some great info.
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anyone use speedplay pedals... been looking at them to replace my r540's. from what i read, you dont need to flip them around looking for the right side, because they are double sided and since the pedal is rounded, you can pretty much just step on them and click, you're in...

that would be nice... no more one footed pedaling across the intersection because i couldn't clip-in fast enough
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I have the speedplay x-5 pedals on a nike carbon sole road shoes. I really like the ease of entry. I don't have to look at the pedals at all. I would suggest getting the light action pedals because the springs are pretty stiff on the x-series. If you don't want your pedals to float freely then def. don't get the x-series. There is no float stop what-so-ever other than the point where the pedal releases the cleat. I have been very happy with them but if I had to do it again I would probably have gotten the zeros. I found mine for a good deal used on ebay so I pulled the trigger. Make sure to get a stiff sole shoe so you don't get any "hot spots" on your feet.
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thanks, i've been looking at the zeros and i have a stiff road shoe so i should be ok on that end. i'll be looking to find some in the near future. thanks again
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I have Speedplay Zeros and couldn't be happier. I put them on my road bike to replace SPDs and I much prefer the free float. The adjustability of the Zeros is worth the few extra bucks they cost compared to the other Speedplay pedals.
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+1 for the Speedplays - Any version to me is better than the others I have used. I started on SPDs on my MTB and they are great for that bike, but on my road bike I quckly got into a good Sidi Shoe and the Speedplay Light Actions and never looked back. I'm thinking about going to the Zeros. I have pulled my shoe free of the Light Actions a few times going hard up-hill and that is not where you want to pull out. Ouch!!
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http://www.probikekit.com/display.php?code=NP07534

Black and Silver same price, this is the trend that i have noticed at most online stores.
Thanks. They are out of stock but I signed up for an email alert. Hopefully they'll hold the price when the new stock arrives.
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Thanks. They are out of stock but I signed up for an email alert. Hopefully they'll hold the price when the new stock arrives.
I emailed them yesterday they said they should have them back in stock by the end of the month. That price includes shipping btw.
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For those using Speedplays, how hard is it to walk around in the cleats? The reason I ask is that I live on a gravel road and I walk my bike about 150 yards both at the beginning and end of my ride.
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Ok. I was looking at the 520. I plan on a mtb shoe also. I will go to my LBS to try some on. Any suggestions on that? Thanks
The M520 is the best deal out there. I've seen them for less than $25. Very rugged. I've got some pushing 5 years of hard mountain biking and never had any issues with them.
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I emailed them yesterday they said they should have them back in stock by the end of the month. That price includes shipping btw.
I noticed that shipping was included. Their total price isn't much more than ordering a set of replacement cleats elsewhere. Hopefully they'll be back in stock soon.
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