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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 06-15-09, 05:55 AM   #1
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pedals for a newbie

returning to cycling after several years and several pounds... was at 320, down to 290 now!!!
just purchased a Cannondale caad9-5 (got a great deal on a 2008) looking to get clipless pedals, ideally with MTB shoes (easier to walk in) any suggestions??? I ride mostly city and sometimes with the kids, and don't want spend a fortune... thanks for the help!
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Old 06-15-09, 06:56 AM   #2
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I've just recently have been trying the Shimano A520 touring pedals out, getting in and out is easy but I have yet to go on a extended ride with them to see if I get any hot spots. I have tried allot of different pedals the last couple of years looking for something that would work. I have large wide feet and so far these have been the best clipless I have used. I have had numerous Crank Brothers, Wellgo and Shimano pedals and so far these are the ones that seem to work the best for me.
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Old 06-15-09, 07:02 AM   #3
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thanks, i was leaning towards the CB candy SL, they have a small platoform, that i can use with runers...any comments about them?
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Look at Shimano M086 shoes maybe? They're comfortable and have rubber soles with tread so you can walk on them. I just walked a little over 4 miles yesterday with a flat tire. The shoes stood up and I stood up.

The problem with the road clipless pedals is the cleats are rather large and I don't think they'd be comfortable to walk too far in.

When I was asking about pedals, people were suggesting something that either had a platform with clips in the middle or one side clipless and one side platform. Crank Brothers that makes egg beaters has a few sets of pedals like this.
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Look at Shimano M086 shoes maybe? They're comfortable and have rubber soles with tread so you can walk on them. I just walked a little over 4 miles yesterday with a flat tire. The shoes stood up and I stood up.

The problem with the road clipless pedals is the cleats are rather large and I don't think they'd be comfortable to walk too far in.

When I was asking about pedals, people were suggesting something that either had a platform with clips in the middle or one side clipless and one side platform. Crank Brothers that makes egg beaters has a few sets of pedals like this.
Road pedals are great if your priority is riding. If walking comfort is your priority then you'd be better off with SPD-style, toe clips, or even just BMX-style platforms.

My first clipless pedals were Shimano A530, with a platform on one side and SPD on the other. These seem like a great idea for someone new to clipless, but I found that after a week or two I never bothered to use the platform side. The left pedal also got very gritty and squeaky after less than 500 miles. If I were going to do it again I'd prefer to just go with road pedals. That said, I'm still considering replacing the heavy BMX platforms on my commuter with the A530s.
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Old 06-15-09, 11:44 AM   #6
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Ideq, I just purchased (last night) the smarty pedals which are similar in look and style to the Candys (as far as I can tell). THey are also crank bros but are more entry level I think. Got them at perfomance bike for 29.99 minus 15% plus 7 bucks shipping (total 32 bucks). THis is my first foray into clipless so who knows.
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I have a set of CB Candies and can ride with road or mtb shoes. I have two rides on them and so far I like them.
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Old 06-15-09, 01:52 PM   #8
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thank you all for the info, just came back from a 25mile ride, with my new bike and platform pedals... The LBS guy I usually go to, recommends the candy sl, allthough they did not have them in stock... I should get my new shoes (Northwave Lizzard SBS) this week and will keep looking for my pedals, thanks for the help!
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Go with Shimano SPD's. About $50. The after market stuff fades out then you can't find cleats or other needed hardware. I've had several brands of pedals. SPD's are still around an the others are in the trash cause I couldn't find replacement cleats.
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+1 on the shimano spd's.

I have a set of M324's. They are a little more pricey, but I can flip them over and ride in my flip flops for short rides. They are my first pair of clipless and they are easy to get in and out of.
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SPD's all the way... been using em for 15+ years with never an issue... the worst part about em is dealing with muck (MTBing)... not an issue on the road... using a pair of nashbar's right now (came with a bike)... they are wellgo's coppies of old ritchey pedals... work great for me...

i've seen to many failures of CB pedals... both 1st hand and been told stories... always snapped at the axle right where it comes out of the pedal and still attached to the shoe...

I hear great things about TIME ATAC pedals... but have been happy enough with SPD's that I won't bother yet
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Thanks, now you have me worried...failiures.......i will keep on looking, should i go with the stronger xt or xtr pedals then?
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if it's on the road I wouldn't be to concerned I suppose in all cases the bikes where and where ridden as MTB's so roots, dropps, occasional jumps ect where all part of the game... still enough that I won't bother with them (although many in my club love em)
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+1 on the Crank Bros. Candy C pedals. They are SPD-compatible so there are no issues with proprietary parts. Clipping in and out is easy and quickly becomes second nature. I'm using mine with Pearl Izumi X-Alp Seek MTB shoes, which run less than $100 and fit me great. Very walkable, but the sole is still nice and stiff for efficient power transfer.
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The SPD's are working fine for my wife and I. We're using MTB shoes and I've had no problem on rides up to 70 miles. My wife has just switched over to a stiffer shoe which looks like a cross between a road and MTB shoe. She can still walk in this shoe, but we're trying to alleviate the foot discomfort she is feeling after about 40 miles (2.5 hours); I think these stiffer shoes will solve this problem.

Lot's of options with the SPD's Shimano or otherwise. Cleats are relatively inexpensive and there are a range of shoe types available. My wife will still use the "softer" shoe for short rides and the stiffer shoe for longer rides.
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thank you for the help, my LBS will actually let my try both the Shimano and CB Candies... very nice of them, still waiting for my shoes to arrive, will advise once all is done!!!

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