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    Shimano Road Pedals: Anyone use them?

    If so, what are your thoughts on the road pedals?

    After my iclics busted, I think it might be time to look at something that is not a plastic pedal.

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    Yes, I've used them for years. Never had a problem with them, and I like the big platform.
    There have been many days when I haven't felt like riding, but there has never been a day when I was sorry I rode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chasm54 View Post
    Yes, I've used them for years. Never had a problem with them, and I like the big platform.
    +1. I've only used them for about a year but, like Chasm, I like the big platform. I'm not so prone to hot spots on my feet with them.

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    The platform. Both sides clip in and one side with the big platform?

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    I have some single sided Shimano road pedals for years now. They work great, but I don't even know the model number. Here's what they look like:


    I have some double sided Shimano mountain pedals on the tandem that I got from a trade with another BF member several months ago. Those work great as well. Have other brand compatibles on my other bikes.
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    I ride with Shimano Ultegra 6700 pedals and love them. Have also had the Durace and 105s, which I sold with the bikes they were on. They performed well, too. (I still have some old spd pedals on my cychocross bike, the larger platform is a great improvement.)

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    Love my PD-1050 for clip n strap style, especially the ones with the closed ends (no dustcaps).

    I like my PD-7401 for clipless style but they weigh a TON - not for the weight weenie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cychologist View Post
    I ride with Shimano Ultegra 6700 pedals and love them. Have also had the Durace and 105s, which I sold with the bikes they were on. They performed well, too. (I still have some old spd pedals on my cychocross bike, the larger platform is a great improvement.)
    How often (miles wise) do you have to replace the cleats? I wore through my times cleats so fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
    How often (miles wise) do you have to replace the cleats? I wore through my times cleats so fast.

    I'm kind of interested in this too. I have the iclics pedals as well, and had the same problem with the cleats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hill-Pumper View Post
    I'm kind of interested in this too. I have the iclics pedals as well, and had the same problem with the cleats.
    Hill: The cleats SUCK with the iclics. The ones that they made a long time ago were made of much better material. Now it is all plastic. I had to change mine in Feb.... only 4 months after I got them! Crap they are and they cost a lot of money!

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    I just upgraded from SPDs to SPD-SLs on my road bike (still have SPDs on my commuter) and I like them a lot. Mainly I notice the difference in climbing. SPDs have a much smaller contact area, so they don't feel as secure when I'm really pulling. SPDs feel like they are pulling on the ball of my foot, but the SLs feel like I'm pulling with my whole foot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
    The platform. Both sides clip in and one side with the big platform?
    No, SPD-SLs are not double-sided. What I mean is that the pedal itself distributes the pressure widely across the sole of the shoe.

    I don't have much trouble with cleats wearing out, probably one set per 10000 - 15000 miles or so? I'm reasonably careful not to walk far in them, though.
    There have been many days when I haven't felt like riding, but there has never been a day when I was sorry I rode.

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    I use Dura Ace pedals. I like the big platform. They are easy enough to clip in and out of, have a few degrees of float yet still manage to feel solidly planted to my feet. The cleats will wear out fairly quick if you walk around a lot in them (walking around in them is a chore as well), but there isn't much wear caused by clipping in and out. They make little snap on plastic covers for the cleats for if you have to do some walking in them.

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    I have SPD-SL pedals on all my bikes. Have two pairs of shoes with the orange zero-float cleats. They are about one year old and have not worn to the point where they need to be replaced. As mentioned, I try to not walk in them very far or often. Also have the rubber covers, which helps a bit.
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    I'm using Shimano Ultegra 6700 Carbon SPD-SL pedals. They're only 12grams heavier than the Dura-Ace Cabon pedals and much less expensive. I've got about 700 miles on them without complaint.
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    I'd throw 'Crank Brothers' pedals into the ring. I use the "Mallet II" pedals (big clipless platform) with set-screws as well (I screw them in all the way to get easier float). Mine are like 18 months old now and still feel like new. Plus, they sell 'rebuild kits' cheap - so I'm hoping they will be my last pair of pedals - went through 3 different sets prior of other $100 buck no-name.

    If you don't want clipless, the 50/50 is a sweet platform pedal, and if you want smaller clipless platforms, chose the 'Candy', or all the way down to the egg-beater! Easy to clip into, no adjustment screws, smaller cleats, and dirt doesn't bother them, personally I love em~!
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
    How often (miles wise) do you have to replace the cleats? I wore through my times cleats so fast.

    Depends on how much you walk in them. Riding doesn't wear them out. I probably get two years or 6000 miles out of a pair of cleats, but they aren't expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cychologist View Post
    Depends on how much you walk in them. Riding doesn't wear them out. I probably get two years or 6000 miles out of a pair of cleats, but they aren't expensive.
    you use the plastic covers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter_C View Post
    I'd throw 'Crank Brothers' pedals into the ring. I use the "Mallet II" pedals (big clipless platform) with set-screws as well (I screw them in all the way to get easier float). Mine are like 18 months old now and still feel like new. Plus, they sell 'rebuild kits' cheap - so I'm hoping they will be my last pair of pedals - went through 3 different sets prior of other $100 buck no-name.

    If you don't want clipless, the 50/50 is a sweet platform pedal, and if you want smaller clipless platforms, chose the 'Candy', or all the way down to the egg-beater! Easy to clip into, no adjustment screws, smaller cleats, and dirt doesn't bother them, personally I love em~!
    with the mallets, is there any plastic on the pedal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cychologist View Post
    Depends on how much you walk in them. Riding doesn't wear them out. I probably get two years or 6000 miles out of a pair of cleats, but they aren't expensive.
    Quote Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
    you use the plastic covers?
    I just replaced my first set of cleats, but I do a bit of walking. SPD-SL cleats are among the most "walkable" of road cleats. Also, the pedals themselves aren't really fussy about dirt and other grit. Not sure if Shimano offers plastic covers. The cleats have plastic pontoons that aid walking.

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    My everyday pedals are Shimano PD-A600 pedals. They are SPD, Single sided, needle bearing, Ultegra level pedals. I use a pair of Shimano RT-31 touring shoes with them.
    The A600 has a pretty wide base designed to interface with the sole of the SPD shoe around the cleat. So they still provide a decent amount of power transfer and support for an SPD setup.

    I do have a set of Ultegra SPD-SL pedals, and shoes for when i get serious. They DO offer a better power transfer, and have a noticeable amount of reduced flex to the shoe (plastic vs. carbon), however, its not enough of a benefit for me to consider switching them out for every high energy ride i do. Because for me the marginal increase in performance is less of a benefit then the ability to walk into a convenience store without having to wear my helmet for fear of slipping and cracking my head open. So i usually only run my SPD-SL's maybe 3-4 times a year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
    with the mallets, is there any plastic on the pedal?
    None... Nope, nada...Every CB pedal type (Mallet, Candy, Egg-Beater, etc) has 3 levels (or grades) - except the cheapies with weird names, made for Nashbar, etc to sell - anyhow, like the Mallet comes as either the "Mallet I", Mallet II, or, Mallet III - the difference between I and II is a big quality jump, and the difference between II and III is not so much quality, but rather weight savings.

    http://www.crankbrothers.com/pedals_mallet.php To read all about them, and see MSRP pricing - then go to your favorite place to buy them - I got my Mallet IIs for like $135 bucks back when I bought them.

    Personally, I would *NOT* buy the grade/level I of a CB pedal, nor would I buy the grade/level III unless you are really after weight savings.

    The only difference between the different models is how much 'pedal' you want (or platform width).

    I've never tried any other clipless type pedal, but since I am thrilled with the Mallets, I never saw any reason to look anymore. I like not having to worry about any 'adjustment', I am still on my first set of cleats (cost bout $20 bucks), and on my Nashbar Ragster II sandals the cleats do not touch the floor when I walk (or barely touch)...
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    I'm running the bottom of the line R540 SPD-SL pedals and they work just fine. I don't see any reason to spend more money unless I lose a lot of weight and want to make the bike lighter. $39 from Nashbar, cheep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wfournier View Post
    I'm running the bottom of the line R540 SPD-SL pedals and they work just fine. I don't see any reason to spend more money unless I lose a lot of weight and want to make the bike lighter. $39 from Nashbar, cheep.
    I would've gone with the R540s using that same logic, but the reviews I read seemed to indicate that they have bearing issues that the 105s do not, so it's less about the weight and more about the build quality, I think.
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    I have been thinking about going to a road cleat lately. I've been having issues with my SPD's on longer rides. Used to be just 10 miles was enough to make me want to unclip, but after a process of incremental adjustments of the cleat position, velcro position, and ratchet position, I've arrived at what I think is the minimal amount of discomfort in the shoes... which lasts me about 50 miles before I've had enough and need to get off the bike.

    I'm thinking a road system would serve me better here. I originally got the SPD's because I was obsessed with this idea of needing to be able to walk long distances in them. After 7 months of use, I can testify that, besides one hill that I had to walk, I have never needed to walk any significant distance in them. So perhaps choosing a system based on an activity I'll be doing less than 1% of the time rather than basing it on what I do 99%+ of the time was a bit foolish.


    I'm heavily leaning towards Shimano SPD-SL as well, as that's what my LBS recommends. I'm having issues choosing between Ultegra and 105 though. Anyone have any insight? If the only difference is weight savings then I'll probably just get the heavier ones, that's not a terribly important concern to me right now. Anyone know how SPD-SL compares to say, Look Keo, as well?

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