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Old 03-01-07, 12:50 PM   #1
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clipless pedals: cleat compatibility

I've never used clipless pedals but there's some sales going on that might spur me to give it a shot.
Was thinking about a pair of Crank Bros Smarty for my commuter bike, and a set of Forte Campus for my SS MTB (clips on one side, and platform on the other, so they'd be good for cruising to the store, lending to a friend, etc.)

So my question is: if I buy one pair of shoes, will I be able to go back and forth b/w both bikes without any issues? I'm not fully up to speed on cleat shapes and sizes.

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Between those two? No.
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Then would you maybe recommend these Ritcheys for my commuter and the Campus for the MTB? Would that work?

Or do people recommend Crank Brothers enough to just get those and deal with standard platforms on my MTB until I make a decision?
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Another option is Crankbrother pedals for both bikes. Perhaps eggbeaters or candy pedals for the commuter and mallets (with the large platform around the clip) for the MTB?

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I am currently riding Nashbar mountain bike pedals. I started with Crank Bros Mallet C SE's. The left pedal froze up after six months and the pedal was coming out from the spindle. My learning curve and falling to that side more than once may have led to damaging the pedal. My commuter is very heavy.

I have concluded that platform style clipless pedals are unnecesary even for learning.

I am going to build or buy or find a second bike and it will get the same pedals I currently use. I get a second pair of compatible cleats for free for both bikes. Then, I can shop for a second pair of SPD compatible shoes or most likely sandals.
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The Ritcheys are supposedly a touch different from Shimano SPD, so you ideally shouldn't mix them.

If you want the cheapo campus thingies, get a Shimano 520 or any other Shimano for the other bike.

Edit: the site says they're 100% Shimano compatible, I have no proof that this is true.
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Old 03-02-07, 03:38 PM   #7
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Not that you asked, but I tried the Forte Campus pedal with Shimano SPD cleats. I have two other bikes with Shimano SPD's. The Forte work, but bind a little. Made me uncomfortable thinking they might not come out when needed so I took the Forte's back and got Shimano's similar pedal.
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