Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Hamilton, ON, CA
Bikes: Bianchi ML3 Reparto Course; Rossi track bike (Campy Record and Miche components); Haro V4/V1; Vintage Bianchi steel roadie rebuilding to fixie
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good clipless pedals/shoes for fixed commuting?
I'm looking for a good pair of pedals (clipless spd) to put on my fixed commuter. Also, looking for a good pair of shoes that I can walk in, and wear around in general (not that I will if I'm not riding, but thats the ideal).
I just have look road pedals and road shoes on my racing bike, and I am happy with them for my needs there. I'm pretty sure spds are the way to go for a commuter with my needs for commuting...which are:
-good pedal clearance (pedal strike sucks!)
-strong (not sure if this is an issue or not, I weigh 185lbs and ride hard - sometimes skid-stops, usually don't use brakes, track stand, curb hop, ride on rough Hamilton roads)
-durable (probably will put them on my touring bike in a year or so, if feasible)
-not concerned terribly about weight
-don't need multi-release ones
-don't necessarily need two-sided (or 4-sided in the egg-beater case) pedals, but if you have convincing arguments as to why such things would be useful on a fixed wheel bike, please share
-clipless system that doesn't put your feet too far forward (toe-overlap sucks when fixed) -- so either shoes with good adjustments or a pedal that doesn't clip in far ahead of the crank arm (not sure if this even happens or is a variation, but is here for completeness-sake). My current caged pedals don't have toe-overlap, so I don't think this will be a concern.
-not too worried about mud/road grim/gunk inhibiting clips, any system that deals with mud is merely an ancillary benefit
-Don't care about branding of shoe or pedal, so long as it does what I need/want
Not sure what else I need to think about, though I think I will find myself limited by what my LBS has in store for the most part, since I really am not picky.
Mainly I am looking for some personal experience and anecdotal advice any of you fixed riders have on pedal/shoe selection. What works for you? Why? Things to stay away from (like clipless-platform combos, or anything else)?
Thanks a bunch!
Last edited by ubbaken; 04-09-07 at 04:49 PM.