I also asked this in the road section, but thought I'd ask in my group of, shall we say, older, softer, more experienced riders. Due to an injury last year in Aug, and health problems, I've also put on about 40 lbs, but hope to lose it quickly once I get my new shoes and stuff.
Here's the question poised in the Road section:
Looking at the Sept. issue of Road Bike Action where they have "215 tips". tip #27 states "Pick out good cycling shoes and have the bike shop persnnel fit them to the BEST pedals you can afford".
I've been having problems with my feet hurting so I've ordered new shoes and orthotics, so I'm set there, but the pedals I'm using are Shimano "SPD-SL" PD-R540's, which I guess are the bottom of the line in their road pedals. Now I know durability and weight will be better on higher end pedals, but is there a big difference between feel an comfort between the lower end pedals and the upper end pedals? I mean, since the 540 series is the bargain model, would I have more support, and comfort, etc if I went up to the 105 or Ultegra series? I'm assuming the Dura Ace is out of the price range I wish to spend.
From what I can see, all the pedals are basically the same design, just lighter and/or stronger, so since it's a nice wide pedal, I assume the less expensive one will provide the same support and comfort and the top end ones.