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    Two-sided road pedal recommendations?

    Does anyone have a two-sided clipless road pedal they'd like to recommend?

    I've been using Looks for almost 30 years, but found at Hilly I really liked the way my two-sided mountain bike pedals (which I had put on the road bike in case I needed to walk) made it so much easier to start from a mid-hill dead stop without having to worry about flipping a pedal, or getting it in the right position while gravity is trying to stop me from rolling.

    Any raves or complaints about particular makes/models of pedals, and their associated cleats?
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    I heartily recommend SPD or Eggbeater mtb pedals. Heck, the Eggbeaters are 4 sided! There are many excellent shoes available that will accept the two hole cleats.

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    I use Eggbeaters on my cross and mtb. For 2 hr or less rides I'm good. I'm not sure how my feet would feel on 4 hr road ride putting constant pressure on a smaller area.
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    Speedplay X, never think about pedals again, plus they are easy to get out of.
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    Speedplay Zeros. With Speedplays, just make sure your cleats are clear of debris & periodically lubed. I like their weight, float & ground clearance.
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    Have these on my mtb and cross bikes. Love them. Why not use them on the road?

    As for a pure road pedal, I like the concept of speedplay zeros, but can't stand them in use. Too finicky for me. Cleat bolt tension must be correct, cleat needs to be clean and free of debris, use of dry lube, greasing spindles and the worst/heaviest least floor friendly metal plate cleats going.

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    I've been using Speedplay for years now. Never a problem. Easy in and out. I hear Sidi is now making shoes specific to Speedplay too.
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    Reckon you have to go a long way to beat the Shimano SPD pedal. Went Clipless about 15 years ago and had to replace them within 2 years- 2 years later the same but these were SPD compatible. So 11 years went Simano and still got them. Last year I felt that they were getting a bit tired as I had the tension screw in as tight as posiible and still kept pulling my feet out of the pedals. Bought new shoes instead and fitted new cleats and found out it was not the pedals at fault. first attempt to stop and luckily I found a post to grab hold of. The pedals were still good but 11 year old cleats wear a lot.
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    I ride on SPD pedals (M520) with Specialized Pro MTB shoes. Have put over 2,600 miles on them in less than a year and except for a little bit of nickel plating coming off of the pedal, they are still going strong. They are quick and easy to clip in and out of. I'm not sure that I would ever go to a road pedal.
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    I'm happy with my Speedplays.

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    For road, Speedplay, or Bebops.
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    I can't imagine having to walk up a steep hill in Speedplay road cleats. I'd stick with some kind of mtb pedal for what the OP wants. I personally use Shimano spd pedals (on my mtbs). Pick a model they all seem to work well. Since mud isn't really an issue on the road they should work just fine.

    I would just stick to my Look road pedals and try not to walk. If I did have to I'd walk up the grass on the side of the road. Chances are though, I'd fall over before I put a foot down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdon View Post
    As for a pure road pedal, I like the concept of speedplay zeros, but can't stand them in use. Too finicky for me. Cleat bolt tension must be correct, cleat needs to be clean and free of debris, use of dry lube, greasing spindles and the worst/heaviest least floor friendly metal plate cleats going.
    +1 to all of the above.

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    I bought a set of SpeedPlay Frogs for my touring bike, they work great. I can use mtb shoes with them so I can walk around if I want to while out riding. And the cleat supposedly is immune to clogging, but I don't go into mud with them anyway, nor do I walk in mud with my mtb shoes, but I guess it's good to know the pedal can handle it.

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    I have dual sided Shimano SPD's, and have no complaints.

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    SpeedPlay all the way. There can be a big difference between a pedal's external dimensions and its true platform size - the contact area between the shoe and cleat, where your foot actually applies power. With the patented design of Speedplay's Light Action, Zero and X pedals, the cleat provides a pedaling platform contact area that's at least 25% larger than other brands.

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