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    Council of the Elders billydonn's Avatar
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    Got the Shoes- Now Need Advice on Road Pedals

    I've been riding SPDs for a couple years now but have decided to try some true road shoes. My new Sidis are on the way but now it's time to select the pedals. I'm particularly interested in a good contact area that might help further eliminate hotspots on longer rides. 50+ roadies... what has worked well for you?

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    SPD-SL. Not the lightest but they're reliable and have a large contact area (and large but relatively walkable) cleat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ericm979 View Post
    SPD-SL. Not the lightest but they're reliable and have a large contact area (and large but relatively walkable) cleat.
    Seem to be agreeing with you a lot this morning. I use these, the large contact area suits me and in over five years I've never had a problem with them.
    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 used Looks for over 20 years. My most recent pedal purchase was a relatively inexpensive pair of Nashbar Look-compatibles just to save some money.
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    I am quite happy with my Speedplay Zeros. Buy the ones with the cheapest spindles. I bought aftermarket titanium spindles and paid much less for the pedals and spindles than if I had bought Speedplay with titanium spindles. The aftermarket spindles are also rated for a heavier rider.

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    I use and like the SPD-SL pedals BillyDonn. A good stable platform, turns very smoothly and has some release adjustment that really works for me. I use Adidas shoes with the Shimano cleats that came with the pedals. Cleats are readily available should you need them, from several sources. YMMV. Best of luck in choosing.

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    I used the older style Look pedals with delta cleats for many years and compatible VP knockoffs with great results. I switched to SPD-SL a couple of years ago and find them very similar but like the slightly wider platform and better walkability of the cleats.
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    +1 on the SPD-SL pedals. I've used them for the past 3 years. Wide and plenty of foot support.


    I must mention that I switched to Speedplay Light Action last month because recently I've been having problems getting unclipped in emergency situations. Yes, the tension is set to minimum.
    Its easier to unclip with the Speedplays.
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    Late to the party and Ericm979 and Chasm54 have already scored the best looking women.
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    Yea the SPD SL [+ the pontoons for stability, off the bike,]
    will let you use your existing pedals ..

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    All I've ever used are SPD-SL. I read posts about hot spots and go ???? Never had the experience.

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    I have a set of Look KEO Blades, and love them. They have a larger contact area than other KEOs, are easier to clip into, and are as light as pedals get. I had almost given up on Look due to clip in issues, until I tried these. They are in the "Expensive but worth it" category for me.
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    I use the SPD-SL (105 level) and they are great. Used the Nashbar Look ARC compatibles for a while and hated them.

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    Up till about a year ago it was Look ARC pedals. Switched to Shimano SPD-SL Ultegra pedals and have not looked back.
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    I use SPD-SL also, love em.

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    gtragitt is correct. Speedplay Zeroes are great. The platform is realtively small, though. In return you get float that's easy on the knees.

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    Look Keos on all the road bikes but the commuter.
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    Speedplay Zeros, The best stomp and go pedal out there. If you are starting out on a hill and can't hook up... You got the picture. The most adjustable cleat too. The cleat engages the pedal on either side, no flipping or fiddling, or looking down. After a short learning curve they are a snap.
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    Really like my Look Keos. Very easy to get in and out and never had an accidental pop out. Good float also. But if you plan to walk any at all, get the SPDs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil85207 View Post
    Speedplay Zeros, The best stomp and go pedal out there. If you are starting out on a hill and can't hook up... You got the picture. The most adjustable cleat too. The cleat engages the pedal on either side, no flipping or fiddling, or looking down. After a short learning curve they are a snap.
    I've been using the same Speedplays for the past 5 yrs. and am well satisfied with them.

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    By the time many of us decided to go for a good road shoe we more or less knew walking was going to be a purely secondary consideration. I tried Look and SPDs and they were both fine. Neither were real walking shoes. Got a set of Speed Play zeros and was impressed almost from the start. Easy to get into and the float is easy to adjust. However a cleat cover should be used whenever you walk into a cafe. More than likely you will be satisfied with any of the three pedals. On my back up bike I still use a MTB shoe and pedal because I will more than likely do more walking when going to the store and over to visit a friend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mobile 155 View Post
    By the time many of us decided to go for a good road shoe we more or less knew walking was going to be a purely secondary consideration. I tried Look and SPDs and they were both fine. Neither were real walking shoes. Got a set of Speed Play zeros and was impressed almost from the start. Easy to get into and the float is easy to adjust. However a cleat cover should be used whenever you walk into a cafe. More than likely you will be satisfied with any of the three pedals. On my back up bike I still use a MTB shoe and pedal because I will more than likely do more walking when going to the store and over to visit a friend.
    ...or if you have a long walk from damaged wheel or blown tire(not tube, tire).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikey Mikey View Post
    ...or if you have a long walk from damaged wheel or blown tire(not tube, tire).
    That might be a valid point. When I ride my back up bike I am most often by myself and just may have to walk more if I got a bad cut or blown sidewall. But then I always have to cell phone.

    I have walked up to a mile wearing my MTB shoes and it is no fun either. It isn't like walking in tennis shoes.
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    +1 on the cell phone, but there are many times that, other than a cab or 911, I wouldn't have anyone to help me out as no one would be available.

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    I currently use Shimano SPD-SL's (105), but have decided to replace them with Speedplay Zeros. Why? The SPD-SL's are the first clipless pedal I've used. They are the primary brand the LBS which sold me my bike offers, so by default that is what went on the bike. After 13 months of riding, with over 1500 miles under my belt, I still cannot always clip-in reliably (meaning first time without looking), and I find that unacceptable. Under "perfect" conditions I have a little routine that works well, but if road or traffic conditions are less than perfect and I miss the first attempt, it can sometimes degenerate into a nerve-wracking struggle. I completed my first organized long-distance ride this past weekend (a metric century), and by the end of that ride, either through mental or physical fatigue--or a combination of both, plus maybe a true mechanical issue--I was finding myself less and less able to clip-in after each stop sign or red light, etc. Frankly, it became something of a safety issue.

    My sense is the situation may be an actual mechanical issue, now. Walking on the cleats has led to the wearing down of some of the plastic structures on the cleats. I am wondering if this is making it harder for the cleats to engage the necessary structure on the pedal? Had they been easy to use when new, I would simply buy a new cleat, but since they weren't the easiest pedal to use even when new, I've decided to give the Speedplay Zeros a try.

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