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Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Marlborough, Massachusetts
Bikes: 2004 Calfee Tetra Pro
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Originally Posted by operator
The ultegras will be a completely superior pedal in every other regard besides the walkability. Huge platform, huge contact area.
How do you figure the Ultegra's to be a completely superior pedal in every way? The OP mentioned his two main concerns are ease of entry / exit and durability. Dual-sided pedals are easier to get in and out of then road-specific pedals -- just stomp and go. No need to learn to flip the pedal over to get the right side up.
Durability? Neither pedal mentioned by the OP is crazy light. I can't imagine either one would break under normal usage.
The OP will be commuting, which indicates to me at least some walking through the office. While walking in road shoes isn't difficult, it is somewhat ungainly and awkward.
Centuries? I rode probably 50 centuries over the years with SPD (the MTB version) pedals. Shoes with good stiff soles eliminated any hot-spot issues I was seeing. The larger contact area afforded by road shoes has some benefit when you're trying to wring out every last ounce of performance from your bike, but for recreational and errand riding, I don't think they offer any substantial benefits.