Pedals and shoes
Just picked up a 2010 Cannondale Caad9-5 and was looking for some suggestions on pedals and shoes. I have never used clipless, however that is what I am interested in purchasing. Interested in some recommendations for what shoes and why you like them. Thanks!
I'll get my recommendation in early! I use speedplay frogs on all of my bikes. They are, in fact, mtb pedals but the shoes are easy to walk in if necessary and they have unlimited float which for me is nice as I have "busy" feet on the pedals. I have also found the pedals easy to clip in and out of. As to shoes, whatever you buy, like a bike make sure they fit properly.
You can do a search here on the forums and get a lot of good information and many different recommendations. This, of course, may make a difficult choice even more difficult. It is, however, part of the journey.:D
I also like Speed Plays but I use Zeros. For my CF road bike I use Shimano R131s. I like the fit and the air flow in the summer. I also kave some Lake Keos that I use on my Jamis and some crank brothers I use on my MTB. So far all of my shoes have been Shimano but I am considering a pair of those Specialized S-works road shoes with the one button adjustment.
I like the Speed Plays because of the double side clip in ability and their light weight. The Shimano shoes have been very comfortable and I haven't had any hot spots with them.
I'll stay with the Speedplay theme but mention my Light Actions. For a beginner they tend to be easier to get in/out of (though I've also read that if you go with Zeros they aren't that hard to get in and out of). I have Louis Garneau Futuras for shoes.
People who are new to clipless pedals generally start with two-sided SPD pedals. Easy to get into and out of. Any road shoe that fits comfortably, is in your price range, and has the correct hole pattern on the sole is what you should get.
i think that's the most important thing. unless you are a racer, i think most people are better served by mtn bike shoes and pedals. it's nice to be able to walk like a normal person.
Originally Posted by rck
that's what i did, about 12 years ago and i've never found a reason to switch away from SPDs. btw, most (all?) clipless pedals have adjustable tension. you might want to loosen them up initially.
Originally Posted by RonH
my shoes are Shimanos. i prefer a ratcheting strap instead of all velcro straps.