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    Anyone have experience with housebrand pedals.

    I'm thinking of getting a pair of shoes and pedals from Performance. They have a special combo shoes and pedal for 70 bucks. What do you guys think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delta
    I'm thinking of getting a pair of shoes and pedals from Performance. They have a special combo shoes and pedal for 70 bucks. What do you guys think?
    I bought a pair of Ascents (an old Performance brand) on their flush rack once. The pedals would engage right with any cleat but the Performance brand. I've never had that problem with a Wellgo or Ritchey or Scott pedal. I have several bike and I can't have a pair of shoes for each one, so the Ascents are lost in the bottom of the pedal/lever bin. If you only have one bike, you are probably okay until Peformance changes vendors.

    On the other hand I really like the Shimano 520's. Great pedal that works well for pretty cheap.

    Stuart Black

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    I use nashbar & performance spd mtn. pedals on my commuter bikes and they work fine. I use nashbar mtn. bike shoes for commuting cause they're cheap & I won't get too upset about the abuse they take from commuting. On the plus side the shoes are warm in cold weather. On the minus side, they are a tad on the heavy side. The pedals have lasted about three years with no malfunctions.

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    I'm an amateur rider and I usually don't ride more than 40 min. I commute to/from work and school.

    I've used rebadged Wellgo pedals from Nashbar. I'm an amateur rider and I didn't adjust the tension on the pedals. I like them- they work well and are easy to clip in/out of.
    I also purchased Nashbar's shoes (rebadged LOOK shoes) and they also work well. I keep finding myself tightening the shoes more and more, so make sure you know your exact fit- and make sure the shoes have straps to tighten your toe box and your upper foot. It is important for your shoes to fit right, or else you lose power. My shoes have 3 straps, which seem to be better.

    Also, I'm a 200 lb rider- which seems to make a difference in shoe choices. Nshbar's operator suggested I purchase better shoes, which would be stiffer for someone with my weight. I went for the lower priced shoes and have done well.

    As far as pricing goes, you can get lower priced shoes and cleats- shoes retail for about $30 from Nashbar: http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename=

    And Performance has some pedals that are only $20:
    http://www.qbike.com/cgi-bin/goto.cg...tegory_ID=5240

    One last note:
    People have warned against buying cheap pedals becuase then it may be hard to find cleats. Ie: manuf. no longer makes the cleat, etc.
    Certain clipless pedals that SAY they are Shimano SPD compatible seem like they are a good deal- you can always buy SPD cleats ,right? Some say wrong- discount spd-compatible pdeals sometimes don't accept other cleats. The pedal I linked above is compatible to the SPD M51 cleats ( i think) which means they are a different kind of SPD.

    Did I help?

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    Yes you helped. Thank you all for your input. I appreciate it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delta
    I'm thinking of getting a pair of shoes and pedals from Performance. They have a special combo shoes and pedal for 70 bucks. What do you guys think?
    Depends upon your goals.

    If you're going to ride on pavement for 3+ hours, I'm gonna guess the shoes and pedals aren't good enough. If you're going to mt.bike on some technical or muddy terrain, again, I'm gonna guess not good enough. Granted, I don't know the combo you're refering to.

    So, what kind of riding are you going to do?

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    well right now I'm riding about 3 hours per ride. But I am planning on increasing of course. I'd like to reach the century ride before the end of the year.

    Do you suggest that I make a more adequate investment?

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    Delta,

    A lot of people have had good luck with low priced road pedals lasting a long time.
    However, you get what you pay for- springing for a bit more (cheap pedals are $15) you can get a quality Shimano MTB pedal that works fine for the road:
    http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?sku=12803 for $35 .

    Tell us what you decide to do!

    Also, when you buy your shoes, I reccomend getting shoes with 3 straps, or ones that fit you well. I wear a size 12.5 in USA measurements and I believe I bought a size 47 EU online- I'm glad the shoes have three straps because otherwise they wouldn't have fit me very well. Nashbar folks are very helpful about shoe fit.

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    Thank you very much. I'm debating if I should do the combo offer or just go ahead and get the Shimano R098 shoes which are about 95 bucks and then get the Shimano pedals which are also around 90-95 bucks. I wanna save but I don't want bad equipment either. I guess I'll make my final decision shortly and let you all know how it went. Thanks for all the advice.

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    Don't know if this helps or not. About 7 years ago I had a pair of Performance MTB pedals. They broke (internal parts shattered) within 2 months. I also had a pair of Shimano MTB shoes (best shoes I ever had) & lasted forever.

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    Delta:

    Last year I got the Performance combo for the Look style pedal (I think they are the "Classic" ones). I've I rode them all of last year and had a hard time getting out of them, more so the left then the right. I've tried to adjust tem several times but not much luck. Reciently I bought the Look A5 and have since have had a few rides with them. WHAT A DIFFERENCE. They are soooo much easier (or should I say smoother) to get out of and the variable floot settings ig great too. As for the shoes they are okay but I will most likely upgrade them this year too.

    So I say (from experience) its better to lay out the extra cash up front and get the better stuff.

    Bill

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    Man that is the kind of information I was looking for. Firsthand reports. Thank you guys so much. I don't mind spending a little more on something that's worth it. I really hate buying something that ends up breaking down on me. Thank you all once again.

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    i am not so concerned about performance shoes/cleats. but the performance pedals scare me. 3 hours per ride deserves more than that combo will handle. look always has close outs via performance. i thought my performance shoes were great till i tried on and rode real shoes. 3 hours per ride deserves comfort and performance.
    I have enough words to get me into trouble, but not enough to get me out of trouble.

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    Well I ended up buying the Shimano R098 Road shoes and the Speedplay X5 pedals. I'm gonna try them out today and give you guys a review tomorrow. Thanks for all your advice.

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    Well now that I have ridden them a few times I am very happy with the decision I made. They are so simple to use. As far as clipping in and out. Now I just gotta get the cleat covers to protect them as much as possible.

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    I think the performance Forte road pedals are "Wellgo" pedals just rebranded.

    I have a pair of Wellgo (look style) and they have been working great for 2,000 miles plus so far.

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