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Old 11-04-13, 06:12 PM   #1
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Best clipless/normal pedal combination?

I'm looking for some pedals for my SO's birthday. She just bought a mountain bike that she also commutes with when it's snowy (road bikes don't like (lots of) snow) so I would like to get her some pedals that can do both. She's been looking to get clipless pedals for her mountain bike because the few times we've gone she was slipping off her pedals the entire way, but since she also commutes (or if she's nervous on the trail) she can use the other side which is just a normal pedal.

I was looking at these ones from REI, but can you suggest anything better?

Please don't try to convince me to just buy normal clipless pedals, she already has 2 sets from friends giving them to her, she doesn't want to use them because during the winter she commutes on the bike more than she goes off road with it.
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Old 11-04-13, 06:29 PM   #2
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I have those on all 3 of my bikes. They work great for me when I ride clipless and for my wife when she rides in 'regular' shoes.
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Old 11-05-13, 03:23 AM   #3
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I was looking at these ones from REI, but can you suggest anything better?
Those are the pedals I use ... I have them on all my bicycles.
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I had a pair of them and I hated them. When I put my foot down on them they where always on the wrong side. I like these the best http://www.rei.com/product/705310/sh...pd-bike-pedals

Rei is way to pricey. You can buy them most places on line for 1/2 or less then rei like here http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/u...ls/rp-prod3760

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Old 11-05-13, 04:02 AM   #5
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I had a pair of them and I hated them. When I put my foot down on them they where always on the wrong side. I like these the best http://www.rei.com/product/705310/sh...pd-bike-pedals
If mine are on the "wrong" side, I just flip them.
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If mine are on the "wrong" side, I just flip them.
Yep you can do that. But in the city I would rather have my attention on traffic not looking down to see if my petals are on the right side or not. Sorry, I found them to be just to clumsy for me. I should also add they are also very heavy. Just my $.02

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Yep you can do that. In the city I would rather have my attention on traffic not looking down to see if my petals are on the right side or not. Sorry, I found them just to clumsy for me. Just my $.02
Well, it's not like it matters which side you're on ... you can ride with the "wrong" side until it is safe to flip. I rarely have to look down at mine.

It was such a relief to me to get those pedals, and move away from clipless.


But then I grew up with toe clips, so flipping pedals was a natural part of my cycling for about the first 25 years.
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Well, it's not like it matters which side you're on ... you can ride with the "wrong" side until it is safe to flip. I rarely have to look down at mine.

It was such a relief to me to get those pedals, and move away from clipless.


But then I grew up with toe clips, so flipping pedals was a natural part of my cycling for about the first 25 years.
At 35,187 posts when do you find time to ride?
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I've been happy with Wellgo's combo SPD pedals. They can usually be found cheaper than similar Shimano models, if price is a concern.
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Old 11-05-13, 04:53 AM   #10
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At 35,187 posts when do you find time to ride?
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Odd question. Really quite strange.

Do you normally cycle at 10 pm?
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I was looking at these ones from REI, but can you suggest anything better?

I have a set of these and they're very nice, I paid under $50 for mine brand new on eBay. However after going back to clipless I found that I don't like riding platform pedals anymore though unless they have clips or PowerGrip straps and even then I'm missing the clipless the entire ride............
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At 35,187 posts when do you find time to ride?
This wasn't really necessary, let's keep on topic here please. Different pedals are good for different people. To each his/her own.
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Welgo copied Shimano, the cage on the street shoe side is chromed steel .. on the original.
the copies cost less, may be good enough,.. YMMV...

Me I own a pedal wrench . its easy to unscrew pedals to change them.

Ergon my practical day to day choice..

pedal washers & greased threads..

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Welgo copied Shimano, the cage on the street shoe side is chromed steel .. on the original.
the copies cost less, may be good enough,.. YMMV...

Me I own a pedal wrench . its easy to unscrew pedals to change them.

Ergon my practical day to day choice..
I also own a pedal wrench, but these are not for MY bikes, they're for my girlfriend's. And she is by no means going to want to change pedals out at 6:00 in the morning or after a hard ride on the mountain.

Thanks for the information guys, I appreciate it. I'll look other places as well (ebay, amazon etc.)
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N+1, commute on a different bike , depending on the shoes (she) choosen wear ..
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Bought some for $50 bucks on e-bay, 30 bucks cheaper than REI or 14 bucks cheaper if you include the REI reward thingy. Not a bad deal!
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I have Shimano A530 on two of my bikes and find them great! The platform is comfortable and the clipless side works well.
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Since someone has already made a thread looking for suggestions on clipless pedals, I figure I'll ask here. I bought my 1st road bike two months ago but I'm on the fence whether I should invest in some cycling shoes and clipless pedals. When I bought my bike, my intentions were only to exercise and get out of the house that doesn't involve me getting into my pick-up. I have no intentions of competing or touring. In a couple of months, I'm about to start school and I know I won't have much time to ride like I'm doing now. I've been researching prices on these and they're not cheap especially when the only thing you can do with these shoes is cycling (unlike basketball and running shoes where you can wear them casually). My questions are:

Is a good investment to buy a decent pair of shoes / clipless pedals just for exercising?

Does pedaling with cycling shoes / clipless pedals make a big difference?

Keep in mind, I won't have much time to ride once school starts.
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The thing about clipless is that for me, I get much more power because I can pull up on the pedal and make more pronounced circular movement.

Even if you dont have much time to ride, it still gives a better workout and good cycling discipline BECAUSE of the different way of pedaling (pulling up).
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Since someone has already made a thread looking for suggestions on clipless pedals, I figure I'll ask here. I bought my 1st road bike two months ago but I'm on the fence whether I should invest in some cycling shoes and clipless pedals. When I bought my bike, my intentions were only to exercise and get out of the house that doesn't involve me getting into my pick-up. I have no intentions of competing or touring...
Does pedaling with cycling shoes / clipless pedals make a big difference?

Keep in mind, I won't have much time to ride once school starts.
I like pin platform pedals such as the Wellgo B065 for general around-town riding. They have a bit of grip to them because the pins dig into the soles of soft shoes such as runners, hiking boots, or even dressier shoes with rubber soles. Not quite as much grip as a clipless pedal, but enough to make a difference and make use of the hamstring muscles at the back of the pedal stroke.
I especially like them in winter because my hiking boots are warmer than any cycling shoe I've ever seen.
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I bought my 1st road bike two months ago but I'm on the fence whether I should invest in some cycling shoes and clipless pedals. When I bought my bike, my intentions were only to exercise and get out of the house that doesn't involve me getting into my pick-up. I have no intentions of competing or touring.
They will be well worth it to you. If you are careful with your shopping, you should be able to get out for $100 or less for entry level pieces that will be fine for a long time.

Road shoes and pedals if you're gonna stay on the bike during your rides, MTB shoes walk better if you are riding to the store to shop.
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The thing about clipless is that for me, I get much more power because I can pull up on the pedal and make more pronounced circular movement.

Even if you dont have much time to ride, it still gives a better workout and good cycling discipline BECAUSE of the different way of pedaling (pulling up).
This has never worked for me. I love the clipless system, and don't ride with platform shoes anymore - but I still don't pull up usually. How many here pull up on the pedal regularly? I find the locking itself advantageous enough.
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