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    SPDs for LDC

    My first and only clipless pedals are SPDs. I have the perhaps misguided idea that this system is slightly easier on my knees than the standard road pedals because of the additional float they allow. I am pretty satisfied with the pedals, but I would like to upgrade my shoes. I bought the Specialized Tahos, because I thought I might walk in them, but I don't, and they are heavy and flexible. I was wondering if anyone used SPD's and was happy with their shoes for LD.

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    I have a old-ish pair of Shimano SH-MO 38's that I love, used them for 4 years and they're pretty good to walk in. Done a couple of tours and a few metric and imperial centuries in them without problems. Don't know if they make them anymore but the MO 40 look about the same.

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    I use SPDs for my brevets and have no problems with them. I know quite a few others as well.

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    I have an old pair of Dura Ace 7420 SPD's that I love. Absolutely my favorite pedal spd combo. I use Sidi Genius 5 shoes that I just got this summer. Prior to those I had a Pair of Sidi Genius 2's that are on their last legs. I bought a pair of Speedplay Zero's when I bought my new shoes but I just can't give up on the old 7410's. I may have to because it's getting really hard to find/replace the Shimano SH71 cleats. Anybody know after how long or when I should replace them? Anyone know where to get them? The ones I am using are over 6 years old. I would like to keep the pedals on my trainer this winter.

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    I use spd's with virtually no problems. Although I will switching to shimano's newer touring/road pedals that are for spd's. They have a bit more of a platform for better knee support.
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    another happy SPD user here - used to use speedplays, but they got uncomfortable on long days
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    I use SPD cleats, too. I'm interested in the new Shimano SPD touring shoes, after having seen spin guru mention them, and I checked 'em out on Shimano's site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
    I use SPD cleats, too. I'm interested in the new Shimano SPD touring shoes, after having seen spin guru mention them, and I checked 'em out on Shimano's site.
    Can you post a link? I have a pair of Shimano SPD touring shoes that I bought in 1984 and I love them for long days on the bike... but the colors are terrible. My brother won't even ride with me if I wear them!
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    Sidi Dominators are a perfect match for SPDs. They walk OK. They seem to last forever. They don't give me hot foot and they both climb and sprint well. They come in a wide range of sizes. They are expensive, but if you get the fit right, you won't need another pair for a couple of decades.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carbonfiberboy View Post
    Sidi Dominators are a perfect match for SPDs. They walk OK. They seem to last forever. They don't give me hot foot and they both climb and sprint well. They come in a wide range of sizes. They are expensive, but if you get the fit right, you won't need another pair for a couple of decades.
    I like the Dominators, but I'm leaning toward the Shimano Road Touring shoes because they don't have the same aggressive lugged sole as most MTB shoes do, and they're a bit more "roadie" designed than the average "sneaker style" touring shoe.

    The Road Touring shoes are in the drop menu on the right, in the link.

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    Check out on shimano's website under road/touring pedals the pd A530 pedals. They come highly recomended. One of my friends used them this year for the rocky moutain 1200 and loved them.
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