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Old 07-15-05, 08:19 PM   #1
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First real ride and clipless question

Hey all,

last tuesday I went after work with a coworker to get an introductory ride in mtn biking..(real trails..non of this flat dirt bike path stuff I have started out doing). My bike is a Trek 3700...first purchase/bike since 1988.

Let me tell you...the royal can of woop a$$ was opened up on us. What an experience....(thought I was gonna die from exhaustion!). A mid ride swimming hole helped cool us off. My friend had never road like that with his eggbeater candies and he fell quite a few times trying to balance. I didn't have anything..luckily I didn't fall.

In the end the guide (from Fellowship of the Wheel in Vermont... www.fotwheel.org) said I did well and we didn't ache to bad the next day at work. Now we both want to go back!

I know my bike isn't exactly up to par with what should be used on those trails...I hope it will work okay in the future.

I purchased a set of Wellgo wam 919 pedals off ebay...any advice if this was a bad buy? I suppose I should have done some research on them...lol

Now I need shoes. Andrenaline bike shop sold them and they said as long as I get a shoe that is SPD compatible they will work. I was thinking of getting price points SETTE Element shoe.

Any comments/advice would be appreciated.
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Old 07-16-05, 04:16 AM   #2
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Congrats!

I can't speak to the quality of the pedals. They look like clones of the old Shimano SPD design, which means they could be as good as the 535's or as bad as the 505's. But what the hell, they're yours now, give 'em a go.

Only thing I'd recommend with the shoes is to buy in a store. Bike shoes are a pain in the arse for me, and I find fit varies even amongst the different models of shoe sold under one brand. Little is as bothersome as ill-fitting footwear!
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Old 07-17-05, 07:05 PM   #3
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Yeah, any spd compatable shoe should work.
Take the advice of Speedub.Nate.........buy from a local shop. I just spent the better part of a month (and my kids inheritance) ordering and sending back many pairs of shoes from on line shops. I should have known better, having bought my last pair with one trip to my LBS. Anyway, fit will be the most important consideration so make sure to try them on before buying.
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