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Old 07-31-09, 08:26 AM   #1
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Pedal Question (Maybe Different?)

I am looking at getting my first set of clipless pedals. I have done a lot of reading and research and have only gotten more confused. So I am asking for those with experience to look at the following points to see which way to go.

1. Knee. I have a pre-existing knee ligament issue. This makes being too "locked-in" a little scary for me. I understand the Shimano SPDs have less float. I also understand the Eggbeaters have more float. I would like to be able to get out quickly if necessary.

2. Price. I'm not looking to start with anything super expensive. The base Shimano appeal to me on this level. I'm not too worried about mud-shedding at my level.

3. Shoes. I have no problem with clipping in on the trail. I rode cages on my road bike, so I'm familiar with the concept at least. However, I also do some recreational riding with my wife in the neighborhood. I don't necessarily want to have to change shoes just to hop on the bike to go around the neighborhood. How easily can different pedals be used in this manner? Oh, no campus pedals, I think they'd be too limiting on the trail and that is the primary concern.

4. Eggbeaters seem a good choice because they have more area to clip in. How hard is it really between 2 or 4 sides? I've heard bad things and good things on the eggbeaters, mostly good things on the Shimano.

So that's the start. Any advice is appreciated.

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I really do like the Crank Bro's pedals for the float issue. My right knee has issues after 1.5-2hrs on SPD's. No prob. with my CB Candies though.
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I too love my CBs. I'm running Candy Cs on all my bikes.
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Crank Bros. and Time have more float, but less adjustability. The cleats of Crank Bros. have had fast wear issues.

Shimano stuff has less float, but you can adjust the release tension (tighter/looser) for you bad knee. Get the multi release cleats and you're good to go.

Time and Shimano kick ass all over Crank Bros. in terms of durability. But, Crank Bros. has such great warranty service...

See if any local shops or buddies will let you try on a setup in the shop/garage to see how things feel.
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Why Candy over the regular Eggbeaters?
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Why Candy over the regular Eggbeaters?
not that there is really much platform to stand on unclipped, but what little is there can protect the springs/mechanisms of the pedal.
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I like my eggbeaters, but wouldn't recomend the cheaper ones. If you want cheap go with some of the cheaper SPD's. The wing part of the Eggbeater C's will break off with any hard off road use. I only use Eggbeater SL's on my mountain bikes.
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Crank brothers all the way. They are easy to clip into and, more importantly, out of. I have the Egg Beater SL on my road bike and the Candy's on my mountain bike. The egg beaters seem easier to clip in to, but I like the larger platform for MB'n. kinda backwards, I know. The roadies usually like a larger platform, but that's my 2 cents
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