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Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Eugene, OR
Bikes: Salsa La Cruz with Rohloff; mutt parts
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imo, re: pedals: i've found that pedals that have both clipless and platforms (clip in the center, platform cage surrounding it) do their respective jobs poorly---the clipless pedal is heavy and obtrusive, and the platform lacks meaningful street shoe traction. it's been easier for me to just switch pedals when i need to (or, in my case, ride short distance slowly on my clipless pedals using street shoes). switching out pedals takes all of 5 minutes.
shoes: i like the mountain shoes because i can walk about a little better in them when i'm off the bike (they work better for me in my commute, between bike and office).
saddle: everyone has their own preference, and i am definitely a fan of brooks saddles. but in my rainy clime, i do tire of riding with a plastic bag on my saddle. a synthetic saddle would just be wet, and none the worse for the wear.
seatpost: rather than materials, i'd ask along the lines of set-back or no set-back. unless you have an AL frame, in which case, you might go carbon, and then ask yourself: set-back or no-set-back. Moots makes some very lovely Ti seatposts if you have the clams.