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Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like :The Dirty Kanza". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

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Old 03-27-11, 09:22 AM   #1
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What clipless pedals & shoes do you wear?

For those of you that do a mix of off-road, road biking & commuting on your cyclocross bike, what clipless pedals do you use and why?

I run Shimano pedals on my mountain bike that I like a lot (picked them up used for only a year, from a coworker for only $10, they're Shimano PD-M515). I like the spring adjustment and I'm thinking of getting an extra set rather than switching the pedals over constantly. But I'm curious what everyone else uses and why.
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Old 03-27-11, 10:55 AM   #2
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Well, on my cross bike I have crankbrothers eggbeaters with some specialized bg shoes, my road bike I have Look Keo Classic and Diadora Carbon ergo shoes, and my mtn. bike as well as my old trek 820 have platforms. I got the Look's and the Diadora because they were decent quality and in my price range at the time. I got the eggbeaters because I was tired of getting mud/leaves/etc. stuck in my pedal(shimano 510?) and I got a killer deal on them.
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I use Sidi Dominators and Shimano SPD XTR pedals on all my bikes.
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Old 03-27-11, 05:41 PM   #4
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On a trip last year, I busted yet another Crank Bros pedal and switched to SPD. Unless you want to pay the (substantial) premium for XTR, I recommend the M540.
PD-M980 310g/pair (XTR)
PD-M770 350g/pair (XT)
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On a trip last year, I busted yet another Crank Bros pedal and switched to SPD. Unless you want to pay the (substantial) premium for XTR, I recommend the M540.
PD-M980 310g/pair (XTR)
PD-M770 350g/pair (XT)
PD-M540 352g/pair (non-series)
Well I for one have and like my XTR clipless Pedals and I did not pay a lot for them either :-)
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sidi/atac on my crossers.
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I literally just ordered a pair of Ritchey Logic V4 and have Specialized shoes. So i got no input yet on the pedals but they look sweet if that counts for anything. I wanted to stay with an spd set up because all the other bikes i have them, so why wear different shoes.
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Any suggestions for VERY wide shoes would be welcome!

The only things I can find to fit me so far are Mega Sidi Dominators. For about 180. So instead I've gone all Rivendale and I'm using BMX pin pedals. It works very well, except that I can't master bunny hopping without being clicked in, but it would be nice to have more options..
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Speedplay Frogs (cro-mo) and Shimano shoes...I think they are MT51s
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@ meanwhile I have a pretty wide foot and the specialized ones aren't to bad a little snug but way better than most.
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To those who race studs in the bottom of the shoes or take em out?
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I use Shimano M540 pedals and Mavic Alpine shoes. The pedals are awesome, no complaints. The Mavic shoes are very well-built, but I get hotspots when I ride 20 miles or more. They are great for walking around, but I think the sole could be stiffer. I'll probably have to invest in some aftermarket insoles, unfortunately. The width is fine for my hobbit feet.
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I've got various Crank Brothers pedals on all my bikes. For CX use, I like the Egg Beaters.

I've got a pair of Pearl Izumi Quests that I use for racing. The first year I used them I caught the side on my chain ring and ripped a big gash near the heal. I took them to a cobbler and got them patched up, but the next year, I managed to put a tear in the patch. I also have a pair of PI Selects (essentially the same as the Quest) that I've been using for commuting, and Shimano MT21's that I wear when it's cold but not rainy.


As for the toes studs, I've used them the last two years, but I think I'm going to try without them this year. I keep getting these weird calf strains, and I'm wondering if the toes studs aren't at least partially responsible.
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I find Time ATACs best in the mud, and good at everything else, so I use those on all my bikes.

Shimano shoes.
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@ meanwhile I have a pretty wide foot and the specialized ones aren't to bad a little snug but way better than most.
Yes, Specialized are definitely broader than most. Unfortunately they don't seem to be broad enough for me!
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To those who race studs in the bottom of the shoes or take em out?
I don't like them, I find it really hard to clip in when tired/muddy/under pressure. I lost one in the last race of the season and ended up hurting my foot, weird.
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My bike wasn't supposed to come with pedals but it arrived with Shimano 105's with cleats, so it looks like I'll be buying road shoes. Thanks for the replies.
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My bike wasn't supposed to come with pedals but it arrived with Shimano 105's with cleats, so it looks like I'll be buying road shoes.
Wouldn't it make more sense to sell the road pedals, buy a pair of mtb pedals, and use the same pair of shoes? (Especially if you will be riding this bike off-road and/or commuting with it.)
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Any suggestions for VERY wide shoes would be welcome!

The only things I can find to fit me so far are Mega Sidi Dominators. For about 180. So instead I've gone all Rivendale and I'm using BMX pin pedals. It works very well, except that I can't master bunny hopping without being clicked in, but it would be nice to have more options..
Those are what I wear (48 Megas) along with Specialized insoles and shims. I'd rather buck up on shoes than have foot problems. I use them with SPD pedals on my cross and commuter bikes.
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Gaerne Electra mountain shoes, Performance Forte Carve pedals. Very happy with both!
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I would only use MTB pedals for commuting, chances are your going to have to walk somewhere and it' embarrassing walking any distance further than 5ft in road shoes.

For MTB I've tried Crank Bro's egg beaters, Time Atacs and SPDs. I like the crank bros the best because there ridiculously easy to get in and out of and they have alot of float.

Spds have a firm click in sound that lets you know you're in which crank bros don't.
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