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Old 11-16-04, 10:52 AM   #1
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Look vs. SPD for bent riding

I have used SPD pedals for over 5 years. 2 on various df bikes and 2 on while spinning (studio cycling).
My Burley Django came with a pair of Forte Classic pedals which use Look style cletes.
It is time for new shoes.

Do I stick with SPD or go with Look on my next pair of shoes?
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Old 11-16-04, 12:22 PM   #2
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well as long as your happy why change? don't forget there are speedplay's and beebop's
you want soemthing you can walk in on a bent or your foot may slide when you put it down.
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Tom,

I have used Look and SPDs on my Rans Rocket. I found my foot slipped more on the LOOK than the SPD. I like the ability to use 2 sides on the SPD. My vote is for the SPD.

Of course everyone may have a different opinion.
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Old 11-16-04, 06:15 PM   #4
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I like the SPD with a two sided peddle. So I can not clip in on the "regular" side of the peddle when I am starting off, or coming up on a cross street or path and may have to put my foot down, and then flip the peddle to clip in later.
I find it is real important to put the cleats on off road shoes so you can put your feet down without sliding too much, and walk too.

Is also nice for all the folks that just want a quick (usually assisted) test ride. Once they are up and moving they can use the flat side of the peddle, and usually enjoy the ride.
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All good suggestions. Thanks.
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I like SPDs, and I've tried just about every pedal out there. I have Shimanos with adjustable tension so I can get out quickly and easily on the way down to the ground, an important feature on a recumbent.
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Do I stick with SPD or go with Look on my next pair of shoes?
I would try Bebops. They ofter the easy click in style. Plus they are extremely light for a mountain pedal. As a matter of fact, they are only 5 grams more than the Look CX-7 Ti. Plus you get 20 degrees of float to make you legs as happy as they can be.

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I would take SPD's over Looks any day. I used a set of Looks for a season on my road bike and did not like them one bit. Useless. I currently use a set of SpeedPlays on my Speed. Great pedals albiet a bit on the pricey side. Double sided entry like SPD's with adjustable float toe in/out.
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Ive got Looks on my Shockproof and SPDs on my trike. I originally had SPDs on both but I found I ended up getting a bunch of hotfoot and cramping problems on the Shockproof. Whether it had something to do with a smaller contact platform, higher BB, or whatever, the Looks(and the corresponding new shoes) solved those problems. I have no complaints about the Looks except how quickly the cleats wear. Maybe the Looks style racing SPDs would be a good compromise?
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If you still haven't made a move on the pedal question, I would strongly second the SPD or similar
(Bebop, Crank Bro, Speedplay Frog) ie any pedal that will take a cleat that fits in a soft soled
shoe as compared to a hard soled shoe. Look is made only for road shoes which have hard plastic
soles. These are very slippery and on a bent can make connecting with the pedal difficult, easy to slip off the pedal. Since bents are hard enough to start off without pedal problems this should not be added to by the pedal. The other cleat/pedal systems mentioned all are compatible with recessed cleat shoes
also known as ATB shoes. These are all sold with a soft rubbery coat on the sole which sticks better
to the pedal and reduces risk of slide off. The recessed cleat also allows you to push on the pedal without clik in if you miss the placement. This lets you get up to speed where steerage is no longer
like a 6yr old just off training wheels and you can then reposition and click in. ATB soles come in a range of thickness of the soft part, and are otherwise just as rigid as road shoes. An additional benefit is ease of walking and as another poster mentioned, all these pedal systems are dual sided. Look is single sided.
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I have bebops and they are so easy to get into. just step down and your off. plus you can exit both rotating in and out.
I found I got into them faster when I put them on my bent then on my wedgie and I had used them for months on the wedgie.
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We're using SPDs on our Vision Tandem. Even though we do all road riding, we bought MTB shoes for the tandem because we tend to stop more frequently in convenience stores, restaurants or just talking to the locals. Walking is easier also because we don't slip on the floors in MTB shoes like we used to in road shoes.
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I've used Looks on all my bikes, and am generally happy with them. However, on the 'bent I find that they are rather awkward when I've got my feet on the ground. The cleats tend to be rather slippy, and I've fallen over once or twice when they've slipped, particularly when I've got just one foot on the ground ready to set off. Now I have Look Nevada MTB pedals on the 'bent. The cleats on these are similar to (but not interchangeable with) SPDs. Much bigger pedal platform than SPDs (and about twice the weight). Very good quality and asy to service, these are still performing perfectly after ten years service.
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