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Old 05-17-13, 04:44 PM   #1
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Use my existing spd-sl versus spd for recumbent trike

SPD's seem to be the normal pedal for recumbent trikes. My buddy has some pedals I can try but still have to purchase shoes and cleats. Wondering if I should just use my SPD-SL that I can switch from my backup DF bike. Riding Hase Kettwiesel in tandem with my Son I will be walking more than I would normally on a road bike ride but not sure how much. Would be nice to have SPD's with platforms on the other side so I could jump on the bike for short solo workouts without having to get road cycle shoes or attire which I may do several times a week.
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Old 05-17-13, 05:37 PM   #2
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SPD's seem to be the normal pedal for recumbent trikes. My buddy has some pedals I can try but still have to purchase shoes and cleats. Wondering if I should just use my SPD-SL that I can switch from my backup DF bike. Riding Hase Kettwiesel in tandem with my Son I will be walking more than I would normally on a road bike ride but not sure how much. Would be nice to have SPD's with platforms on the other side so I could jump on the bike for short solo workouts without having to get road cycle shoes or attire which I may do several times a week.
There's no reason not to use SPD-SLs. One reason I prefer SPDs is so that I can have tread when I get a foot down. This isn't nearly as important on a trike and if you're used to it anyway, well, then just keep doing what you're doing.
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I only use SPD-SLs. The trike is a bit slower, and the stiff road shoe helps. Plus, it is reassuring to be securely clipped in.
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Just depends on how much walking you plan to do, and how comfortable/uncomfortable you are walking in SL-style cleats.
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Old 06-21-13, 05:02 AM   #5
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I use regular SPD's when I ride my BikeE. I like them because I don't like to walk like a duck when I'm off the bike.
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