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Old 12-12-13, 09:56 PM   #1
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What Pedals do you use?

I'm new to recumbents. I've owned my Ez Sport for three weeks and only have 212 miles on it. I'm having problems finding pedals that work for me. I've tried toe clips and mtb pedals. I've got Shimano A530 pedals and shoes from my DF but I'm afraid to use them. I'm still trying to figure out the best way to get started from a stop and worry about unclipping when coming to a stop. I don't have any problem using them on my DF.

While doing some surfing tonight I came across these pedals from Angletech. I recommend watching the video at the link below.

http://store.cycledifferent.com/mm5/...gory_Code=FEET



I'm seriously interested in trying them but wanted to hear what the forum thought about them as well as what you're using before I ordered them. I look forward to hearing you opinions.

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Old 12-12-13, 10:23 PM   #2
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I use speedplay drilliums on my easy sport and really like them. I put them on in '05 and haven't had any problems at all. Very easy to lube. bk
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Old 12-13-13, 03:13 PM   #3
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What Pedals do you use?

Good question. I've been using SPDs and M520s but I've been having hotfoot issues. I just bought my first road shoes and SPD-SL pedals. I'm still in the trying them out on my DF trainer stage. It'll be interesting to see what happens when I field test them.
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Old 12-13-13, 08:12 PM   #4
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Old 12-13-13, 09:08 PM   #5
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Have used generic SPD (a variety of Nashbar/Performance) pedals for a long time. Currently have three different models on three bikes, all kinda sorta BMX/MTB platform clipless style. Two of 'em are SPD on one side and plain on the other - the other is SPD both sides but with wide cage. One of the pedals I use: http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...77_-1___202530

Can't imagine not being clipped in, since the BB's on my bikes are all relatively high. Started using toe clips around 1976, moved on to PowerGrips in the 90's for a couple of years and then moved to SPD.

I occasionally (??!!) walk up steep Southern Indiana hills so can't imagine that road pedals/shoes would be an option for me.
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Old 12-14-13, 05:54 AM   #6
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SPD on everything for me. I had a terrible time getting acclimated to using clipless pedals until I tried the multi-release cleats. Now I don't want to spend the money to try anything else.

I'm mostly a restaurant-to-restaurant rider so I want shoes that I can walk in without looking like a duck.
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Old 12-14-13, 08:08 AM   #7
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SPD-324 on both my Stratus and my Cruiser. On the Stratus I generally dont use the clips, but on the trike I always clip in to prevent leg suck.
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Old 12-14-13, 08:20 AM   #8
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Frogs. Plenty of float, insanely easy to get in and out of, and it's a walkable cleat.
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Old 12-14-13, 01:39 PM   #9
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I like the concept of these pedals and their looks as well. Would sure like to see some feed back on them and I think I would be interested. I was confused about the sizing options and would not be sure what size to order. The Large indicates 42 Maximun while the Medium indicates 43 minimum?


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I'm new to recumbents. I've owned my Ez Sport for three weeks and only have 212 miles on it. I'm having problems finding pedals that work for me. I've tried toe clips and mtb pedals. I've got Shimano A530 pedals and shoes from my DF but I'm afraid to use them. I'm still trying to figure out the best way to get started from a stop and worry about unclipping when coming to a stop. I don't have any problem using them on my DF.

While doing some surfing tonight I came across these pedals from Angletech. I recommend watching the video at the link below.



http://store.cycledifferent.com/mm5/...gory_Code=FEET



I'm seriously interested in trying them but wanted to hear what the forum thought about them as well as what you're using before I ordered them. I look forward to hearing you opinions.

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Old 12-14-13, 11:14 PM   #10
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I like the concept of these pedals and their looks as well. Would sure like to see some feed back on them and I think I would be interested. I was confused about the sizing options and would not be sure what size to order. The Large indicates 42 Maximun while the Medium indicates 43 minimum?
Ric,
I noticed the sizing also. Seems backwards to me. I haven't figured it out either so I guess I'll have to call them before ordering. I really would like to use my SPDs but I also like the idea of not having to carry my work shoes on the bike when I commute. I'll wait a few days to see if anyone else chimes in about their preference before I order them. I may also take a short ride with my SPD's before ordering them.

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Old 12-15-13, 07:51 AM   #11
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Shimano PD-A600 for me. These are an Ultegra level SPD pedal. As to clipping in and out you can lessen off the adjustment to make it easier until you are more comfortable with them.



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Old 12-15-13, 12:59 PM   #12
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I'm very happy with my Crank Bros Candy pedals. All the benefits of eggbeaters, two-sided clip, plus a small platform to get you pedaling if you miss the cleat. I use some Sidi shoes with a recessed cleat so that I can walk around after dismounting.

I think it can take two or three months of getting used to recumbent pedaling and balance to get to the point where you aren't thinking about it and aren't worried about your feet being attached to the pedal during slow maneuvers. Faster riding is much easier. It's better to use sneakers or something like that when practicing slow riding around parking lots and on sidewalks until it becomes natural to use pedal pressure on one side to counterbalance leaning toward that side. And you figure out what to do in different situations. For example, I have this one tight U-turn around a light pole on a sidewalk leading up a steep ramp that I have to do regularly. I have to carry a little speed to get around the pole without pedaling, take my inside foot out of the cleat, then I have to start pedaling with one foot while still leaned into the turn going uphill. It only works if I trust that I'll immediately get my inside foot back on the pedal pushing hard to counter the lean. If that makes sense. I probably have a video of it somewhere. The point is that there are a variety of situations to get used to and it is better to have some confidence without cleats before you try with cleats.
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Gee, you can't go wrong with M520s and the multirelease SH56 cleats. Super easy to bail out on bad hills and such.

If it weren't for the hot spots, and the fact that the yellow thingy on the cleats is already falling off (I haven't taken them outdoors yet), I'd return the SPD-SL in a heartbeat.
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Old 12-16-13, 07:04 PM   #14
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I use eggbeaters as well. They are really easy to clip in and out and provide lots of float. The only disadvantage to me is the slop across the top of the pedal stroke that makes them "click-clack" as the cleat moves a bit. I will take that minor disadvantage over the difficulty I have with the SPD's.
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Speedplay zeros. The older son uses them too. The daughters use SPD.
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Old 12-19-13, 10:52 PM   #17
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Shimano A530 Platform/SPD

I decided to go ahead and try the A530 pedals on the recumbent today. After loosening the tension on the cage, I found that I had no problem at all using them. The best part was not having a problems with hot spots. Rode 37 miles today and was very comfortable with the pedals by the end of the ride. I must admit that the biggest reason they worked so well is because they were easy to get into and out of after adjusting the tension.



Thanks to everyone who responded to this topic. I was encouraged to use the SPDs after so many of you posted of your use. Sorry the picture is out of focus.

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The chain rings and chain are in perfect focus........

Did you set the pedal tension as low as possible? Or, just loose enough?
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The chain rings and chain are in perfect focus........

Did you set the pedal tension as low as possible? Or, just loose enough?
I set the tension 2 clicks above the lowest setting. When I used them on my Trek they were set 4 clicks above lowest. I backed them off 2 clicks after putting them on the bent then test rode around the driveway. They felt fine but I took an extra wrench with me when I went for the long ride. I've since rode another 80 miles and I've had no problem. What I really like is the ability to "lift" the pedal while pedaling as well as get the crank arm into my "ready" position while stopped without taking my foot off the pedal.

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Old 12-22-13, 01:24 PM   #20
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I set the tension 2 clicks above the lowest setting. When I used them on my Trek they were set 4 clicks above lowest. I backed them off 2 clicks after putting them on the bent then test rode around the driveway. They felt fine but I took an extra wrench with me when I went for the long ride. I've since rode another 80 miles and I've had no problem. What I really like is the ability to "lift" the pedal while pedaling as well as get the crank arm into my "ready" position while stopped without taking my foot off the pedal.
I really miss being able to easily put the crank arm into just the right spot on the rare occasion that I am not wearing SPD shoes.
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I rode today with the SPD-SLs. They felt fine and I had no problems clicking in or out. I appreciated the lighter road shoes, too.
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