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    First Clipless Purchase?

    Evening all,

    After roughly 3500 ish miles I have destroyed my base 05 Allezs pedals. Now that Ive gotten somewhat serious about riding it I am told clipless is the way to go. Bikes not being my forte thought I would come here.

    So, what would you buy/where at? I live in BFE so Ill have to order it, going to the bike shop and looking at different stuff really isnt an option. Doesnt have to be fancy just has to work, my fitness level/pursuit of the sport doesnt require rolls royce level gear.

    Any help is appreciated,
    Thanks

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    They aren't actually road pedals, but I like Speedplay Frogs. Easy in and out, recessed cleat. They are technically mountain bike pedals.

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    depend of your budget, I'd suggest some speedplays, but you might as well get something cheaper like 105 pedals.

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    105's or KEO classics would work.
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    You might want to make the drive out of BFE to try on some shoes and see what fits your foot and what doesn't. I know that I can't wear Shimano shoes unless they're the wide version. You spend money in gas but it's a lot less than trying to sell a pair of shoes that are uncomfortable. As for pedals, I have Speedplay Zero's and personally thing they're the best things ever invented. I rode with SPD-SL's but my knees didn't like them.
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    +1 on Speedplay Frogs

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    i recommend speedplay zeros as well.

    pros:
    -15 degrees independently adjustable float
    -dual sided
    -virtually impossible to accidentally release
    -easy maintenance
    -most aftermarket fit options available
    -best cornering clearance
    -low stack height
    -more contact area than shimano and look
    -light weight

    $130 new w/cleats

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    also, whats BFE? we arent all your locals.

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    Thanks for the replies guys. Dont really have any budget constraints, just need something that will work. I am going to assume anything is going to kick the crap out of what I have been using, maybe not I am not sure.

    I am going to try and hit a shop, more of a time thing than a distance or gas issue. Any favorites for an online retailer?

    BFE = Bum f*** egypt. Middle of nowhere, end of the earth then ten miles more kinda thing.

    I am going to assume all shoes have the same size stud/whatever you call it on the bottom, or do I have to match up sizes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bike12345 View Post
    Thanks for the replies guys. Dont really have any budget constraints, just need something that will work. I am going to assume anything is going to kick the crap out of what I have been using, maybe not I am not sure.

    I am going to try and hit a shop, more of a time thing than a distance or gas issue. Any favorites for an online retailer?

    BFE = Bum f*** egypt. Middle of nowhere, end of the earth then ten miles more kinda thing.

    I am going to assume all shoes have the same size stud/whatever you call it on the bottom, or do I have to match up sizes?
    If you're looking at road shoes, most lower end road shoes have a 3 hole system for Look or Shimano pedals, and a 2 bolt system for MTB pedals.
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    Speed play Zero for me was extremely hard to clip in for whatever reasons (175lbs rider). I literally had to pounce on the pedal to clip in. Giving it a shot with light action for this week. Seems to be much easier. We shall see if it's good enough for stop and go commuting for this week...
    BTW, been using SPD before this for about a year. Just need something that feels more stable platform with a little more float preferably... (and potentially getting rid of hot foot syndrome when pedaling beyond few hours)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bored117 View Post
    Speed play Zero for me was extremely hard to clip in for whatever reasons (175lbs rider). I literally had to pounce on the pedal to clip in. Giving it a shot with light action for this week. Seems to be much easier. We shall see if it's good enough for stop and go commuting for this week...
    BTW, been using SPD before this for about a year. Just need something that feels more stable platform with a little more float preferably... (and potentially getting rid of hot foot syndrome when pedaling beyond few hours)
    It certainly has nothing to do with your weight, I clip in easily and am 130lbs. If you just got them, get on a trainer and clip in, out, in, out, in, out. They'll get easier, just remember to push FLAT on the pedal, instead on "front then back" like other pedals, turning your foot on the pedal like squishing a bug is a good trick too.

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    Speedplay X or light action too. A bit less than zero's. Feel funny for the first mile but after that are great. If you get speedplays get cleat covers.
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    If you have to mailorder shoes, consider return policies as well as price, because it might take a few tries to get the right brand & size.
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    Well, it depends.

    I had "Look" compatible pedals and shoes; the 3-hole style. They were great when I was clipped in, but I found them difficult to walk in away from the bike as they tended to slip on slick surfaces like my garage floor, and they put dents in my kitchen floor.

    So I changed to Shimano "off-road" shoes/pedals; like these:
    http://www.jensonusa.com/!JmZHpXEg5Q...medium=organic
    http://www.jensonusa.com/Shimano-M077-MTB-Shoe

    I love them. I can walk/drive easily and safely while wearing them, they are comfortable and easy to clip in/out of.

    Some folks point out that they are a few grams heavier, but that seems like a nit to me.

    We are lucky to have many choices; pay your money and take your choice!

    I've never had much luck buying shoes online so I'd also suggest taking the long drive out of BFE to somewhere that you can be fitted properly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
    If you have to mailorder shoes, consider return policies as well as price, because it might take a few tries to get the right brand & size.
    And don't forget the shipping cost if you have to return them... it can add up fast.

    Don't ask me how I know!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bored117 View Post
    Speed play Zero for me was extremely hard to clip in for whatever reasons (175lbs rider). I literally had to pounce on the pedal to clip in. Giving it a shot with light action for this week. Seems to be much easier. We shall see if it's good enough for stop and go commuting for this week...
    BTW, been using SPD before this for about a year. Just need something that feels more stable platform with a little more float preferably... (and potentially getting rid of hot foot syndrome when pedaling beyond few hours)
    Mine were a big pain in the ass for a long time but they finally loosened up. It took a few hundred miles.

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    Pick a style of shoe first (basically, 3-bolt "road" or 2-bolt "MTB"), then we'll narrow it down a lot more for ya.

    I'd already say to look at the ones that require zero to little maintenance. All clipless systems work one way or another to hold your feet in place. I just don't like to spend off-bike time futzing around with pedals and cleats when I could be either riding or playing video games.

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