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    Low Cost road bike clipless pedals + shoes better than pedal cages and tennis shoes

    I currently ride with tennis shoes and pedals with cages on my road bike, which are very comfortable.
    I would not mind being able to cover more distance with less energy. I only have about $100 to spend on road bike clipless pedals and shoes. Will I get a big step up in efficiency moving to a $100 pair of clipless pedals and shoes vs what I"m using now?

    I usually ride about 25 miles at a time but may start tackling some longer 35 to 40 mile rides soon.

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    For $100, with some careful shopping, you can get shoes and pedals that will be both more comfortable and more efficient.

    At Nashbar for example you can get Shimano R540 road pedals, and Giro tremble road shoes, for a total of $73.98, as just one example.


    Key is find a pair of shoes that fit your feet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seymour1910 View Post
    it's possible


    Shimano Road pedals $32.99

    Shimano R540 Road Pedals - Pedals and Cleats

    Giro Road shoe $39.99

    Giro Treble Road Shoes - Shoes

    add $7.99 shipping and then tax and you have both for a little over 80 bucks
    This was a good suggestion on your other thread.

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    I don't understand why you need two threads about this. But yes, clipless shoes are better. Non cycling shoes that are made for walking and comfort have a lot of flex that wastes energy. Cycling shoes have a very stiff sole designed to transfer power from your legs to the pedals
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    Quote Originally Posted by rms13 View Post
    I don't understand why you need two threads about this.
    In true 41 fashion, I think we need about 6-8 more to get an appropriate answer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rms13 View Post
    I don't understand why you need two threads about this. But yes, clipless shoes are better. Non cycling shoes that are made for walking and comfort have a lot of flex that wastes energy. Cycling shoes have a very stiff sole designed to transfer power from your legs to the pedals
    My first tread was about price, this thread is specifically asking if it is worth spending 100 to switch from what I currently use.

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    That's something you have to decide for yourself. Most people here use clipless pedals and shoes of all different costs and qualities. I don't know of many people that go from clipless back to clips, at least on a road bike.

    I've went from clipless to spiked platforms on my mtb though. Will never go back to clipless on that one. On a road bike, I'd never go back to platforms. But that's just like, my opinion, man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpeshulEd View Post
    But that's just like, my opinion, man.
    Opinions are like gonads. Most of us have a couple. Then we get married and lose them quickly. But nobody has three.

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    I would be wary about going the cheap shoes route. When you get cheap shoes...they really are cheap shoes. I would budget somewhere around 100 on sale for shoes. If you don't have the money now...save up. It will be worth it. As the price goes up...the quality and engineering goes up too.

    Your shoes are one of the most important things on the bike. Its an area where you are putting alot of pressure. I've worn 100 dollar shoes and 350 dollar shoes. Its a difference you can feel. Both in comfort and performance. Try and find a shoe with a nice stiff sole. If its a shoe that I can easily bend with my hands, I pass. The closure system is also something to look at. That will determine the adjustability and how secure it will fit.

    I use the Specialized Pro road shoe on my road bike...and S-Works Trail on the mountain bike...both a bit pricey...but (to me) well worth it.
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    I am guessing you aren't going to spend $300+ on shoes, but if the question is about if a cheap cycling shoes and pedals being a better option than non-cycling shoes, I think they absolutely are. The ones posted earlier would be a great option, or you could also look at the mountain bike shoe route. Cycling shoes are all hard to walk in , but mtn shoes aren't as bad, and give 90% of the same benefits as road shoes. some people barely ever walk in their cycling shoes, so that is something to consider.

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    I would spend the money on a pair of shoes you can convert to clipless. You will benefit from the a stiff sole and get more power. Then save some more and get the pedals and clips.
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    shimano pdm530 pedals about 40.00 and giro mtb shoes about 60.00 at the LBS

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    Quote Originally Posted by spdracr39 View Post
    shimano pdm530 pedals about 40.00 and giro mtb shoes about 60.00 at the LBS
    I bought the shoes first....Mountian shoes, then the pedals a few weeks later. Shimano SPD dual sided...one nice thing about them is you can kind of squirm your feet around in the shoes a little while pedaling if your feet get a little tired. I had used SPD years ago so I knew that I would like them.

    I think I have $75 in the shoes and maybe $60 or so in the pedals, but you can buy some fairly cheap Wellgo pedals to start on, some around $20 shipped if you dig around on Ebay.

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    I ride clipless and clipsnstraps. A lot of my PRs are still held by clipsnstraps. I typically ride in trail runners which I can lock down pretty good, so efficiency difference is small.

    If I'm gonna spend a couple hours straight in the saddle I like clipless better for sure.
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    I have dual sided pedals with mountain bike shoes on my racer... you can walk in mountain bike shoes without looking like you're crippled, and you won't scratch anyone's floors. The double sided pedals are great because you can hop on your bike to tool around in without having to change shoes, or go the full on racer route.

    I got my shoes and pedals from Nashbar during a sale for $80 delivered. Just be patient with their sales & something good will pop up.

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