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Old 05-14-10, 03:28 PM   #1
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Aliums or spd sl?

I've decided to go clipless and I have heard great things about both of these, but my dilemma is shoes. I like road shoes better and have found a deal on some sidis. If I use spd sls will I have unclipping problems when I skid? and How is using sidis spd adapter if I wanted to ride aliums?
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Old 05-14-10, 08:42 PM   #2
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With SPDSL I have never become accidentally unclipped.
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Old 05-15-10, 06:32 AM   #3
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With SPDSL I have never become accidentally unclipped.
you know I did just the other day... never thought I would considering it was no more torque than I put on my egg beaters... I was a bit sad actually.. has made me a little more cautious...
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I am ... an Alium abuser. It's good for me; you can kick em, crash em, beat em, nuke em (figuratively), and it would still work. No accidental unclipping, but it will never "jiggle" free. So you can end up upside-down with bike on top with you clipped in. You just need to ingrain your reflex to always SWIVEL OUT for unclipping. No wimpy noob panic jiggle out.

But SPDSL is prolly better for real riding with all that wide surface for pedaling.
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I think SPDs are better for the fixed rider.
I use Time ATACs (XS & Aliums) on the MTBs b/c they clip in/out so easily & shed any mud/snow/squirrels, but they have tension adjustment.
I tried them on my fixer a few yrs ago & when I went to stop, my foot flew out real quick like.
SPDs tension can be tightened to your liking, so you can manoeuvre the bike around while your feet stay hooked up.
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Old 05-15-10, 08:19 AM   #6
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Road-style pedals are less associated with accidental unclipping. SPD-SL FTW.
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I think SPDs are better for the fixed rider.
I use Time ATACs (XS & Aliums) on the MTBs b/c they clip in/out so easily & shed any mud/snow/squirrels, but they have tension adjustment.
I tried them on my fixer a few yrs ago & when I went to stop, my foot flew out real quick like.
SPDs tension can be tightened to your liking, so you can manoeuvre the bike around while your feet stay hooked up.
I've yanked my foot of out SPDs many times. Most times I unclip accidentally were because my foot moved sideways, the same probably happened with you.

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if you're buying road shoes, go with spd-sl's. buying an adapter to use mtb pedals is silly because you lose the one advantage of mtb pedals has - a recessed cleat for easy walking. however if you do want to go with mtb pedals (like the atacs) just get proper shoes for them.
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if you're buying road shoes, go with spd-sl's.
what's makes them better than the others?
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if you're buying road shoes, go with spd-sl's. buying an adapter to use mtb pedals is silly because you lose the one advantage of mtb pedals has - a recessed cleat for easy walking. however if you do want to go with mtb pedals (like the atacs) just get proper shoes for them.
Most(but not all!) road shoes work with road and MTB style cleats. You don't need an adaptor. Why go with just SPD-SL when there are tons of other Look-style pedals available?
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I think SPDs are better for the fixed rider.
I use Time ATACs (XS & Aliums) on the MTBs b/c they clip in/out so easily & shed any mud/snow/squirrels, .
Ahh squirrels, the bain of Japanese people's pronunciation and MTB'ers everywhere!

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Ahh squirrels, the bain of Japanese people's pronunciation and MTB'ers everywhere!

I always thought it was DVD.
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I always thought it was DVD.
No it's a squirrel.

you must suck at knife, knife spoon game.
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Most(but not all!) road shoes work with road and MTB style cleats. You don't need an adaptor. Why go with just SPD-SL when there are tons of other Look-style pedals available?
What other look style pedals would you recommend?
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Maybe I just had bad luck, but SPDs always worked crappily for me. I've had much better luck with the ATAC pedals.
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Ahh squirrels, the bain of Japanese people's pronunciation and MTB'ers everywhere!

I was out MTBing this morning and the squirrels were out in force today like I have never experienced before. One of them jumped right into my wheel and fortunately just bounced off the tire. Its spring, the dumb ones haven't yet been weeded out. Hopefully, it'll get safer as the summer wear on and the dumb ones are all killed off.
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