Weathered topics revisited
Okay, okay -
I'll do a search on this site and try and dig up these answers from other threads. But, in the meantime, I've got to ask -
1. Any suggestions for pedals/shoes combinations?
2. Any suggestions for cranksets/gearing combinations?
I'm spec'ing out my first track bike, and I'm really struggling with these two questions. The pedal system I am used to on my road bike is the SPD (Ultegra-level) system, which I've used for several years and have been quite happy with. My mountain bike and 'cross bike both have Shimano M-540s, which have been great as well.
This bike will be a race bike and I will do some commuting on it; hence, I'd like to find one system that I can coordinate with one set of cycling shoes that will serve both purposes. What I'm looking at right now would be the MKS Sylvan track pedals with clips and straps, to be used when the bike is in commuter mode, and the SPD system with clips and straps, when the bike is in race mode. The other option I'm kicking around is the MKS EKA pedal, which appears to be a great pedal for both commuting and for racing. Can the pedal be clipped in to without being locked in, so, for example, if I rode the bike on the road with bike shoes, could I be clipped in, then clip out without getting unlocked? I'm open to other suggestions as well.
Regarding the cranksets, I'm kicking around Campy's Record crank, the Stronglight track crank, the Miche, and the Sugino. I'd really like to get a Phil Wood bottom bracket; hence, the square-taper compatability issue might eliminate a few of those options. Beyond that, I'm looking for something that is made in a factory where the workers are treated fairly by a company that has a good record for quality and customer service. The question of gearing is one that I'll bet has been debated ad-nauseum in this forum for many moons; hence, I'll have to wrestle with that one more on my own. However, any suggestions are welcomed.
I'm excited about learning more about track racing. What I have learned thus far has been really exciting and rejuvinated my interest in cycling again.