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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 12-25-07, 03:39 AM   #1
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Need some advice on what to get please?

I am going to purchase my 1st set of clipless pedals and road shoes this week. Hopefully Dec 25th because Bike Performance has 20% off. My delima (since I am new at this) is what pedals should I get? I found some Forte Ti's I like but it says 176lb weight limit. I am at 220lbs. I dont want to bust the jewels or do a face plant because I snapped a pedal. I have $150 in Bike Performance gift cards and the shoes I am buying are $90 plus tax. So I have $60 bucks left over(plus my perfomance points, about $30). What will be a good pedal for me and not break? My brother-in-law told me to buy the Look pedals but I dont have his kind of money. Im a budget rider. Thanks in advance for the info.
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Old 12-25-07, 05:14 AM   #2
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Road or mountain?
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I ride MTB and "BENTS".

I've used Wellgo and Shimano 323 style pedals for 12 years. With my new 29r' I decided for something a little different and went with Crank Bros. Candy SL's. From the first time I stepped into these pedals on Saturday, I felt the difference with the float, release and even the entry. With the extra platform, they give me a solid base on my MTB Shoe, and the cleat is smaller and less height so it makes walking much easier.

The make some much lighter ones than the ones I have, but I like the functions of the Candy SL. I bought one extra pair for the other MTB and when the next shipment comes, the BENT with have the same one put on it too.

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Old 12-25-07, 10:02 AM   #4
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...recommend crank bros pedals...

I also recommend CrankBros pedals. Depending on what type of bike/riding you do, they make a pedal for you. I'm mostly a commuter on a hybrid, so I went with the Smarty's, and I love them.

I did a review on the pedals because I liked them so much. It may help you.

Oh, and they are relatively inexpensive. Great budget pedals. Performance Bike has a bunch of CrankBros pedals on sale. If you sort the mountain bike pedals by price, the five least expensive pedals are CrankBros.

Good Luck!
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Old 12-25-07, 11:28 PM   #5
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Not sure of your riding style but you may want to consider SPD pedals if you want the ability to walk around comfortably in your cycling shoes. I use Specialized M520 SPD pedals and Pearl Izumi mountain bike shoes on my road bike and am very happy with them. I tried some Forte SPD pedals for a while and was dissapointed. The mountain bike shoes conceal the cleat and allow you to walk comfortably while also providing a good displacement of pressure between pedal and foot while providing solid attachment. Good quality SPD's combined with good quality mountain bike shoes will allevaite problems with 'hot spots'.

If you are not conerned with walking in your bike shoes then I would recommend going with road pedals and shoes. Everyone has different needs... but you were looking for input.

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Old 12-26-07, 01:00 AM   #6
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These guys have some real good combination deals, If the combination you want is not listed email them and ask them if they can do the combination you want
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Old 12-26-07, 01:16 AM   #7
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Used this combo on my road bike for about 3500 miles so far
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I have Crank Brothers Pedals on all my bikes. Simple and easy to use. You should check them out!
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If you have not already bought some by the time you read this, I have a nearly brand new pair of Forte pedals (steel axle) that I will send to you for the cost of shipping. The cleats are brand new, never mounted. Merry Christmas!
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