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Old 08-25-09, 10:54 AM
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Old 08-25-09, 11:00 AM
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Are looks double sided? Most of the pics I've seen they don't appear to come that way. I use spd's, and the cleats can lock on either side of the pedal, doubling the surface area to "clip" into
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Old 08-25-09, 11:06 AM
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Like these, and yeah, all you really have to do is center the cleat and mash down. I love em, but they're all I've tried.
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Old 08-25-09, 11:16 AM
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My favorite is Crank Bros - but some like the Shimano's like the ones pictured above because the tension is adjustable. One nice thing with the recessed mountain-style SPD is that you don't necessarily have to seat the cleat to get going. With the CB Candy and Quattro models, there is a bit of a platform surrounding the mechanism. I find I can get enough foot on the pedal to start out, and then I will click in when I'm under speed. Likewise, when I'm pulling up to an intersection where I might have to stop, I will sometimes just unclip and have my foot on the pedal -- if I have to stop, I'm already unclipped, if the light changes or the way is clear, I'll just start pedaling again and clip in after a few revs.
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Old 08-25-09, 11:21 AM
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Originally Posted by DanBraden View Post

Like these, and yeah, all you really have to do is center the cleat and mash down. I love em, but they're all I've tried.
Same here. Almost never miss clipping in first shot.
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Old 08-25-09, 11:27 AM
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i switched from spd's to crank brothers candy- awesome pedals, easy to get in and out of
lots of float
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Old 08-25-09, 11:45 AM
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are crank bro pedals egg beaters? I've been curious about this type of pedal, but never tried them out. Do they use spd cleats, or do you need special cleats to use them. Sure I could look it up, but meh.
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Old 08-25-09, 11:51 AM
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I've recently bought some Shimano M324s for my commuter. I've got Ritchey SPD pedals on my road bike and they are hard to mate with road shoes; especially when starting off at intersections with frustrated motorists behind me. I went with the 324s so that I can pedal on the platform when I have to and clip in when I get the chance. I've been using them with some Addidas high-top MTB shoes I've had since the mid-90s. I'm finding that I almost automatically clip in when I start pedaling due to the recessed pocket on the shoes. Quite a different experience from using SPD with road shoes! I recommend the 324s.
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Originally Posted by dellwilson View Post
I recommend the 324s.
I can't, unfortunately. Problem I've found with them is on the clip side, your sole still contacts the platform. In my case I needed the float, and the combination of my shoe and the pedal made it pretty much fixed. YMMV. I pulled them off for the pure SPD and never looked back and my knees thanked me. .
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Old 08-25-09, 12:15 PM
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Speedplay Frogs. Easy to get into, and even easier to get out if needed.
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Old 08-25-09, 12:17 PM
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I really like my Crank Bros Candy's. Nice little platform, easy to get into, SPD bolt pattern on the cleat, etc.
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Old 08-25-09, 01:03 PM
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Over the years I've used Look, Mavic (look style), Campagnolo Pro-Fit, various SPD's, Speedplay, and Crank Brothers Eggbeater.

For me, I found the crank brothers eggbeaters to be the easiest to engage. It is four sided so there is no need to find the platform then find the mech. You pretty much step onto the pedal ind you are in. The downside is that there is ZERO platform, so they are a pain to use with normal shoes.
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Old 08-25-09, 01:37 PM
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My Time ATAC pedals are nice because there are clips in the middle of a platform pedal. Even if you can't clip in right away (which is easy to do) you can still pedal on top of the platform without having your foot go sliding around.
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Old 08-25-09, 01:49 PM
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Look's aren't all that bad, but after 3 months of continous, daily use, I still flub a clip in every now and then. Usually when I am on a difficult uphill start, or trying to get across an intersection as fast as I possibly can. Try too hard for a quick start and you end up getting the pedal swaying and flub the clip in, thereby ending up slower. If you go slow till clipped in, you end up across the intersection faster.

But SPD moutain are easy, and never require me to look down. As long as you can find the pedal, you can wiggle around to get the final clip in within a revolution or two at worst. Usually I just step right in. I will be switching over my road bike in a month or two (my winter shoes are spd), and may not go back to the Look in the spring.
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Old 08-25-09, 01:51 PM
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Another vote for the CB Candy. The clip-in mechanism is the same as the Egg Beaters, so that's worth trying to see what you think. I've got Egg Beaters on two bikes and Candy on a third.

I find that the Candy pedals are much better for getting through a few pedal strokes if you miss the clip-in. With the Egg Beaters, I often find myself slipping off the pedal completely if I miss the clip, but with the Candy I can generally pedal as I try to get clipped in.

Smarty are similar to the Candy but cheaper (you can't rebuild them). I used of pair of those last winter until they started squeaking hideously.

The really nice thing about Crank Brothers pedals is you can get them cheap if you shop around. The MXR Egg Beaters come up on AE Bike's Daily Deal pretty often for around $26 shipped. I got my Candy C's from Nashbar for $40. They mostly seem to get cheap as they phase out old colors.
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Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
Another vote for the CB Candy. The clip-in mechanism is the same as the Egg Beaters, so that's worth trying to see what you think. I've got Egg Beaters on two bikes and Candy on a third.

I find that the Candy pedals are much better for getting through a few pedal strokes if you miss the clip-in. With the Egg Beaters, I often find myself slipping off the pedal completely if I miss the clip, but with the Candy I can generally pedal as I try to get clipped in.

Smarty are similar to the Candy but cheaper (you can't rebuild them). I used of pair of those last winter until they started squeaking hideously.

The really nice thing about Crank Brothers pedals is you can get them cheap if you shop around. The MXR Egg Beaters come up on AE Bike's Daily Deal pretty often for around $26 shipped. I got my Candy C's from Nashbar for $40. They mostly seem to get cheap as they phase out old colors.
I've heard so much positive feedback on the candy's that they are at the top of my list for my commuter. The eggbeaters are fanastic, but the lack of a platform can be a pain.
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Old 08-25-09, 02:14 PM
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Also, there are some SPD pedals with cages. Gives you tons of stability if you aren't quite clipped in.
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I also use SPD M324's on my hybrid, as mentioned, they are really easy to clip into.

Are CB candies compatible with SPD cleats?

I have a bike with Christophe Specials with toe clips. They were fun for a bit, but they're not counter balanced so it can be tricky to flip the pedal and instert my toes on the first try. And I just recently lost an end cap on one pedal, it must have come off while I was riding.

If I can get clipless pedals cheap, I'll swap them out.
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The CB cleats are very similar to the Shimano, but not exactly the same size/shape. All the CB pedals pretty much are built around the Eggbeater mechanism, but some, like the Candy, Quattro, Smarty, Acid, have some degree of platform surrounding the mechanism. Of all of them, the bare Eggbeater is going to be closest to the Looks that you are having trouble with, in that you pretty much have to engage the clip before you can pedal.
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Old 08-25-09, 05:37 PM
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I've been using the Time ROCs as my 1st clipless pedal. You can pedal w/o clipping in quite easily & they have a large amount of float. Also, they work very well in muddy conditions (if you wanted them on a MTB as well).
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Old 08-25-09, 05:58 PM
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I really like my Looks, but i do mess up a clip-in sometimes. Mostly I like the bigger platform of them. I've heard/seen too many rip out of mountain-style SPDs on the upstroke...it's not pretty.

but any double-sided pedal or eggbeaters or whatever might be easier, but it mostly comes down to practice.
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Old 08-25-09, 06:39 PM
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Originally Posted by DanBraden View Post
Are looks double sided? Most of the pics I've seen they don't appear to come that way. I use spd's, and the cleats can lock on either side of the pedal, doubling the surface area to "clip" into
Looks are not double sided, but are designed to hang so that you step right onto them correctly.

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Not talking about pressure or force, but just easy to find and get it in place. I love having clipless, but starting in traffic is freaking annoying. I have Look (someone gave them to me free), and now matter how many times I can get them in the first try pulling out of my driveway, it never fails that when I'm front of the line in a left turn lane, it suddenly becomes impossible, and I'm fumbling all through the intersection with a line of cars puttering behind me.

I've been shopping around for something to replace the Look style, but figured I'd get some opinions. If I'm riding in traffic, and have to stop pretty often, which clipless style are the easiest and quickest to get into?
Having ridden with Looks since the mid '80s, I can tell you that if I watch what I am doing, I still screw up, but if I let muscle memory do the work, I glide right into the pedals as if I was meant to be there.

I also have SPDs on other bikes... and frankly the two sided SPDs are pretty fool proof. I use these on my daily commuter for both the ability to have "walking shoes" when I need to run errands, and also so that the bike is ridable without any special shoes. I also find the wide platforms of these particular pedals pretty foolproof when leaving a light (your main complaint). With the Look pedals, I have on rare instance (most likely watching my feet) stepped on them in a manner in which I could not clip on... and I have slipped off awkwardly.

So there are two opinions of two styles of pedals from one rider that uses them both. BTW, I love clipless and would never go back to either clips or "no-connection" attachment to my pedals.
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I have the SPD-SL pedals on both of my bikes and they are cake to me. Having said that, I tried a friends Speedplay pedals and they were the easiest that I've ever experienced.
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Speedplay Frogs!! I couldn't believe how instinctive they felt. The free float really does the trick. Perfection!
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Originally Posted by oakback View Post
That's a lesser issue I didn't bring up, because I pretty much know how to solve it, walkability. Having a walkable shoe would be great. If for no other reason, because I have to walk up a wooden staircase when I get to work. Road shoes with Look cleats is like walking up a staircase made of ice! I grip the handrail for dear life. With whatever I go with, I'll be sure to get something with some walkability......
Cleat covers ? Still a wobbly, disjointed gait, but not very slippery.
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