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Any advice on first clipless pedals and shoes?

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Any advice on first clipless pedals and shoes?

After doing some researching I might get the Shimano M520 MTB pedals for my road bike. I ride mostly in NYC casually and have read MTB pedals are much easier to get out of and are about equal to road bike pedals in performance.

Are there other pedals I should be looking at over the M520? Money isn't too much of a factor but I don't care to have the best of the best.

Also, any sneaker recommendations that work with the pedals? I saw some DRZ ones and they looked good. I prefer a white sneaker however.
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Helping myself out

Found a good article here, The practical guide to casual and stylish looking clipless shoes

Might go for the A530s for the option of using a regular sneaker from time to time.
You guys think the A600 are worth it?

Still looking for some decent looking sneakers that I could wear casually that are SPD compatible

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I have the m520 pedals on my trainer bike and the a530 pedals on one of my road bikes that I often ride casually. Both are just fine, Iím glad I went with SPD pedals.

If I have a mild complaint with the a530s it would be that the platform side doesnít exactly grip your shoe very well...I sometimes feel like my foot could slip off if I pedal under some effort, especially if itís wet out. Of course, if Iím riding out in the rain and pedaling under serious effort, Iím most likely clipped in.

The third and final pair of SPD pedals I own are Nashbarís double track pedals. Like the a530, they have a platform on one side, but note how the platform side has those little screws that help grip your foot to the pedal. I like these better than the a530s, but they are probably a little heavier.
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I pulled the trigger and went for the A530. I read complaints about the wet but others have had no problems in wet, either way I will always avoid wet casual riding.

Anyone have suggestions on sleek looking spd compatible shoes?

So far these seem nice but prefer not to have that green color.
Shimano Unisex Sh-Ct41 $70
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Originally Posted by rgr555
Anyone have suggestions on sleek looking spd compatible shoes?
I use Shimano SH-M065 shoes. Very comfortable and love the convenience of the velcro straps.

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Shimano RT5 are very sleek.
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Check out Five Ten and Chrome shoes.

https://www.rei.com/product/876972/c...ike-shoes-mens
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Originally Posted by rgr555
After doing some researching I might get the Shimano M520 MTB pedals for my road bike. I ride mostly in NYC casually and have read MTB pedals are much easier to get out of and are about equal to road bike pedals in performance.

Are there other pedals I should be looking at over the M520? Money isn't too much of a factor but I don't care to have the best of the best.

Also, any sneaker recommendations that work with the pedals? I saw some DRZ ones and they looked good. I prefer a white sneaker however.
I really like Eggbeaters for stop-and-go riding, they are easy to engage the first time. I started using them on my commuter bike, now I have Crank Bros pedals on all my bikes so that I can match any bike and shoes; this includes my 'speedy' road bikes.

I had Chrome Kursk Pros for many years, I really liked them for walkablity and not looking like a cycling shoe. But they were super heavy and I don't think they have a white shoe.

Edit/afterthought: another shoe recommendation is Giro, I love my Republics. However, I don't think the offer white shoes either.

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For casual riding I wouldn't even clip in. Just get some nice platform pedals.
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Originally Posted by shoota
For casual riding I wouldn't even clip in. Just get some nice platform pedals.


This is going to be a personal decision for each person, but for me I couldn't go back to platforms now that I've ridden on clipless for several months. Last week I test rode a bike at my LBS that had platforms on it and it felt so weird riding without the security of being clipped in.
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Originally Posted by DanPLC
This is going to be a personal decision for each person, but for me I couldn't go back to platforms now that I've ridden on clipless for several months. Last week I test rode a bike at my LBS that had platforms on it and it felt so weird riding without the security of being clipped in.
I tend to agree so I guess it depends on how casual we're talking here..
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I have the PD-T400 Click'r pedals which are supposedly easier to unclip. I haven't tried true SPD pedals so I can't compare but I have never fallen due to being clipped in, I just lift my feet and unclip (but they're still strong enough to not unclip while riding).

For shoes I've been using the Pearl Izumi X-Alp Seek for commuting, they're good, not too stiff and don't look weird when grocery shopping.
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Originally Posted by rgr555
Anyone have suggestions on sleek looking spd compatible shoes?
what is a sleek cycling shoe? Sleek can mean smooth, unassuming, or glossy, or slick(both literal and figurative).

- looks like a running shoe?
- looks like an office casual shoe?
- is literally a white glossy smooth shoe?
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Originally Posted by VRC
Shimano RT5 are very sleek.
Super sleek! Thanks might have to bite for $100
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XC5 - OFF-ROAD - CYCLING FOOTWEAR AND PEDALS - LIFESTYLE GEAR - SHIMANO





Went with the 2018 Shimano XC5 after finding out the Giro Republics don't clip into the Shimano A530 pedals.
Will get arrive in a week, has anyone had any experience with these? Do you guys actually hike with 'mtb' shoes?
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Originally Posted by rgr555
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Went with the 2018 Shimano XC5 after finding out the Giro Republics don't clip into the Shimano A530 pedals.
Will get arrive in a week, has anyone had any experience with these? Do you guys actually hike with 'mtb' shoes?
MTB shoes are too stiff to do any kind of real hiking.
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Any advice on first clipless pedals and shoes?
I'd wear elbow pads until you fall at least twice.
Pads might actually prolong the transition though. You won't truly remember until you actually rip open the not quite healed area on the second fall.. At that point, you WILL remember!!

Originally Posted by shoota
MTB shoes are too stiff to do any kind of real hiking.
Agree. I have Shimano M200, decent on bike shoe, no way your doing any hiking in those and it's iffy walking on anything not flat and dry.

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said i wouldnt fall and i did ...
first time at a full stop i couldn't unclip and landed on my wrists. made the sacrifice so i didn't scratch my bike lol both wrists painful gotta recover now argh
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Originally Posted by rgr555
said i wouldnt fall and i did ...
first time at a full stop i couldn't unclip and landed on my wrists. made the sacrifice so i didn't scratch my bike lol both wrists painful gotta recover now argh
Wow at the first stop? Did you practice before you went out?
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Originally Posted by shoota
Wow at the first stop? Did you practice before you went out?
I only practiced on a slightly secluded street in NYC although a girl screamed out 'are you okay'
What happened was I wasn't aware my left was even clipped in. I later I realized its a lot easier than what I was attempting. The front always slides in properly, I just have to push downwards and voila. The next day I got the hang of it and no problems.

I think I'll unclip both pedals at every stop til I get the hang of leaning the bike properly on the unclipped side.
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Originally Posted by u235
I'd wear elbow pads until you fall at least twice.
Pads might actually prolong the transition though. You won't truly remember until you actually rip open the not quite healed area on the second fall.. At that point, you WILL remember!!


Agree. I have Shimano M200, decent on bike shoe, no way your doing any hiking in those and it's iffy walking on anything not flat and dry.
Haha should have listened. I tipped over on the left side, my left palm is black now and right palm slightly sprained. On the way down I remember my mind saying to not scratch the bike! Pretty sure if I wasn't 'bodybuilding' for 3 years my right palm would have fractured. I think I'm goood now though, never falling again!
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I use Shimano shoes with Speedplay Frogs on my gravel bike. Perfect setup for me.

The Shimano shoes feature "quick lace" and are water proof.

https://www.rei.com/product/864786/s...ike-shoes-mens
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I use Shimano shoes with Speedplay Frogs on my gravel bike. Perfect setup for me.

The Shimano shoes feature "quick lace" and are water proof.

https://www.rei.com/product/864786/s...ike-shoes-mens
Certified Fredly lol.
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Certified Fredly lol.
Being a "fred" is an artform all unto itself.
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haahah, you're the man!
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