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Old 10-08-14, 03:14 PM
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CX Pedals

I just purchased a CX bike and am trying out new pedals. On my road bike I use Speedplays and like that I can step straight down on the pedal to engage the cleat. I put SPDs on my new CX bike and have found that I can't step down on to those pedals to engage them. Instead I have to slide my foot forward into them, which is kind of a pain when trying to clip in going uphill or after a running mount. Can anyone comment on how Crankbrothers Candy or Time pedals engage? Like SPDs, or like Speedplays?

If you have tried multiple pedal brands, which do you find easiest to use when clipping in while going uphill?
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I've used Crank Bros. Candy pedals and yes you can clip in by stepping down on them. They work quite well and are easy to clip in and out of. I don't run them anymore and instead run Speedplay Frog pedals. They are IMHO the easiest of all of them to clip and and out of. I've not had any problems unclipping unexpectedly either. However, they are not step in type of engagement, but rather you have to slide into the the cleat to engage them.

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You will get used to it. It isn't much of a slide forward.
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You will build up muscle memory on clipping in to the point where you won't even notice or think about it. Just keep using them and the awkwardness will go away.
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Thanks. I guess I'm hoping to take my existing Speedplay Zero muscle memory and use it on a different pedal suitable for cross. It sound like the Eggbeaters might be similar.

I rode SPDs for about a year before I tried Speedplays, and clipping in on those never became second nature to me.
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If you are going to get Crank Bros, make sure you buy extra rebuild kits at the same time. You are going to need them pretty soon.
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