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Old 03-15-17, 01:59 PM
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don't try to fix what ain't broked

I'm having such fun on my bike and it totally feels dialed in.

Yet, I have RP5 road shoes (I currently ride in mtb shoes with dual sided xt clipless) and new pedals (PD-A600) on the way in the mail.

I feel like maybe acting older and wiser (my age) and putting them on a shelf until I really feel the need to change them out, versus fixing what ain't broke.

Anyone else go through this? I thought it was most appropriate to post in the only as old as you feel, and wiser sub-forum

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Old 03-15-17, 02:12 PM
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I'm always fixing what ain't broke. One of my bikes has had a different crankset installed more than once in 6 months. And don't ask about tires.

It's a hobby, don't let it become an economic disease.
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The time to make this decision was BEFORE you bought new shoes and pedals. Now that the financial harm has been done, you might as well give them a fair test then decide whether to stay with them or go back.
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Well I guess I left out what my fear is. It's not the return of goods or them sitting the shelf.

It's the making the change then not being happy. (Or having pain say from not the same amount of pedal float)

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Originally Posted by jdw777 View Post
Well I guess I left out what my fear is. It's not the return of goods or them sitting the shelf.

It's the making the change then not being happy. (Or having pain say from not the same amount of pedal float)

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I understand, and generally think along similar lines. But, the only risk here is financial because you can change back at any time.


OTOH- I might be more cautious about something involving more work or commitment than swapping pedals. As a general rule I don't replace anything that's still working, and in your shoes, probably wouldn't have ordered the pedals or shoes. By example, I put together the "new" bike in 2001, and the only thing replaced were the 2 rims destroyed in a crash.
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I guess what you're saying is "what I don't know won't hurt me." But you know what you will do. You will test out the new toy simply out of curiousity. You will not like them initially. You will go back to your old stuff. Then you will wonder if you really gave them a fair test and try them again. Eventually you'll decide on the new stuff.
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So keeping the old shoes and pedals and replacing them back is not an option?
I'd like to try mtn shoes, Im tired of trying to walk on Look cleats.
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You're having so much fun on your bike and it's totally dialed in--I wouldn't change a thing.
However, you may want to consider buying another bike for your new shoes and pedals.
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You bought them for a reason. You might as well try them out and see how they work. I mean, you're not going to go out and ride a century as a test. I don't see any harm, and you might even like them more than your current setup. It would be a shame to find that out a year or so from now... (palm to the forehead) what was I thinking.

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Old 03-16-17, 11:31 AM
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It might never be "broke" and if you wait for that you'll never know. Since you do plan on doing it at some undefined time in the future (or you wouldn't have bought the pedals, right?) why not do it now? Don't let "later" become "never".
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Old 03-16-17, 12:34 PM
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all good points, thanks folks!

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Old 03-17-17, 06:04 AM
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As a life long service tech (47 years) I can tell you from all those years of experience, fixing what aint broke is not a good deal. Just fix to the best of your ability what is broke.
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You're on a Shimano SPD pedal now and will still be on a Shimano SPD pedal although (let's call it) a different platform. I have the exact two sets as you, but each set has it's own bike. I'm not sure there will be any difference in pedal float, in fact I'm not sure if I even have float such as in a speedplay pedal??
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When you get that urge to fiddle with a bike that's already dialed in, that's a sign that it's time for "n+1."
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I am having a hard time pulling off these old tubulars. They look ready for the dumpster, but refuse to flat or lose much air overnight ??!! Pull em off or not? Replacements are ready.

Upgrading brakes is another ongoing vintage question, too. Nah, some rides are for the newer bikes, but not all.

With enough bikes, just fiddling with them to keep them on the road safely and with a few 'experiments' for FUN = a full time hobby, almost.
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Well I didn't it. Well halfway. (checking the date on my original post) lol.

Haven't changed the pedals yet, but riding with the shoes (RP5's + spd XT). Oh my, mtb ----> road shoes, what a difference.
- slippery as hell dismounting and tough to pedal not clipped in when I miss coming off a start - practice makes perfect
--- but, wow, foot to pedal directness is awesome

I was worried about float but it seems there's actually more float with no surrounding tread = less sore knees (my knees get sore just from working them vs bad knee pain) because, I think they have found a natural position ('98 acl recon and 30yrs of martial arts will do it)

Happy so far I haven't broked what was working fine.

Pedals next, still having fun!

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About a year ago I caught a 20% off sale at Excel Sports and bought a new pair of Sidi's. My old shoes were starting to develop some rips, and one had a flakey buckle, but they were still usable, so I decided to get every last bit of use out of them before pitching them.

A couple weeks ago I'm on one of the busiest streets in Boulder, (5 lanes + bike lanes), and get caught by a red light. So I swing out my right heel to unclip. But instead of unclipping, the flakey buckle released, suddenly making the shoe so loose that the pedal didn't release. So I fell over out of the bike lane onto the sidewalk, in front of 4 lanes of stopped motorists and a couple of pedestrians crossing the street.

I trashed the old shoes as soon as I got home.
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So I fell over out of the bike lane onto the sidewalk, in front of 4 lanes of stopped motorists and a couple of pedestrians crossing the street.
Gnarly. No chance you could have completely pulled your foot out of the shoe and touched down in your socks? That's definitely the hard way to fix what you thought wasn't broke. lol.

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Gnarly. No chance you could have completely pulled your foot out of the shoe and touched down in your socks? lol.
Yes, if I hadn't waited until the last possible moment to unclip, I could have done that, or even just unclipped the opposite foot.
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