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Old 02-13-17, 03:24 PM
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Need help of buying cleat and shoes

Hi all.

I just bought an SS bike that come with a SPD pedal (shimano PD-m747). The problem is that, I am very new to this and have no clue what cleat I should get (the model of cleat), and what type of shoes I should look for to match up the cleat.

Any help is appreciated. Thx
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I would recommend going to your Local Bike Shop. They will have a selection of SPD shoes. Shoe fit is very important. They will even install the cleats for you.

As far as cleats go with Shimano SH56 as they are Multi release. so it will be easier to clip out.
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Originally Posted by khw200 View Post
Hi all.

I just bought an SS bike that come with a SPD pedal (shimano PD-m747). The problem is that, I am very new to this and have no clue what cleat I should get (the model of cleat), and what type of shoes I should look for to match up the cleat.

Any help is appreciated. Thx
Buy online, cleats and shoes. Half the price and all you need is your shoe size.

Or buy pedals with nylon straps! They work, are very inexpensive, and will let you ride till you decide if you want to make the very expensive jump to specisl shoes.
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Originally Posted by shafter View Post
Buy online, cleats and shoes. Half the price and all you need is your shoe size.

Or buy pedals with nylon straps! They work, are very inexpensive, and will let you ride till you decide if you want to make the very expensive jump to specisl shoes.
For a beginner, very bad advice. You need shoes that fit very well, difficult to do online and there are choices from local retailers that don't cost that much. As well, you will get help to choose the correct cleats for your pedals and professional help to install them
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Shoes are 1 thing I always buy locally. Fit is most important, and I don't want the hassle of returning & reordering. Shoe width & toe room are just as important as basic size.
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Old 02-13-17, 07:39 PM
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Originally Posted by alcjphil View Post
For a beginner, very bad advice. You need shoes that fit very well, difficult to do online and there are choices from local retailers that don't cost that much. As well, you will get help to choose the correct cleats for your pedals and professional help to install them
Well, I'm just speaking from experience, though I seem to be in the minority. Online worked for me, and might work for others, so I recommended it. (As much as I love the Local Bike Shop.)


Actually I would recommend nylon strap pedals first. Nothing wrong with tooling around on those for a few months while you get used to cycling. Plus, they are simple and cheap.

PS. I see I have in classic BF fashion enthusiastically NOT answered the OP's question... Is my post count high enough for such behaviour?
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Well, I'm just speaking from experience, though I seem to be in the minority. Online worked for me, and might work for others, so I recommended it. (As much as I love the Local Bike Shop.)

Well, speaking from 45+ years of cycling experience and many, many years of ordering online, I can say that I have wasted money ordering shoes that I could not try on and have also wasted hours of my time trying to send back shoes that either didn't fit or were defective. This difficulty was compounded by where I live. You cannot tell how well a shoe will fit until you try it on. The fact that someone bought a good fitting shoe online doesn't mean much,there are not many things more painful than ill fitting shoes
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Originally Posted by shafter View Post
Well, I'm just speaking from experience, though I seem to be in the minority. Online worked for me, and might work for others, so I recommended it. (As much as I love the Local Bike Shop.)


Actually I would recommend nylon strap pedals first. Nothing wrong with tooling around on those for a few months while you get used to cycling. Plus, they are simple and cheap.

PS. I see I have in classic BF fashion enthusiastically NOT answered the OP's question... Is my post count high enough for such behaviour?
Not a bad idea. Plenty of inexpensive non-cleat options. Not everyone likes cleats.
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You can have "paralysis by analysis". You can spend 500 hours analyzing pedals and shoes and options and prices and advantages.
Take the pedals you have now, go down to your local bike shop, ask to look at shoes that fit them, buy something that fits your feet and your price range that looks pretty. (If you read the sales blurbs, each is better than all the rest, etc. If you pay more, you get lighter stiffer shoes, generally.) Then go ride your bike.
If nobody local stocks your size, try online or order through your local bike shop. If you have size 13 or 14 shoes, that's likely to be the case.
If you're riding a road bike, don't plan to do a lot of walking around in the shoes, you can switch to "road" pedals instead of "mountain" pedals. Not a lot of reason to pick one over the other, tho.
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Originally Posted by Homer Cooper View Post
I would recommend going to your Local Bike Shop. They will have a selection of SPD shoes. Shoe fit is very important. They will even install the cleats for you.

As far as cleats go with Shimano SH56 as they are Multi release. so it will be easier to clip out.
Thx for your input. I was considering that option too. Meanwhile, looking for option to save some bucks. Online is on my list. Tho, after reading response from other people at the bottom. I might go to local bike shop. At least get to know the knowledge I need from them first, then maybe i can order online by my self later on. Thanks again.
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Old 02-14-17, 10:38 AM
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Originally Posted by shafter View Post
Buy online, cleats and shoes. Half the price and all you need is your shoe size.

Or buy pedals with nylon straps! They work, are very inexpensive, and will let you ride till you decide if you want to make the very expensive jump to specisl shoes.
Online was one of my options.

As for as straps, I actually have been using toe clips and strap instead of the SPD pedal. Now, since the pedal is sitting in my storage, I just want to make it useful, at least try to ride a SPD pedal for once.

Thanks again
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Originally Posted by StephenH View Post
You can have "paralysis by analysis". You can spend 500 hours analyzing pedals and shoes and options and prices and advantages.
Take the pedals you have now, go down to your local bike shop, ask to look at shoes that fit them, buy something that fits your feet and your price range that looks pretty. (If you read the sales blurbs, each is better than all the rest, etc. If you pay more, you get lighter stiffer shoes, generally.) Then go ride your bike.
If nobody local stocks your size, try online or order through your local bike shop. If you have size 13 or 14 shoes, that's likely to be the case.
If you're riding a road bike, don't plan to do a lot of walking around in the shoes, you can switch to "road" pedals instead of "mountain" pedals. Not a lot of reason to pick one over the other, tho.
Road pedal vs Mountain pedal? is road pedal the one bigger?
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Originally Posted by alcjphil View Post
Well, speaking from 45+ years of cycling experience and many, many years of ordering online, I can say that I have wasted money ordering shoes that I could not try on and have also wasted hours of my time trying to send back shoes that either didn't fit or were defective. This difficulty was compounded by where I live. You cannot tell how well a shoe will fit until you try it on. The fact that someone bought a good fitting shoe online doesn't mean much,there are not many things more painful than ill fitting shoes
That is true. I insist to get to a local shoe shop even when I am just buying a normal shoe. I might as well do the same
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Old 02-14-17, 10:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
Not a bad idea. Plenty of inexpensive non-cleat options. Not everyone likes cleats.
LOL. I agree. But I will never know if i never try. I have been riding toe clip and strap pedal. Cleat is my next try point.
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Old 02-14-17, 11:09 AM
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LOL. I agree. But I will never know if i never try. I have been riding toe clip and strap pedal. Cleat is my next try point.
Then go for it
I wouldn't ride without them

Some people think they are "supposed" to use cleats & clipless pedals, then regret it
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You can purchase online and do some google. All you need is your shoe size.
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If you're feeling a little unsure, I'd recommend heading down the the local bike shop (with your bike?) as I personally always feel better talking to someone in person than searching for hours online and trying to figure out what the correct info actually is. You know that these guys will know exactly what they're talking about too
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