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Old 12-27-15, 04:33 PM
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Clip less pedals?

I just bought a synapse 105, looking for some clip less pedals and shoes.

I found shimano105 PD-5800 on amazon for $85. Are those anygood? The bike store had some shim another 105 for $150 but idk what exactly they were.

Also amazon had shimano 105 pd-5700 for $170, why is that one so much more? Worth it for someone who ishould just looking to ride for fun/exercise not racing or anything.

Or any recommendations that won't break the bank?
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Old 12-27-15, 04:38 PM
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There are plenty of good pedals (and shoes) out there. You do not need to get a Shimano pedal; you could get (for example) Speedplay or any number of others. It really depends though on how you ride, and whether you will be walking in your shoes off the bike.
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Look at Speedplay - I'm new to cycling as well and like how easy it is to clip in and clip out of them.
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Old 12-27-15, 05:26 PM
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Wellgo MG-8 Road Pedals | Wellgo
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Old 12-27-15, 05:43 PM
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Consider look keo 2 max, you can find them on sale for around $75.
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Old 12-27-15, 05:46 PM
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PBK has Ultegra road peddles for $88 which is one hell of a deal....or 105 for $68

Shimano Ultegra PD-6800 Carbon SPD SL Road Pedals | ProBikeKit.com

https://www.probikekit.com/bicycle-pe.../10970706.html
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I have a set of Wellgo pedals, SPD one side and platform on the other. Quality wise they have been great, no complaints and they were about half the price of a similar Shimano. I don't know how they compare to the other brands but wouldn't hesitate to buy another set.
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Old 12-27-15, 06:03 PM
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5800s are great pedals. I like the three bolt pattern better than the 2 bolt spd. I've never had SpeedPlay, but they seem a bit complicated compared to SPD-SLs.
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Between Merlin cycles, Pro bike kit and Wiggle, you'll have a hard time of beating these prices. You just need to decide which pedal and cleats will work best for you. You'll notice some have a strong preference based on their experience. Each have their own advantages/disadvantages.

Although Speedplay may be the easiest to clip into, they're also are a bugger to clean if you walk through some mud/dirt/debris. I've been a shimano guy and find them easy to use, cleats are inexpensive, don't pick up crap, etc.
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If you plan to walkaround in your shoes a bit without doing th duck-walk, I suggest these:
Shimano M520 SPD Pedals | ProBikeKit.com

Cheap, simple, double-sided, done. Find some SPD shoes (also listed as 'two-bolt') and you're set. They're more commonly used for mountain biking, so you will find a lot of shoes that look like hiking boots and such, but there are many shoes suitable for road riding that do the SPD thing.

I use some similar to these: Specialized Sport MTB Shoe Black 2015 | JE James Cycles
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For your first set of clipless pedals I would get the most inexpensive you can find, like the $30 Wellgo's. After you get experience with them then you'll have a better idea of exactly what you're looking for in a pedal. You might even be happy with $30 pedals. Because realistically most people on the internet will recommend what they personally have. I like Speedplays but I'm not going to suggest a $100+ pedal when you've never even used clipless before.
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The SPD system for me was about the shoes, I liked the idea of having a full sole shoe. I hauled my bike to ride with 2 guys in town and I drove in my SPD shoes, they are very much like regular shoes to walk in. When I'm out riding I go into stores for snacks and even into restaurants a couple of times for lunch. I'm sure others do that in road bike shoes but that was my main reason to start out with SPD and then I chose pedals that offered platforms on one side (the Wellgo's were the cheapest in that style) thinking that I might continue to ride in regular shoes, which I haven't.
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The SPD system for me was about the shoes, I liked the idea of having a full sole shoe. I hauled my bike to ride with 2 guys in town and I drove in my SPD shoes, they are very much like regular shoes to walk in. When I'm out riding I go into stores for snacks and even into restaurants a couple of times for lunch. I'm sure others do that in road bike shoes but that was my main reason to start out with SPD and then I chose pedals that offered platforms on one side (the Wellgo's were the cheapest in that style) thinking that I might continue to ride in regular shoes, which I haven't.
I've used SPD road pedals with road shoes and it sucked. It's so much easier to clip in with MTB shoes, the tread on the bottom helps you guide the cleat in. With road shoes it was like sliding my soles on ice trying to clip in. And walking with spd cleats really sucked.
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I went with the cheaper clipless pedals first and it was money wasted . Went with 5800 105 pedals and they are like butter .
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I went with the cheaper clipless pedals first and it was money wasted .
So they did not help you decide exactly what you wanted after you got experience? I mean a new guy could spend the money on 105's and then decide he wants double sided pedals.
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The cheaper pedals helped me fall as they were a pain to unclip vs 105 pedals

Sure , you need hybrid pedals that's another story, but if you are set on clipless then save the money and buy the good pedals from the get go . IMHO

OP - pedals usually come with the clips , so you don't need to buy them in addition to the pedals .
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I also been a longtime user of the Time Atac's on various bikes; road, commuter and mountain. Never had an issues with them and still use them on my mountain bikes and commuter.

Like others have said it is all in what you like. I started on SPD's and then then tried the 3 bolts of various brands and never like them. Tried Crankbrothers, Speedplay, .....hated them. I ended up sticking with the Time ATAC's for about 7 years and then gave Shimano road pedals another shot, bought the 540 version off a guy for $20. After 6 months, I was happy with them and stuck with them, and found the Ultegra's at PBK for $85.00. Nice pedal.

Another thing, I think the early part of my hatred of the 3 bolts were the fact that my feet hurt.....I was going cheap on shoes. I don't do that anymore. Buy some quality shoes.
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The cheaper pedals helped me fall as they were a pain to unclip
What pedals were so hard to unclip that they made you fall?
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See what I mean about people having their own preference? Some will try to convince you that their choice is the best. When I know my choice is the best - for me. One more thing to debate.
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lazyass - forte brand pedals did not work for me no matter how hard I tried , they are about half the price of 5800 105 pedals but even on lowest tension setting took way too much effort to clip and more importantly unclip . I am basing my input based on direct comparison of the two pedals and using the same exact shoes .
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I use Shimano SPD SL pedals, I have Ultegra 6800 and some of the cheap 540's. They use the same cleat and tension is adjustable. I started on the 540's and got used to them before spending more on a carbon version. I do not walk a lot when I go on a ride so that was not an issue for me. I was turned off by the maintenance of Speedplay so for me they were out. I suppose time or look would be pretty close to my pedals and figured i would just stick with Shimano.
I found the connection with the bike really changed the cycling experience and no matter what you decide on just do some research and decide based on your needs and budget. Its a personal thing like buying a saddle.
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I tried to order the ultegra from pbk got a red flag when their paypal option is "unavailable choose a different payment method" even though I can login to paypal. I did some googling and found a lot of bad experiences from taking months to get to never getting to having damaged gear and customer service refusing to help.

Have you had any personal experience from them? I already ordered the shimano 105 5800 for the same price on amazon. Hesitant to change due to bad reviews on the site and no paypal.
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Or some Shimano 550's. Blind folded, you'll never know the difference between 550's, 5800's, 6800's and even the mighty Dura Ace 9000's. (except about $100-$200 price difference)
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Just keep your order you already placed for 105 pedals .
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Those 105 pedals are on sale all the time. I snagged a pair on Nashbar for $63. Check Amazon, Nashbar, Performance, and of course all the Brit sellers.

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I just bought a synapse 105, looking for some clip less pedals and shoes.

I found shimano105 PD-5800 on amazon for $85. Are those anygood? The bike store had some shim another 105 for $150 but idk what exactly they were.

Also amazon had shimano 105 pd-5700 for $170, why is that one so much more? Worth it for someone who ishould just looking to ride for fun/exercise not racing or anything.

Or any recommendations that won't break the bank?
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