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Old 12-29-17, 11:30 AM
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Cleats or not necessary

I purchased backp bike recently, an alpe d'huez, it has what looks like clipless pedals but my traditional 3 hole cleats do not fit them. What cleats should I need to purchase? would I need to purchase new shoes or could i just purchase the cleats?

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Old 12-29-17, 11:33 AM
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Two-bolt SPD cleats. Your shoes may or may not already be compatible. If not, you may be able to find adaptors.
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Old 12-29-17, 11:50 AM
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thanks that has been helpful
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Since this is your backup bike, it might make more sense to replace the pedals with a set that matched the setup on your A bike.
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Pay attention to the reviews on adaptors. Not only do they commonly suck, but they can mess your leg length/foot positioning up in a hurtful way. I think the best suggestion is the one above to match your pedal platform across your rides that you wish to be clipped to.
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The benefit of using the type of cleat that is compatible with this pedal is that you can use a shoe that is comfortably walkable. Perhaps if, as your backup bike, you may want to use this for more casual riding...you can get a pair of nice shoes that will allow you to enjoy your destination a little more by not having to clomp around in regular road cleats.
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
Since this is your backup bike, it might make more sense to replace the pedals with a set that matched the setup on your A bike.
That is my suggestion as well.
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Originally Posted by Moose View Post
The benefit of using the type of cleat that is compatible with this pedal is that you can use a shoe that is comfortably walkable. Perhaps if, as your backup bike, you may want to use this for more casual riding...you can get a pair of nice shoes that will allow you to enjoy your destination a little more by not having to clomp around in regular road cleats.


I agree with this.

Running shoe type cleat shoes are very handy for grocery runs, social calls, etc..

https://www.amazon.com/Pearl-Izumi-X...bike+shoes+men

Shimano SPD cleats

https://www.amazon.com/Shimano-SM-SH...2MKRYJMJ2QSPD7
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If your A bike has Look Keo type pedals, be aware that their new Easy model can be had stupid cheap. $27 for a pair online recently. Very adequate pedal with tension adjustment.
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I now use three different pedal/cleat systems across my 5 bikes. The "A" bike had Performance Forte LOOK compatible pedals and I use the black no-float cleats. My fix gears all use the Shimano toeclipped semi-platform 600 level pedals and traditional slotted aluminum cleats (Exustar makes a very good one that fits a 3-bolt shoe). And my old Raleigh COmptetion had MTB SPDs for off road (and winter boots that do not include a 3-bolt pattern).

My knees do not like float and require that my feet be forced to toe-in. On the SPDs I have toe-in on both cleats; the right as toed-in as possible. It works, just. They love the old fashioned slotted cleats for toe-clips. Having them mounted on modern shoes? A dream come true.

Three systems makes of a lot of shoes. More bucks up front but they last longer! (At least, the is my justification.) Biggest hassle? I have to remember which bike I am riding or I end up in the driveway mounting a bike with pedals that don't fit the shoes I put on. I more than occasionally take this to another level, borrowing pedals form different bikes so I can wear the shoes I want that day.

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