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Old 01-06-19, 10:11 PM
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Looking for affordable clip in pedals

Hey ya'll,

Recently bought some cycling shoes, and now looking for some reasonably priced clip in pedals. Can people recommend good pedals to choose from? If you could attach a link to the pedals that would be great as well.

-Thanks
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Old 01-07-19, 12:42 AM
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Used to be able to get these for $30 or less but Shimano tightened up their pricing:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Shimano-PD-...UAAOSw0vJcMP~D
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Shimano 105 pedals are one of the best bang-for-the-buck pedals I've used.
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Originally Posted by Elvo View Post
Used to be able to get these for $30 or less but Shimano tightened up their pricing:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Shimano-PD-...UAAOSw0vJcMP~D
Agreed, the SPD-SL Pedals are high quality, low-price.
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Originally Posted by bassboy1126 View Post
Hey ya'll,

Recently bought some cycling shoes, and now looking for some reasonably priced clip in pedals. Can people recommend good pedals to choose from? If you could attach a link to the pedals that would be great as well.

-Thanks
We'd need to know what kind of shoes you got - two-hole (SPD-type) or three-hole (Look-type) - to be able to recommend compatible pedals.
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I recently outfitted a bike with budget in mind. EBay fetched me some great slightly used pedals. I wouldn't recommend a brand or model without knowing more about your needs and your shoes, but can say that used will almost always be cheaper and often there's years of life left in a set of used pedals.
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Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
We'd need to know what kind of shoes you got - two-hole (SPD-type) or three-hole (Look-type) - to be able to recommend compatible pedals.
Yeah, this is the important point. If you get the wrong kind it won't work with your shoe.

I personally used to use clipless and switched back to flats when I realized clipless isn't any faster for non-racing and is a whole lot less convenient. But that's a different subject.
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I used to use Look Keos, when my last pair wore out I switched to a knockoff "look compatible" design from Amazon-

https://www.amazon.com/Venzo-Road-Co...rds=keo+pedals

They're relatively heavy and the bearings are tight, but they work perfectly well and haven't catastrophically failed on me in 6 months of use thus far. $30 for 2 pedals and a pair of cleats is pretty damn cheap.
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Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
We'd need to know what kind of shoes you got - two-hole (SPD-type) or three-hole (Look-type) - to be able to recommend compatible pedals.

I got Giro Skion II shoes
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Originally Posted by bassboy1126 View Post
I got Giro Skion II shoes
You're in good shape then, those shoes will take either 2 or 3 hole cleats. Personally, I'd recommend a 3 hole (road) style pedal like Shimano SPD-SL or Look Keo, since the soles on those shoes don't have any walking tread anyway. At least the road cleats have plastic bits that you can walk on. Shimano 105 is a very nice level of quality.

If you do go with 2 hole, you will be walking right on the metal cleat when you are off the bike. If you go this route, the Shimano A520 SPD pedal is excellent.
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Originally Posted by bassboy1126 View Post
I got Giro Skion II shoes
Those are road shoes. So you are looking at Shimano 105 or inexpensive Look Keo and/or look keo compatibles as above. Do Not Get SPD as the cleat won't fit properly (yes I know there is an adaptor but it's a PITA).

edit: maybe the poster above is right. I just used google which said these are road shoes. If they can take either cleat than you COULD get SPD based pedals too. Lots of options.
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Originally Posted by rubiksoval View Post
Shimano 105 pedals are one of the best bang-for-the-buck pedals I've used.
Same.
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Originally Posted by daoswald View Post
I recently outfitted a bike with budget in mind. EBay fetched me some great slightly used pedals. I wouldn't recommend a brand or model without knowing more about your needs and your shoes, but can say that used will almost always be cheaper and often there's years of life left in a set of used pedals.
+1 this. Swap meets are another source for decent used pedals. I'm still using 1st generation Look clipless pedals from 1986 and they're still going strong, albeit a little beat-up looking.
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Originally Posted by Elvo View Post
Used to be able to get these for $30 or less but Shimano tightened up their pricing:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Shimano-PD-...UAAOSw0vJcMP~D
Jeepers! I scored a pair for $5.99 a few years back from Jenson, as well as a light action pair (for more casual/in town/fixed gear riding) for maybe $25 or $30.

Anyway, Merlin seems to have a decent price on Shimano 105 SPD-SL: https://www.merlincycles.com/en-us/s...als-71483.html
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This thread inspired me to try 105 pedals/cleats after years of using Look. Figured why not? No performance advantage but maybe they won't have that "loose" feel I get with the cleat/pedal interface on Looks when the cleat gets a bit worn.
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Originally Posted by rubiksoval View Post
Shimano 105 pedals are one of the best bang-for-the-buck pedals I've used.
This^^^ everything in the 105 line is the best value in gear.....
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What, no Speedplay love? Granted, they can be a bit pricey when purchased NEW... I've found bargains on Craigslist where people used them for a short time, decided they didn't like them (or riding bikes, or Triathlon or whatever) and sold them with the cleats and all for like $50...


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What, no Speedplay love? Granted, they can be a bit pricey when purchased NEW... I've found bargains on Craigslist where people used them for a short time, decided they didn't like them (or riding bikes, or Triathlon or whatever) and sold them with the cleats and all for like $50...

I've never gotten more than 9 months out of a pair of speedplays, though I quit using them years ago. Think I went through four pairs in three seasons. The bearings would get crazy (even with proper maintenance) and the spindles got badly grooved.. The cleats were pretty awful, too, (easily worn and springs easily broken), and if you accidentally stepped in mud, forget about clipping in until you found a stick and dug it all out.
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