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Clipless Pedals & Shoes

Old 04-29-07, 07:01 PM
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Clipless Pedals & Shoes

I started biking this year and would like some advice on shoes and clipless pedals that wont break the bank and are also easy to get in and out of for beginners. If anyone has any suggestions I would appreciate it and also where online is the best place to go. Thanks.
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Old 04-29-07, 07:03 PM
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sidi or specialized shoes... look keo sprint pedals.
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Originally Posted by joegun11
I started biking this year and would like some advice on shoes and clipless pedals that wont break the bank and are also easy to get in and out of for beginners. If anyone has any suggestions I would appreciate it and also where online is the best place to go. Thanks.

For shoes, skip the internet. You want to try before you buy. Trust me.
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Since this thread seems to be getting replies ...

How much of an advantage do you get from using road shoes over MTB shoes?
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Originally Posted by asherlighn
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How much of an advantage do you get from using road shoes over MTB shoes?

Stiffer sole=increased power transfer. Road shoes are generally lighter, also. On the minus side, they can be quite difficult to walk in. If you routinely make stops while riding, this could be problematic.
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Originally Posted by Namenda
Stiffer sole=increased power transfer. Road shoes are generally lighter, also. On the minus side, they can be quite difficult to walk in. If you routinely make stops while riding, this could be problematic.
Yeah thats pretty much what I thought. Ideally I would like to get pedals that I could use with both road and mtb shoes so I wouldnt look like so much of a geek when making a quick run into the store.
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^^ MTB shoes are easier to walk in.

definitely go to a store and try them on. also, if you're even somewhat serious, get nice shoes. sidis are worth the money if they fit you. but overall, fit is most important.

as for beginner clipless... i'd say crank bros. 4-sided entry, nice float, can get em cheap. candies are $40 at performance. if you don't like the platform, or yellow, they sell the eggbeater model for $50. personally, i like speedplay zeros. not cheap, but i've tried spd and crank bros, and these are the first i've loved. performance also has forte spd for around $40, solid entry level spd.
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Originally Posted by asherlighn
Yeah thats pretty much what I thought. Ideally I would like to get pedals that I could use with both road and mtb shoes so I wouldnt look like so much of a geek when making a quick run into the store.
I think you can find a pretty stiff MTB shoe, and depending on quality and design and can find MTB shoes that are comparable weight to road shoes in any price range.

I'm not a huge, high mileage rider, but have been very happy with my SPD pedals and MTB shoes for many years. I can't remember the model number, but my Specialized MTB shoes are more in the line of serious cycling shoes as opposed to the ones that are designed for hiking and walking. When I bought them, they were almost identical to a similarly priced road shoe in the Specialized line, the difference being the color and the cleated sole vs. smooth. The upper looked like it was essentially the same. There are other options than SPD that can be used with MTB shoes.
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Originally Posted by Camilo
I think you can find a pretty stiff MTB shoe, and depending on quality and design and can find MTB shoes that are comparable weight to road shoes in any price range.

I'm not a huge, high mileage rider, but have been very happy with my SPD pedals and MTB shoes for many years. I can't remember the model number, but my Specialized MTB shoes are more in the line of serious cycling shoes as opposed to the ones that are designed for hiking and walking. When I bought them, they were almost identical to a similarly priced road shoe in the Specialized line, the difference being the color and the cleated sole vs. smooth. The upper looked like it was essentially the same. There are other options than SPD that can be used with MTB shoes.
Yeah I already have a pair of MTB shoes, they are not stiff at all (Airwalks, made for jumping off bike and running it up/over stuff quickfast). Luckily I just found a pair of older Ritchey road pedals that use the same cleat as my Ritchey MTB pedals, so now I think I can just get a pair of road shoes and match the shoe to the type of ride I am going on instead of matching the pedal.
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I just got some Sidi Zeta shoes that I really like. Also got Crank Bros. Quattro pedals - VERY easy to get out of, but I haven't quite mastered the seemless clip-in yet (but I've only got about 60 miles on 'em). Got the shoes at the LBS because I had to special order (size 50) and no one discounts them much. Got the pedals on ebay ($50 less than the LBS).
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