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Old 02-08-08, 08:11 PM
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Road pedal recommendations?

I'd like recommendations for new road pedals. I've used Look and while I like them I don't like the duck walk or the ice skating. I've tried the double sided mtb pedals and their easy entry is a plus especially at traffic lights. What I don't like is the tiny cleat which get uncomfortable on my rides (usually Metrics, Centuries and double Metrics). The one I like the best is an old Shimano Road SPD metal cleat that much larger than the mtb cleat.

Since I'll be commuting on these pedals and doing my longer rides with them I need non slip or something like a mtb shoes (walkable). Any suggestions?
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If you want walkable then Shimano road cleats aren't for you. I mean you can physically walk on them but they are slippery (even when dry, worse when wet) and you will wear out the plastic cleats after time.

If you want walkable stay with Shimano MTB setup. Or take your shoes off when you get off your bike and want to walk.

There is Look cleats/pedals that have a similar but different cleat that you can buy cleat covers for (but they cost as much as new replacement cleats). I don't know a lot about the Look setup, I know a mate had Look pedals and I had a brief ride of his bike and my Shimano shoes/cleats fitted his pedals no worries.
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Anything in the Look Keo series.
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105 SPD-SL For $50 4tw!
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If you're riding up to 120 miles I would really consider road shoes and pedals. I think shimano cleats are the easiest to walk in once you get used to them, I have no trouble at all walking on slick floors w/ these cleats. Keos are great pedals, I prefer them to the shimano spd-sl but the cleats are very slippery, you have to be careful with how you transfer your weight when on a slippery surface.
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Love my keo's. Yeah the cleats are slippery, but my road shoes are for biking.
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I love my Time. The cleats are very easy to walk on.
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Originally Posted by jinws
I love my Time. The cleats are very easy to walk on.
Café cleats are nice. Time also have the lowest stack height.
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Originally Posted by humboldt'sroads
Love my keo's. Yeah the cleats are slippery, but my road shoes are for biking.
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Originally Posted by jinws
I love my Time. The cleats are very easy to walk on.
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Originally Posted by SushiJoe
Anything in the Look Keo series.
+1 Best pedals I have ever ridden.
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SPD-SL's are superior to Keos in one regard - rubber tipped cleats.
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I can't believe anyone would ask this question -- one of the most-asked questions on BF. Do a search and you will find a dozen polls on this very issue.
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Originally Posted by Coyote2
I can't believe anyone would ask this question -- one of the most-asked questions on BF. Do a search and you will find a dozen polls on this very issue.
Oops, just found the search link, I was expecting it at the top or bottom of the main page not on each topic (I know not a very good excuse).

BTW, I did a search and got mixed results. I haven't made up my mind yet as to which pedal and I'll probably end up with one double sided mtb. set for winter riding and a road set. Shoes are not much of a problem as I have several sets and they accept both the Look pattern and the spd pattern.
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Another vote for Look Keo's.
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Go to Chinatown and buy kung-fu moccasins or lightly padded (sole) ballet shoes, no not for pedaling but in case you have to walk a long distance. They are light enough to put on your jersey pockets. Maybe they don't have them over size 10 or 9.

Me ballet -- no! my daughter and son do gymnastic on horses and I sometimes help/spot them so I have a pair. If the ride is long and I want to be more prepared, I carry my "ballet" shoes. Helped me once to walk 6 miles when I broke a chain.

I tried speedplay zeros and they are nice but I find them to be not as comfortable on longer rides. I still have my Shimano look style road cleats (dura-ace) and I am happy with them and got a couple more extra. I have red, gray and black look Delat cleats and sometime change out but I do use the gray cleats a lot. I may use the zeros on short crits or climbs. I also have a nashbar ti Look copy but have not use them yet...

For walkability, I like my Specialized Tahoes with SPDs maybe not power transfer efficient, but they are almost like a good trail shoe and the cleats are recessed. For commuting and casual rides, I see no issues. For SPD -- I have used only Shimano or Ritchey and have not tried anything else
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Originally Posted by humboldt'sroads
Love my keo's. Yeah the cleats are slippery, but my road shoes are for biking.
The OP asked about shoes or cleats that are easy to walk in, Keos are NOT the best choice if you're going to be doing any walking.
MTB shoes and cleats are the best choice, but not so comfy on long or hard rides in my experience.
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Old 02-09-08, 08:06 PM
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Originally Posted by HillMut
MTB shoes and cleats are the best choice, but not so comfy on long or hard rides in my experience.
Time for YAVFF (Yet Another Vote For Frogs). Speedplay frogs are great for road biking, including long rides, rides up hills, etc., etc. The pedals are light, 2-sided, easy to clip in and clip out. Lots of float, which I found real easy to get used to, and which is often said to be better on the knees.
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