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Which to upgrade first: Crankset or Pedals/shoes?

Old 04-15-08, 02:31 PM
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Which to upgrade first: Crankset or Pedals/shoes?

Hey! So I've been pondering about my next bike part purchase, and I'm torn between getting an ultegra crankset or some new pedals and shoes. Obviously, the shoes/pedals will cost me a bunch more, depending on what I pick up, but I'd like some pros and cons of both options. I've been told that one of the biggest entry-level upgrades is when you switch to clipless pedals, although I've also been told to replace my generic FSA crankset. I'm riding an 07 motobecane record that's stock except I tossed a pair of Velocity Spartacus Pro wheels on the sucker. (I'm currently using the stock clip pedals)

Also, which pedals would you recommend? I'm looking at the ultegra ones simply because they seem to be all around bomb proof pedals. However, are double-sided pedals much nicer and all around worthwile? I've only ridden on clip pedals. Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-15-08, 02:33 PM
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Shoes. Get good shoes. You'll actually notice that. Pedal systems are a personal choice.
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Old 04-15-08, 02:39 PM
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Shoes/pedals, definitely. You're not going to get much if any improvement in your cycling ability with a new crank (unless the one you have is broken).
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Pedals/Shoes definitely before Crankset. I like Look Keos.
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Ultegra pedals/new shoes, but I don't see why any of this makes a difference if you don't need it and it doesn't seem like you do yet.

If you want to spend the money, this would be the best way to go.
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I really like my Crank Brothers candy pedals. They're cheap and stupidly easy to get in and out of. I do a lot of riding in the land of stop lights, so this is a major plus.

I say get shoes/pedals. I can't tell the difference between my old bike's aluminum FSA crank and the blingy carbon one on my new Cervelo other than that the carbon one looks really cool.
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shoes ---> pedals ----> cranks
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Shoes and pedals will make huge improvements to your cycling enjoyment and ability. Many people like LOOK, Ultegras/DA. I ride LOOK Keo's but haven't tried anything else. It would be interesting to hear from someone who has tried both LOOK's and Ultegra/DA to get some perspective. I know people have said that Keo cleats wear faster than others. I haven't had any problems with cleat wear, but I purchased the cleat covers after hearing that the cleats wear fast.
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Upgrade whatever wears out first. If your shoes are uncomfortable, consider upgrading those before the wear out. Upgrading a crankset just for fun doesn't make any sense to me.
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Originally Posted by johnny99 View Post
Upgrade whatever wears out first. If your shoes are uncomfortable, consider upgrading those before the wear out. Upgrading a crankset just for fun doesn't make any sense to me.
I missed the part where cycling is supposed to make sense...
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Don't bother getting ultegras, they're 15 grams lighter for x2 the cost. You're really just paying for the name. If you want nice pedals, either go for the dura ace or just buy the 105's.
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Shoes and pedals. If you have a few nickels left over, pop for a bike fit at the same time.

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Originally Posted by Asian Sensation View Post
shoes ---> pedals ----> cranks
+1

I rock Look Keos and Shimano R099s.. Seem to do the job, still on my crummy FSA Gossamer but it seems fine. Engine still needs work
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you can find some great <$100 carbons soled shoes on closeout. a shoe sole is one place where people argue less about carbon being a fad/useless. a lot of places have great northwave shoes for cheap.

and pbk has great deals on shimano and look pedals.
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Shoes and pedals for sure. They're more susceptible to rotational mass. *ducks and covers*

I suggest buying used or at least not going all out titanium/carbon on the pedals until you decide what you like. I started with Look, then went to SPD so I could wear mtb shoes, then ended up with Speedplay to be nicer on my knees.
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Shoes #1, and fit is just as important. Go some place where you can try them on.
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^ditto, shoes and you need to try them on before purchase.
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Rotational mass, "nothing in cycling makes sense", etc etc... haha..

Not to make this unanimous after nearly 20 posts, but +1 to shoes first.

Don't bother replacing a crank unless you need to change it (change gearing, broken crank, etc).
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Originally Posted by operator View Post
Don't bother getting ultegras, they're 15 grams lighter for x2 the cost. You're really just paying for the name. If you want nice pedals, either go for the dura ace or just buy the 105's.
I agree with this. The 105s are almost 1/2 the price of Ultegras at PBK. I wouldn't bother with getting a new crank unless you have cash to blow.
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However, are double-sided pedals much nicer and all around worthwile? I've only ridden on clip pedals. Thanks in advance![/QUOTE]

if you ride in traffic where you have to quickly take advantage of an opening. double sided pedals are very nice. otherwise. 1 sided are fine. once your clipped in i doubt if you could tell the difference between $20. or $200. pedals i use speedplays now. but my wellgo mag20s. worked just as well. i just didn't like fumbling around while merging with traffic.
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