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clipless pedals for a beginner

Old 07-28-08, 04:24 PM
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clipless pedals for a beginner

I am a beginning road biker and I would like to upgrade to clipless pedals. I have never ridden clipless pedals and I am wondering what would be a good kind for me to get. The crank brothers egg beaters look pretty cool (or the crank brothers ones w/ a little platform around the clip), would they be a good option? I am wondering if it would be ok to get mountain bike shoes because they look like they would be more versatile and not be too much of a disadvantage for road biking. Any input will be helpful as I dont know very much about clipless pedals.
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Old 07-28-08, 04:35 PM
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I bought LOOK Keo Classics as my first, and love them. I actually had trouble getting used to the Eggbeaters on my mountain bike, after being on the LOOKs for about a year before-hand, even though everyone said those are the easiest. I like the LOOKs because they are like ski boots, which I'm used to.
Just remember to unclip when you're getting off. :-)
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i just got the crank brothers mallet pedals (the one's with the platform and egg beater clip system) for my first. i'll probably keep them on this bike because it'll be my all purpose bike, so i can go long distance and cip if i'd like, or i can just run to the store on platforms with regular shoes.
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Old 07-28-08, 04:49 PM
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Any set of clip-less pedals would be a good investment, even just your standard entry level pair.

As far as the mountain bike shoes vs. road shoes, if you are buying shoes and pedals go for a road pair. You get few advantages while riding in MTB shoes on a road bike and a lot of downfalls, primarily small pressure points on your feet.

On the other hand, I ride with MTB Shoes / Pedals just because I already had shoes from my MTB bike. However, after long rides my feet do start to hurt where the small clip attaches to the pedal / shoe.
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speedplay zero. end of story.

you can search the forums if you like.

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Old 07-28-08, 05:44 PM
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I have some Wellgo 823-WPD or something. With the bike I bought, they came stock. They're probably crap, but at the very least they've taught me how to clip in/out and how to adjust the tension, etc.
I don't really think your first pair will matter all that much.
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Old 07-28-08, 05:56 PM
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I got the crank brothers candy and specialized mtb shoes w/spd cleats. They work fine for my current riding but I thought I would like the mtb shoes for when I got off bike and had to walk anywhere. So far, the only time I really get off my bike is when I get back home or a small stop for water on the ride. Next pair I get will be road shoes for sure...not sure on the pedals yet.

And I do sometimes develope the "hot spot" on my foot...but nothing too bad so far.
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Old 07-29-08, 03:33 PM
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Originally Posted by azwhite View Post
I am a beginning road biker and I would like to upgrade to clipless pedals. I have never ridden clipless pedals and I am wondering what would be a good kind for me to get. The crank brothers egg beaters look pretty cool (or the crank brothers ones w/ a little platform around the clip), would they be a good option? I am wondering if it would be ok to get mountain bike shoes because they look like they would be more versatile and not be too much of a disadvantage for road biking. Any input will be helpful as I dont know very much about clipless pedals.
I recently bought pedals and shoes for the first time (Time Alium pedals and Cannodale Roam mtb shoes) for my road bike mainly used for commuting. The shoes are fine for walking in and I have had no issues riding with them doing two 10 mile journeys a day
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