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Old 07-01-09, 09:28 AM
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newbie rider, longest ride is about 50-75kilometers

im looking for something that will withstand my lack of knowledge of pedal maintenance, but still easy to use, and REASONABLY priced. I dont care about weight or looks(appearance, not the brand).

I had my first wipeout today and had my bike all twisted up, couldnt get out of my shoe cages, so I would like to get a set of shoes and pedals asap. For pedals alone, im looking to spend 100-150 tops, if thats possible.
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I am also brand new to cycling and last week I bought a pair of Look Keo Classics and LOVE them. Easy to get out of and not to bad to get into in a hurry. for Shoes I bought Diadora Speed Racer Carbons ($170) and LOVE them too. they have a roomy toebox and are very stiff. diadora also has many other entry levels shoes as well and they are priced very affordably.
Thats my .02 from one n00b to another.
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Shimano SPD-SL. That's my pedal of choice.
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Look Keo Classics for $100 or less.
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The best pedals for most folks, for most riding, most of the time are high quality BMX pedals. They work well with all rubber soled and leather soled shoes, they lock securely to your shoes, but release instantly when you get to a red light, and they fully support the entire forward portion of your foot, eliminating "hot spots" and foot soreness.

However, if you put BMX pedals on a road bike, you will be abused by all "real" cyclists who pretend that dressing up like Lance Armstrong and using "pro" pedals is mandatory, even to ride just two blocks to Starbucks.
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Originally Posted by Rustyoldbikes
The best pedals for most folks, for most riding, most of the time are high quality BMX pedals. They work well with all rubber soled and leather soled shoes, they lock securely to your shoes, but release instantly when you get to a red light, and they fully support the entire forward portion of your foot, eliminating "hot spots" and foot soreness.

However, if you put BMX pedals on a road bike, you will be abused by all "real" cyclists who pretend that dressing up like Lance Armstrong and using "pro" pedals is mandatory, even to ride just two blocks to Starbucks.
fail. BMX pedals have lots of problems. If you are going any distance at all, they are very inefficient. Two, they are very easy to ground going around a corner. Three, if you happen to slip off, since you aren't attached anyway, they do quite a number on your shin.

Please keep the retrogrouch comments to the "classic and vintage" forum where they belong. The OP sounds like he wants to get into serious road riding of 50-75km, which is getting into serious distance (where you got the "two blocks" comment, I can't tell); clipless pedals are useful. Don't be coming into this forum just to light off a snark bomb.
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Brian, you obviously have never used high quality BMX pedals. With rubber soled shoes, they locked securely, even in rain, mud and snow. I used them about 350 days last year on road bikes. The number of times my foot slipped off a pedal is ZERO. The number of times I grounded a pedal going around a corner is ZERO. My RPM rate is whatever I chose...the limit on a cyclist's RPM rate are the heart, lungs, and legs, not the pedal.

You want to believe using "clip in" pedals makes you faster? Keep deluding yourself...but don't pretend you understand how pedals work...you obviously do not.
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They might be discontinued now, but crank bros quattros are decent pedals. Easy in and out, double sided entry, well under $100(got mine for $70 new off ebay, but that was 2 or 3 years ago).
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Originally Posted by Rustyoldbikes
Brian, you obviously have never used high quality BMX pedals. With rubber soled shoes, they locked securely, even in rain, mud and snow. I used them about 350 days last year on road bikes. The number of times my foot slipped off a pedal is ZERO. The number of times I grounded a pedal going around a corner is ZERO. My RPM rate is whatever I chose...the limit on a cyclist's RPM rate are the heart, lungs, and legs, not the pedal.

You want to believe using "clip in" pedals makes you faster? Keep deluding yourself...but don't pretend you understand how pedals work...you obviously do not.
Ah, you are one of those people. nevermind.
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IMO you really can't go wrong with Keos or SPD-SL. It's more important that you have stiff shoes that fit well.
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Originally Posted by av8torjim
Look Keo Classics for $100 or less.
Also a good choice. For mountain bike style pedals, I go with Crankbrothers.
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Ah, you are one of those people. nevermind.
No, he's that person (alanbikehouston).
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Originally Posted by Rustyoldbikes
You want to believe using "clip in" pedals makes you faster? Keep deluding yourself...but don't pretend you understand how pedals work...you obviously do not.
His delusion is so strong it is shared by every pro racer and categorized amateur there is. Hopeless slaves to oddly unchanging fashion, no doubt, every single person who rides at competitive speeds.
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Don't worry Rusty. It's just me. It's just that my delusions are soooo strong that I can get them to extend outside my own brain. The only way to resist is to wear a tinfoil hat. It's a very good thing for your sake that you never take yours off.
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I gained 8mph of top speed and about 2-3mph higher average when I switched to clipless on my little trek 7.2. Just sayin'.

To the op: I went with shimano 105's and have been completely happy with them. I bought ro75 shoes, which are very inexpensive but will do the job until I find something I really like enough to drop real bones on.
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He wants legit pedals and shoes, and isn't going to the coffeeshop and back, which, it seems like, is what you do, given you use PLATFORM PEDALS. If you don't have anything to contribute towards his needs then why are you here?

OP, I recently switched from SPD-SL to Speedplays. I got the Light Actions, which were only $105, and are super easy to clip in to and out of, but still hold my feet securely even while sprinting.
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Originally Posted by Farby
They might be discontinued now, but crank bros quattros are decent pedals. Easy in and out, double sided entry, well under $100(got mine for $70 new off ebay, but that was 2 or 3 years ago).
No, sadly they ARE discontinued...
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Enough metal in those things to build half a bike...
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I think I saw those pedals on weight weenies...
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+1 to Shimano SPD-SL. They are practically maintenance free and you can get the 105 pedals for under $100 easily. Look Keos are also under $100 and require little maintenance. Speedplays need a little more attention, or they will complain (squeak)


Originally Posted by Rustyoldbikes
Brian, you obviously have never used high quality BMX pedals. With rubber soled shoes, they locked securely, even in rain, mud and snow. I used them about 350 days last year on road bikes. The number of times my foot slipped off a pedal is ZERO. The number of times I grounded a pedal going around a corner is ZERO. My RPM rate is whatever I chose...the limit on a cyclist's RPM rate are the heart, lungs, and legs, not the pedal.

You want to believe using "clip in" pedals makes you faster? Keep deluding yourself...but don't pretend you understand how pedals work...you obviously do not.
Rusty, what happens when you pull your foot UP? With my "clip in" pedals, the bike gets propelled. With BMX pedals, my foot comes off the pedal. btw, my neighbor did manage to slip off of his Bearclaw pedals, and got a nice row of stitches on his shin as a price. Anyway, if you think clipless pedals don't help, get a pro to ride your BMX pedals in le Tour.
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OP, I recently switched from SPD-SL to Speedplays. I got the Light Actions, which were only $105, and are super easy to clip in to and out of, but still hold my feet securely even while sprinting.
+1 Just be sure on club rides that you move to the front of the pack or you will find yourself biking around everybody else looking down as they try to clip in before the light changes!
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+1 Just be sure on club rides that you move to the front of the pack or you will find yourself biking around everybody else looking down as they try to clip in before the light changes!
It's funny, because I don't have to look down to clip into Speedplays, Looks, or Shimano. Who are these permanent noobs that can't learn to operate their pedals?
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