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Old 09-17-09, 04:05 PM   #1
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?? 1st set of clipless pedals and shoes?

I took my new 09 Cannondale Carbon Six 5 in for it's one month tune up today. I'd like to buy clipless pedals and shoes when I pick it up this Saturday. This is going to be my first set of clipless pedals and shoes. I would truly appreciate some advice from those of you who've been there done that on what I should look at.

Suggestions for a beginner but soon to be addict?
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Old 09-17-09, 04:10 PM   #2
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Speedplay lite-action if you're looking for ease of use (EG, being able to yank out when you start to fall over) or speedplay zero if you're looking to grow into something. I've owned both and loved both.
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Nothing wrong with Shimano 540's!
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Speedplay light action pedals.
Try on a bunch of different shoes till you find the ones that feel right.
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Look Keo Easy model. Nicely made, light and simple clipless pedals that wont confuse you too much as a noob with clipless pedal adjustments. Plus they're under 100 bucks!
You can also try out PBS's "Forte" clipless pedals which the basic models are even cheaper. Most of these "starter" clipless pedals also have enough float built into their design so it will be easier to acclimate yourself physically with clipless pedaling. Once you're use to them you can go with fancier, more adjustable models that can adjust to you.
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My first set were Speedplay Zeros (~600 miles ago) and honestly I don't use the adjustable float all that much. Light Actions would have probably been better than good. But that's me. I've never ridden anything else, so I'm not much help.
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One more question, I've read about hot spots with clipless pedals. Will I be able to avoid hot spots with a wider pedal or does that matter?
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One more question, I've read about hot spots with clipless pedals. Will I be able to avoid hot spots with a wider pedal or does that matter?
I was thinking about that the other day while riding; how people say the small area of Speedplay (or other) pedals means that you will get hot spots under that part of your foot. But the soles of road shoes are stiff plastic or carbon; the force from the pedal gets distributed evenly over the surface. It's not like stepping on a rock with really thin rubber shoes. I can't really feel much of any force at any particular spot on my foot from the pedals. Although the sole inserts have bothered me at times, but that's another story. My $0.02.
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+1 on Look KEOs
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Thanks for the replies and all of the advice so far.

Should I get a pedal that has a lot of adjustments or should I stick with the KISS approach?
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I like Ultegra SPD-SL pedals
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As a noob to clipless pedals myself, I like a two-sided pedal so I don't have to worry about flipping the pedal before snapping in. I tried Look pedals and just couldn't get used to them. I wound up with SPD pedals with MTB shoes.
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As a noob to clipless pedals myself, I like a two-sided pedal so I don't have to worry about flipping the pedal before snapping in. I tried Look pedals and just couldn't get used to them. I wound up with SPD pedals with MTB shoes.
I agree with Woodyg3. I started riding clipless with LOOK pedals and had trouble getting the correct side of the pedal to flip upright. SPD pedals and MTB shoes solve that problem and also are easier to walk around in.
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I am a fan of the Speedplay Frog pedals. Double-sided SPD pedal with free float. The free float is good for your knees, and allows you to get in/out of the pedal without working against any spring tension.

In the worst case dismount scenario, [i.e. standing with one foot clipped in, all your weight on it, and bike starts falling that direction] I can easily pop off the pedal in time to not embarass myself.

Plus, I like to be able to walk around a little without looking utterly ridiculous.
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My first and only have been SPD-SL. Wide so no hot foot issues. Easy use/learning curve even for an old guy. I do like my Ultegras better than the 105 I have on another bike. The Ultegras are much more forgiving with worn cleats - and I use mine 'til they're dead.
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I've just started with clipless and went with SPD-SLs and an on-sale flavor of Specialized road shoes (with some fancy insole lumpies and the three velcro straps). I dropped about $170 on everything. The Shimano pedals look to be very well constructed, and fairly adjustable. I like the large rubber wear surfaces on the underside of the cleat; walking's more comfortable and there's less of a slip-and-fall hazard. Replacement cleats are inexpensive too - that's an important consideration long-term.
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Dura Ace SPD-SLs...take some getting used to to clip in and out but great pedals.
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Shimano 105 PD-5610 pedals and Specialized BG Sport Road Shoes.
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This may be a stupid question but do any of these pedals squeak? I was out the other day and I heard a rider squeaking as he was speeding along. I don't know if it was his pedals but it was annoying.
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This may be a stupid question but do any of these pedals squeak? I was out the other day and I heard a rider squeaking as he was speeding along. I don't know if it was his pedals but it was annoying.

I hear chains squeak all of the time on the MUPs.
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I took my new 09 Cannondale Carbon Six 5 in for it's one month tune up today. I'd like to buy clipless pedals and shoes when I pick it up this Saturday. This is going to be my first set of clipless pedals and shoes. I would truly appreciate some advice from those of you who've been there done that on what I should look at.

Suggestions for a beginner but soon to be addict?
Don't worry about a "beginner" set of shoes/pedals, it's not something you graduate from one system to another. I started on Sidi Genius and Look Deltas (Keos weren't out yet), and that's where I am today. Great system, great shoes.

At the very least I recommend a road pedal. the platform is larger and less prone to hot spots. As to the single-sided/dual-sided debate, you will learn and adapt to what you have, so I wouldn't make that a deal breaker...
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This may be a stupid question but do any of these pedals squeak? I was out the other day and I heard a rider squeaking as he was speeding along. I don't know if it was his pedals but it was annoying.
Mine have, but I think I've stopped it by finding the correct cleat position. (It's been trial and error ... i.e., "listening" to what my knees tell me. And thinking through the cleat/pedal interaction.) What has also helped is applying a grease-type lube to the lip of the pedal. I'm not sure of the actual name of it, but it is the part of the pedal that butts up against the forward part of the cleat. Cleaning out the grit would probably help, but I keep forgetting to try that ... I'm always excited about getting out on the bike again.

My pedals are Shimano 105, with Bontrager shoes. I'll probably go with Campy pedals on my new bike, but haven't quite decided for sure.
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