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I need to buy pedals for my road bike...any suggestions or recs???

Old 01-19-10, 01:47 AM
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I need to buy pedals for my road bike...any suggestions or recs???

I purchased a Specialized Dolce and I need to buy pedals for her...what type/brand would you suggest to buy. I am new to the bike world.
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i use shimano spd-sl, with yellow cleats,

look keos are popular

speedplay are also popular.

give those a look

i'd go for spd-sl 105. but that's me

i bought ultegras, but weight difference between 105 and ultegra is not worth the price
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I just picked up a pair of Speedplay Frogs for my road bike. Double-sided entry, tons of knee friendly float, and about as easy to unclip of any pedal out there. Plus they're MTB, so you can walk around without looking like a dork.

They get my vote.
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Look Keo Classics. Cheap and easy.
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I've been using some m540 shamino pedals on my MTB the last few weeks and I'm going to put them on my specialized Roubaix as well. I got them b/c i read a million reviews and forum posts and they seemed to get a popularity vote for all kinds of recreational cycling. they are cheap as hell and really easy to work with. They come in white which would match your ride

how are you liking the Dolce? that's like the Allez for girls right?
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Look Keos are great, so are the spdl-sl 105s.
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105s were my choice. Like most things 105 (at least in the Shimano family), best bang for the buck.
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What exactly are the differences between the speedplay originals and the speedplay frogs??? In concerns to my knees which would be my best choice...I don't want to kill them. .
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Check out the Mavic line of pedals.
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Are you confused yet? No? Give it time.
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Originally Posted by femme bot
What exactly are the differences between the speedplay originals and the speedplay frogs??? In concerns to my knees which would be my best choice...I don't want to kill them. .
Speedplay frogs are SPs MTB pedal.

If you want a road pedal get SP Zeros. They're double sided like MTB pedals, but have a big, secure connection like road pedals.
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I'm guessing by your Avatar that you do triathlons.

Speedplays, are double sided, meaning that you can clip on using either side of the pedals, unlike the Looks or Shimano.
So you just step on the pedal and go with the Speedplays. With the others, it might take a little more time to find the right position, which might be an issue during a transition.

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My first 'clip-in' pedals were Look 136/236s. Still have them on my MTB (for the road) and tandem -- very durable and the replacement cleats are only about $15.
More recent additions have been Shimano SPD-SLs. Similar design and durable.
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First off, did you buy shoes already?
Second, what is your budget?
Third, I don't believe that a pedal will have any direct impact on your knees.
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Are you confused yet? No? Give it time.
He is right. Give TIME pedals a try too. Tons of people seem to rave about them as well. Seems to me from looking at most people around that Time, LOOK, and Speedplay are the most popular by far. I rode on LOOK for a while and liked them. I don't use them now, but I will be giving the new TIME pedals a try soon.
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i've been using the time rxs carbon's for the past couple of years. too bad the new time iclick's aren't backward compatible as regards the cleat.
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Originally Posted by dgasmd
He is right. Give TIME pedals a try too. Tons of people seem to rave about them as well. Seems to me from looking at most people around that Time, LOOK, and Speedplay are the most popular by far. I rode on LOOK for a while and liked them. I don't use them now, but I will be giving the new TIME pedals a try soon.
The iClic pedals?

I love my Speedplay Zero's for ease of entry and secure connection, but those Time pedals look interesting...
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Pro Alloy Pedals [Black 9/16"]
Model: 39010
Starting At $33.95

https://www.glowspek.com/store/index....88a032588ef375
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Originally Posted by NickDavid
First off, did you buy shoes already?
Second, what is your budget?
Third, I don't believe that a pedal will have any direct impact on your knees.
Yes, I actually was given some shoes...I am not sure how they will work out because all of the reviews I have read online seem less than positive but like I said they were gifted to me so I might as well give them a whirl. If I end up not liking them then I will invest in a pair of my choosing. I have NIKE WOMENS ALTEA II ROAD CYCLING SHOES

My budget is around $100.00, at least thats what I am aiming for....




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I have been riding Look Keos for the past four years, but I'm thinking of switching to Speedplays.

The double sided nature of the Speedplays has become increasingly appealing.
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Those are nice shoes. I think the Speedplays are some of the easiest pedals to learn on. They are also very easy on the knees with their free float. I recommend Light Actions if you're not going to do any sprinting, and Zeros if you will.

I learned on Look (Delta) and am now on Shimano SPD-SL. I feel more stable on them than I did with Speedplays, but I look at it this way: Pros are on Time, Look Keo, Shimano SPD-SL, and Speedplay Zero. If all of those are good enough for them to ride which ever sponsors them, any of them are good enough for me.
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Those are nice shoes. I think the Speedplays are some of the easiest pedals to learn on. They are also very easy on the knees with their free float. I recommend Light Actions if you're not going to do any sprinting, and Zeros if you will.

I learned on Look (Delta) and am now on Shimano SPD-SL. I feel more stable on them than I did with Speedplays, but I look at it this way: Pros are on Time, Look Keo, Shimano SPD-SL, and Speedplay Zero. If all of those are good enough for them to ride which ever sponsors them, any of them are good enough for me.
I would generally agree. One thing I would add is do *not* get the Speedplay X-serious pedals like the X/5, X/2, etc (sounds like you do triathlons?) The Light Action's and Zero's are fine, but the X are extremely easy to get clogged with dirt and have them not work.

The Speedplays have been very easy on my knees.
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In the road bike realm there are two basic choices, Speedplay or Look. Shimano, Time, Campagnolo, etc. all feel and function very similar to Look. If I were you I'd see if there is a shop nearby that will let you take both styles for a test ride. That's the only way you'll really know what you like. What sounds good and what feels good aren't always the same, as I learned after trying my buddy's Speedplays.
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Originally Posted by NickDavid
First off, did you buy shoes already?
Second, what is your budget?
Third, I don't believe that a pedal will have any direct impact on your knees.
Agreed, I think her main issue seems to be knee problems.
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I use Ultegra SPD-SL pedals. They work. I'm selling my old Look Carbons.
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