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Old 05-07-10, 12:56 PM
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Pedal Theory ?

I currently have some basic shimano clipless pedals and clipping into them at intersections is getting old. I'm considering Speedplay because it sounds like they are much easier to get in and out of.

I'm wondering if you all feel a platform pedal transfers more power, compared to the much smaller speedplay pedals, due to the larger surface of the pedal?

One other question on Speedplay pedals - I understand you just push down to clip in, correct? How do you clip out? Is it a turn to the side, similar to Shimano platforms?
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Originally Posted by Sommy View Post
I'm wondering if you all feel a platform pedal transfers more power, compared to the much smaller speedplay pedals, due to the larger surface of the pedal?

NOPE.

One other question on Speedplay pedals - I understand you just push down to clip in, correct? How do you clip out? Is it a turn to the side, similar to Shimano platforms?
Twist your heel out. Very simple.

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Bigger pedal surface doesn't do much assuming the pedal itself is stiff. It's more about how stiff your shoes are.
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The Speedplay pedal may be small but the cleat is big so the effective platform size is, if anything, bigger than you get with most other brands. Which Shimanos do you have? If you're having problems it's probably just a matter of practice - all pedal systems have a learning curve. In fact, I found Speedplay Zeros took more getting used to than regular (mtb) SPDs as there's a knack to clipping in, especially for a very light rider like myself.
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Originally Posted by Sommy View Post
I currently have some basic shimano clipless pedals and clipping into them at intersections is getting old.
I use double sided Shimano SPD pedals. I'm often clipped-in before other people, using road clipless pedals, are . I doubt that any other pedal is going to be any more convenient.
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I'll have to check out the double sided Shimano's.

I have been riding with the current pedals for a year and a half and I do alright getting in and out. The only frustrtating part is when I'm in traffic. so i started wondering about a better way.
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Originally Posted by njkayaker View Post
I use double sided Shimano SPD pedals. I'm often clipped-in before other people, using road clipless pedals, are . I doubt that any other pedal is going to be any more convenient.
But the Speedplays will be as convenient, lighter, better cornering angles, and better for people with knee problems.

Your SPD's will be easier to walk with the shoes, however.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
But the Speedplays will be as convenient, lighter, better cornering angles, and better for people with knee problems.

Your SPD's will be easier to walk with the shoes, however.
That could be the case. But it isn't clear that the OP needs any of these features.

It's not at all clear what his problem is. I guessed that he one sided pedals and is finding it inconvenient to flip the pedals to the right side.

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I'll have to check out the double sided Shimano's.

I have been riding with the current pedals for a year and a half and I do alright getting in and out. The only frustrtating part is when I'm in traffic. so i started wondering about a better way.
Having to flip pedals to the right side is less convenient. Beyond that, there isn't going to be any way that is significantly better.

As far as I have observed, one sided pedals tend to be slower to clip into.

Note that, if you are buying new pedals, you might consider other pedal types, which you might not want to do if you have lots of bikes with SPD pedals!

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