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Switching from SPD-SL to Egg Beaters | Pros / Cons?

Old 07-05-10, 09:53 AM
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Switching from SPD-SL to Egg Beaters | Pros / Cons?

Has anybody done this switch before? I'm starting to use my bike more for commuting; so lots of stop and go situations, and clipping into the SPD-SL pedals is problematic. The main issue is that the plastic cleats wear out quickly when you're constantly clipping in and out (<1000 miles on my current pair); I've already slipped twice off the pedals when trying to clip in quickly, causing my junk to come into contact with the top tube. I have a pair of Time Atac's on my mountain bike; and those things are stupid easy to clip into; and I'm still running the original cleats!

So, I want to pick up a pair of egg beaters for the road bike. What will be giving up / gaining by doing this?

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Old 07-05-10, 09:56 AM
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Why don't yo just get Time pedals? \

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You won't have as large as a platform to pedal on. This might not be an issue if your shoes are stiff.

Also spd cleats wear out even quicker if you walk on them. If you're using mountain bike shoes, then it shouldn't matter (because of the recessed cleat).
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Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
Why don't yo just get Time pedals?
Sort of like women -- I want to see what else is on the market that may fit better. Plus the eggbeaters have 4 entry points and are lighter :-O . God, I need a woman like that.
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Originally Posted by Servo888 View Post
I've already slipped twice off the pedals when trying to clip in quickly, causing my junk to come into contact with the top tube.
That's okay, you don't need that part.
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Old 07-05-10, 11:18 AM
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I love my egg beaters. Im mostly a commuter and they are great with mountain bike shoes. I never notice the smaller contact point with my shoes, though the are very stiff. I cant imagine changing to anything else, and I have ridden a bit of everthing.

My daughter constantly looks at my egg beaters with envy.
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Originally Posted by Servo888 View Post
....Plus the eggbeaters have 4 entry points and are lighter :-O . God, I need a woman like that.
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go with speedplay instead, i switched to eggbeater from shimano road and it's nothing but nightmare

first off, the cleat sticks out to pointy tip on a roadbike shoes, it's slippery to say the lease.(without the recessed
part of the MTN shoes)
the other main drawback that i encountered was the float, despite whatever they marketed
the pedal for, it's hardly any good on the road(esp if you like the solid connection of shimano/time pedals),
the float is way too much and way too loose for my personal taste and there's no tactile/audio cue when
you clips in(may or may not be an issue).

the good? well, it's marginally lighter than my shimano pedals, multiside entry.

I end up junking the eggbeater for speedplay zero, no more looking down while dodging traffic
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For use on road shoes, get the 3-hole road cleat (https://crankbrothers.com/accessories_3hole_cleat.php), not the two-bolt cleat, even if your road shoes have PD drilling. With the 3-hole road cleat, there's a plastic horseshoe shape that surrounds the metal part of the cleat, creating a recess for the metal part of the clear, so the metal part never comes in contact with the road. it'll last pratically forever.

I use this setup with some nice carbon-souled road shoes, and it's been great for 4+ years now. I've replaced the cleats once in that time (about a year ago, I think.)

I've never had any of the above-mentiontioend problem with the float. Feels great to me.

One really big upside is that you can also use a MTB shoe for commuting or whatever, so that you can actually walk around in your shoes.

Great all the way around. I highly recommend it.
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If you do end up with Crank Bros, get something with a platform if you plan on riding the bike at all without clipless shoes. Even the mini platform on my Candys is good for a while.
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Originally Posted by wanlogan View Post
If you do end up with Crank Bros, get something with a platform if you plan on riding the bike at all without clipless shoes. Even the mini platform on my Candys is good for a while.
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I seem to get less foot ache using the platform crank bros. The egg beaters work just as well, maybe it's just my tender feet can't handle em'.
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I ran egg beaters for years until I broke 3 in a month. Now I'm running Time pedals .
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I'm riding 130 miles, half of them uphill, on Saturday with my Eggbeaters. I have had no problem with the small point of contact (I also have stiff-soled shoes), compared to other pedals. I've used them on long rides for at least the past few years. For me, the 'beaters are great - lightweight, easy to get into and out of.
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Don't Crank Brothers do a road pedal?
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Originally Posted by Paulie View Post
Don't Crank Brothers do a road pedal?
The Quattro? They used to, but it's discontinued -- but you can still find them for sale sometimes. And, you can still buy the 3-hole cleat mentioned earlier, which works not only with Quattros but also Candys and Eggbeaters.

I'm just starting with some Time RXS pedals on my new road bike, and I already miss the multi-sided entry that CB pedals gave me on my old roadie and MTB.
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