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Nashbar Special Road Bike Pedal

Old 02-12-11, 07:57 PM
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Nashbar Special Road Bike Pedal

The reviews are great but what do you guys think?

I haven't made the jump to clipless yet and I'm ready but should I invest in a higher quality type such as this:

Next question: Can someone post a link of a compatible shoe for the Nasbar type and the Shimano type. I'm looking for clipless but ones I can walk inside a convenience store if needed. Thanks
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Just buy the Shimanos they'll last you long enough to make it worth it.
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they don't list the weight of the shimanos...the keos weigh in at 256 grams and their on sale! https://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...oductId=511409
for shoes, its a very personal fit thing. as for walking, you will look a little goofy but road shoes are walkable to go into the store...there are cleat covers. if you really want something more walkable, go with mountain pedals and shoes. note that most road shoes are single side entry, while most mountain shoes are dual sided.
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The Nashbar pedal is a Look Delta style cleat (Look has discontinued this style -- Keo style is current). Shimano cleats have 2 "pontoons" and with the shoe heel (usually with a rubber contact area built in) this will give you a 3 point contact. Fairly stable - certainly more stable than the cleat that comes with the Nashbar pedal. Definitely go with the Shimano pedal (also much better quality pedal).
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Most road shoes are compatible with either of those pedals. The cleats come with your pedals and will screw into any 3 hole shoe like this:


Look at the picture of the sole to see the hole pattern.

I use shimano pedals and have a had several different models from their top to the bottom which are the R540 for about $40. The cheap ones worked fine although they are heavier and have a piece made of plastic which is probably not as durable as the metal version on the higher models. But I would recommend them to try out the system. You may find they are all you need.

The cleats, which are the same shape on all shimano pedals, are walkable for short distances but it is a little awkward and will wear the cleat down. I carry little plastic covers with me that I throw on if I have to walk more than a few feet.
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Those look exactly like the pedals my sister bought for her spin classes. If so they're low end wellgos, I checked them out and there's no seal on the bearings at all. This is fine for my sisters use where they will ONLY be used inside, but if you use them outside I would expect water infiltration. Then you will be constantly rebuilding, or replacing the pedals.

I would spend a little more and get some Shimano pedals, even their lowend stuff is bullet proof.
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Just to be contrarian.....

At $25 you can't go too wrong and if you want to try out clipless but aren't wanting to take a big plunge then go for it. They'll work well enough long enough for you to make an informed decision about your next set of pedals.

Sometimes cheap is OK.
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I have Nashbar clipless Paid $ 30.00 for them. I rode 600 mile so far with no problems. Sometime they can be difficult to click in because of the slick surface of the pedal.
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Speaking from experience with nasbar pedals

I had a set of Spd pedals from nashbar for about 13 years with minimal problems and I rode the hell out of them. I eventually had to replace them because the body had worn down so much

I bought some Nashbar Ventoux pedals (look delta) which suuuuuuucked. The bearings became sticky after about 300 miles wo the point where the pedal would not rotate down on its own so I could clip in. I rebuilt one of them no problem, but the other would not come apart. the spindle is on a PLASTIC sleeve with a plastic screw, which completely stipped to the point of unuseability.

NOW, I have speedplay frog pedals which are flawless (but cost about 10 times as much)

Buy a better quality pedal, it will save you so much frustration.
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My idea is, long after I have forgotten how much I paid for an item, I still have to live with it. More often than not, you get what you pay for. Often the aggravation is not worth the "savings". The choice is yours.
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I have owned that exact pair of nashbar pedals. they were OK. i was getting a few hot spots with them. within a few months, i bought the shimano 105s and i've been happy on them for the last 2-3 years.

edit: i believe ribble has the 5700 pedals for $47 and change. don't know how much shipping would be though. they also have nice prices on look keos, which a lot of people love.

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