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Pedals for new rider?

Old 06-16-11, 08:39 PM
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Pedals for new rider?

Hi. I'm pretty new to road cycling and am looking to purchase pedals for my bike. I was wondering if anyone could give me suggestions. I'm looking for something reasonably priced for someone pretty new to the sport. any suggestions?
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Old 06-16-11, 08:45 PM
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assuming you're looking to go clipless? if so, then i'd recommend a pair of shimano 105 spd-sl pedals. they can be had from the british retailers for a reasonable price (usually in the $50-60 range). also shimano makes the R540 that can be had for even less.
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Old 06-16-11, 08:51 PM
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Yes, I'm sorry. I meant to say clipless. Of those two that you listed, which would you recommend? $50 or $60 isn't too much for me to spend if you recommend the SPD-SL's.
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I am an older rider (54 yr old) who just got my first real road bike at the beginning of April. My local bike shop recommended the Shimano 105 SPD-SL pedals for my bike, and after two months of riding, I like them a lot. I am quickly getting used to the clipless pedals. They seem to be a good combination of durability, reliability, and performance for a moderate price.
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Old 06-16-11, 08:58 PM
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it's really all a personal preference. a lot of people will tell you to go with Speedplays since they're double-sided entry. I tried them and didn't personally like them. You may try them and love 'em. who knows? This is just my personal experience, but the 105 Spd-sl's offer great value and a stable, wide platform allowing for fewer hot spots. there are many pedals out there that will work very well for you.
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Old 06-16-11, 09:12 PM
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I have used three pedal systems. I started with SPD-SL, the Dura Ace version and had a difficult time clipping in and out. I switched to Speedplay Light Action and they are extremely easy to get in and out. You don't need to look, just step straight down and you are in. I also use Look in my spin class. I like them but they are harder to clip and out than my Speedplays.

If you want mountain bike pedals, then you probably want SPDs. I tried them twice on a spin bike and they are easy to get in and out but I pref road bike pedals because the me they do not feel as stable and secure as road pedals.
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Old 06-16-11, 09:34 PM
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Originally Posted by fredgirl13 View Post
Hi. I'm pretty new to road cycling and am looking to purchase pedals for my bike. I was wondering if anyone could give me suggestions. I'm looking for something reasonably priced for someone pretty new to the sport. any suggestions?
PD-M770 Deore XT Mtn. Bike pedals (a.k.a. SPDs)

Shimano 105.

Both are easy to re-sell and are relatively affordable to begin with so you will not take a large financial hit if clipless pedals do not work out for you.

Since you will also have to get shoes to go along with a clipless pedal solution, perhaps the best option is:

Just ride with some toe-clips, which will cost $20 or even free if you look around. Then go clipless if you are still insane and still like this sport after a year more of riding.
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Originally Posted by kimconyc View Post

Since you will also have to get shoes to go along with a clipless pedal solution, perhaps the best option is:

Just ride with some toe-clips, which will cost $20 or even free if you look around. Then go clipless if you are still insane and still like this sport after a year more of riding.
No, don't do this. Definitely get yourself some clipless pedals.
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Originally Posted by uncrx2003 View Post
Speedplay Light Action
My riding partner's better half just got these for her new Litespeed. Great pedals IMHO.
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Old 06-17-11, 07:50 AM
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When I purchased my road bike I wanted something compatable with my MTB pedals and shoes. I picked up another set of Shimano M520s which can be had for 33.00 at performance or on Ebay just as cheap or cheaper. Two sets of pedals and a pair of Mavic shoes cost me 100 bucks. The SPDs are easy to get in and out of especially since they have an adjustment screw for tension. I have had no instances of not being able to get out of my pedals like I did years ago when I had a set of Onzas! That was a painfull learning period for me! Gene
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