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Best Pedal System for an Idiot (me)

Old 09-16-11, 05:13 PM
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Best Pedal System for an Idiot (me)

I have been using SPD pedals/cleats. I don't like them and I want to switch.
I have a hard time clipping in my left foot - no problems with my right. Both pedals have the same tension adjustment. Maybe I have improper technique with my left foot, but I'm doing the same thing as I do with the right foot (I think).

I want to try out something different, so what is the easiest pedal system to clip in/out of? I want to keep it relatively low cost and I already have shoes that are compatible with 3 hole cleats.
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Probably speedplay but get ready to spend lots of money.

Look Keo is also an option.

Set release tension to low at first.
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Which SPD pedals? In my experience there is a huge difference between cheap copies and Shimano midrange and higher SPDs. The cheap ones are much more difficult to get in/out of than Shimano ones.

If you have three hole cleats you are not on SPDs. SPDs are mtb/touring pedals that use small metal 2-hole cleats. SPD-SL road pedals use a plastic three hole cleat.
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I have the Time Iclic's and I like them very much. Had Speedplays before and they were ok but gave me hotspots and they do require maintenance on both the pedals and the cleats. Also, if you go the Speedplay route, then make sure you get some cleat covers as the cleats to not like dirt.
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Old 09-16-11, 05:36 PM
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how long have you had them? atacs felt weird at first, but i can now clip spdsl and atac with ease. #sweetbrag
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I have a hard time clipping in my left foot <-- thats because the cleat is in the wrong position, have no idea if spd can be adjusted or is fixed.
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Old 09-16-11, 06:00 PM
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Originally Posted by ericm979 View Post
Which SPD pedals? In my experience there is a huge difference between cheap copies and Shimano midrange and higher SPDs. The cheap ones are much more difficult to get in/out of than Shimano ones.

If you have three hole cleats you are not on SPDs. SPDs are mtb/touring pedals that use small metal 2-hole cleats. SPD-SL road pedals use a plastic three hole cleat.
My have both 2 hole and 3 hole on the bottom
I have Shimano SPD pedals - A520 I think - they are the ones that are SPD/platform, as I used to commute to school on them.


I thought it was cleat position too, but it is in the same spot as the right foot and its fine.
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Tilt the cleat a little bit like 1 degree. Since I have no idea how you actually ride you have to do that in both sides, tilt inwars and outwards and see which one works better. Hope you can do that with spd.

Both feet are not equal, that u put the cleat in the same position great but u have to do mods in the one is not working right. U have to angle the cleat but no idea which way because i dont know out, u have to figure it out.
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Old 09-16-11, 07:50 PM
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I commute using LOOK Quartz pedals. They are double sided and very smooth clipping in and out compared to the knockoff SPD pedals I was using (lighter as well). There is no tension adjustment if that matters to you.
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I'm surprised you're having trouble. I just recently (finally) went clipless, with Shimano M-324 SPD's, and I think they're great. I've even forgotten a few times, and still gotten out at the last microsecond to put my foot down.

I'm sure I'll screw it up and fall at some point, but these pedals are really great, for me.
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I can clip in if I use my hands and physically push the shoe into the clip.
I have no problems with the right foot, just the left. I can't clip in while on the bike >.<
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Originally Posted by Jazzy Hands View Post
I can clip in if I use my hands and physically push the shoe into the clip.
I have no problems with the right foot, just the left. I can't clip in while on the bike >.<
You probably just need to adjust the tension on that pedal. I've come across two cyclists now who complained how crappy their SPDs were only to find that they had the tension cranked all the way up on one or both pedals. Adjusting it to a little over the minimum solved the problem. You can also try spraying them down with chain lube.
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Originally Posted by joejack951 View Post
You probably just need to adjust the tension on that pedal. I've come across two cyclists now who complained how crappy their SPDs were only to find that they had the tension cranked all the way up on one or both pedals. Adjusting it to a little over the minimum solved the problem. You can also try spraying them down with chain lube.
LOL - I just went back and realized I had adjusted it wrong - both pedals were at max tension.
I clipped into the right pedal fairly easily, so I assumed it was at low tension. *facepalm*

And I have just proven I am an idiot (and it says so in the title) T.T

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I wouldn't have mentioned it if I hadn't seen it before. A true idiot would sit here and argue with everyone without ever going back to check the adjustment.
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Gotta say Crank Brothers eggbeaters are the easiest to get in and out of that I have tried. I must look really odd in MTB shoes on a Tarmac SL3, but I don't get hot spots or anything, don't have to think about clipping in, and the ease of walking can't be beat IMO.
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How long have you been using them? I'd bring them to the LBS and tell them your "adjustment issue."
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Originally Posted by Jazzy Hands View Post
LOL - I just went back and realized I had adjusted it wrong - both pedals were at max tension.
I clipped into the right pedal fairly easily, so I assumed it was at low tension. *facepalm*

And I have just proven I am an idiot (and it says so in the title) T.T
Great! And as someone already said, a true idiot wouldn't have checked.

This doesn't surprise me at all. When I first got mine, I decided to try them 'as they were', and one foot worked pretty well, while the other was next to impossible. Once I adjusted them nearly all the way loose though, they worked flawlessly.
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Originally Posted by Jazzy Hands View Post
My have both 2 hole and 3 hole on the bottom
I have Shimano SPD pedals - A520 I think - they are the ones that are SPD/platform, as I used to commute to school on them.


I thought it was cleat position too, but it is in the same spot as the right foot and its fine.
If you're having trouble with MTB pedals, road pedals will only make it worse. Speedplay Frogs may be the easiest to engage on the market.
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Try these:



If you can't handle spd's then, well,.....

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