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Shoes I might purchase... Need advise on these pedals though.

Old 04-12-12, 10:10 PM
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Shoes I might purchase... Need advice on these pedals though.

My LBS finally called and said my Trek 1.5 was in ready for my fitting.
I had been thinking about getting some road shoes and clipless pedals too.
They said I might want to get them before I get fitted.
So they were having a sale and I stumbled across these deals.

Here are the shoes. Bontrager race road shoes.
Regular $89.99
My price $59.99
http://bontrager.com/model/09600

Here are the pedals. Shimano PD R540 SPD SL Pedals with cleats.
Regular $69.99
My price $49.99
http://bikeworld.com/product/shimano...ls-77345-1.htm


The shoes seem like a great deal to me. But I'm not to sure about the pedals.
Does anyone have experience with these? I was also comparing these shimanos to
Look easys and crank candy 1 pedals.
Fairly new to all of this as it is my first road bike. I plan on doing club rides and long weekend rides and some tours that are in driving distance.


OR I was thinking about picking up a pair of the bontrager solstice multi sport shoe and just using the toe clips that came with the bike.
http://bontrager.com/model/09602
These seem easy enough to slip in and out of the toe clips...



Thanks in advance .

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Old 04-12-12, 10:30 PM
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I assume they are the 105-spec SPD-SL's. They are more than fine.

I have Ultegra SL (6601) SL's and love them.
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I was considering the PD R540s but I got a pair of Shimano 105s instead. I got them for $62 but if you look on eBay right now, there are some auctions with pretty low prices and you can probably get the 105s for less than $50 if you know how to auction snipe
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I'm leaning towards the bontrager solstice multi sport shoe and sticking with the stock toe clips.
The shoe seems easy enough to slip in and out of the toe clips and the tread on the shoe doesn't seem Too aggressive.

Ahh!!! What to do?
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Ok you first need to decide whether you want to use a clipless pedal set up or a toe clips pedal set up. I'd go with clipless but it's up to you.
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Originally Posted by Reeses View Post
Ok you first need to decide whether you want to use a clipless pedal set up or a toe clips pedal set up. I'd go with clipless but it's up to you.
You could do both, but I'd recommend clipless. I don't know about those specific pedals but if it were me I'd pay a little more and go with the 105 SPD-SL pedals. I think the model number is PD-5700 should run somewhere around $65-$110 new, depending on where you look.

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Originally Posted by vandalarchitect View Post
$65-$110 new
I got my pair off eBay here, best price I've come across aside from some of the auctions on there. Oh and I would have bought them at my LBS, except it was $80 there.
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You don't need to spend a lot on pedals. 540 are fine.
But, do not try to save on shoes. Find something that fits really well. You won't be sorry.
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Clipless is vastly superior (and safer) to toe clips. The 540s will be fine. If the shoe fits wear it as grandma used to say.
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In the event I did decide to use the toe clips does the bontrager solstice shoe seem like something that would work seamlessly with the toe clips set up?
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Well, you could not install the SPD cleat onto the shoe. Then, it would just be a regular shoe in the clips.

Let me know how it goes - I've been deciding beween these two shoes as well, for commuting/rando purposes.
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Originally Posted by JMP0323 View Post
In the event I did decide to use the toe clips does the bontrager solstice shoe seem like something that would work seamlessly with the toe clips set up?
Either shoe would work just fine with toe clips. But if you are going through the trouble of getting a professional fitting, I can't imagine why you would be considering taking a leap backwards tech wise and going with clips. If walkability is a concern, go with mountain bike shoes and pedals.
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The fitting is free with the purchase of the bike. I have decided to just use the stock toe clips for now and picked up a pair of addidas sambas. Maybe in the next year or 2 I will make the switch to clipless. But for now "cost wise" a pair of $50 sambas will get the job done i hear.



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Either shoe would work just fine with toe clips. But if you are going through the trouble of getting a professional fitting, I can't imagine why you would be considering taking a leap backwards tech wise and going with clips. If walkability is a concern, go with mountain bike shoes and pedals.
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Originally Posted by Ice41000 View Post
You don't need to spend a lot on pedals. 540 are fine.
But, do not try to save on shoes. Find something that fits really well. You won't be sorry.
^^^ R-540s were my first clipless pedals, and I'd have no hesitation using them again.

That said, if you can get 105s for $15-$20 more, go for it. I picked up a pair of 105s for $55 over the winter.
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