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thinking of new shoes n pedals. any suggestions?

Old 01-03-13, 12:28 AM
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thinking of new shoes n pedals. any suggestions?

hi all,

i currently have mountain bike pedals (shimano spds) and sidi shoes. i don't mountain bike anymore and i think my shoes are a tad too big b/c my heel rises a bit when i'm trying to lift on the backstroke. i was hoping to stay south of $250 for shoes n pedals. any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-03-13, 12:52 AM
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i like shimano shoes because they fit my wide duck feet well. good value too. I like shimano 105 pedals.

when i started cycling i had cheapo shoes and then i got carbon sole ones.
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I am running Shimano SH-RO87's and 105 Pedals. Great pedals (easy entry and exit) and great shoes for the money, stiff (not as stiff as carbon's), and breathe well.

You can get the combo for under $200.

http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...400097__400097

http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...400265__400265
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shimano r540 pedals are nice but cheaper than 105. i have both and no difference for me.
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I use Shimano R087 shoes and Shimano Ultegra PD-6700 pedals for summer, and they feel great to me.

This is my first pair of cycling shoes, so I have nothing to compare them to, but for just over $80 on sale at REI, I can't complain. I might try something more expensive next time and see if it matters.

For winter riding, I switched to a pair of Northwave MTB boots and Eggbeater pedals. I can't see much of a difference in my ride times compared to the summer setup, but we'll how things are in the Spring when I switch back.
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I'd prefer a ratchet strap...but this is a pretty good deal:
http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...400097__400097

I (respectfully) disagree with 'coasting' about the difference betweeen Shimino's r540 and 105. They are $31 apart right now (@ Performance) and that's totally worth it IMO (I've had both). The 105's are a touch wider and have a metal 'axle cover' plate rather than a plastic one that will wear out.
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the 105 pedal is a pretty good bargain, I think i paid like $58 for mine on sale, tough to beat that, get those and spend good coin on shoes that fit you well, right now I have mavic pelotons (I bought cheap and these were on sale) but they are a bit to narrow for my size 13's, would be a decent entry level shoe if you don't have wide feet or a deep wallet. i'll need to upgrade mine soon but sadly other things are a higher priority.
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FWIW: I have some Specialized shoes with a ratchet top strap and a couple of times I noticed mid ride that I hadn't fastened them. I hadn't even threaded them through the buckles. So, basically, it'd didn't make any difference, even though I do pull up during hard efforts. It's probably a combination of the shape of the heel cup, the cleat location, and the angle at which I hold my foot, which is somewhat toe down.
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I'm using Speedplay CroMo ($130) with a pair of Bontrager RL Road ($180) (they have the same exact shoe in MTB version if you prefer) that has a carbon sole. The combo would be over-budget, but I love both. Maybe I don't know better (this is my first clipless experience), but the pedal and shoe are very comfortable, and have never given me issues. To stay under budget you could go with the 105 pedals instead of the Speedplays.
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If you have a performance bike near you, they will match prices with nashbar.com

They have the 105's on sale right now for $53


http://nashbar.com/webapp/wcs/stores...5658_-1_catNav
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Shop by fit, not by brand or what fits other people ... just like street shoes .... gotta be comfortable. Shoes are one thing I buy locally. I don't feel like ordering, trying them on, sending back for a different size, trying on, looking for a wider toe area, sending back again ... If you already know exactly what model & size you need, that's a different story.
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I'll spare everyone the history of how I got to where I am now, but I'm currently on BeBop pedals and Shimano MO87 shoes. I have 2 requirements for pedals:
  • No adjustments
  • Release by moving heels inward

Previous fave was the Crank Bros. Quattro. Unfortunately when they discontinued the model, I had to discontinue them. So far the BeBops have performed well and there are no issues. Once I trimmed a bit of the shoe tread for axle clearance, I haven't had any issues with the shoes either...
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Originally Posted by therh View Post
If you have a performance bike near you, they will match prices with nashbar.com

They have the 105's on sale right now for $53


http://nashbar.com/webapp/wcs/stores...5658_-1_catNav
Wow, that's a great price. I'd def. start there.
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I paid $55 or so for my pedals, that is with tax.
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If you have a performance bike near you, they will match prices with nashbar.com
I didn't know that. Good to know!
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