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Old 03-03-13, 02:33 PM
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Pedal quest...

I have finally deicded to ditc my old SPD pedals after many years. I have decided against going with Look pedals and I am starting to talk myself into Time pedals. I have searched the forums and I am still a bit unsure as to which shoes will be compatible with these pedals. I would still like to be able to walk as comfortably in them as in my SPD shoes, if possible. I was looking at the I-Clic or the Xpresso pedals.

As always, any suggestions would be appreciated.

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The cleats for them are good enough for walking around, and in three years, I can count on one finger the number of times that one foot was crudded-up enough with dirt to make clipping in more difficult than usual (Time RXS in my case).

They're no substitute for SPDs on touring/MTB shoes' walkability, but they're much better for off-bike walking compared to what I've read about, say, Speedplay.
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Originally Posted by baj32161 View Post
I have finally deicded to ditc my old SPD pedals after many years. I have decided against going with Look pedals and I am starting to talk myself into Time pedals. I have searched the forums and I am still a bit unsure as to which shoes will be compatible with these pedals. I would still like to be able to walk as comfortably in them as in my SPD shoes, if possible. I was looking at the I-Clic or the Xpresso pedals.

As always, any suggestions would be appreciated.

Cheers,

Brian J.
For the Time RXS, I-Clic or Xpresso cleats any three hole Look compatible shoe will work. I use the Time Carbon RXS pedals with Sidi, Giro and Bont road shoes.
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After some year on look and shimano, i finaly find the one i loved the most ... speedplay is my choice !!! easy flooting adjustent, easy to service, cleats are easy to instal (position) ... and some coffee shop cover can stay on the cleats even when the shoes are clip ... good luck

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Originally Posted by stdu007 View Post
After some year on look and shimano, i finaly find the one i loved the most ... speedplay is my choice !!! easy flooting adjustent, easy to service, cleats are easy to instal (position) ... and some coffee shop cover can stay on the cleats even when the shoes are clip ... good luck

Are those Speedplay covers that can stay on the cleat when in use?
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Time had durability problems with the i-clic, I'd look at the newer Xpresso's
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Originally Posted by BoSoxYacht View Post
Are those Speedplay covers that can stay on the cleat when in use?
Yes, I love mine!
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Originally Posted by BoSoxYacht View Post
Are those Speedplay covers that can stay on the cleat when in use?
yes for shure i do mine with a holdsaw blade on the sp coffee shop cleat cover ...
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Time had durability problems with the i-clic, I'd look at the newer Xpresso's
Weren't the cleat durability problems resolved with the I-clic2's?
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I've personally tried:

1. Shimano R540 - no problems here, does the job quite well. cleats are excellent.
2. Shimano 105 - would buy over the R540. the bigger contact area is awesome. cleats are excellent.
3. Look Keo Blade - they rock. would make great racing pedals. my problem with Look is that their cleats stink (wear out very fast)
4. Speedplay Zero - awesome-st with the double sided entry.

I'd take the SP Zero any day just for the double sided entry alone. May take a while to get used to but when you're settled you'll never look back.
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I really need to get some of those Keep-on Kovers for my Zeros. My Coffee Caps are wearing out after about 5 years of use.
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i've got time rxs carbon pedals on my bikes. the cleat is brass and long wearing. i get 20 000km out of a pair of cleats. winners arrive on time.
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Go with the Speedplay. You won't be sorry.
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Go with SPD-SL. You won't be sorry.

Speedplays bug me with the lower surface area and foot roll. SPD-SLs feel much better for the 1600W sprints.
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Go with SPD-SL. You won't be sorry.

Speedplays bug me with the lower surface area and foot roll. SPD-SLs feel much better for the 1600W sprints.
What about the 400 watt sprints?
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Well.....now I am completely confused as to what I want. I never considered Speedplay or SPD-SL.

Please keep the tips coming, they are immensely appreciated.
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I have finally deicded to ditc my old SPD pedals after many years...
I'm just curious, what is it about SPDs that made you not like them anymore?
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What about the 400 watt sprints?
I can't sprint at 400W though.
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I can't sprint at 400W though.
It's okay - not everyone can make hectometers blurry.
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I'm just curious, what is it about SPDs that made you not like them anymore?
Nothing in particular...just looking at something new. I have been riding SPDs since 2005 and would like to broaden my horizons. I have not ruled out sticking with SPDs but think I am ready for a change.
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Brian, I have tried time Iclic and RXS. I personally like time pedals a lot. I won't be one of those guy's that say they are the best pedal to be had because I have not tried them all. This will be an adventure as not only are you shopping for pedals but shoes as well.
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I was about to buy Times, but there are a few too many reports of breaking them, and when I'm sprinting, that does not inspire confidence. The Time pedals are really really cool though.
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