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Pedal swap before big ride?

Old 05-24-13, 04:36 PM
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Pedal swap before big ride?

Doing Mountains of Misery Century on Sunday. I ordered some carbon SPD-SL Ultegra pedals weeks ago, and they just came in today. They would be replacing SPD-SL 105 pedals that are currently on my bike, with 10,000 miles on them. Would you consider swapping them out before a big ride? I might get a few minutes with them tonight on the trainer, but that will be it. Since they are the same format, I am thinking my fit will not be affected. I know there is a risk that they could be defective and cause a problem during the ride. But I am thinking they will feel alot smoother than the 105's that already have 10000 miles on the bearings. I bought them with the thought that I would really appreciate them on this ride...
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Old 05-24-13, 05:01 PM
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Shouldn't be a prob. I have 105s on 2 bikes and UCs on a third. Go back and forth with the same shoes/cleats all the time.
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Old 05-24-13, 05:19 PM
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Do it. Now if you were switching to another pedal system (speedplay or time) hell no.
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Old 05-24-13, 05:39 PM
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Shouldn't be a problem. I doubt you will notice a difference unless your old pedals are really destroyed.
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It's the same system so you're not changing cleat or cleat position so it will not be an issue. I ride multiple bikes with all sorts of pedals but they are all the same system. No issues at all.
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I'd change the cleats, too. They should have come with the pedals. Worn cleats and new pedals don't really go together, in my opinion. But otherwise, as the others say... go with the change.

Oh and ensure the tension screw is adjusted the same for what you are used to.
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Originally Posted by Rowan View Post
I'd change the cleats, too. They should have come with the pedals. Worn cleats and new pedals don't really go together, in my opinion. But otherwise, as the others say... go with the change.

Oh and ensure the tension screw is adjusted the same for what you are used to.
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After I unclipped inadvertently in a race I switched pedals, going from a used Keo to a new Keo. The problem was that the used Keo had a much higher max tension level than the new one (I went from a Keo Carbon to a Keo Classic) and I found I could unclip out of the Classic at almost any time by accident. I quickly put the Keo Carbon back on.

Ended up my cleat was worn and I broke the cleat a short time later.

If you're moving between pedals that use the same cleat then there's no question, you should do it.

To be safe make sure your cleat isn't too worn.

I've used new cleats on worn pedals no problem. I'm on my 4th? set of cleats on the Keo Carbons which have a distinct dip worn into the pedal (the new ones have a metal plate there now), and I just started using a second bike that has Keo.... Max? pedal on them, brand new with that metal plate, and no problem switching between the two.
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Well, I put the new pedals on last night and did the Wretched Sufferfest on the trainer... It felt like when I originally went from SPD to SPD-SL. It was hard to get the pedals to clip in initially... I had to have my foot at just the right angle to do it. It also felt like alot of my float was taken away, even thought I am using the yellow cleats(they are new, put a brand new pair on in march). Its also much harder to unclip. These pedals come already preset to the lowest tension adjustment, right?

I think what happened to me was that the loop part of my 105 SPD-SL has worn down, and given me alot of extra play. It was loose feeling at times, sometimes I wondered if I was going to pull out when standing on a climb. I unclip with my left foot, and on that pedal I could actually feel a slight amount of play front to back.

Anyhow, I think I will appreciate the tighter grip when standing on the 2400 ft finishing climb of Mountains of Misery. Now if I will only be able to unclip in time...
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Originally Posted by mlamb01 View Post
Well, I put the new pedals on last night and did the Wretched Sufferfest on the trainer... It felt like when I originally went from SPD to SPD-SL. It was hard to get the pedals to clip in initially... I had to have my foot at just the right angle to do it. It also felt like alot of my float was taken away, even thought I am using the yellow cleats(they are new, put a brand new pair on in march). Its also much harder to unclip. These pedals come already preset to the lowest tension adjustment, right?

I think what happened to me was that the loop part of my 105 SPD-SL has worn down, and given me alot of extra play. It was loose feeling at times, sometimes I wondered if I was going to pull out when standing on a climb. I unclip with my left foot, and on that pedal I could actually feel a slight amount of play front to back.

Anyhow, I think I will appreciate the tighter grip when standing on the 2400 ft finishing climb of Mountains of Misery. Now if I will only be able to unclip in time...
If you can, lean against a wall and clip and out around 50 times. Don't go at it so hard to strain your ankle, but enough to get really used to the resistance and maybe wear in the cleat/clip interface.
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Old 05-25-13, 05:37 AM
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Originally Posted by mlamb01 View Post
Well, I put the new pedals on last night and did the Wretched Sufferfest on the trainer... It felt like when I originally went from SPD to SPD-SL. It was hard to get the pedals to clip in initially... I had to have my foot at just the right angle to do it. It also felt like alot of my float was taken away, even thought I am using the yellow cleats(they are new, put a brand new pair on in march). Its also much harder to unclip. These pedals come already preset to the lowest tension adjustment, right?

I think what happened to me was that the loop part of my 105 SPD-SL has worn down, and given me alot of extra play. It was loose feeling at times, sometimes I wondered if I was going to pull out when standing on a climb. I unclip with my left foot, and on that pedal I could actually feel a slight amount of play front to back.

Anyhow, I think I will appreciate the tighter grip when standing on the 2400 ft finishing climb of Mountains of Misery. Now if I will only be able to unclip in time...
You do realize the pedals have adjustable tension?
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Old 05-25-13, 06:09 AM
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Yes, I know it has the indicator on the back of the pedal for this. Turns out I incorrectly assumed that they shipped pre-set to the lowest tension setting. Looking at the indicator, it looked like they were all the way down. I was able to get about 8 or 9 clicks looser, and now I can move the release slightly by hand.
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Old 05-25-13, 08:54 AM
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You may find that it takes a little more effort to unclip on the new pedals, but not enough to make it something to worry about.

I just had the shop put Ultegra pedals on my new ride (well, now it's close to 2 months old). I could have just put on the old 105s on my back-up bike, and put the ancient but still useful 540s back on that, but I figured, what the hey, new bike, why not new pedals. You're spending close to 4 K on the bike, what's another $150.

Anyway, it takes a bit more of a twist to unclip the right Ultegra, even after 1500 or so miles.
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