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Subject: Choosing first clipless pedals

Help please!!! I have some bike shoes and would like to get some cleats and pedals to go with them and I am lost!!

THESE are the shoes I have, if you click on features, view sole. you can see the bottom.

The info says: they accept cleats with Look/SPD- SL pattern...

I have a friend that recommends speedplay- I really like the idea of a pedal that can be clipped from either side- are speedplay the only pedals to do this? Will they work with this shoe?

I am very new to cycling & triathlon. I love cycling but am still learning A LOT. If I continue to enjoy it I am sure I will upgrade my bike (a Giant Rapid 3) and accessories at some point.  Right now a tight budget is a consideration.

Any suggestions???

One more thing- I have NO IDEA how to pick out cleats either!!



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Those shoes are a great bargain as long as you feel comfortable in them. The soles are NOT drilled for Speedplay cleats; HOWEVER, speedplay has an adaptor to work with 3-bolt systems, such as on those shoes. The shoes are ready for Look and Shimano road cleat/pedal systems (3-bolt). There is a 2-hole drill pattern for SPD ( mountain bike and road Crank Brothers) When you buy the pedal, cleats comes with it (ask just to be sure). Since you are on a budget, I would recommend $35 Nashbar Stelvio Road Pedals. They are Look KEO compatable, and should last at least 3 seasons. Nashbaar has been offering Shimano 105 pedals for $55. This is a great price and better quality dollar for dollar. I have not used these but you should get at least 4 years of better quality. The difference in cost is a sandwich per year, That is not much. I'd get the Shimano 105's if $55 is within your budget.


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I would definitely get Speedplay... The have a model that is design for beginners, the Speedplay Light Action (although you can definitely use these as an experienced rider as well...), with lower spring load, making it easier to get in and out. It's much easier to have a double sided pedal, so you never have to look which side it up.
2013-06-10 8:47 AM
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Subject: RE: Choosing first clipless pedals

Speedplay lightaction are the ones my friend recommended. Does THIS Speedplay lightaction pedal & cleat set have the adapter included?

I also checked out the Shimano 105 pedals and they are a great price, really more like what I would like to pay.

SO is an extra $60- $70 worth it?? Are the speedplay that much easier than the Shimano 105 to use? 

2013-06-10 10:44 AM
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The 105s are a bombproof, dependable pedal that will serve you well.  I have NO experience with Speedplays, but folks seem to like them alot.  $60-70.00 dollars price difference is HUGH to me, but only you can decide.

I've never had a bad race finish that I could blame on my pedals.

2013-06-10 11:31 AM
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Subject: RE: Choosing first clipless pedals
Shimano 105 SPD-SL is the way to go.

Also, you must have teeny feet.


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OK, I am reading a lot of great reviews of the 105's- which ARE what I need to spend budget wise.

 

The only con I keep reading is that they are heavy.... How heavy? Just heavier than $300 pedals I can't get right now anyway? Heavier than my flats with cages I ride with now? Will this 'heaviness' make a lot of difference for me with the bike I have now?

2013-06-11 5:51 AM
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Subject: RE: Choosing first clipless pedals
Originally posted by Meljoypip

Speedplay lightaction are the ones my friend recommended. Does THIS Speedplay lightaction pedal & cleat set have the adapter included?

I also checked out the Shimano 105 pedals and they are a great price, really more like what I would like to pay.

SO is an extra $60- $70 worth it?? Are the speedplay that much easier than the Shimano 105 to use? 




Speedplay comes with the adaptors; there's two different wedges for each adaptor so you will have one that fits the curvature of your shoe sole.

Personally, I think Speedplays are that much better than Shimano 105... They're double sided which makes it much easier to get in (you don't have to try to flip the pedal over so it's right side up)
2013-06-11 9:20 AM
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Subject: RE: Choosing first clipless pedals
Well, I run spd/spd compatible on all my bikes (aka two-bolt hole cleats), so I can't talk about speedplays or the others, BUT I will say 345 grams is not gong to kill you (half of my pedals weigh probably 340, and I can't tell the different between those, the heavier ones, and the lighter ones). Seriously, a gram or two is not going to kill you. Take a big poop before you ride, and you'll have excreted the pedal sets more than once over.

As for the cost, I tend to be a tightwad on stuff...my "nice" pedals right now are spd540s, so at MOST $50. I realy cannot complain about them at all and have had zero issues. So for ME, paying an extra $70 on pedals woyldn't be worth it...but that's me. :-)
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I ordered the 105's.

I was very interested in the speedplays- especially because they would clip either side- BUT I have a 15 year old son who is heavy into high school sports ($$$) and he's turning 16 in Sept and eyeing a Jeep, (I dont even want ot talk about the fact he wants to try tri and wants a bike) and my bike needs a tune up this week and if I am going to race anymore this season I need to save some for registration(s).... So- $54 105's and I will just learn to flip them to the correct side. Smile

 and- if they do not workout I can ask for the Speedplays for Christmas!!

Thanks for the advice everyone!!



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Subject: RE: Choosing first clipless pedals
Just an FYI for anyone looking for pedals. Planet Cyclery has Shimano Ultegra 6700 carbon pedals for $149 shipped. I bought a set, and have received them. They were brand new in the original packaging, no gimmicks. I have no affiliation with them, but thought I'd pass this one along.

http://www.planetcyclery.com/pedals/shimano-ultegra-pd-6700-c-carbo...


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