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  1. #1
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    What kind of pedals do you use?

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    Some dude on another forum was giving me grief for posting that I use SPD-SL pedals. Aside from the fact that I think he read "SPD" when I said "SPD-SL," I wanted to say "why is it your business how I ride my bike?"

    So, to make us all feel a little less alone (or at least me), what kind of pedals do you use? Platforms, cages, clipless systems, everyone chime in

    Here are mine, just the basic Shimano SPD-SL pedal (the R540). This was my first time buying pedals, so I went with something I could learn on, still feel a little stable, and not invest tons of money right off the bat. (See, the guy already made me feel like I have to justify myself... argh)

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    I have SPD-SLs, too, the 105 ones.

    I like them but I am seriously thinking of changing them for Ultegra. The latter's axis spins much more easily (hence the pedal ends up in the right position all the time) and clipping in and out of them is more easy (for some reason even at the lowest setting mine are hard to get out of).

    In Vancouver they are nearly standard. I haven't seen many riders use Looks here (contrary to the situation I had seen in Montreal).

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    I have speedplay. I needed them so my left knee could roate a little (old running injury).
    I love them, but haven't ever had any other, so don't know what to compare it too. My dh has SPD pedals and he loves them. Don't let that guy get to you...
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  4. #4
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    Speedplays

    I second the Speedplay X/5's or any model. The float is awesome.

  5. #5
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    I have SPD M-324's on my road bike. It's just easier for me to have one side platform & one clipless side since I use my bike for short trips to grocery store & road riding

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    I also have the SPD-SL R540s on my road bike - they are the pedals it came with and I see no reason to change. They do the job and I certainly prefer them to the old style Looks on my previous bike

    This thead looks like it is mostly about road bikes but for what it is worth all my pedals are shimano at the moment - I have the 324's on my commuter and the 525's on my mountain bike

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    I have the same pedal as Pikato and love 'em. Versatile. "The People's Pedal!" That said, next year, I might have snobbier pedals (speedplays) put on my Luna.

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    Mick--
    What shoes do you wear with them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by colby
    Some dude on another forum was giving me grief for posting that I use SPD-SL pedals. Aside from the fact that I think he read "SPD" when I said "SPD-SL," I wanted to say "why is it your business how I ride my bike?"
    I guess this shows how new I am...but's what wrong with just saying SPD? The only dumb question is the one that isn't asked, right?

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    i have speedplays on both my road bikes....

  11. #11
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    I have Speedplay Frogs. Didn't know they were snobby. Just thought they were cute and extraordinarily easy to use and easy on my knee and hip. They do look a bit like little froggies.... ribbit ribbit!
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  12. #12
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    I've got Looks.

    You don't need to justify yourself! Heck, I bought MY pedals cause they were the cheapest the shop had! They've worked for me so far....

    Don't let the mutterings of an Internet gear-snob make you feel bad for your own preferences.

    K.

  13. #13
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    Look Keos. I love them - you can get clicked in while standing to accelerate from a stop.
    Sarah

    When it's easy, ride hard; when it's hard, ride easy.


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  14. #14
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    Don't let that dude get to you... there are some total bike snobs out there who really should have better things to be uppity about.

    I have speedplay frogs on my road bike. I had some guy belittle me because they're mtb pedals on a road bike. Then he was totally rude about the brand of bike I own as well. Ugh! Like how insecure does a person have to be to do that?!

    I also have Shimano m520's on my mountain bike.

  15. #15
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    Quote Originally Posted by li10up
    I guess this shows how new I am...but's what wrong with just saying SPD? The only dumb question is the one that isn't asked, right?

    Hi li10up - I'll try and answer your question without offending anybody

    the reason for his comment was that if he just thought 'spd' he would have thought they were the sort of pedals 'usually' put on mountain bikes. Lots of people like them on road bikes - some people find them easier to get into and out of, and because the cleats recess into the sole the shoes are easier to walk on.

    However some people feel that the larger platform 'road style' pedals give better power transfer and so are more efficient. This they argue makes better for road riding when you are less likely to be unclipping often or walking in your shoes.Traditionally also the shoes that road cleats went on were stiffer than mountain bike shoes which also assists power transfer (although you can get stiff soled shoes that take 'spd' cleats). Some riders also say they feel 'more connected' to the bike with larger platform pedals.

    I think all of that is true - to a point - I find the difference in pedal efficiency only just noticable.

    Where it becomes contentious is that some 'purists' translate that into being a bit snobby towards riders who find SPDs more convenient/comfortable etc
    Last edited by kiwi girl; 06-01-2006 at 02:18 PM.

 

 

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