- Gravel bike pedals.
Went out for first ride on my new Cube Nuroad Race yesterday. Really enjoyed it even though I got a puncture on first ride! Some of the lanes were pretty muddy and I was riding in Look Keos, not great when I had to get off bike. I have sold and this k I’ll swap over to them. What do you use for your gravel riding?Posted 2 months agoroverpigSubscriber
Probably won’t be a popular option, but I’ve just replaced the SPDs on mine with flats 😵 Easier to get a foot down when it’s slippy, better for that walk to an interesting viewpoint and don’t get clogged with mud, snow, ice etc. Only two (40 and 50 mile) rides so far but can’t detect the supposed loss of efficiency yet either. It’s a bit of an experiment though and too early to say whether it is a success or not yet really.Posted 2 months agoconvertSubscriber
I’ve broken the habit of a lifetime and put spds on my road winter bike this year. And the sky has not fallen in. Tightened up the springs a bit which seems to control the float a little. With that in mind I can’t see why they would not be the default on a gravel bike too.Posted 2 months agok1100tMember
I rode Deltas and then Keos off road for years. I bought Look X-Track for the fat bike, and now have them on the gravel bike. I’d rather have Keos, if I’m being honest, but these are much easier to walk in. You need some different shoes though, ones with grips and stuff, so you’re not walking on the cleat.Posted 2 months agoluv2rideMember
Just put some XT 8100 Spds on my new gravel bike, slightly wider platform than 520’s, reduced to £59 at Sigma Sports. Would have had these though if had seen them first (same price)….Posted 2 months ago
Boardman pro spd pedals. Light weight and amazing valuePosted 2 months agosolariderSubscriber
The key here is shoes, not pedals. I only now run a mountain bike and a gravel bike. I no longer own a road bike. Over the winter with guards and 38mm slicks. In the summer with deep section road wheels and 25mm road tyres. In all guises I now run XTR SPDs. With Sidi Tiger shoes I have all of the stiffness I need for putting down power on a long road ride without hotspots on the soles of my feet. Tigers are basically Sidi road shoes with a few replaceable rubber inserts. Double sided pedals for ease of entry. Grip and recessed cleats on the shoes for ease of walking. And all the connection and stability required when clicked in. Some people experience a lack of stability, painful hotspots and a less efficient pedalling stroke when using SPDs, but that’s usually down to the stiffness of the shoes. MTB shoes are typically designed with a mix of stiffness when clicked in and flexibility to hike-a-bike when not. That doesn’t make them particularly good at being dedicated road shoes when the need arises.Posted 2 months agoTiRedMember
Shimano M324. Best of other worlds. Flat on one side, spd on the other. I’ve run them for years and they refuse to die. On the cross bike I run double sided XT spds. On the trike I use M324s. When I was learning off road, I liked the ability to use flat sides when I wasn’t confident then flip over for the easier bits. Now I am so confident so I swapped. I still have beginners start with the M324s.
MTB shoes from Specialized are basically road shoes with a tread to help walking. Buy with confidence.Posted 2 months agowinstonSubscriber
Crank Brothers Candys on all my bikes except the fatty which has flats.
Love them – plenty of float, cheap and a bit of a platform for control. Never fail to clip in even in the deepest mud. I’ve had 10-12 or so pairs over the years and only one set failed on me so far.Posted 2 months agojoebristolSubscriber
Boardman pro spd pedals. Light weight and amazing value
I have a set of these I ran on my road bike for commuting last winter. Currently on summer road shoes with shimano spd-sls. I prefer the spds for ease of clicking in and out in traffic but e road shoes are much stiffer and nicer for going the long way to work / back.
The Boardman pedals are fine I think I’m terms of functionality but perhaps not as slick as shimano ones. I bought them for the light weight vs other spd pedals – you have to spend an awful lot to get lighter.Posted 2 months agosteviousMember
Shimano SPDs here. Dunno the serial number.
Have worn flats for a few shorter rides and as others have said you’d probably be hard pressed to notice the supposed lack of efficiency.
I don’t like the 1-sided option that TiRed mentions though. The flat side is quite slippy and the non-flat side uncomfortable in flat shoes.Posted 2 months agoonewheelgoodSubscriber
Safe to go back to crank bros?
I’ve got Candys or Eggbeaters on all of my bikes. I have had a couple fail when the outer bearing collapsed, but it wouldn’t have happened if I’d done even a little bit of maintenance. Both were fixed with the £16 service kit. So I’d say yes, it’s safe.Posted 2 months agoCaptainFlashheartMember
I’ve got Candys or Eggbeaters on all of my bikes. I have had a couple fail when the outer bearing collapsed, but it wouldn’t have happened if I’d done even a little bit of maintenance. Both were fixed with the £16 service kit. So I’d say yes, it’s safe.
I have Time on all my bikes apart from my Brompton. Never done any maintenance on a single one of them. All still running perfectly!Posted 2 months ago
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