what roadie pedals?
so, bitten the bullet and finally joined the smooth calved ranks. bike should be coming this thursday, and i need some pedals and shoes. thinking of getting the shimano 105s, but know very little about the feel or quality of road pedals. i assume those are decent due to the name and the price, is this the case?
and how similar in feel/action are road spds compared to mtb for clipping in and out of? any reasonable priced shoe recommendations?Posted 5 years agoheadfirstMember
Not the answer you’re looking for but I use mtb spd’s on my road bikes, it means one pair of shoes fits all my bikes. I’ve a pair of carbon-soled spesh shoes which I think means I’ve never had a problem with hotspots on all-day rides whether touring or doing a 100 miler on my ‘best bike’.Posted 5 years agomrmoMember
I use Time rxs pedals, but to be honest look, time and shimano are all comparable, each has their quirks all are crap to walk in..
As for shoes, i like sidi, but i would really really advise trying the shoes on. You will be wearing them a while and niggles will become a pain, literally. Something i have been meaning to sort out are proper insoles, i have used Confomable in the past and they do make a difference over the cheap crap most shoes some with.
As for action similar but different is the best way i can describe it, the thing to watch is you can only clip in on one side, but most road pedals are weighted to account for this.Posted 5 years agoRealManMember
Think ribble have got a deal going at the moment for shimano shoes and pedals, worth a look.
Shimano pedals are pretty great, but lots of others out there as well. 105s will be solid, but so are the models below, and they’re proper cheap.
And of course specialized shoes are fantastic for comfort and performance.
To the mob: Not going to bother coming back on this thread so no need to spam it 🙂Posted 5 years ago
to be honest, hf, that’s a great answer. i’ve got xtr spds on my “proper” bike and it would be quite useful/economical if i could just use those and my current shoes. i wasn’t sure if i’d get things thrown at me if i did, though!
edit – realman, you’re not welcome here, but thanks for the tip about ribble.Posted 5 years agoHazeSubscriber
-1 for spd’s on road bikes.
Time i-Clic here, the fibre-flex ones. Big improvement over the SPD’s I used at first, easily the best upgrade I’ve made so far.
How much walking are you planning on doing?
Their reasoning was that there’d be enough to be getting used to without adding in new pedal system.
I don’t buy that, it takes all of 5 minutes to get used to different systems.Posted 5 years agomudsharkMember
Go for cheap Shimano pedals – they’re great.
I mostly use R540s and can’t see why I’d change them. I have also now bought some 105s which look better and are a bit stiffer I think.
Touring pedals are better than SPDs. I use A520 pedals in the winter so I can use my winter mtb boots and also use them for touring.Posted 5 years agomikey74Member
As someone who has relatively recently changed from mtb pedals and shoes (Candys and Spesh Elite) to proper road pedals and shoes (Shimano 105 and Spesh Elite) i will say that I won’t go back: Road shoes are so much stiffer, and therefore feel so much better on the bike, and the pedals just feel alot more secure.
Walking is no problem whatsoever. I have heard that Shimano cleats are easier to walk in than Look cleats, but I have no experience of those.
The only downside is that they are single-sided, which I do occasionally find difficult to clip into when pulling away at a junction in a hurry, particularly if it’s on a steep slope.Posted 5 years agouponthedownsMember
SPDs are fine on the road. I used them for years on my road bike. I now use Shimano 105 SPD-R. If you get the yellow cleats they have float. Look cleats have a reputation of being made of cheese and having poor wear even if you are just walking down to the bottom of your drive in them.Posted 5 years agomatthewjbSubscriber
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i do have one slightly dodgy knee. is there not so much float available in road spds?
Go for Speedplay. Incredible amount of float.
I used to use the same system on all my bikes (mtb, road and cross). Great as you only need one pair of shoes (so why did I have three?). But I recently went for some road specific shoes and pedals ( Sidi and Speedplay). Upsides: The connection to the bike feels better. Loads of float. Downsides: Walking is a bit harder.Posted 5 years agoTiRedMember
I like KEO’s, but Son1 rides SPD-R. They are easier to engage and the cleats are tougher. I rode with SPDs for years and still do on the tandem, because the the tread helps with grip when holding up a bike for two.
My first clipless pedal was a 757, which had a lovely mechanism, but the axle snapped (in answer to the Crank Brothers thread)Posted 5 years agomoomanMember
I had mtb pedals on my winter skinny bike all winter. They worked fine enough.
When they fell apart (crank brother candys of course) I put 105 pedals on …there was a noticeable improvment.
As for walking in them…Posted 5 years ago
Thats a mtbing thing …roadies ride when out with bike..
I have Ultegra but the cleats are plastic, they tend to fail at the engagement points leaving you out on the road somewhere with a cleat you can neither walk in nor clip in with. I think I’ll be switching to something SPD compatible so all my shoes, bikes and pedals will be on the same platform.
Whatever I do next, it won’t have plastic cleats.Posted 5 years ago
Didn’t walk in them much at all, and they ride fine, tho I am not the gentlest on kit. I had a pair where a sliver of plastic sheared off the key part of the cleat mid-ride and they wouldn’t engage then, game over. Pros probably have new kit whenever they needed it, support vehicles and ride in bunches. I’m often out on my own.
From my POV there’s no good reason to keep them and a good reason to get rid. (Want my pedals?)Posted 5 years ago
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