Road Pedals --- What do you use/recommend?

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Road Pedals --- What do you use/recommend?

Postby Aushiker » Sat Jun 07, 2008 6:55 pm

G'day

It seems that I will need to get a set of pedals to go with the new roadie. Hence I am interested in what pedals folks use and their experience with same.

My initial thinking was Shimano Ultegra SPD-SL (PD6620G) but the carbon Look KEO looks interesting too. Other thoughts? Experiences?

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Postby sandman » Sat Jun 07, 2008 7:25 pm

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I have the Shimano Ultegra pedals on my bike but I was looking to get these for my Scott as it matches the colour :-)
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Postby moosterbounce » Sat Jun 07, 2008 7:36 pm

I ride Time pedals and really like them.

Mr Moo started out o Shimanos and has now moved to the Look Keo as they came with the bike. Both work in a very similar manner and he has had no complaints on the Looks.

Looks like you may be moving to the dark side Andrew if you are looking at carbon pedals :wink:
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Postby Bnej » Sat Jun 07, 2008 8:13 pm

I have older Ultegra pedals. They're a firm binding even at the loosest setting, and they are apparently very durable. The contact pad on the pedal is replaceable and I think they come with a spare for when you wear it down.

The little rubber bits on the cleats improve traction for walking/standing off the bike too.

If you want a durable pedal with a strong binding system get SPD-SL. If you want light weight then get something else.
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Postby DavidH » Sat Jun 07, 2008 8:15 pm

I have Look Keo Classics (the cheapest in the Keo range) on one bike and Look Keo Sprints on another. I wouldn't buy a set of Classics again, but the Sprints have been great. The Classics have less tension (even when dialed up) than the Sprints and the cleat seems to move around in the pedal (which doesn't inspire confidence).

My only complaint with the Keos are the cleats. I go through a set every three months or so (and at about 6 weeks I swap the cleats from one shoe to another since the one on the shoe I clip out first wears out twice as fast).

I'm up for a new pair of shoes so was planning to get a set of Ultegra SPD-SL pedals and giving them a go instead.

I notice that Alberto Contador uses Look Keo Carbon pedals BTW.
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Postby Matt_Matt » Sat Jun 07, 2008 8:27 pm

For sheer convenience I have SPD pedals on my road bike.

Why are you ruling out SPD's ?


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Postby Mulger bill » Sat Jun 07, 2008 9:05 pm

Matt_Matt wrote:For sheer convenience I have SPD pedals on my road bike.

Why are you ruling out SPD's ?


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Postby Pushy » Sat Jun 07, 2008 9:10 pm

I used to ride with SPD-SLs, but now have SPDs. You never know when you might have to walk your bike home.

If you like, I have a set with cleats that you are welcome to borrow and try b4 you buy. I'm in Freo and have a few days off after Sunday noon.

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Postby Deanj » Sat Jun 07, 2008 9:14 pm

The Look Keo carbon do look interesting, been looking at the 'pro-bikes' section of bikeradar the last few weeks and they seem popular with the pros. Also noticed the Speedplay Zero on a few of the bikes.

I'm using Spd-sls and they offer a much firmer and secure footing over spds. Like Bnej says, they are 'funny' to walk in and you have to be carefull not to do to much, but if your going to be just riding, and a good distance they are worth considering.
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Postby sogood » Sat Jun 07, 2008 9:22 pm

You don't have to use a "road pedal" for a road bike. Many people use their SPD/CB pedals on road bikes. It would mean that you don't have to have a second set of shoes.
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Postby lisanne » Sat Jun 07, 2008 10:00 pm

I currently use SPD's but later this year I plan to move to SPD-SL's... not sure if I will use red or yellow cleats yet though... red would be better for track sprinting though
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Postby toolonglegs » Sat Jun 07, 2008 10:20 pm

In time to buy some Times :D ...loads of float and very small foot to axle distance.Which is why if you dont use SPD's on road bikes for too long :P
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Postby anthonyje » Sat Jun 07, 2008 10:22 pm

i have several road bikes and have concurrently used and compared spd's, crank eggbeaters and look (old look that is) and for the feel on the bike i prefer the look. little bit of sway but solid feeling. for convenience (at the cafe! - don't hate me, you all drink coffee) the eggbeaters are overall a better system than the spd's, which i find to not be as smooth or solid feeling in engaging and dis-engaging the cleat.

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Postby mikesbytes » Sat Jun 07, 2008 10:41 pm

I think you should buy pedals that use the same cleat as on your other bike(s). That way you don't need to buy another pair of shoes.

Doesn't stop you from change later though.
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Postby senator52 » Sun Jun 08, 2008 1:56 am

For the price, Ultegra's from PBK can't be beat. Just depends if you like the Shimano cleat system.
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Postby cavebear2 » Sun Jun 08, 2008 2:31 am

You can get Time RXS pedals for $100 at CRC

You can see my review at: CRC

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Postby cricetidae » Sun Jun 08, 2008 2:54 am

I have a pair of Look Classic on the Masi and swear by them and have had no problems with them but if I get the chance I will definitely upgrade to another pair of Looks given the chance.
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Postby Andrew69 » Sun Jun 08, 2008 10:21 am

Im quite happy with my Ultegra SPD-SL's and find them secure enough without feeling overly "tied in" which is a plus as a noob to clipless pedals.

But walking in the shoes can be interesting...
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Postby Aushiker » Sun Jun 08, 2008 3:12 pm

moosterbounce wrote:Looks like you may be moving to the dark side Andrew if you are looking at carbon pedals :wink:

Carbon bike .... needs to have the right accessories no? :)

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Postby LuckyPierre » Sun Jun 08, 2008 5:35 pm

Campagnolo, of course! :lol:
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Postby LuckyPierre » Sun Jun 08, 2008 5:40 pm

But, really you should get something that works across as many bikes as you can. I have both road and off-road shoes, so it's Shimano SPD's for off-road (well, Exustars, anyway) and Campagnolo on the road.
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Postby alchemist » Sun Jun 08, 2008 6:25 pm

I use Crank Bros Quattros on both my road & track bikes. It means I can use the same shoes on all bikes, which is especially handy when I ride the roadie to the shops or breakfast.

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Postby Aushiker » Sun Jun 08, 2008 7:17 pm

Matt_Matt wrote:For sheer convenience I have SPD pedals on my road bike.

Why are you ruling out SPD's ?

I have SPDs on my CRX 1 and on the XTC 2 but really didn't consider them as a road bike option. No particular reason other than there are clearly road pedals and they must be brought for a reason.

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Postby Aushiker » Sun Jun 08, 2008 7:18 pm

Pushy wrote:If you like, I have a set with cleats that you are welcome to borrow and try b4 you buy. I'm in Freo and have a few days off after Sunday noon.

Thanks Les for the offer. I have SPDs now and shoes with a two bolt holes so I am familiar with them. My interest is the road set-up. I think they are a three screw version, is that right?

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Postby Aushiker » Sun Jun 08, 2008 7:19 pm

cavebear2 wrote:You can get Time RXS pedals for $100 at CRC

You can see my review at: CRC

Perry

Hi Perry

Read your review and was curious as to what other pedals you have tried.

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