Questions about purchasing bicycles and parts
i initally started on the shimano spd pedals on the spin bike which was easy to use, double sided entry
Then when i got a road bike, i swapped to shimano spd-l pedals which i used for less than a month
I didn't like the fact that i had to look down and clip in
Whereas the spd pedals i could clip in quite easily
I had a near accident clipping into the pedal in peak hour traffic
SO i got myself some speedplay pedals
The initial break in process can be tedious
But once broken in they are not bad
Dual side entry was a big factor when purchasing these
And the fact you can adjust your float easily is not bad at all
So SPEEDPLAY for the WIN
Cannondale Synapse 105
Did not even know these excisted and I see you can buy an adapter for shimano 3 screw shoes they look great even balanced and can clip both sides but I never see pro,s using them can you really rip on them like sprinting and out of the seat steep climbs. please be honest
If you look close (excuse the pun) many pros use speedplay even some on teams that "use" other pedal systems. They are good but go require more work. Id use Shimano if I could but I'm struck with speedplay and still happy.
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Actually relatively few wear speedplays, the majority are Looks and then Shimano.
I've gone Shimano to Look blades (which were very good) and now to Speedplays. I'm enjoying the double sided clip in from the Speedplays even if the contact area is smaller. I'll see if I change that opinion after a few thousand k's.
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The trouble with jogging is that the ice falls out of your glass
Time Atac XS, (teamed with Shimano M183 shoes, carbon fibre sole for stiffness + have recessed cleat for ease of walking, take off the removable studs and fit blanking plugs to front).
Big advantage of Time Atac XS they are double sided pedals + have sideways float which is good for the knees.
Run the same pedals on the daily commuter road bike, race road bike & mountain bike.
.....One set of shoes for all bikes.
I think the amount of use by pro-peleton riders is largely irrelevant, given that sponsorship deals govern who uses them, rather than rider preference.
The important thing is that some pro riders use them, demonstrating that they are good enough to use at the highest level. If Sagan can sprint in them, I'm not going to accidentally pull out of them.
I moved over from Dura-Ace 7900 SPD-SL about 12 months ago and have been very happy. People talk about the additional maintenance, but I don't find too inconvenient having to grease the spindles every 3-6 months and avoid diving into mud pits.
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