View Full Version : What kind of Road pedals ?
May 21st, 2008, 11:31 AM
This is probably one of those damn threads which has been done mucho times before. But for my edification....What kind of road pedals do you use? What are the best system? I am currently using SPD mountainbike shoes but will likley change over...so what do you folks use out there?
May 21st, 2008, 11:57 AM
I recommend either Shimano or Look for road pedals. Great deals can be had on both and tend to be pretty available both online and in your LBS. I ride Ultegra's, but have tried the Keo's. Both pedals are great and should last a LONG time. That's one really nice thing about the road...it doesn't kill components like the mountain does. :)
May 21st, 2008, 01:37 PM
I've been using the same Look pedals for 6 years, replacing the cleats each spring. No complaints other than the plastic cleats can start to squeek from time to time. The newer replacement cleats have eliminated some of the squeek with a special material at the contact points. I'm not familiar with the newer Look Keo, but I'm sure it, too, is an improvement over the older pedal and cleats.
May 21st, 2008, 01:48 PM
I've got Shimano on all of the road rigs and the new DuraAce on the race bikes. These (as well as the new Ultegra) have a slightly wider platform. Very nice.
May 21st, 2008, 08:44 PM
Not a useless question at all. Every time that there is a choice, there is going to be a difference of opinion. As for me, I am using regular pedals with toe clips and straps because I frequently get off the bike and walk in and out of stores and shops- especially when I'm riding around Boston. Walking around in regular sneakers is much easier - for me at least- than walking around in cycling shoes.
May 22nd, 2008, 05:56 PM
I have been using the Time RXS pedals the last few years. I was always a Look user but the lighter weight and almost equal platform size (to the Look's) won me over. My next road pedal will be the Ti Keo though. Big platform and very light.
May 27th, 2008, 09:51 PM
Thanks for all your help folks!
June 6th, 2008, 08:00 AM
time look and shimano all make great options. when I raced on the road I used look. Now I just use a set of eggbeaters. I am too cheap to buy a separate pair of road shoes so just a pair of race mtb shoes. My wife is trying the Quattros from Crank Brosand she seems happy. Except for a minor squeak when the plastic on the cleat contacts the pedal body just so.
I would stay away from Speedplay unless you don't min going through cleats quickly or have serious knee problems that require more than 20 degrees of float.
June 11th, 2008, 12:42 PM
I've tried them all, shimano, time, look.....and the only one that just seems right are the speedplay (I use the zeros).
The amount of float is adjustable, from none to loads. You can easily set them up for the best foot angle for your pedaling/knee alignment.
Double sided, wicked easy in/out.
For any pedal, cleat covers are the best way to preserve your cleat.....$6 and you are good to go. Never have muck in your cleat again.
I've used these in all kinds of situations, from mellow family rides to all out grind till you go blind (aka, Mt W hillclimb) and I couldn't ask for anything more comfortable to use.
......Then again, that's just my 2 cents.
June 12th, 2008, 12:41 PM
hey man. good feedback on the speedplays. like anything else, different strokes for different folks. i think the adjustability of their float is amazing, i'm just not their biggest fan.
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