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  • #16
    Not sure if you meant he should've bought both items online or just shopped around for a better deal @ a LBS
    Either really, whatever his comfort level is in ordering on-line vs the LBS. Everyone's financial situation is different and honestly I'm just scraping by. I do allot of business with a LBS but also order plenty of stuff on-line I'll admit that. It's what I have to do, especially with multiple hobbies and 3 kids and child support. Sorry if my suggestion ruffled your feathers.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Slappy View Post
      And then, there are the Shimano Multi-release cleats, that basically act like very worn-out regular cleats and allow you to just yank your cleat straight out of the pedal without swivelling your heel. Personally, I find these unpredictable - sometimes you come out when you don't want to, sometimes you don't come out when you want to.
      Agreed Slappy - those things have ruined a few rides when I found a set in the garage, put them on the shoes, then couldn't climb a single hill without releasing, even with the pedal tension cranked all the way up. Worst Product Ever.
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      • #18
        Wow lots of responses and opinions to choose from! Just throwing this in--I just replaced my worn out 520's for the new PDM780 XT's. they feel more stable and secure with that little extra machined surface area for the shoe tread. My feet are real finicky but are very happy in the Mavic Rush's that I got at JRA last year.
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        • #19
          Originally posted by hammerhead View Post
          Agreed Slappy - those things have ruined a few rides when I found a set in the garage, put them on the shoes, then couldn't climb a single hill without releasing, even with the pedal tension cranked all the way up. Worst Product Ever.
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          • #20
            I ride Five tens and a good spiny flat pedal. Always a good time.

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            • #21
              As ktmdad said wear shin pads until you get real comfortable riding with the flats. I rode for a whole season without them and the first half of the season my shins were a bloody mess, but after about a month of riding with them, I never hit my shins again. It takes getting used to keeping a bit of weight on them so you don't roll your foot off of the peddle. Your foot won't slide, but the peddle will roll and bang. Once you get used to it though you shouldn't have any problems with banging the shins.
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              • #22
                This was probably just me, but I found that the peddle would roll back as I was going up hill and encountered a large rock or root. I would try to put the power down and the foot would roll off the back of the peddle and the shins would get beet up. I more than likely had my foot positioned too far back on the peddle contributing to my issue!. So to help try putting your foot a bit more forward on the peddle if you experience any of that. Good luck and happy riding!
                Kona Satori

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                • #23
                  Just finished my first ride on the combo and found it a major improvement. Much more confidence (i.e less pucker factor), better climbing ability (easier to stand & pedal), and cleared obstacles that I've never managed to clear previously.

                  In hindsight, I should have made the switch a long time ago. And for the record, I did try several LBS' websites before heading online - I'll always buy local (personally AND at work) if presented with viable options.

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