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2011/03/23 16:31:38 (permalink)

Bike shoes and clips

I cycle to work every day, but it's only about 2 miles each way, - it's very convenient to to be able to just wear my normal trainers, get off the bike and stroll into the office, - however.
 
I am tempted to get proper bike shoes and clips, so I can use more of the muscle in my legs to power around.
 
I see clippy pedals going for about a tenner on ebay, - i've been told that bike shoes go for about £60 upwards??
 
2 questions really, - 
 
#1  Are these clips etc worth going for, - or, are the straps you can get on pedals a decent substitute??
 
#2  Any good recommendations for clippy pedals and shoes, for a reasonable price?
 
 
 
 
 
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Re:Bike shoes and clips 2011/03/23 16:34:42 (permalink)
SPD (shimano pedal dynamics) clipless pedals are very good and will benefit your pedaling by allowing to to 'pull' up the way as well as 'push' down on the pedals as normal.
 
You can get them online for cheaper than £60, look at wiggle etc
 
You can get 'trainer' type SPD shoes so you dont have to buy moulded cycling shoes if you dont want to. (they wont be as stiff but they will be generally fine)
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Re:Bike shoes and clips 2011/03/23 16:46:11 (permalink) ☄ Helpful
looked for you!
 
try these for pedals:
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/shimano-pd-m520-pedals/
 
same but cheaper here:
http://www.chainreactionc...dels.aspx?ModelID=3759
 
post edited by klein - 2011/03/23 16:47:38
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Re:Bike shoes and clips 2011/03/23 17:01:17 (permalink) ☄ Helpful
If you go for Shimano then you have the choice of SPD-SL or SPD pedals which are the ones posted above.
 
SPD SL pedals require SPD SL shoes which are stiffer and used for road racing.
 
SPD pedals require SPD shoes which are often used for mountain biking or any type of cycling where you may need to walk round for a bit . SPD is more convenient for a commute as you get the benefit of being able to clip in but you can walk about like you are wearing a normal shoe.
 
I wear SPD SL and have to take them off when I walk into the building.
 
Dont forget you also have to get SPD/SPD SL cleats to attach your shoes to the pedals.
 
I dont rate the straps. They are cheaper and better than using nothin but you cant apply power through the entire rotation i.e. you can't pull at the bottom. I found clipping in much easier to do than trying to get my feet between two bits of fabric that would often be out of shape.
 
Have a look round e-bay for the stuff, especially the pedals and cleats which are often cheaper. You might get lucky with a pair of second hand, barely used shoes in your size.
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Re:Bike shoes and clips 2011/03/23 17:25:47 (permalink)
Excellent information, - thanks a lot.
 
I think I'll go for the proper pedals, but the more convenient SPD's... - Not only would the extra power be nice, - I can imagine that it'll help beef up the teardrops on my quads...?
 
 
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Re:Bike shoes and clips 2011/03/23 18:15:14 (permalink)
These are the best if your only doing short distances and are in traffic etc.
 
http://powergrips.mrpbike.com/

  




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Re:Bike shoes and clips 2011/03/23 19:37:44 (permalink)
Presume you've actually used these things Wheels to make such an endorsement?  Have you used 'proper' clips also?
 
Can you get a lot of power through on the upwards motion?
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Re:Bike shoes and clips 2011/03/23 20:00:26 (permalink) ☄ Helpful
I never really got on with clipless, I'm a bit too clumsy!  You get more than enough power on the upwards motion, almost as much as with clipless abd there are no unclipping issues.

  




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Re:Bike shoes and clips 2011/03/23 20:12:13 (permalink)
Thanks for the recommendation mate  - will do a little research on these things
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Re:Bike shoes and clips 2011/03/23 20:16:28 (permalink)
I cycle long distances and use 'Look keo' cleats which are for the Keo road pedals. Some are adjustable tension and some not which means you have to set them up to the right tension to keep them locked in but make it easy enough to break your foot free when you need to unclip. For short distances they are a bit of a pain realy and you do need proper road shoes which are a pain to walk in even if you use plastic cleat covers.
 
The straps Wheel suggest look a good option mate. With clipless you do need to tension them quite high if your going to be yanking on them hard which means they require a decent foot twist to break free (Well Look pedals do).
 
Just bought some one these but made the mistake of getting the 16NM option. F,kin very hard to unclip from and way over priced.
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/look-keo-blade-carbon-pedals/?dest=1&curr=gbp&lang=en&utm_source=google&utm_medium=base&utm_campaign=products
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Re:Bike shoes and clips 2011/03/24 15:17:06 (permalink)
Carbon fibre, - blimey - you dont mess about do you :)  - thanks for posting mate :)
 
I think I will go for those power grips, I think they'll suit me best..
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Re:Bike shoes and clips 2013/06/07 00:04:06 (permalink)
Dug this thread out as I was looking for some advice on cycling shoes and pedals!
 
Quick question for anyone in the know: will SPD pedals fit any bike? If not, is there any way of checking?
 
My bike's a proper retro 70's road bike, and I want to check they'll fit an older bike before I order from online.
 
These are the ones I'm considering (scroll to the bottom for pedals):
 
http://www.ribblecycles.c...road-shoes/shimzshr369

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Re:Bike shoes and clips 2013/06/07 00:22:07 (permalink)
I work in the trade and it would depend on the axle width, all adult size in this country are 9 16inch axle size. So if the crank arm thread is 9 16 than yes 
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Re:Bike shoes and clips 2013/06/07 00:25:54 (permalink)
When you say 9 16inch axle size, what exactly is that measuring?

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Re:Bike shoes and clips 2013/06/07 00:32:22 (permalink)
I was never very good with inches lol , I do work in a bike shop as a mechanic , think its the width of the spindle (axle) on the pedal and the threaded hole at the end of the crank arm, but as I've never actually measured it and just took it off the shelf, 9 16inch could be the round measurement. Best bet would be to take off a pedal and take to a bike shop and compare to spindle width on shelf, be easy to see if the same. If it wasn't no worries , just need to change your crank arms or poss your bottom bracket, wouldn't of thought so though.  
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Re:Bike shoes and clips 2013/06/07 00:51:25 (permalink)
Thanks mate, will try that

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Re:Bike shoes and clips 2013/06/07 09:04:19 (permalink)
Def worth getting makes life so much easier. Plus with the shoes on if any car wnkers pull out on you its easier to cause a deep scratch to the metal on their car....

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Re:Bike shoes and clips 2013/06/07 21:04:14 (permalink)
Excellent.....................definitely have to get some then

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Re:Bike shoes and clips 2013/06/07 21:17:12 (permalink)
SPDs all the way.
 
I have used them on road, MTB and hybrid. I have a really cheap pair, also bought some second hand once. Adidas shoes have lasted me 7 years with usage once or twice a week. Would recommend some neoprene overshoes for winter and wet weather, really make a difference. I actually set the pedals quite looseish and never had an issue with pulling up. When you first go out in the them be prepared to fall off unclipping but it only takes a couple of uses to get used to them. You'll end up loving them. You can also take them with you to bike hire places and I've taken them abroad to sports resorts where I knew I'd be hiring a bike and the mechanic just popped them on for me.
 
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Re:Bike shoes and clips 2013/06/08 00:01:09 (permalink)
If you're on a budget, keep an eye on Aldi. The one near me had some MTB shoes compatible with Shimano SPD's for £19.99. Not the best, but by no means the worst. Very little flex in the sole and they looked solid enough. I nearly bought a pair just for taking the kids to the park on bikes, but my size had all gone - natch!
 
Can't fault Look, though. The pedals on my road bike are the old style Look cleat... bigger than Look Delta's and way bigger than Keo! Yes, they're that old! I've never had my foot come out yet when pedalling. I've got Shimano's on my mountain bike and they're just as good. I've never used road SPD's though, but I assume they're the same.
 
I've come off bikes with toe clips and with clipless pedals - I'd rather have my feet less secure in a clipless pedal than have my bike smack me in the head (or worse!?!) if I stack it. In 3 crashes with clips (I went clipless after that!), the bike hit me each time. With countless crashes with clipless pedals, I only remember it hitting me once... both me and the bike had just bounced off a car, though

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