Pedals

cosmaboy
cosmaboy Posts: 89
edited July 2008 in Road beginners
Hi,

Now i know there are a few topics discussing pedals, but from a newbie point of veiw i'm a little confused....

as it looks like i am buying a Giant SCR1 (waiting to see if the place i'm buying from has them in stock)....

this has 105 components, therefore should i be buying Shimano 105 pedals, like these

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/Cycle/7/Shima ... 360031902/

However i don't think i'll be wearing riding shoes all the time, therefore is there like a combination pedal out there?

Comments

  • madturkey
    madturkey Posts: 58
    No need to get Shimano pedals, 105 or otherwise. Pretty much any pedal will go on your bike.

    But, as far as I know the only combo pedals around are Shimano SPD (not SPD-SL) pedals, where you'd need touring / off-road shoes rather than road shoes. Still fine for the roads but a little less efficient I believe. Have a look at these http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/Cycle/7/Shimano_A530_SPD_Single_Sided_Touring_Pedals/5360031862/
  • cosmaboy
    cosmaboy Posts: 89
    thanks
  • ride_whenever
    ride_whenever Posts: 13,279
    although you can ride SPD-SL without the shoes, it is just a little slippery, combo pedals are a big compromise and in my experience do not work very well at all...
  • alfablue
    alfablue Posts: 8,497
    Combo pedals are a nuisance because you have to flip them to get teh right side. I would go for double-sided spd's. I nearly always ride with proper shoes with cleats, but it is possible to nip down the shop in regula shoes with the spd pedals.
  • cosmaboy
    cosmaboy Posts: 89
    right so excuse my ignorance, you buy the pedal you like and shoe and then the cleat to fit the two together. or am i barking up the wrong tree....
  • Compton77
    Compton77 Posts: 139
    you choose the pedals and shoes you want, all are compatible with each other (there are slight difficulties with Speedplay pedals sometimes but don't worry about that to much). The cleats come with the pedals.
  • You'll most likely find that when you buy a set of pedals they are packaged with the appropriate cleats. Then you'll need shoes with the correct hole spacing to take them (basically mountain bike-2 hole, or road type-3hole)
  • cosmaboy
    cosmaboy Posts: 89
    ok thanks, so thoughts on these.... just been looking at Shimano


    SH Tr30's
    http://bike.shimano.com/publish/content ... type-.html

    with
    105 SPD-SL Pedals

    http://bike.shimano.com/publish/content ... type-.html

    as my bike is fitted with 105 series, would it not best to keep it all in the family.....
  • ride_whenever
    ride_whenever Posts: 13,279
    Shoes are very personal, you would do well to try them at your lbs, and then reward them with your custom. I personally like the specialised BG shoes.
  • jswba
    jswba Posts: 491
    Definitely try shoes on for size -- they can vary quite a lot, both lengthways and in terms of width. (for example, I'm a size 11 shoe size, but my Specialized cycling shoes are the equivalent of 12s)
  • alfablue
    alfablue Posts: 8,497
    Do you want to be able to walk in the shoes at all? If so get mtb spd shoes and pedals, not roadie ones. The cleats are recessed so you can walk without skidding about. They are fine on raod bikes. Otherwise road pedals are fine.
  • doyler78
    doyler78 Posts: 1,951
    I have the shimano a530 on my commuter bike which has a quite narrow platform on one side and spd bindings on the other side and whilst can understand where others are coming from regarding the fact that the pedal always seems to end up the wrong way round from the side you want. This really isn't as great a problem as some seem to find it. Basically you plant your foot on top and you will soon feel whether you are on the right side or not. If not you simply move your foot back and flip it. It really isn't that difficult and you get used to it very quickly. They also have a very roadie look about them which would suit your bike better should you decide not to go with a road pedal.

    Anyway take a look at it here:

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/Cycle/7/Shima ... 360031862/
  • biondino
    biondino Posts: 5,990
    MTB Specialised BGs + Crank Bros Eggbeaters is what I use and it's a brilliant combo (though about £140 total I think). This is on a carbon roadie.
  • N0bodyOfTheGoat
    N0bodyOfTheGoat Posts: 5,845
    If you have a history of knee trouble, I can personally reccommend the Time ATAC series. My bow-leggedness has given me no grief with the "carbon xs" version on my Felt. The width of the pedals have reduced foot pain, relative to what I recall from the Ultegra original SPD pedals I had on my Pricipia RSL.

    Combined with some Shimano SH-M121G shoes, which have recessed cleats (like many mountain bike style shoes), walking has been no problem (plus the cleats are not worn down too much when off the bike).
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  • ride_whenever
    ride_whenever Posts: 13,279
    I'd avoid CB pedals, they have a nasty habit of unexpectedly exploding and leafing you stranded. If you want to go down the MTB route either time or big S
  • cosmaboy
    cosmaboy Posts: 89
    thanks for all your input, i think what i am going to do is buy racing pedals for long race days that i'm looking to do and the these for other days out so that i haven't necessarily got to wear racing shoes at all times. however to do this i will need shoes that can do both these pedals.... is this possible


    http://www.merlincycles.co.uk/?fn=produ ... egoryId=81

    http://www.amazon.com/Shimano-Mens-Tria ... 83&sr=1-18
  • dennisn
    dennisn Posts: 10,601
    Here's something that's available in the states. Not sure about over "there".

    http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?cate ... ccessories

    Dennis Noward
  • alfablue
    alfablue Posts: 8,497
    dennisn wrote:
    Here's something that's available in the states. Not sure about over "there".

    http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?cate ... ccessories

    Dennis Noward

    I bought some Shimano M520's for a friend recently and it came with something very similar (mainly to comply with the pedal reflector requirement I think).
  • dazzawazza
    dazzawazza Posts: 462
    I would suggest getting M540s rather than M424s unless you want the platform for riding in normal shoes to the shops.
    The M540s look better, are smoother and weigh less. Search around the web and you'll be sure to find them on special.
    I have a set of both and the 424s are showing wear already, but the 540s are fine after considerably more miles.
  • cosmaboy
    cosmaboy Posts: 89
    Shimano PD A530 SPD Clipless Pedals with cleats

    Cna someone please tell me which shoes fit these pedals?

    do all road shoes fit these pedals, as i have been getting different information from shops.

    or does it depend on what cleat you use with them.

    thanks
  • alfablue
    alfablue Posts: 8,497
    Wiggle have a chart illustrating shoe and pedal compatability here

    With SPD cleats (NOT SPD-SL) you need a shoe with two slots in, the cleats have two bolt fittings like these
    5243.jpgshimano-rt51-med.jpg



    (the cleats shown are actually Wellgo not Shimano but they are very similar in design)
  • DW01
    DW01 Posts: 66
    Right my new bike is coming with shimano m540 pedals...
    http://cycle.shimano-eu.com/catalog/cyc ... 7330236856

    I thought this was a bit odd as it is a wilier evasion... to have mountain bike pedals but will i be able to buy ordinary road shoes?
  • alfablue
    alfablue Posts: 8,497
    Mountain bike pedals are a sensible option if a beginner, because they are double sided. (I know most people find it easy, but I prefer not flipping the pedal, though they ought to be weighted to hang the right way).

    Some road shoes will work, some come with fittings for all sorts of cleats, you need the two parallel slots to fit SPD cleats, such as these DHB ones

    dhb-r1-pic-med.jpg

    Others do not, like these Specialized road shoes
    spec-pro-road-08-med.jpg

    Some MTB shoes look quite a bit like road shoes but take SPD cleats and they are recessed allowing you to walk in them, like these Specialized ones.
    spec-sport-mtb-08-med.jpg

    Alternatively, sell the pedals as new on eBay (or I will make you an offer for them).