Easiest pedal to clip into?

Cubic Posts: 594
edited March 2009 in Road beginners

I've been using my first set of clipless pedals (Look Keo Classics) for about six months now and I still fumble around a bit to clip in when setting off. It's particularly annoying at busy junctions or starting uphill as it usually takes me 3/4 tries to clip in, by which time I'm losing momentum and looking at my feet.

I've been looking at changing my pedals and wondered if one brand is easier to clip into than the others? I was initially going to go for Speedplays but I've read in some other forums that people have had Achilles problems using them and as I've already got Achilles problems I've decided to discount them!

So are Shimano/Time easier to get into that Look? Also, I think one of the problems is that if I want to take a few strokes using the wrong side of the pedal when I set off my foot tends to slips off the smooth surface - is this the same for all brands or are some of them more forgiving if you want to get going using either side of the pedal?



  • synchronicity
    synchronicity Posts: 1,415
    I don't think Time RXS pedals are any easier to clip into than Keo.

    I had one guy use them who just couldn't clip in to begin with. Even the first foot... :!:
    But I have used them a few times - it's all in the technique.

    I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss speedplays though.
  • softlad
    softlad Posts: 3,513
    bear in mind that the real purpose of these pedals is to provide a secure and stable pedal platform for racing or long distance cycling, where frequent stop/start is not really a consideration. Very few of them are going to prove that easy to clip in and out of for that kind of urban cycling. Mountain bike pedals are probably a better bet for riding around town...
  • ride_whenever
    ride_whenever Posts: 13,279
    I was about to suggest MTB ones, crank brothers would be good as they have 4-side engagement.
  • ohlala!
    ohlala! Posts: 121
    I was thinking of using road pedals, but looking at traffic in London I then decided to use MTB pedals. They are so much easier to get in to and out of.
  • fuzzynavel
    fuzzynavel Posts: 718
    I've only used SPD SL's and find them easy enough to get in and out(if I remember in time).

    I always keep one foot clipped in and just release the left one for stopping at traffic lights etc.
    I tend to give a big push off with the right foot to get me rolling and then locate the left foot....not really had any issues.
    17 Stone down to 12.5 now raring to get back on the bike!
  • e999sam
    e999sam Posts: 426
    I've used Look delta, keo, Time inpact and xen both time pedals are more difficult to clip into but I prefer the Time pedals overall.
  • kingrollo
    kingrollo Posts: 3,198
    I use spd on my commutter - which clip in and out pretty easily - I also use MTB shoes and pedals which have a flat platform on one side - this makes it pretty foolproof in traffic.

    I use SPD\SL on my best bike - which are much nice pedals to use and you feel a lot more attached to the bike. Clipping in/out is slightly more difficult than SPDS - but I really do miss the platform at times
  • giant_man
    giant_man Posts: 6,878
    Look pedals are not any trouble getting in and out engaging the cleat. Have you tried to adjust the float or the pedals themselves? Have you red or black cleats?
  • nmcgann
    nmcgann Posts: 1,780
    Keos are pretty easy to clip into (much easier than SPD-SL imo), but no road system is as easy as SPD-type pedals.

    I always use my SPD shoes round town and save the road pedals for my long ride/race bikes.

    "Because the cycling is pain. The cycling is soul crushing pain."