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New trainers? Clips / cleats overkill?

davidmt83davidmt83 Posts: 218
edited April 2013 in Commuting general
Hi,

I've recently figured out what cadence is all about but at least once every ride my feet slip off the pedals. I've tried cycling with the balls of my feet but this seems more prone to slipping than the ridge near your heel. I'm considering buying cycling trainers but wondered if clips or cleats might be an option?

I've got a Specialised Sirrus but I'm only looking at around ~15 mile rides so maybe trainers are the way to go?

Thanks

David
Cannondale Synapse 105 Disc

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  • anthdcianthdci Posts: 543
    I found SPS pedels and shoes made a big difference in my comfort when riding. I think the majority will agree. You just have to accept the comedy falls while your getting used to them.
  • anthdcianthdci Posts: 543
    yes something like that. I use SPD, rather than SPD-SL for commuting though, the SL is aimed at road bikes, because the larger area can help prevent hot spots on the riders soles that can happen to some people on long rides. The SPD is smaller and has clips both sides, the SPD-SL has the clip on one side so takes a bit more getting used to.

    Both will work very well for you, and I'm sure people will argue that one is better than the other but it's what works best for you.
  • davidmt83davidmt83 Posts: 218
    Are these more the type you were talking about? http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... delID=3759
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  • anthdcianthdci Posts: 543
    yes they are my pedals, and these are the updated version of my shoes
    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... elID=69966

    Like i say, personal preference. I've been very happy with SPD for the last 4 or 5 years, I think it is that I've had these. But my next bike is a proper road bike, so I am treating myself to some SPD-SL with some new shoes.
  • davidmt83davidmt83 Posts: 218
    So I think I'm pretty sold on those pedals - what are the differences between MTB and road shoes then?
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  • anthdcianthdci Posts: 543
    not sure to be honest. Obviously they are designed for different cleats (the metal bit that is bolted to your shoe that does the clipping into the pedals). SPD is 2 bolts, SPD-SL is 3. Some do take both.
  • cookeeemonstercookeeemonster Posts: 1,960
    davidmt83 wrote:
    So I think I'm pretty sold on those pedals - what are the differences between MTB and road shoes then?

    You can walk on mtb ones, road shoes...well not really (not for far anyway) as they basically have flat plastic soles, while mtb (spd) shoes will be like trainers (with a section cut out for the cleat).

    Which is why spd (mtb) shoes are probably better for commuting, as you'll be putting your foot down a fair bit when you stop at traffic lights etc on your commute (so giving more grip and lasting a lot longer).

    Road shoes are better for your long country rides (though many people including me use spd's for these type of rides too)

    From what I understand spd's are possibly more beginner friendly...though with a small bit of practice i very much doubt its much of a consideration to be honest.
  • davidmt83davidmt83 Posts: 218
    Yeah exactly what I've concluded from reading a bit more today. Now to decide on what to buy!

    Is it worth getting the pedals fitted (and bought) at my LBS, partly supporting them, partly because I bought my bike from there - or is it screw on crankarm and go?
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  • HeadhuunterHeadhuunter Posts: 6,494
    davidmt83 wrote:
    Yeah exactly what I've concluded from reading a bit more today. Now to decide on what to buy!

    Is it worth getting the pedals fitted (and bought) at my LBS, partly supporting them, partly because I bought my bike from there - or is it screw on crankarm and go?

    It's very easy to fit your own pedals, tighten them into the crank arms nice 'n' tight so they don't come unscrewed whilst you're riding! Might be an idea to check that they're still tight after the 1st few rides. Also, I've always been told to put some grease on the thread of the pedal before fitting it to the bike, not really sure why that is but anyway.... Fitting cleats to the shoes is also pretty easy but IME takes a bit of riding them making micro adjustments after rides to get them just right but once everything is in place you'll find that your cycling is stronger. Clips are certainly better than toe clips IME, not least because it's so much easier to clip into a pedal than fiddle around trying to get your toe into the clip and then bend down to tighten the strap
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  • gbsahne001gbsahne001 Posts: 1,961
    It's very easy to fit your own pedals, tighten them into the crank arms nice 'n' tight so they don't come unscrewed whilst you're riding! Might be an idea to check that they're still tight after the 1st few rides. Also, I've always been told to put some grease on the thread of the pedal before fitting it to the bike, not really sure why that is but anyway....

    NO, nip the pedals up and put copaslip on them, if you tighten them "nice n tight" you'll never remove them. Even nipping them up can result in a length of scaff tube on the spanner when it comes to undo them in a year.

    Remember that the LH pedal is Left hand thread and the RH is Right hand thread, by using different threads the pedals essentially tighten themselves up. Easy way to remember this is when doing them up turn the thread towards the front wheel and vice versa for removing.

    Important to know this, as you could cross thread the crank otherwise.
  • dilemnadilemna Posts: 2,187
    Grease is better than nothing. But if you have it use Copperslip on the threads which will make removal sooo much easier. Nothing worse than seized pedals. You should remove/loosen them periodically anyway once a year to prevent them seizing. A bike strip down once a year. Depends how much riding you do and whether you are dependent on your bike and want to make it last.
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