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Pedals help!

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

I recently bought a pair of Shimano XC30 SPD shoes and M520 clipless pedals for my Specialised Sirrus but I've since returned the pedals as I didn't feel comfortable with them. Although the shoes fit great and the stiffer soles probably help efficiency I've really got no grip on the pedals. Compared to an old pair of astroturf football trainers my feet are slipping all over the place - although these soles could be folded in your hands quite easily!

Can anyone suggest some flat pedals? If not are these trainers just not great for those who don't have clipless pedals?

Thanks

David
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  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    Sorry what is the issue? Yes any shoe has poor "grip" on a clip less pedal when not clipped in.

    So are you now asking what flat pedal to use with the XC30s that will now let water in as the spd has been fitted and removed?

    Or are you wanting a flat pedal to use with your other shoes?

    Or some spd pedals with a flat pedal cage that are still poor with flat shoes?

    I would just MTFU and get used to being clipped in and practice, leaning against a wall, clipping in and out.
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
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  • davidmt83davidmt83 Posts: 218
    nicklouse wrote:
    Sorry what is the issue?
    Feet slipping on pedals...
    nicklouse wrote:
    Yes any shoe has poor "grip" on a clip less pedal when not clipped in.
    I wondered if anyone might be able to suggest a flat pedal with more grip.
    nicklouse wrote:
    That will now let water in as the spd has been fitted and removed?
    The backing plate is inbuilt so the cleats were only screwed in / out.
    nicklouse wrote:
    Or some spd pedals with a flat pedal cage that are still poor with flat shoes?
    I'll give the cage a miss.
    nicklouse wrote:
    I would just MTFU and get used to being clipped in and practice, leaning against a wall, clipping in and out.
    Fair enough. Not exactly ideal in heavy traffic.
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  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 10,472
    Takes a bit of getting used to SPD at first but if you adjust the spring tension to its lowest setting its easy to clip in and out. I found it easier than trying to put trainers into a plastic cage on flat pedals. Yes I had a couple of silly offs but nothing to worry about, both stationery and my fault. Have introduced my 14yr old to them and he copes, 8 yr old is next if I can get shoes to fit so try again.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • rubertoerubertoe Posts: 3,994
    Stick with the SPD.

    Find some where quiet and practice, you will get used to it, and you will never look back.
    "If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got."

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  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    davidmt83 wrote:
    nicklouse wrote:
    Sorry what is the issue?
    Feet slipping on pedals...
    nicklouse wrote:
    Yes any shoe has poor "grip" on a clip less pedal when not clipped in.
    I wondered if anyone might be able to suggest a flat pedal with more grip.
    nicklouse wrote:
    That will now let water in as the spd has been fitted and removed?
    The backing plate is inbuilt so the cleats were only screwed in / out.
    nicklouse wrote:
    Or some spd pedals with a flat pedal cage that are still poor with flat shoes?
    I'll give the cage a miss.
    nicklouse wrote:
    I would just MTFU and get used to being clipped in and practice, leaning against a wall, clipping in and out.
    Fair enough. Not exactly ideal in heavy traffic.
    So you still don't say what the issue is with!
    Yes feet slipping. In what shoes and on what pedals?

    You will still get wet feet with the screws out.

    I would not use those Shimano shoes on flats.
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
    Parktools :?:SheldonBrown
  • davidmt83davidmt83 Posts: 218
    nicklouse wrote:
    I would not use those Shimano shoes on flats.
    Okay so what shoes would you recommend with flat pedals? Also which flat pedals would you recommend?

    Thanks
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  • davidmt83davidmt83 Posts: 218
    Thinking about getting a pair of Shimano AM41s
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