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1st pair of shoes, and pedals?

roundthebendroundthebend Posts: 205
edited October 2013 in Commuting general
My commute is only 3 miles each way on tarmac but I also ride MTB occasionally and am looking at road biking too so want to get used to SPD. I'm looking for suggestions for <£40 MTB shoes, and some double sided pedals (because I use my bike to nip to the shops and stuff).

Sizes are an issue, I believe. Shimano are tight fitting apparently. I take a UK 7-7.5 in normal shoes so guess an 8 in cycling shoes. Does that work for most makes or only Shimano?

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  • unixnerdunixnerd Posts: 2,864
    Get Shimano M520 pedals but with the clip in reflector inserts. The inserts double as flat pedals if you're in normal shoes.
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    Don't try and get shoes mail order, you really need to try them on. Visit a few local bike shops and see what they have, I find Shimano's own shoes last well and are very comfy. If you buy them with pedals at the same time don't be shy about asking for a discount.
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  • Thanks. Didn't know the M520 had that option. That could be really handy, so I could clip the reflectors on when I'm nipping to the shops in flat shoes, and otherwise have double-sided clips to reduce faff time.
  • unixnerdunixnerd Posts: 2,864
    Just leave the reflectors in. They make the pedals hang down so that's actually easier to clip into!
    http://www.strathspey.co.uk - Quality Binoculars at a Sensible Price.
    Specialized Roubaix SL3 Expert 2012, Cannondale CAAD5,
    Marin Mount Vision (1997), Edinburgh Country tourer, 3 cats!
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