Its conte's Virginia beach that highly recommended the speedplay.rola643 said:I have never used Speedplay but I have always been afraid of spinning lolipops. I felt I would get/find hot spots from them. Don't understand why they would insist on one or another type pedal for you...What shop is doing that, Fat Frogs?
As far as shoes go, you are right, the ones that fit best are the ones for you and if you trust your LBS I am sure that they will sell you something of quality. There are so many different manufactures and I have owned so many different brands all of which have been good enough. Speedplay pedals are of course one of the lightest options and amongst the easiest to get into and out of. The only extra maintenance that they require is the little spring clip in the cleat that holds them on needs to be regularly lubed with a dry lube like "White Lightening". If you don't and if one of or both of your feet float when you ride the spring will break prematurely. Check with your shop to see if they can order just the springs (I know that you can buy a rebuild kit) because one of the advantages of Speedplay is that this really is the only part of the cleat that needs to be replaced with any frequency. No you do not get hot spots with Speedplay, the design being that the cleat is actually part of the pedal so they offer just as big a platform as other pedals do. The big drawback is that the cleats are big and slippery, therefore they are harder to walk in. That being said, any of the pedal systems you are looking at are fine, so if you have to decide with your wallet don't worry about it.I need to get a pair of road cycling shoes too. Again, I have no idea how to pick those out. I was just going to try some on and get whatever fit the best.
As far as some pedals are concerned, I heard the Keo cleats wear out quicker compared to the Shimano ones and the Speedplay require a lot of maintenance. Is that true?
Contes up here in Williamsburg didn't last long. I did buy a road bike from them.Its conte's Virginia beach that highly recommended the speedplay.
Which pedals do you use?
... deleteddon't have alot to say,but been using speed play for 3 years,about12000 miles and just love them.im pretty new to road biking but found if you start with high end,it will save you money.
I really, really hope that you aren't recommending that people size their shoes at their LBS and then buy them online... cuz there's a special place in hell for people who do that.Not sure if you've heard of altrec.com but they have awesome deals on clothing and gear for just about any outdoor activity... plus, shipping is free if the purchase is over $48!!... One downfall is that you can't try them on, but maybe you'll come across them at your LBS here's the link if you're interested....
I really, really hope that you aren't recommending that people size their shoes at their LBS and then buy them online... cuz there's a special place in hell for people who do that.
OP: What you need will depend on you. Me, I can't stand SPD (small cleat) pedals. I'm heavy and I have huge feet. I need the biggest cleat possible. I ride both Shimano Ultegra SPD-SLs and TIME iClic Carbons.
If you're a normal human, I'd recommend the Shimano 105 pedals or LOOK Keos of some sort.
What is the difference between the speedplay light action and zero pedals? The LBS suggested the zero for me and the light action for my gf.Duende54 said:I have used Look Classic and Keo(hate), Campagnolo and am currently using Speedplay for the last 3 years. I loved my Look Classic pedals and at the suggestion of my LBS bought the new Look Keos. I hated them from day one and they lasted about a month on my bike. I then tried the Speedplay Light action pedals and fell in love. Positive attachment on either side of the pedal. The cleat allows for a large weight bearing area once the foot is engaged to the pedal. Engagement is easy and exit is even easier. I now have these on all 3 of my road bikes and have had no issues with them in the 3 years i have owned them.
My wife on the other hand prefers to use SPD because she can get a shoe that allows her to walk normally when we stop. This is important to her! I have tried to get her to try other pedals and true road shoes. She refuses and I have learned to stop asking. In the end I suggest you try several different types of pedals. I am sure your local bike shop will allow you to do this. You may have to purchase the cleats for your shoes though.
What is the difference between the speedplay light action and zero pedals? The LBS suggested the zero for me and the light action for my gf.