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  • Clip In Shoes – Pros & Cons?

     bigtoe updated 12 years, 2 months ago 8 Members · 26 Posts
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  • onedego

    15 February 2009 at 9:52 am

    Hi Guys,

    me again. I keep seeing SPDs or whatever they are, these clip on shoes and pedles. But i’m failing to see the benefit without trying them, and frankly, don’t want to try them without knowing the benefit (very costly upgrade IMHO, on the possibility that you wont like).

    Anyone help me out?

    Thank you boys & girls! Speak soons!


  • Anonymous

    15 February 2009 at 10:04 am

    I used to have terrible trouble keeping my feet on the pedals on climbs and was forever slipping off and taking the skin off my shins and calves. The other benefits I found were that it improved my balance (less tempted to dab) and that it’s easier to move the bike around, especially on tight single track where you can flick the back end round.

    If you buy a decent set of shoes, you’ll get years out of them. I’ve had my winter ones for 4 years now, and just changed my summer ones after 5!

    See if one of your mates will let you try (just make sure you have clean socks on). I’m just in the process of convincing my son that it’s the way to go, and now he has the same size feet as me he’s gonna give it a try.

  • Steve Kish

    15 February 2009 at 11:05 am

    Perfect answer – see my eBay auction for a cheap ‘try-out’ pair! 8)

    Then, just borrow a pair of shoes! 😀

  • onedego

    15 February 2009 at 11:40 am

    Are the pedals a standard size and fitting?

  • Steve Kish

    15 February 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Yes, standard 9/16 thread. Will fit any standard crank. Photo doesn’t show it but they’re double sided. Cost me over £60 in 1993.

  • Gunner

    15 February 2009 at 2:18 pm

    I gaurantee once you make the switch to SPD, you’ll never look back.

    I was amazed after resisting it for so long at how easy it really is.

  • onedego

    15 February 2009 at 4:24 pm

    When i asked if they were a standard size, i was more referring to the connection between footwear and pedal, not pedal to crank… LOL.


  • Gunner

    15 February 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Depending on the type of pedal you go for, you will need to check that the footwear you buy is compatible with that type of pedal.

    i.e., A SPD compatible shoe will not engage with a TIME pedal, to put it in its simplest terms.


  • Gunner

    15 February 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Lidl are having one of their “Cycling Gear” events shortly, 26th Feb. These shoes they are doing should be SPD compatible, they are quite cheap as cycling shoes go and are well worth it. I loved the pair I had.

    Ideal if you are just entering the clipless world and don’t want to splash out big style in case it’s not for you.

    I also use these pedals, they can be picked up quite cheaply from here if your careful. 😉

  • Steve Kish

    15 February 2009 at 6:52 pm

    The SPD cleats come in two varieties, no float and slight float. I use the no float kind but both will fit and SPD pedal. As a newcomer, perhaps a slight float would suit you at first.

  • HarryB

    15 February 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Pros and cons? There are no cons

  • mr-marty-martin

    15 February 2009 at 8:04 pm

    yep, that about sums it up with what harry said 😉

  • Abzz

    15 February 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Hello Andy,

    As a relative newbe (18 months) to “serious” MTB I asked the same question to these good people as you a couple of months ago.

    I had a set of pedals that came on a S/H bike I brought for the wife and got a S/H pair (suitably washed in washing machine) of Shimano MTB SPD shoes from e-bay (£26) and I have been using them ever since!

    It took a few miles to get used to them and I didnt go off road until I was used to remembering to unclip before stopping 😯

    After a while you get used to a routine. I always get on bike, bring RH pedal up with my toe and clip the right foot in. Start pedaling with the right and pedal away and try to clip the left in after a couple of revolutions. It gets easier over time. I have only had two mishaps

    1 )when I got a puncture on the road and stopped while trying to look at my back wheel (forgetting I was clipped in) Crash 😳

    2) following my wife up a steep climb on a trail, catching her up just as she decided to stop, no time to unclip Crash 😳

    They feel very comfortable I would recomend you try!

  • Steve Kish

    15 February 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Most of these pedals have an adjustment for the release pressure, so with a pair of float cleats and the adjustment right down to start with, they’ll come out with a very slight movement – then just tighten the release screw one-third turn a week or so until you’re happy with it.

    As Gunner says, once used to them, you’ll wonder how you managed without them, especially up the hills. 😛

  • bigtoe

    26 February 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Just went to lidl and bought the shoes. Now if i change the pedals to the ones above gunner has recommended can you still use the bike without the plated shoes or is it a waste of time with the shoes slipping of every 5 mins?

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