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Old 08-18-2012, 07:21 AM   #24961
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I want to get some clip in pedals which also work with regular shoes. Am I right that any pedal labelled as "spd" is what I am looking for?
Yes and no.

SPD (Shimano Pedaling Dynamics) is actually a Shimano abbreviation for their style of pedal. Generally, any shoe that is labeled "SPD compatible" will work with most SPD and mountain bike pedals. Your commnonly available SPD style pedals are going to be the least expensive way to get into clipless (meaninig no toe clips) pedals.

However, I prefer the ease and smoothness of Crank Brothers pedals. Time Roc is, also, much smoother than SPD style pedals. If you look at an SPD pedal, you'll see that it relies on the cleat fitting within notches of the mechainism. Crank Brothers and Time, both, retain the cleat with springs that have no notches and therefore allow the cleat to float and have a much easier release. There is no notchiness with them.

I'd recommend finding a shop that stocks a variety of shoes and pedals. Find shoes that are comfortable and, then, try the different styles of pedals with those shoes. If the shop won't allow you to test their stuff, find another shop. Also, don't allow the shop to talk you into a stiff, racing style shoe, as they're just not worth the tradeoffs in a day-to-day environment.
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Old 08-18-2012, 07:31 AM   #24962
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I plan to set it up with studded tires and continue through winter. Lots of folks manage it here so I figure, why not me too?
I run Nokian W240. They're brilliant. Unfortunately, they do nothing against the snow drifts.

A lot of studded tire info here.
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Old 08-18-2012, 08:43 AM   #24963
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Shimano does make a two sided pedal that has SPD on one side and a normal "Platform" on the otherside if you wish to be able to used different shoes. They are pretty decent pedals.

+1 on Crank Brothers, though. I have been using them for a while and like them. You can get pedals that have a platform the surrounds the clip-in part (from a number of different companies) and that may work for you, but it's never a sure footing if you aren't clipped in.

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Old 08-18-2012, 11:48 AM   #24964
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I've been using the Time Atac's for years, and really like them. They are easy to ride around with sneakers if you want.
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Old 08-18-2012, 01:58 PM   #24965
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speaking of pedals, and resuming my earlier thread of platforms, I ended up ordering a pair of Wellgo B67's from fleabay.



these sound like they are better than the sunringle's I had, and cheap enough for me. I'm not hucking or jumping or even single tracking on this bike, so I don't need bombproof stuff. I saw several suggestions in online reviews to locktite the pins, so I'll likely do that, and since i'm NOT hucking, I'll probably smooth the tops of the pins off a bit with my dremel.
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Old 08-18-2012, 04:39 PM   #24966
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Shimano does make a two sided pedal that has SPD on one side and a normal "Platform" on the otherside if you wish to be able to used different shoes. They are pretty decent pedals.
My GF has a set of those. She's always looking down, upon takeoff, trying to get them flipped to the side she wants. Looks like a PITA, to me. Likewise, her resisting to try anything else. I just ride my bike and leave hers up to her.
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Old 08-18-2012, 04:44 PM   #24967
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Ha, that's funny. I've never used them, just have a few friends that do. I guess I don't know if they have issues with them, they just seem decently made.
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Old 08-18-2012, 04:49 PM   #24968
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indeed, pedals that have to be right side up, meh. and I've seen some that are like a 'bear paw' around a SPD on both sides, and been told that they are really hard to snap into with cleats.

I'm sticking with pin platforms like the ones I pasted above from now on for anything other than a full out roadbike.
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Old 08-18-2012, 04:50 PM   #24969
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My GF has a set of those. She's always looking down, upon takeoff, trying to get them flipped to the side she wants. Looks like a PITA, to me. Likewise, her resisting to try anything else. I just ride my bike and leave hers up to her.


I own a pair like that, and when they're lubricated correctly, the platform side always flips down - it's the heavier side. If you want the platform side up, put your foot on the back of the pedal and 'flip' it so the platform's up, and then set your foot down on it. Even if it's not, a couple strokes pedaling on the clipped side ain't gonna kill ya.
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Old 08-18-2012, 06:56 PM   #24970
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Garthe screwed with this post 08-18-2012 at 09:54 PM
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Old 08-18-2012, 09:06 PM   #24971
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Nice! Next a teeter-totter!
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Old 08-19-2012, 12:03 AM   #24972
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Guys, thanks to all for the info on the pedals, that is very helpful.

Nokian winter tire it is..,I don't know if you're even allowed to use anything else in Finland
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Old 08-19-2012, 11:34 AM   #24973
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I had a BIG cup of coffee this morning and came up with this obstacle, for Aidan to try.
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Old 08-19-2012, 11:46 AM   #24974
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I had a BIG cup of coffee this morning and came up with this obstacle, for Aidan to try.
Has he gotten back on a motor bike? Seems to me like when he does he's gonna be giving Villapoto a run for his money.

How'd you guys do last weekend?
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:28 PM   #24975
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Has he gotten back on a motor bike?

How'd you guys do last weekend?
No motobike and NO motocross.

He's starting bicycle trials events, in a couple of months. They're put on by a moto trials club. If he likes it, I'll get him a fancy moto trials bike. That's the goal. But, it's still full steam ahead with BMX racing. The trials thing is for the 'fun' of it. .

He got two 2nds, a 3rd and a 4th. Very tough track and riders. He's got 19 wins, 6 more to go, till he turns Expert.
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