Bicycle thread

Discussion in 'Sports' started by Zodiac, Jul 10, 2006.

  1. Uncle Pollo

    Uncle Pollo Long timer

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    I have shimano m520 pedals amd their cleats on two different pairs of shoes. M520are gemerally the least expensive yet still last you mamy years. I have a pair od specialized sjoes and a pair of addidas. Spd is the generoc for receeded cleat. I use those shoes everyday at work.
  2. rbrsddn

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    I've got a set of Nokian studded tires for my Mtn Bike, and the traction on ice is amazing! I hope we have some real winter this year, so I can use them. Last winter was too warm.
  3. Chisenhallw

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    Yes. For my urban thrasher bike, I work with <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Shimano-PD-A530-Dual-Platform-Pedal/dp/B001MZ2AGO/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1345298528&sr=8-8&keywords=spd+pedals+shimano">these</a> & <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Pearl-iZUMi-X-Road-Cycling-Silver/dp/B002L3S1PU/ref=sr_1_24?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1345298557&sr=1-24&keywords=pearl+izumi+shoes">these</a>. I like the pearl izumi's - I can wear them all day long with no ill effect. But they do run small. I'm a euro size 43, and I bought a 44. They were snug until I stretched them out.
  4. Gummee!

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    Anything labeled 'spd compatible' will work with mtn shoes. Chosing a pedal is like 'which oil should I use?' discussions. I've had ATACs, Speedplays, and now SPDs. They all work.

    One bit of advice: if you are going SPD stick with the Shimano pedals. The nicer the better. IOW XT pedals are going to last longer and work better than 520s. XTR will do better than that... etc

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  5. ducnut

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    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.
  6. ducnut

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    I run Nokian W240. They're brilliant. Unfortunately, they do nothing against the snow drifts. :lol3

    A lot of studded tire info here.
  7. LoJack

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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.

    Oh, Peter White. I wish that crotchety man would hire someone to make him a new website.:lol3
  8. rbrsddn

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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.
  9. pierce

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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.

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    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.
  10. ducnut

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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. :evil
  11. LoJack

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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.
  12. pierce

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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.
  13. Chisenhallw

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    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.
  14. Garthe

    Garthe ROCKS ARE YOUR FRIENDS...

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  15. LoJack

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    Nice! Next a teeter-totter!
  16. FinlandThumper

    FinlandThumper Has Cake/Eats it Too Super Moderator

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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 :lol3
  17. Garthe

    Garthe ROCKS ARE YOUR FRIENDS...

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    I had a BIG cup of coffee this morning and came up with this obstacle, for Aidan to try.
  18. cyberdos

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    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. :deal

    How'd you guys do last weekend?
  19. Garthe

    Garthe ROCKS ARE YOUR FRIENDS...

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    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. :evil.

    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.
  20. pierce

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    well, better Trials than the crazy sheet my son's old school friend is doing. Jack has gone pro freestyle and "Slopeside", and is competing in international events doing the sort of stuff that will break your neck if you blow it. He was at the Crankworx Whistler Red Bull event this weekend, and had a bad run so came in next to last, but his riding buddy came in 3rd. J, his buddy, and his buddy's brother were the only 3 americans in the finals, the rest of the field were international. this slopeside stuff is insane, doing backflips off 60 foot jumps.

    A couple years ago, he was still doing trail stuff like....

    <iframe width="853" height="480" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/18hotrCS37w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>


    and now he's doing jumppark stuff like...

    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/38834688" width="800" height="450" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/38834688">Fogelsode Season 3 #8: Morgan Hill</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user325501">Jack Fogelquist</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>

    anyways, I dunno how someone can do this stuff for a couple years at a competitive level and not end up breaking every bone they got. eek.

    I'm glad MY son took up a nice safe sport like rock climbing, hah!