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 Post subject: Re: Clipless merits
PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 7:03 pm 
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Shimano PD-520, I have 5 sets, The Pd-M540, weighs a tiny bit less, but does the same. There's very little weight difference between 520's and even XTR, there's only so much weight you can lose from a pedal!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/shimano-pd-m5 ... 2a30312059


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 Post subject: Re: Clipless merits
PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:31 am 
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Thanks for all the input peeps, my platforms are now awaiting a more appreciative owner ;)

Given there's so little apparent difference, I'll look for some 520s/540s as suggested, and pick the least-painful-looking shoes off eBay.


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 Post subject: Re: Clipless merits
PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:41 am 
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Go try some shoes on, not just random buy. Shimano's MT- are quite comfortable.
ALDI/LIDL can be comfortable and cheap if you have them over there.
Sizes can be up or down as I found out. Width is often the problem if you need wider shoes.

Each to their on style though.


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 Post subject: Re: Clipless merits
PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 12:51 pm 
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FluffyChicken wrote:
Go try some shoes on, not just random buy. Shimano's MT- are quite comfortable.
ALDI/LIDL can be comfortable and cheap if you have them over there.
Sizes can be up or down as I found out. Width is often the problem if you need wider shoes.

Each to their on style though.


+1 on Aldi/Lidl. I have some I bought several years ago, they were £15 or so. Still going strong after 3+ years of commuting. Not the lightest, or the prettiest, or the waterproof-est. But close enough for Retro.


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 Post subject: Re: Clipless merits
PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 1:11 pm 
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grogee wrote:
FluffyChicken wrote:
Go try some shoes on, not just random buy. Shimano's MT- are quite comfortable.
ALDI/LIDL can be comfortable and cheap if you have them over there.
Sizes can be up or down as I found out. Width is often the problem if you need wider shoes.

Each to their on style though.


+1 on Aldi/Lidl. I have some I bought several years ago, they were £15 or so. Still going strong after 3+ years of commuting. Not the lightest, or the prettiest, or the waterproof-est. But close enough for Retro.


I really liked my Lidls shoes, but I got fed up with looking like I was off on a hike every time I cycled into town. Bought some Chrome Kursk Pros which look great, but they aren't as comfortable if walking several miles.


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 Post subject: Re: Clipless merits
PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 1:41 pm 
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I have a psychological issue with my feet being attached to the pedals. I have tried spds twice on different occasions and toe straps aswell but on every occasion I crash. Yet when I ride on flats my feet never come off the pedals and so have no need to detach foot from pedal and toe dab. So why cant I ride spd's. I get a feeling of terror if I cant detach my feet but feel fine if I can but dont need to.
Weird


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 Post subject: Re: Clipless merits
PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 5:35 pm 
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I've been riding SPD's since the early 90's and have fallen maybe 3 times on them. I too ride them loose.

I've mostly ridden Shimano and have been very happy with them except when I cheaped out and bought the cheapie OE ones for my commuter. I find they can be sticky to get out of and one of them literally exploded when I tried to clip in one day.

I just had to junk my first generation Shimano's as I couldn't rebuild them any longer. I just ride mountain bike ones on all my bikes. I've got flats on my free ride bike because I like to be able to get off that bike quick. I do miss the bunny hop benefits of the SPD's while trail riding though. the one downside for me is that its a bit of a pain to just hop on the bike in my civvies and head to the shop at the spur of the moment.


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 Post subject: Re: Clipless merits
PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 6:54 pm 
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dirttorpedo wrote:
I've been riding SPD's since the early 90's and have fallen maybe 3 times on them. I too ride them loose.

I've mostly ridden Shimano and have been very happy with them except when I cheaped out and bought the cheapie OE ones for my commuter. I find they can be sticky to get out of and one of them literally exploded when I tried to clip in one day.

I just had to junk my first generation Shimano's as I couldn't rebuild them any longer. I just ride mountain bike ones on all my bikes. I've got flats on my free ride bike because I like to be able to get off that bike quick. I do miss the bunny hop benefits of the SPD's while trail riding though. the one downside for me is that its a bit of a pain to just hop on the bike in my civvies and head to the shop at the spur of the moment.


not cool but they work

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Shimano-SM-PD ... 2a302a16b6


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 Post subject: Re: Clipless merits
PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:04 pm 
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it's the best way to ride. the push/pull pedal action is the best.


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 Post subject: Re: Clipless merits
PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 8:24 pm 
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tintin40 wrote:
it's the best way to ride. the push/pull pedal action is the best.

Except almost nobody pushes and pulls consistently. Is more like push, "lift your feet as fast as possible to get them out of the way"


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