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Advice Please Cleats Etc

newrider1967 17 Dec 14:16  

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I am planning a charity ride to Lands End from Bridgwater next year and I hear a lot about pedals and cleats I dont have them at the moment but have thought about getting them is this a good idea and are they hard to fit as I am on a budget.

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BusterG 17 Dec 14:57  

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No worries they are easy to fit.
You normally just need a skinny adjustable spanner or a proper crank spanner.
When I made the move I didnt look back. Take time to ensure the cleat and clip are correctly positioned so that your stroke is smooth and isnt causing you bad posture.

Advantages:
Upstroke possible (normally needed on hills)
commiting to the bike and turns
much more effective pedalling

Disadvantages:
1 in 100 dont get on with a specific type of clipin.
need a few rides to get used to unclipping


My Latest Route: Oct 2013 Liss

rustyspoke 17 Dec 21:22  

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Yes as Buster say easy to fit there are two types i would suggest a visit to a really good cycle shop and look at cleats and pedals and price them up then look on net to get cheaper.

I use SPD Type not everyones cup of tea but thats what i like


BusterG 18 Dec 10:53  

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this site even has a guide

http://www.cycle-route.com/cycle-guides/Replacing_Pedals-9.html


My Latest Route: Oct 2013 Liss

antnee 31 Dec 11:06  

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Best Of luck with your ride

My Latest Route: Aug 2013 Part Two Of Two Weston Super Mare to Gloucester and Back to Bristol (via Chestow)

antnee 04 Feb 19:32  

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Re your question on Cleats I have just last week got the SPD lace up Shimarno shoes (easier to walk in) and the SM 56 type cleats with the Shimarno single sided SPD A530 touring pedals as can release to left or right and so far seem to have got on ok with them An improvement on the rubber pedals I had as don't slip off in the wet weather No clipless moment as yet but I'm touching wood as I type lol.

My Latest Route: Aug 2013 Part Two Of Two Weston Super Mare to Gloucester and Back to Bristol (via Chestow)

willyg 26 May 09:38  

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I recently started using SPD system with double sided pedals. It did take some time getting used to. Two weeks of in fact. However, now i wouldn't ride without them.

here are the pedals i have....

http://www.rosebikes.co.uk/article/shimano-pedals-spd-pd-m520/aid:38003?gclid=COT3_v-us7cCFfIPtAodRxgA1w


thetallbird 26 May 23:46  

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Hi there.

Firstly, as it is such a long ride and you will be on and off your bike, go for MTBs (Moutain Bike shoes) rather than Road shoes - this simply means that there is a tread at the bottom of the shoe which will allow you to walk in them. Road shoes are great for racing, but not for long touring rides, as they are shaped for racing and smooth on the underside.

I would recommend you go for SPD cleats, that will ft into any Shimano or specialised MTB shoe. I mention these because they are well priced and good quality. A decent pair of cycling shoes will last years. I personally recommend single, rather tahn multi- release as tehy are more stable.you can adjust the 'tightness' as you become more confident/adept at getting in and out on the move.

IF you are cycling in cooler weather or it is likely to rain, get over-shoes (Gators) a kind of rubber sock that protects the shoe and keep your feet toasty and dry.

there is another cleat system called LOOK, but i wouldnt recommend them to beginners - as they are less easy to clip in and out of. You will fall off still clipped in a couple of times, but its all part of the journey!!!

best of luck
janine