In need of help with clip-less shoes / pedals

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by richardpinnock, Sep 9, 2007.

  1. richardpinnock

    richardpinnock New Member

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    Hi all ,

    I am quite new to cycling and am looking into get my first set of clipless pedals and shoes.

    Im looking for a entry level pair of shoes, Ive found a pair that are in my price range and that I like the look of ..... http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?PartnerID=79&ModelID=9502

    It says in the specs that these shoes can be used with Shinamo SPD-SL pedals, Im assuming like these ... http://www.wiggle.co.uk/ProductDetail.aspx?Cat=cycle&ProdID=5360029994&n=Shimano%20PD-R540%20SPD%20SL%20Sport%20Team%20Pedals

    What I cant get my head round by looking at the sole of the shoes in this photo http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/LargeImage.aspx?ModelID=9502&FileName=9502.jpg it looks like there are 3 holes on the bottom of the shoe that conect to the pedal.

    But with the SPD-SL pedals , I cant work out how they connect to the shoe.

    Could anyone explain to me how they work, or if Im looking at the right sort of pedals for those shoes in the first place.

    Thanks

    Richard.
     
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  2. Hideandwatch

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  3. RussB

    RussB New Member

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    First, Don't buy your shoes online. You really need to go to a bike shop and try them on. If they don't fit right your feet will get very sore. Your knees could suffer as well. When I got my first pair I had to try on about 5 pair before I found a pair that fit well. One pair had an arch so high I couldn't even stand up.

    Second there are 2 basic types. The ones that you can walk around in(generally MTB shoes & pedals mountain bike), and road shoes and pedals (these cause you to do the "duck walk" on hard surfaces). MTB cleats are recessed into the shoe, Road types stick out the bottom. I ride a road bike using mountain shoes and pedals.
     
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