pedals and shoes

Discussion in 'UK and Europe' started by Sam Barlow, Aug 23, 2004.

  1. Sam Barlow

    Sam Barlow Guest

    I've been looking at upgrading from my toeclips for some time to make my 22
    mile commute that bit easier. I was thinking of getting a set of

    Shimano M520 pedals (http://www.wiggle.co.uk/?ProductID=5360008792)
    Shimano R073 Shoes (http://www.wiggle.co.uk/?ProductID=5300005163)

    I was hoping for some advice as to whether these products would suit my
    needs and what sort of prices i should be paying. So far on the web i have
    found the pedals for £22 and the shoes for £50. However I was thinking my
    LBS may provide a discount if i was to buy both together.

    Any help on what/where to buy from would be greatly appreciated,

    Sam B


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  2. Peter Clinch

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    Sam Barlow wrote:

    > Shimano M520 pedals (http://www.wiggle.co.uk/?ProductID=5360008792)
    > Shimano R073 Shoes (http://www.wiggle.co.uk/?ProductID=5300005163)


    > Any help on what/where to buy from would be greatly appreciated,


    The shoes you want to buy in person if at all possible, rather than mail
    order, because shoes are all about fit. My gf uses Shimano shoes and is
    very happy with them, so is that a recommendation? Not to me, because I
    have very different shaped feet and I find their shoes far too narrow.
    The only way to be sure what will fit best is to try it on. This is far
    more important than saving a few quid as it will affect comfort and
    efficiency of every single pedal stroke you make. Try on every shoe
    that might fit the bill and compare comfort.

    Beyond that, the ones you've selected above are serious road shoes that
    don't recess the cleat at all. No problem on the bike, but bloody
    awkward to walk anywhere in, which reduces the utility of the bike
    considerably in some situations. If you're getting a purist road shoe,
    might as well get a purist road pedal and get the most out of a clipless
    system for pedalling, though personally I prefer a setup where I can get
    off the bike and walk places without tottering about on cleats and no
    sole grip. MTB or tour shoes generally have a useful sole unit and a
    cleat recess so they work like Normal Shoes when you dismount. You
    can't use road cleat systems like SPD-R or Looks with these, but normal
    SPD cleats will fit fine, as will most other MTB/general purpose
    clipless system cleats.

    As for pedals themselves, you shouldn't be able to go too far wrong.
    Having said that I rather prefer Time ATACs or Aliums as a general
    purpose pedal, as I find the engagement more positive and you also get
    quite a bit more effective float. OTOH, they cost more, and SPuDs still
    work okay. If you do decide on a purist road setup then Looks seem to
    be the favoured flavour, though SPD-R get used plenty enough (seemed to
    work okay for Lance in Le Tour...).

    Pete.
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  3. davek

    davek Guest

    Sam Barlow wrote:
    > Shimano R073 Shoes


    I've got those shoes and I'm pretty happy with them, though they're the
    only pair of cycling specific shoes I've ever owned so I can't say
    whether they are better or worse than anything else. They're relatively
    heavy compared to serious roadie shoes but that shouldn't be an issue if
    your main use is commuting.

    They do measure up quite narrow so you might want a size or two larger
    than your normal size, but like Pete says, best try them on in the shop
    if possible.

    Aside from that, they are comfortable enough and suit my needs fine.
    They won't keep your feet warm or dry, though, so you'll also want to
    get some overshoes if you are planning on riding in winter.
    Alternatively, MTB type shoes will offer more in the way of
    weather-proofing.

    d.
     
  4. John Burns

    John Burns Guest

    I upgrade to Shimano SPD shoes and pedals last month.

    I like them on long journeys and they're surprisingly easy to get used
    to if the tension on the springs isbacked off about half way.

    A bit annoying in traffic, deciding wether you're going to unclip / stop
    or not. If I did a LOT of town cycling I might prefer normal pedals, but
    the longer you spend in them the more you'll get used to them.

    I find them very comfortable in all but one regard. The sole has too
    little cushioning on very long distance rides. Nice thick socks are a
    must.

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  5. Call me Bob

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    On Mon, 23 Aug 2004 12:40:58 +0000 (UTC), "Sam Barlow"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Shimano M520 pedals (http://www.wiggle.co.uk/?ProductID=5360008792)
    >
    >I was hoping for some advice as to whether these products would suit my
    >needs and what sort of prices i should be paying. So far on the web i have
    >found the pedals for £22


    Pedals £19.94 with free post and packing from CycleXpress:

    http://www.cyclexpress.co.uk/

    Dealt with them several times, nice people, swift delivery.
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  6. Peter B

    Peter B Guest

    "John Burns" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > I upgrade to Shimano SPD shoes and pedals last month.
    > A bit annoying in traffic, deciding wether you're going to unclip / stop
    > or not. If I did a LOT of town cycling I might prefer normal pedals, but
    > the longer you spend in them the more you'll get used to them.


    Give 'em time John, I've used 'em for many years and unclipping is second
    nature, no conscious thought required.

    Pete
     
  7. Simon Brooke

    Simon Brooke Guest

    in message <[email protected]>, Sam Barlow
    ('[email protected]') wrote:

    > I've been looking at upgrading from my toeclips for some time to make
    > my 22 mile commute that bit easier. I was thinking of getting a set of
    >
    > Shimano M520 pedals (http://www.wiggle.co.uk/?ProductID=5360008792)
    > Shimano R073 Shoes (http://www.wiggle.co.uk/?ProductID=5300005163)
    >
    > I was hoping for some advice as to whether these products would suit
    > my needs and what sort of prices i should be paying. So far on the web
    > i have found the pedals for £22 and the shoes for £50. However I was
    > thinking my LBS may provide a discount if i was to buy both together.


    Do try on the shoes before you buy. Shimano used to use a very narrow
    last, and riding in shoes which don't fit can get excruciating.
    Otherwise, go for it - you'll never regret it.

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  8. JBB

    JBB Guest

    "John Burns" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > I upgrade to Shimano SPD shoes and pedals last month.
    >
    > I like them on long journeys and they're surprisingly easy to get used
    > to if the tension on the springs isbacked off about half way.
    >
    > A bit annoying in traffic, deciding wether you're going to unclip / stop
    > or not. If I did a LOT of town cycling I might prefer normal pedals, but
    > the longer you spend in them the more you'll get used to them.
    >
    > I find them very comfortable in all but one regard. The sole has too
    > little cushioning on very long distance rides. Nice thick socks are a
    > must.
    >
    > --
    > Who needs a life when you've got Unix? :)
    > Email: [email protected], John G.Burns B.Eng, Bonny Scotland
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    I use Time atacs and very light shoes (bargain Nike Ligure) - 3 reasons;
    more float plus a wider platform to spread the load plus a rigid sole- again
    to spresd the load. I can happilly cycle for miles with this combination.

    HTH
    Julia
     
  9. Chris Davies

    Chris Davies Guest

    On Mon, 23 Aug 2004 15:22:41 +0100, John Burns <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > I upgrade to Shimano SPD shoes and pedals last month.
    >
    > I like them on long journeys and they're surprisingly easy to get used
    > to if the tension on the springs isbacked off about half way.
    >
    > A bit annoying in traffic, deciding wether you're going to unclip / stop
    > or not. If I did a LOT of town cycling I might prefer normal pedals, but
    > the longer you spend in them the more you'll get used to them.
    >
    > I find them very comfortable in all but one regard. The sole has too
    > little cushioning on very long distance rides. Nice thick socks are a
    > must.
    >


    The shoes will become second nature soon. Too late for you, but it helps
    to spend half an hour clipping and unclipping them while watching the TV
    leaning against the wall before you go out for your first ride with them.
    You need to be able to clip/unclip without looking down at your feet or
    the pedals, 'cause you can't always look down while riding.

    Riding with open pedals scares me a bit nowadays - I lift my foot up to
    pull away at lights and the pedal stays where it is. Disconcerting, to say
    the least.

    Chris
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