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clipless shoes and pedals

I would like to put a clipless system on my christmas list. But having never bought anything like that before (I have toe straps currently) I would like to know if anybody can make some suggestions on shoes, pedals and cleats. I am fairly certain I want the Shimano SPD style as somebody once told me this is the most popular and I am hoping to buy another bike in the spring and will probably put a matching set of pedals on it as well.

I currently ride a mountain bike that I have altered to ride more like a hybrid (taller gearing, and smooth tires) My typical cruising speed is around 13~15MPH.

What do I need, brand, links, good bargains, etc.

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I have had the Shimano SPDs for a few years myself. They were my first entry in to the clipless world and I've been very happy with them. Only had one very embarrassing standing tip over in front of about 20 cars!

I bought the cheapo Forte platform/clip combo pedals and they've been alright. I've been tempted to just go to the full clipless set up as I rarely use the platform side and trying to find the clips can be frustrating at times after you put for feet down for whatever reason.

Keep an eye on www.performancebike.com for good sales. They come around pretty often and are really pretty decent. I picked up my Shimanos for like 40% off.

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I have these, they've been excellent for all kinds of riding.

http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...8_20000_400098

...with these pedals:

http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...1586500_400264

That was my cheap route in...the pedals dented pretty quickly but they're still functional after 3 seasons.

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I like the Look KEO pedals and cleats. I've use Shimano SPD SL road style and like those as well. Very similar to the Look Keo set up. The Shimano SPD was a little easier to walk around on when off the bike. I find the Look Keo set up a little (slightly) easier to get in and out of the pedals when compared to the SHimano. Really not enough to be a decision maker one way or the other. I got a better price on the Look set up when I was purchasing so that combined with the slightly easier in and out sold me. They both offer a good contact base with the pedal which I like. Makes you feel like you are on a pedal platform and very connected. I've also used Speedplay & Crank Bros. Speedplay were nice and light set up. I found it harder to get in and out of the pedals than the Look or Shimano. Much harder to walk around on. Smaller contact area so to me it didn't give me as good of a feel of contact with the pedal. I use stiff SIDI carbon soled shoes with all of the pedal set ups that I have tried. Crank Bros egg beaters were on a mountain bike so a different application. Good for muddy conditions. Easy to get in and out of.
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for a mountain bike I'd say get Shimano SPD, the XT pedal has a good size platform which help reduce hot spots and will get you across the street easier than a small surface like a lolipop or a egg beater.
Also the SPD mountain cleats are very easy to learn on, you just mash your foot like you're stomping a cockroach.

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for a mountain bike I'd say get Shimano SPD, the XT pedal has a good size platform which help reduce hot spots and will get you across the street easier than a small surface like a lolipop or a egg beater.
Also the SPD mountain cleats are very easy to learn on, you just mash your foot like you're stomping a cockroach.
Great - I was looking at these pedals

http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...0_10000_202530

along with these clips

http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...8_10000_202532

Does that sound like a compatible combo? I figured if I put the pedals and cleats on my wish list and providing she gets them for me, I can go pick out shoes at the local bicycle shop to figure out what fits best.

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These are the pedals I have on the all-purpose bike. Work great with or without being clipped in.
Surprisingly light as well.


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I thought that they came with cleats, my Look road pedals did as did my old time OG spudz

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Great - I was looking at these pedals

http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...0_10000_202530

along with these clips

http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...8_10000_202532

Does that sound like a compatible combo? I figured if I put the pedals and cleats on my wish list and providing she gets them for me, I can go pick out shoes at the local bicycle shop to figure out what fits best.
That is a great place to start, they don't specify but most pedals come with cleats. Stop at performance bike and ask someone there as they sell the same model and you can try on shoes at the same time.

Specialized makes good shoes for less then $100, I bought the Forte brand at performance as they fit good in the store and while they are holding up very well they are now uncomfortable and the cheap feeling is ever present so I almost hate wearing them.
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These are the pedals I have on the all-purpose bike. Work great with or without being clipped in.
Surprisingly light as well.

What model are those? I'm looking for some clipless platforms for when I ride with the dog and don't want to clip in.

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That is a great place to start, they don't specify but most pedals come with cleats. Stop at performance bike and ask someone there as they sell the same model and you can try on shoes at the same time.

Specialized makes good shoes for less then $100, I bought the Forte brand at performance as they fit good in the store and while they are holding up very well they are now uncomfortable and the cheap feeling is ever present so I almost hate wearing them.
good to know, I would have purchased an extra set of cleats without needing them.

Thank you. My plan is to ask for only the pedals and I will go shopping closer to spring for shoes that fit well.

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