Clip in pedals and shoes

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by Matt7815, 28 May 2018.

  1. Matt7815

    Matt7815 Regular

    Hi everyone
    I’m thinking of getting clip in pedals for the first time, so was just wondering what the best pedal/ shoe combination would be for a complete novice on a budget any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks in advance
  2. wisdom

    wisdom Veteran

    I have both types on different bikes.
    For ease of everyday commuting shimano spd's are excellent as they are double sided and cheap.Shoes vary but you can get them relatively cheap.Muddy fox ones from soccersport are cheap.(I am sure someone will be along to condemn them)but I have done thousands of miles in mine.They are knackered now though.
    On my road bike have spd sl's and northwave shoes(which were fairly expensive).
    I get on well with both types now though.
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  3. Trigger369

    Trigger369 Well-Known Member

    I only started road cycling last year and moved to Shimano clipless after 2 weeks of riding and noticed the difference straight away . Not having to adjust my feet every few seconds was a treat . Wouldn't change back now . Only thing was putti g me off was being clipped in and falling over but . 1st ride I did fall over but after an hour's riding I never thought of it agian . My first shoes were an £80 pair specialised shoes cheap but there is cheaper out there . Spend a bit more now than buying twice i think .Most good shops do feet fitting now .
  4. boydj

    boydj Guru

    Mountain bike pedals and shoes (such as Shimano spd) are simple and relatively cheap. Personally, I use Speedplay Frogs on all my bikes, so the shoes can be walked in and the pedals are small and light - best of both worlds IMO.
  5. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

  6. Dave 123

    Dave 123 Guru

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  7. Grant Fondo

    Grant Fondo 'Real Life, and Postcard Views, Europe Endless'

    I tried 5 pairs at my lbs before deciding which was most comfy... Annoyingly a really expensive pair of Sidi's but still have them 15 years later and going strong! You will know when you have found best fit.
  8. PaulSB

    PaulSB Guru

    I use Shimano SPDs and mountain bike shoes though I ride a road bike. I find these very comfortable, easy to clip in and far easier to walk in.

    For me though the main benefit is shoe fit. I have very broad feet and wouldn’t be able to comfortably wear traditional road shoes. In my experience it’s easier to find broad fitting MTB shoes and the fastenings, often laces and Velcro straps, offer plenty of adjustment.

    Foot comfort should be a big part of your decision on which system to use.
  9. midlife

    midlife Veteran

    I use SPD's as Dave 123 suggests :smile: . I was really surprised when I tried the shoes on in the shop that Shimano shoe sizes are tiny ! Had to buy shoes 2 sizes bigger lol
  10. Dont ever mention clip in shoes and budget in the same sentence. Even with the expensive ones, you are going to be laid on the floor somewhere.
  11. OP

    Matt7815 Regular

    Thanks everyone feel like I’ve got a better idea at what to look at now
  12. Heltor Chasca

    Heltor Chasca Out-Riding the Black Dog

    Spiuk Compass are very cheap spd shoes with a Vibram sole. They are small by two EU sizes. Water resistant and you can walk around in them.

    Shimano pedals as mentioned upthread.
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