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Cycling Shoes or Strapped pedals


Pioter

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Hello All,

 

I am now at the point where I need to start upgrading my bicycle a little.

 

Dont have much cash for this and I am only a casual rider that probably will do 2 or 3 short races a year. I have spoken to many good riders and they all explained the advantage of Shoes/cleats.

 

Can any body tell me the pros/cons of pedal with strapps?

Where can one get some of these.

 

I do road races!

 

Pieter

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Cleats FTW! If cost is an issue for you, there are ways you can cleat up at a lower cost. When I started cycling this year I was able to make the move to cleats at a total cost of R550 for shoes and pedals, all new. Got a new pair of Olympic Shoes at R180 from a hubber, and Shimano R540 pedals and cleats at R295 from Evobikes. Not a bad cost.

 

Obviously now that I know I enjoy the sport and am willing to drop a few more Randelas on a pair of carbon shoes.

 

Short version, it doesnt need to be a costly exercise for you.

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You will fall with either of them at least once because you took that split second too long to remeber to unclip.

 

It is part of the club fee. Other people will laugh at you.

 

Cleats is the way to go unless you have a restored retro fixie and have shiny stainless steel pedals and toe cups.

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pros... u can use any shoe, takkie to ride with. takkies to walk "cheap"

cons... flex,

 

MTB cleats the way to go IMO. good enough to walk in, stiff enough. pros. can be expensive

 

cleats work better cause you are "attatched" to the bike. you push and pull in the pedal stroke. more efficeint use of the power

 

it is just betta

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What size feet do you have - in EU sizes? I have a set of Shimano size ?? carbon soles shoes in good nick - if your size matches you can have them.

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What size feet do you have - in EU sizes? I have a set of Shimano size ?? carbon soles shoes in good nick - if your size matches you can have them.

Good on you for offering to help OP out. Its great to see that there are still kind people out there.

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What size feet do you have - in EU sizes? I have a set of Shimano size ?? carbon soles shoes in good nick - if your size matches you can have them.

 

I have a normal shoe size 9, and thank you for the help!

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Cleats FTW! If cost is an issue for you, there are ways you can cleat up at a lower cost. When I started cycling this year I was able to make the move to cleats at a total cost of R550 for shoes and pedals, all new. Got a new pair of Olympic Shoes at R180 from a hubber, and Shimano R540 pedals and cleats at R295 from Evobikes. Not a bad cost.

 

Obviously now that I know I enjoy the sport and am willing to drop a few more Randelas on a pair of carbon shoes.

 

Short version, it doesnt need to be a costly exercise for you.

 

Partdon my ignorance, FTW?

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I have a normal shoe size 9, and thank you for the help!

 

UK or US 9... - sorry - they are different by a size - have a look on a set of sports shoes of yours and see if they have an EU size as well - they usually do.

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Good on you for offering to help OP out. Its great to see that there are still kind people out there.

 

Thank you! Any case, i will check!

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FTW = For the win :thumbup:

 

Thank you!, but winning for me is to finish, and to have a lot of fun to get there!

Hence me not wanting to weight in all the options!

Thanks for the advice!

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V12man's offer is cool. But I would suggest clips without straps to start. Will keep your foot in a good position, and you'll still be safe to get out in time.

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