The given price is a litle bit high.
A pair of m520 from shimano cost less than 30$ and MT41 shimano shoes are easy to find around 50$
Yes its a learning curve…for me just getting into the habit of remembering to unclip at the lights…nothing like slowly toppling over to turn you instantly from cool to..well very uncool!
Luc – You must be an online deal shopper. I’m quoting MSRP and supporting your local bike shop.
Hey, well it’s ironic cireodsning the theme of this site, but I am really weighing things up at the moment as regards SPDs. Don’t know if you saw my comment about the injury I suffered this summer basically a broken hip (a pretty serious injury really) which could well be blamed on being clipped in to pedals, not being able to unclip in time and falling flat on my side. It now turns out that is not such an uncommon injury, indeed I have fallen several times like that before, as have biking friends of mine. It’s kind of a worry I expect to be as good as new eventually, but the question is, do I go back to riding and wearing SPD? To be honest, I can’t see myself riding any other way really. Maybe I will wear them a lot looser, I don’t know if that is really a deciding factor. I guess I will just hope it doesn’t happen again! (as will my wife!)
Very informative and helpful. A little nitpicking, however, from a generation still concerned with spelling:
advantages OUTWEIGH disadvantages, and you should try them on a QUIET street.
Keep up the good work, but spellcheckers are a double-edge sord, I mean sword!
I actually did spend just under 100 pounds for my shimano clipless shoes and pedals combined and I bought them from my local bike shop. Maybe your shop is just expensive or doesnt stock budget items?
Either way, this article pushed me over the edge in buying them so thank you for writing it
100 pounds… is that euro’s? I’m sure you can find them cheaper especially on discount!
Glad you got moving on going clipless, you’ll never turn back!
I’ve been spinning with clipless pedals for 3+ years. Brand new to road biking this season and thought it was great that I already had the shoes and ‘knew how to use them.’ So much for that thought! Over the course of the last three weeks I have taken about 10 longer rides and have had a fall due to clips 6 of those rides.
I had my bike shop lower the tension on the pedals to ease my release a bit. Then ended up lowering it yet again on my own since then. Still fell. If I unclip both feet I am fine. But I always find myself thinking “Oh I’m okay with this now, I can just unclip the right/left at this stop…” and sure enough down I go. For whatever reason my brain just does not get the message on which way to lean. Will it get better? Should it have worked out by now? I have Shimano SPD clips/pedals. One of my friends was outfitted with shoes and clips that look like circles. ? She said she was told they were for the “less coordinated.” lol. Should I consider a change? Hate to make that investment all over again. Any tips from the experienced riders out there would be greatly appreciated, thanks. =)
Different pedals work differently is very true… it sounds like you are on the road bike or mtb ? For easy release I normally goto crank brothers candy’s or on the road what your friend has is the Speedplays. They are much easier to get out of, a bit different to get into. I would recommend practicing more on your spin bike and stepping off the bike as you come to a stop. If you are trying to stop from your saddle you’ll fall all the time.
TJ thanks for this ieritestnng take on this true, I never thought about which way I am turning the wheel. Actually, you are going to have trouble believing this, but I read your comments when you posted them yesterday IN HOSPITAL where I was lying after an operation to put 3 screws in my femur after I wiped out in a race last Sunday. I had time to think about why I did myself such an injury, and I have to say it was in good part due to being clipped in. I washed out, and there was no way I could get my foot out quick enough, and there was no impact to dislodge my shoe from the pedal, with the result I fell hard on my side, foot still clipped in, bang, straight on my hip. I may have to revise my basic SPD is safe premise after this. I plan to write the whole thing up on the blog asap, but just thought I’d run that by you!
I love spinning at the gym and just purchased my own spin bike for home. But it is not fitted with clipless pedals (pedals with clips. I get confused by the name.) Could I change out the pedals? I already have the shoes. Thanks
Deanna, totally! You’ll need new shimano pedals and a 15mm open end wrench.
Sending you an email!