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road shoes advice

Postby kayceeee » Wed Dec 05, 2012 04:32 am

Hi everyone

my first post here.

just over the summer got myself my first bike!, nothing too fancy or high end, just a basic bike.

got myself the jamis ventura comp. so rode over the whole summer and never thought i'd enjoy bike riding so much.

now i've just been riding with regular adidas runners and platforms, but looking to score myself clipless pedals and cycling shoes over the holidays in time for spring/summer.

i've been looking at the shimano r106 as well as the northwave fighter sbs, both are roughly similar in price and both fit quite well.

any reviews or opinions on which one are better? personally i kinda like the looks of the NW.

also will be getting the shimano SPD 105 pedals. which i can get for about 45, or should i spend the 90 and get the shimano ultegra pedals? will i even know a difference?

thanks a lot for any advice!

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Re: road shoes advice

Postby ILM Zero7 » Wed Dec 05, 2012 05:09 am

i think as youre starting out stay with pedals that match the spec of the bike. I am sure you will upgrade lots of stuff if you take to it, and money spent on better wheels is uniformly the best improvement per £ spent
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Re: road shoes advice

Postby kayceeee » Wed Dec 05, 2012 17:37 pm

Thanks I think I'll be getting the northwave and the 105 pedals.

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Re: road shoes advice

Postby AFF40N » Wed Dec 05, 2012 20:25 pm

Try chain reaction cycles for your pedals. They have got the 105's with cleats for £33.99. That'll save you a few quid!

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Re: road shoes advice

Postby kayceeee » Wed Dec 05, 2012 21:08 pm

Yes that's where I'm getting my shoes and pedals! It's about 50 Canadian which is half of what it is locally here in stores.

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Re: road shoes advice

Postby andyeb » Thu Dec 13, 2012 16:10 pm

I've got the exact same bike - notched up a good few thousand miles on it, but use it with Shimano M520 SPD pedals and MT42 shoes. I already had the shoes and SPD pedals on my mountain bike, so decided not to go with roadie-style pedals initially.

How do you find the ride on your Ventura? I found it a tad harsh, but it's got better since I swapped the stock Vittoria tyres for some Continental Gatorskins which behave much better on wet roads and generally roll quicker. I've been thinking about swapping the seat post for a carbon tube to further improve the ride.

Currently having a bit of a nightmare trying to find replacement headset bearings - will have to order some digital calipers to find out the proper size, as standard 1 1/8" headsets are about 0.5mm too big to fit.

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Re: road shoes advice

Postby Teisetrotter » Thu Dec 13, 2012 21:11 pm

On the shoes I narrowed it to the same choice, all the advice I got pointed me to the R106 ...... so marginal though. Bit stiffer and for me a bit more comfortable.

Fantastic ventilation on them ......... which is not a bonus currently.

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Re: road shoes advice

Postby p1tse » Thu Dec 13, 2012 23:22 pm

AFF40N wrote:Try chain reaction cycles for your pedals. They have got the 105's with cleats for £33.99. That'll save you a few quid!


Do pedals come with cleats?

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Re: road shoes advice

Postby lotus49 » Thu Dec 13, 2012 23:44 pm

p1tse wrote:
AFF40N wrote:Try chain reaction cycles for your pedals. They have got the 105's with cleats for £33.99. That'll save you a few quid!


Do pedals come with cleats?


I bought a pair of Shimano 105 pedals recently and they did indeed come with a pair of yellow (ie floating) cleats.

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Re: road shoes advice

Postby p1tse » Fri Dec 14, 2012 08:59 am

What are the different cleat options and how do they differ?

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Re: road shoes advice

Postby ILM Zero7 » Fri Dec 14, 2012 09:14 am

the different colour option allow different degrees of float - avoid zero float - go for something around 5 deg
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Re: road shoes advice

Postby velohutts » Fri Dec 14, 2012 19:33 pm

have a check when you purchase the pedals that they come with cleats , most of the bigger retailers include them but occasionally some places don't ... this should help keep the cost down , shimano also do a 540 pedal which is the same style as the 105 and ultegra but a bit cheaper as they are a few grammes heavier.
Maybe worth considering as a first pedal in case you don't get on with them.

Good luck with your purchase , clipless is the way ahead.
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Re: road shoes advice

Postby kayceeee » Wed Mar 13, 2013 02:31 am

long time bump here (update)

no longer about the shoes

but i did go clipless and northwave fighter sbs

and i also bought myself a new bike!

so the jamis i had was pretty heavy and entry level and it was a 54cm which is too big for me, mostly sora except for tiagra for RD. ended up getting myself a 2012 cannondale supersix 105!

in love with it! so much lighter and better compared to my old bike.

here she is

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