Discussion in 'Paddock Sports Bar' started by gethinceri, Jun 26, 2012.
I bought a bicycle today, and I have ridden it.
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Belms all round!
THIS IS CALLED A MEN'S BIKE, WILL MY WIFE BE ALLOWED TO RIDE IT TOO?
Just thought I'd share it and couldn't find anywhere else.
gethinceri, I'm considering forking out for clipped shoes as well. Do they give a noticeable power increase? Its a bit of a joke how they have rocketed in price since I bought my Merida.
I feel very safe and secure in them and i think there's a power benefit but not able to prove that. I was nervous at first but then thought "what's the worst that can happen?" (Almost found out today!)
Buy some and get on with it, if you need help with cleat fitting there's plenty of stuff online about how critical setup is but with Shimano 520 there's plenty of give so I just cracked on and no pain or discomfort. I'm far from an expert but here to give a view when/if you want one.
tooncheese The largest benefit of clipless (a silly name for clip-in pedals...) pedals is that you can continue to transfer power into the pedals on the upstroke, you can't do this with flat pedals.
If you're just starting out with them then Shimano M520s are best, they have all the performance of the higher Shimano models (such as XT and XTR) and the only penalty is a slight weight increase. Alternatively there are other clip in pedals manufactuers such as Crank Brothers, but they can be pricey. Also try and make sure the shoes/pedals you buy come with the SPD cleats, as often they don't and are around £10 by themselves.
Here's the cheapest Shimano M520s with cleats - http://www.merlincycles.com/bike-shop/mtb-parts/transmission-gears/pedals-mtb/shimano-pedals/shimano-m520-spd-pedals.html?utm_campaign=googlebase-GB&utm_source=googlebase&utm_medium=shopping&utm_term=Shimano Pedals
EDIT - Just realised I'm 2 weeks late!
no-FIAt-please, not late at all, I haven't forked out any cash just yet. I'm starting to agree with you and gethinceri, road-specific pedals aren't worth the extra cost.
On a side note new bar tape was definitely needed when another roadie pulled alongside with Cowell-white tape making mine more brown than it already was.
gethinceri, Merida Road Race 750
The UCI have created a new category for me which is called "looks like a boiled egg on matchsticks and smoked for 30 years".
Digging the lycra though!
Eek! Metric! Your average speed is ok, most development runs go at about 15-18mph. The distance IMO should be your main focus for training. How long is the sportive?
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