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    Help with eggbeaters!!

    So I decided to try clipless pedals and I went with the eggbeaters. I also bought the shimano mt42nv shoes to go with the pedals. The problem came when clipping in ,it was very difficult, clipping out was easy. I read up that I can use a sanding wheel to take off some of the sole of the shoe but I apparently took off too much. Now clipping in is alot easier but the shoe does not make contact with the pedal causing too much play which feels kinda unsafe. Can anyone recommend me a shoe that works well with the eggbeaters??

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    Any shoes would be ok I have CB pedals and I use Shimano shoes, I shaved a bit off each side but later I switch to the CB premium cleats no clearance issues at all.

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    Sette Element shoes work perfectly without modification on eggbeaters and Mallet C's in my experience. They're also a good price.
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    I use t hat shoe on Mallets without a problem. Did you use the plastic spacer under the cleat?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoTone View Post
    I use t hat shoe on Mallets without a problem. Did you use the plastic spacer under the cleat?
    I'm not sure if it was a spacer or a sole protector but I put the little plastic black "spacer" between the show and the cleat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tpm7 View Post
    I'm not sure if it was a spacer or a sole protector but I put the little plastic black "spacer" between the show and the cleat.

    You could also fashion a plate out of thin plastic to go between the shoe and the pedal to reduce that extra play you have.
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    On the same topic sorta i am going to be buying some pedals for my bike. 1st time clipless. Is there any reason to go with the egg beaters over a more platformed type of pedal. Also the prices are pretty spread out as pedals go. If you have any suggestion on a good quality for good price pedal let me know.

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    If the shoe treads are not contacting the sides of the pedal body remove the shim from under the cleat. There needs to be a little bit of contact on the tread to keep everything tight and stable. It might take a few rides for everything to break-in and mesh together. There shouldn't be a lot of sanding/cutting required for most of the shoes on the market.

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    This guide from crank brothers will help you clipping in to the pedal. My favorite method so far is #2, but I think I need to try #3 too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTB-er View Post
    On the same topic sorta i am going to be buying some pedals for my bike. 1st time clipless. Is there any reason to go with the egg beaters over a more platformed type of pedal. Also the prices are pretty spread out as pedals go. If you have any suggestion on a good quality for good price pedal let me know.

    I just prefer Shmano's system of SPD pedals. Start out with some Shimano shoes, and some SPD 520 pedals, and you should be golden for a few years, at least. .

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    Thanks a lot for the input. I was looking at those pedals and they seemed like a good price i am glad to have your recommendation as well. Should i buy the multi-release cleats or are the normal cleats just fine once you get comfortable?

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