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    What pedals and shoes do you ride with and why?
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    Straitline defactos, because they are the best pedal ive used n ive used alot of top of the line flats, i prefer the bushings than the bearings, i like the large size of the flats, the pins n placement of then are perfect, they are as tough as nails n overall quality is top notch as is all straitline products.
    As for shoes 5.10 impacts cause they are built well with a top sole on them, but they are bloody hot on the feet, so often just wear runners, i can get away with them on the wide straitlines with heaps of pins..
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    I'm running SPD Shimano 540's.. They have lasted a really long time. I keep thinking I need to upgrade due to how banged up they are, but they still work the same way as when I got them 7-8 years ago. Never any problems in dusty or muddy conditions. I'll replace with the same when the time comes.

    As for shoe's, I am using Specialized Comp MTN.. I am having a little trouble with numbness in my toes on extended rides, I haven't narrowed down the problem yet, it could be shoe related or something else. I think I'll try Sidi Dominator 5 next time, but they are so expensive. I'd like to hear some other responses on shoes as well.

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    Saint platforms and 510 Freeriders....no washers on the pins. Great feel and really sticky
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    Time ATAC when clipless because they shed mud better than any Shimano pedals I've used. Lots of shoes (Sidi are my faves, but also like my Lake, Specialized and Carnac through the years).

    Lately, I've gone back to flats and have been running Deity Decoy pedals with Teva Links. Really digging that combo.
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    I ride Time ATAC's because they're bomber and they have good float for my knees....I wear Pearl Izumi X-Alp Elite's because they're comfy and HAB awesome which is kinda important for bikepacking since bikepacking is sometimes just hiking with a useless 37lb piece of junk for extended periods of time.

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    Pedals: Speedplay Frogs. They have no spring tension, nothing forcing your feet to a particular position and when it's time to unclip, there's no spring force to overcome; you just twist to the release point and you're out. They also offer more float than any other pedal out there if your knees need the extra freedom. And as a bonus, they're some of the lightest pedals out there.

    They clear mud, snow and most everything else. Hard adobe clay won't clear, but that's true of pretty much any pedal. The only issue I've found with them is fine, dry sand. It makes engaging them difficult as they get really dry and the cleat and pedal don't like to move freely with that grit between them.

    Shoes: Specialized Rime. Just got them this summer for the Vibram soles and they are the best overall shoes I've had. They took a while to break in and get really fit to my feet and they still seem to need adjusting mid-ride, but the sole makes these minor annoyances worth it. When you need to walk - especially over rocks and tough terrain - the soles actually offer traction! Even when the terrain is wet. I just wonder what took someone so long to get a Vibram sole on a MTB shoe!

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    Sidi dominators. and shimano PD-M530 MTB SPD Pedals because they were on a good sale at hucknroll and I wanted to try some SPD's with the platform.

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    Shimano 540's. Use them because I have always used them.

    Giro Codes. Light and super stiff. HAB is a no-go with these though.

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    Love the straitline de facto pedals I've got. I keep the pins out over the axle bore. I have five ten freeriders and they match great. After over a year, my freeriders are beginning to feel the abuse. Rebuilt both pairs of de facto pedals I've got. Once it was because the pedal took a large amount of impact from when the bike went falling off a car.

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    Shimano 520/540 are awesome. But, I just got a set of Time ATAC pedals and, hmmm, they are great! I don't think you can go wrong with either.

    Shoes: Pearl Izumi and Specialized.
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    thanks dudes.
    I think the one thing I need to replace on my 2012 Trek Cobia are the pedals.
    I've been sliding a good amount on the stock.
    Would love to actually stick on them. with any shoe!

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    Time ATACs. Easy in and out. Work great.

    Giro Privateers. Comfortable, feel great.

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    Seems like there is alot of ATAC praise on these boards. Probably warranted. I learned clipless in a defacto manner. My first real MTB came stock with 540's in 1996. Bought some Pearl Izumi Cleated shoes the day I picked up the bike and have never looked back.
    I will probably stick with what I know, but the amount of accolades the Time pedals get here makes me think I might be missing something?

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    Right now I'm running Shimano XT M780 with multidirectional cleat. Supportive pedal, really like how they feel under the feet. I like the float they provide, good for my knees. I like how easy they are to get out of. Not as easy to get in as Crank Bros pedals in my opinion.

    Shoes, some comfy old Specialized Tahoe and a pair of Specialized Comp Pro. I really like how comfy the Tahoes are, I just don't like how they look, they're kind of gooberish.

    I also own some flat pedals Wellgo W71. They're pretty thin, some pins on the corners only. They're cheap, $26 bucks. I ride those with some Nike ACG sneaks. I only run flats on days I do more all mountain stuff or go to a wicked hard place to ride that's filled with slippery roots, sharp rocks, really tech riding. Sometimes I just feel safer with flats ( but not more efficient) when I ride flats, and it's a different feel on the bike.

    I've ridden with Time's ATAC for years, pretty good pedals. Bombproof, clears mud, pretty easy to get in. Not as easy as Shimano to unclip.
    I've ridden with Crank Bro Candys for years. Super easy to clip in, not as easy to unclip as Shimano.

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    I've been riding Crank borthers for about 6 years. I ride eggbeaters and acids, love em both!
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    straitline defactos are very nice. just recently put on a pair of Specialized Bennies on my 4X and am quite happy with them. just a bit smaller than my straitlines. i just switch out those grub screws with straitline pins and it's like defactos @ 40% off msrp!

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    +(another) 1 Time ATAC. They clear better and release consistently with no maintenance. SPDs seem to trap your foot if they aren't lubed. You can just ignore the times and they keep working.

    NorthWave shoes seem good for wide feet. I have a hard time getting excited about cycling shoes. If it fits and has a stiff sole it's good.

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    VP Mountain flat cage pedals and Teva Pinner shoes

    but i'm a total f-ing rookie...

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    Atacs and Shimano shoes...they both seem to last a long a time, although the shoes aren't as good as they used to be.
    Why is this question in the passion thread though?
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    ^^^ cause the mans passionate about his pedals n shoes, thats gotta be a good thing, he might even have a fetish for them n theres nothin wrong with that.......
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    Speedplay Frogs (Ti) with Loui Garneau shoes. Love 'em because of their simplicity. Have had the pedals for about ten years too. The shoes and cleats I recently replaced and had a little trouble because I initially installed with a cleat spacer, that was effecting click-in, but removed the spacer and they are as good as ever. The LG shoes replaced a pair of SIDI dominators from the mid 90's that were starting to decay. So far happy with the shoe at this price.

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    Platforms: Easton Flatboys, VP-001's, DMR V8's, and Holzfellers.

    Shoes: Teva Pinners, DC's, and FiveTen Barons & Freeriders. Also have a pair of Nike Jordans that have worked out perfectly, all black, flat sole, don't know the model #....

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    Quote Originally Posted by D45yth View Post
    Atacs and Shimano shoes...they both seem to last a long a time, although the shoes aren't as good as they used to be.
    Why is this question in the passion thread though?
    Look at the way people write about them!
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    I switch it up to keep it interesting. I either use shimano spd 520s with bontrager mtb race shoes or wellgo mg1s with some adio skate shoes.
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    DH I run wellgo132/ Lotek mids
    On the trail I use shimano xt's / specialized tahoe. I always like shoes with laces instead of velcro or ratchet straps.

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    Eggbeaters and Candy 2's with Specialized Comp shoes.

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    Time Atac....only way to go. Love them 3 bikes 3 sets of time ATAC.

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    Time Atac for the past 8 years, including on the road bike.

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    Straitline Defactos, with Freeriders or Impacts. Stick like glue, big platform for my size 12 flippers.
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    Bontrager solstice shoes, mallet 2 pedals.

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    Time ATACs on both my road bike and MTB.

    Keen Springwater shoes. I have super wide feet and these fit well.
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    3" drywall screws through the top of my foot into a wooden pedal.

    or ATACs and Sidi dom5's - same setup for road and mtn.

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    Everyone that runs ATAC's, is there every any issues clipping in with them? I don't have any experience with them, but love how easy my SPD's engage every time without issue. It looks to me that they make take a little more "precise" position than SPD.

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    No issues clipping into ATACs. Easy peasy.

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    ATACs are easier than SPD because of the lateral float.

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    Shimano somethingorothers
    Giro somethingorothers....

    Sometimes 510 impacts and Forte pedals.

    how long do SPD pedals last? i have the old school ones were the tension screw is external. the newer ones have an internal screw. i ask this because, i like the "feel" of the older ones better. the tension feels different, hard to describe. I only have two pairs. if they break, i wont be able to find them anymore because they've discontinued that design. i know it seems minor but i swear they release different! i hear SPuDs are pretty bombproof.
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    Wellgo MG1s and my hiking shoes, because I'm a poor grad student...

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    Shoes: Adidas Sambas (the only sneakers I buy anymore)
    Pedals: Flats with straps. Currently Wellgo B030 and Burro straps, but HT Nano/Deity Compound with Fyxation straps work well too.

    Basically, for my needs, this set up beats clipless and flats. I get the following benefits:
    1. Light weight (340gm/pair with Deity Compounds)
    2. Affordability (when my Sambas are looking tired, they get relegated to MTB use and I buy a new set)
    3. Durability.
    4. Huge platform - power transfer is fine despite the soft sole of the Sambas, because the pedal is ginormous. When I get off the bike and walk, I don't sound like a tap dancer.
    5. Thin platform - low CG
    6. Not too sticky, not too loose. I can disengage from the bike instantly, usually, so I go for broke with trail obstacles. My clipless pedals made me shy away from technical stunts - eff that. On the flip side, My 510s on grippy flats (Deity Compounds) are sometimes too sticky, and require a conscious effort to lift the foot and reposition it.
    7. The ability to pull up on the pedals as needed for short power climbs.
    8. Customizable traction pin layout. Thin the pins under the strap, keep the ones on the flip side for emergency traction.

    I think the fixed gear freestyling hipsters are on to something with their pedal straps. I predict a pedal revolution for MTBers - flats and straps, you heard it here first.
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    tioga spyder D pedals with clips and straps. Like that they are flat and light,good grip and they work with toe clips which i prefer, agree and think flats with some type of clip and or strap is really the way to go! easy in and out and you can move your foot around a bit
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    I switch between flat pedals and clipless pedals, depending on the ride. If it's road riding, I go clipless mostly. If it's trail riding, I go with the flats, but have used the clipless on very easy trails though.

    I have some old Cannondale shoes and clipless pedals I purchased about 10-15 or so years ago for the road bike that I never used. For some odd reason, I like the MTB pedals and shoes at that time. I now use the combo on my MTB. I love the shoes as I can wear them anytime and pedals are easy to clip in and out. I will have to take a picture of them, so they can be identified.

    These are my flat pedals




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    I use MG-1 pedals and 5.10 Impacts for my summer bike.

    I use fyxation mesa MP pedals (nylon with metal pins) and some boots I found at Fleet Farm for my fatbike (winter).

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    I've had MG-1's for awhile. I just recently found a pair of sneakers at Wal-Mart that work great. They're supposed to look like some expensive basketball shoes, I think, but they have a real soft, knobby sole, and they're black. They were on sale for $16! They work great. After a ride I can see where the pedal spikes were digging into the soles. I can tell I need to try clipless someday, but not yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toyotatacomaTRD View Post
    Everyone that runs ATAC's, is there every any issues clipping in with them? I don't have any experience with them, but love how easy my SPD's engage every time without issue. It looks to me that they make take a little more "precise" position than SPD.
    I am very new to Time Atacs. I am also new to clipless, so I can't compare them to anything else but IMHO they are very easy to clip in. I use them with Sette shoes. I can begin pedalling without clipping and eventually my foot will find the right place and "snap" it's in. Now if I could only get to clip out as quickly. Not that they are difficult to clip out, just that it is new to me.

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    I use 1st generation Ritchey Logic clipless pedals on all my bikes (MTB, Commuter, SS, road bike, cruiser) because they were one of the only options when I went clipless in the early 90's. Because my shoes were already set up with the cleats, I kept putting the same pedals on bikes as I continued to add additional bikes to the stable. Now they are on all of my bikes and to change to another pedal at this point would be pricey.
    For shoes, I wear whatever I find cheap when the current pair breaks. Right now I'm riding a pair of Lake Carbon Race shoes I picked up for $10 on eBay. I got about 5 years and almost 10k miles out of the last pair of $15 Shimano SPD shoes I got on eBay.
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    That coaster brake bike looks like a rolling grin factory. Sweet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buddhak View Post
    That coaster brake bike looks like a rolling grin factory. Sweet.
    Yep. Here's a grin from a short track race last year.
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    almost embarrassed to say this, but I'm still using a pair of Onza H.O. pedals that I bought about 18 years ago. Might have to retire them this year if I can't find my spare elastomers, cause the old ones are disintegrating. I got a new pair of Exustar shoes last year after my original, first generation Sidi Dominators bit the dust.

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    $35 Blacklabel gas pedals, Merrell Moab shoes. problem?
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    Shimano something-or-other SPD I bought years and years ago
    Shimano shoes

    Same for MTB and Road

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