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    alright guys i hope you guys can help me learn some thing today. i was thinking of going clipless and trying it out to see if its for me.. and while looking i learned theres a lot to choose from and i have no clue witch to get and what pedal works with witch. and also when its says float what is that. can any one recommend me a shoe that does not break the bank and also a pedal. thanks
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    I got a pair of Sixsixone Experts on Jenson for $35 a few months ago - they're great (especially for my narrow feet), but cold air whips through them. They work with the Shimano SPD system (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shimano_Pedaling_Dynamics), and my pedals are Shimano m540- which are rugged, and have an entry level price point.

    Float is the amount of movement the pedals allow when your feet are clipped into them, so you have lateral movement with your knees and ankles. It'll make perfect sense the first time you clip into the pedal.
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    Float is the ability to move the foot a bit without releasing the pedal.This helps to find your natural position for the feet and prevents knee problems.Float is a good thing to have.

    Yep, there are plenty of pedals and shoes. The important thing is to buy pedal and shoes together. The bike shop can then ensure that they fit together.

    I had good luck with Shimano (SPD) pedals and shoes. In fact I am still using my first pair of shoes and pedals. The shoes got me 3 times over the Alps in Europe and have seen years of commuting and weekend rides in the Rockies.The shoes must be 7-8 years old now.
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    i believe shimano to be the best pedals tho they are not the lightest. in my opinion, specialized makes the best shoes right now.

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    specialized BG sport shoes and shimano deore xt pedels i love mine and they work great
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    so would this shoes be good
    http://www.bikebling.com/Shimano-SH-...6-mtnsport.htm
    and these pedals
    http://www.bikebling.com/Shimano-PD-...m520-pedal.htm
    or are there some othere pedals i should go with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clutch_08
    so would this shoes be good
    http://www.bikebling.com/Shimano-SH-...6-mtnsport.htm
    and these pedals
    http://www.bikebling.com/Shimano-PD-...m520-pedal.htm
    or are there some othere pedals i should go with.
    That would make for a nice set up, but I wouldn't limit myself to just Shimano. Shoes are not specific to a pedal. Most any shoe will work with most any pedal. The cleat comes with the pedal, not the shoe. I've used a lot of different pedals, including Shimano and for me Times are the best. I like Shimano pedals, they work great unless it's muddy/snowy'icy. I guess what I'm trying to say is look at other brands, in addition to Shimano. It is a personal choice and we all have our opinions.

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    i have had some experience with pearl izumi mtb shoes, they would be good to experience with and not break the bank. try them on first and test them on a spinning machine before buying any shoes.

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    I bought a set of Shimano M647's 5 years ago as my first clips.
    Still using them today with zero problems and ahave never even changed the cleats.

    Highly recommended

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    Quote Originally Posted by clutch_08
    alright guys i hope you guys can help me learn some thing today. i was thinking of going clipless and trying it out to see if its for me.. and while looking i learned theres a lot to choose from and i have no clue witch to get and what pedal works with witch. and also when its says float what is that. can any one recommend me a shoe that does not break the bank and also a pedal. thanks
    You can't go wrong with Shimano 520s to start off, especially for the price. For shoes, you might want to get fitted at a local shop, but if you are sure of your size, good deals can be found online. At pricepoint, you can get the Sette Enduro shoes for a great price (and they have WAY outlasted my first set of Specialized shoes, and my friend's specialized shoes, I also have another bud who likes his enduros). If you want something lighter, that is personal choice, but you can actually walk around in the enduros, drive in them, etc...

    A couple of things to know.... a good biking shoe will have a pretty stiff sole AND you want a snug fit... I imagine any wiggle-room would turn very uncomfortable quickly.... If you ski, think of bike shoes like ski boots. You need them to fit, not excessively tight, but they need to fit properly.

    The pedals should come with the proper cleat to attach to any mtb shoe.

    I had a lot of questions originally about trying clipless.... I was told "just get 520s, just get them and try them" I wasn't disappointed, but that's my opinion.

    Good luck.
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    alright thanks guys

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    any body have these there at such a great deal im thinking of getting $20
    http://www.nashbar.com/webapp/wcs/st...roducts&cm_em=
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    Quote Originally Posted by clutch_08
    any body have these there at such a great deal im thinking of getting $20
    http://www.nashbar.com/webapp/wcs/st...Products&cm_em
    They look like a pretty standard mountain bike shoe, should do fine.

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    would the Diadora X-Country MTB Shoe work with the m520 pedal

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    Quote Originally Posted by clutch_08
    would the Diadora X-Country MTB Shoe work with the m520 pedal

    yes. all mountain bike shoes will have holes for spd cleats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clutch_08
    would the Diadora X-Country MTB Shoe work with the m520 pedal
    When you buy pedals, they will come with the correct kind of cleat. Any mtb shoe should accept any cleat. For example, I have Pearl Izumi X-Alp Seek shoes, I just switched from SPD's to Crank Bros pedals, I just swapped cleats and they worked fine.

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