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    FLOAT for beginner

    i am a beginner clipless road biker. just bought a nice jamis bike. looking to get a clipless pedal and shoe combo that gives me as much range of motion as possible as i do have various injuries over my 30s that pretty much necessitate me needing more movement than typical in a saddle...need to move those legs at varying angles over course of ride, too much rFepetition at this age of anything is going to make my body pay.

    i read this article about speedplay. but it seems dated.
    https://www.roadbikerider.com/beginn...pedals-part-2/


    what would one recommend as a PEDAL? is speedplay a good idea? I am guessing most pedals come with same cleat options but are there certain cleats i should look into?
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    I used to love the SpeedPlay frogs. Rode them for many years, but they were more CC oriented. When I started progressing as a rider, I experienced a lot of accidental disengagement with the frogs, so I began experimenting with all of the major pedal brands. I ultimately found Time ATAC to be the best out there and I have been on them for many years now. I have also had some serious knee injuries and the ATAC pedals do not aggravate my knees. Plus, any Time pedal can be set up with either 13 or 17 degree float depending on your needs.

    Good luck.

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    this is great advice. thanks. sorry to hear about those knees. did the knee issue arise from cycling?

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    Do these ATACs have the same 13-17 options with cleats? seems to say this is a deviation from what you noted.
    https://www.bikeradar.com/reviews/co...-pedal-review/

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    You are looking for road pedals? No idea about those, but I can confirm that the Times are the most knee friendly MTB pedals out there.

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    yes road

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    Quote Originally Posted by finnstones View Post
    this is great advice. thanks. sorry to hear about those knees. did the knee issue arise from cycling?
    Yeah, I hit a tree and shattered my tibial plateau and dislocated my patella.

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    Quote Originally Posted by finnstones View Post
    Do these ATACs have the same 13-17 options with cleats? seems to say this is a deviation from what you noted.
    https://www.bikeradar.com/reviews/co...-pedal-review/
    Those are road pedals, not mountain-bike pedals. I don't ride road bikes, so I can't comment on them at all. Maybe check out a road bike forum for info.

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    Speedplay is the industry standard for float on road bikes. The float is adjustable on the cleat using limit screws, so you can choose how much float you want on the inside or outside.

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