SPDs

The place for discussions on what piece might fit where, where to buy it from, how to fit it, etc.

Moderator: Moderators

Post Reply
User avatar
MartinF
surf god
surf god
Posts: 1023
Joined: Sun Aug 01, 2004 10:06
Location: N of Bristol. Prob in the pub
Contact:

SPDs

Post by MartinF » Thu Aug 26, 2004 22:58

I finally bit the bullet & went out & bought myself a pair of SPD pedals (single-sided) for the HooKooEKoo, and shoes.

Immediate reaction is that pedalling is much more efficient. I seem to be able to get more power out of pedalling for the same effort.

Need to try it out on a proper off-road trail & see what happens when I fall off.

Any bets as to twisted/sprained knees/ankles...

User avatar
Ian Long
surf god
surf god
Posts: 862
Joined: Sun Aug 08, 2004 17:36
Location: Chew Valley
Contact:

Post by Ian Long » Mon Aug 30, 2004 11:23

When you first start with them, your knees and ankles are fine - they never get to hit the ground because they are still firmly attaced to the bike :D It is the hips and arms / wrists that take the battering.

Well worth getting used to - tricky descents (let alone climbs) are sooo much easier when you have full control over the bike.
If found, please return to the pub.

User avatar
MartinF
surf god
surf god
Posts: 1023
Joined: Sun Aug 01, 2004 10:06
Location: N of Bristol. Prob in the pub
Contact:

Post by MartinF » Sun Oct 31, 2004 21:41

Ok, here's an update now, after using SPD's for a couple of months...

Could I live without them - probably not anymore. I just find they're so much better than being without. Feet don't get shaken off the pedals, don't get knocked off (as often), pedalling is more efficient - power on the upstroke as well as the downstroke.

BUT... up until today, I've had them set too tight (I realise now!), causing much bruising of hips, shoulders, arms, hands, etc, caused by not being able to unclip whilst falling.

My advice for anyone starting out with them - set them very loose at first. I mean VERY loose. So that your feet are only just clipped on. Gradually tighten them from there but ensure you can always pull your feet out in an emergency.

Post Reply