Advice Look v Shimano systems

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  • Hi Folks,
    I could use some advice, thots and or experience on this issue.

    As an old bugger at 64 i changed from Look to Shimano double sided pedal/cleat system ie the
    Shimano M540 SPD MTB Pedals a few years ago mainly because of my own safety lol ie walking and unclipping on the look system was becoming more difficult. I'm going for a bike fit in a couple of weeks and its been suggested i go back to the Look system.....more power output stiffer soles than the MTB shoes etc etc.
    I dont race or time trial or do PB's basically now its for fitness and fun.
    Should i just stick to could be a very expensive change over ie shoes winter boots cleats etc

  • The Look type pedal systems are definitely more efficient at power transfer but infinitely more impractical when off the bike than SPD.

    When I first started using clipless pedals in the early 90’s, only Look type pedals were available. As soon as SPD came out in the mid 90’s, I switched to them and have been using one version or another of SPDs on my road bikes ever since. I don’t race and I only ride the occasional sportive so I don’t care about power efficiency, only not falling on my arse when I’m off the bike. And SPD cleats, being metal, last for years. One issue is finding shoes that are more road orientated than MTB but still can take SPD cleats and a sole for walking about without being either too smooth or too lumpy. I currently have a pair of Shimano touring shoes. I think the new generation of ‘gravel shoes’ probably do quite well in this respect.

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Advice Look v Shimano systems

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