I’ve been riding Speedplay pedals for 7+ years now and I feel that they are the best pedal system out for a number of reasons. Primarily, they offer the most fit adjustments. It is possible to adjust the cleat in a fore, aft and lateral orientation. More importantly, the amount of float can be independently adjusted on each side – heel in towards the bike and heel out away from the bike. People suffering from knee pain can really benefit from these features!
An added benefit of Speedplay pedals include the ability to quickly “clip in.” Since the pedals are double sided, it is very common to clip in on the first try. Riders with traditional pedals like Shimano and Look typically spend a few seconds searching for the pedal. In a group ride setting, being able to clip in quickly is a huge benefit! A lot of newer riders struggle with clipping in and as a result, a large effort is needed to get back into the group.
Despite all the benefits, Speedplay pedals have some trade-offs. Initially, it may be harder for riders to learn how to clip in. The pedal system is not as intuitive as a Look or Shimano pedal. However, once the technique is mastered, it is the fastest and most consistent engagement system out. Secondly, the cleats require occasional maintenance. While the maintenance is minimal, it is a necessary function to ensure smooth operation and reliability!
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*Shame on me for having such a dirty drive train!*