I have done a great deal of riding since then and seen lots of my friends...fellow Bromptonians go clipped in. I have watched with interest and listened to their findings. I decided to take the plunge...again.
I bought a pair of Shimano M780 pedals. They have a double sided entry, adjustable tension for the release of the cleats and weigh only slightly over 350g. Fitting them was easy and they look rather fetching I think. Comparing them to the M540's I briefly owned then look and feel better.
There was a big difference to the purchase of these pedals compared to the last pair of clipped in ones I bought all those months ago. Last time I was almost nervous. Putting them on I was having doubts. Going out for a ride on them for the first time I felt unsure, uneasy and wasn't confident. This time things were very different.
I was eagerly awaiting their arrival. I was happy to put them on and did so much easier than I had the last time (perhaps due to all the maintenance jobs I am now able to do). Going out for a ride using these new pedals I felt much happier. I enjoyed using them...I liked them!
I rode a 5 mile route near my home that has a fairly steep hill. I have to say that ascending it with clipped in pedals and my new DHB shoes with a much firmer platform, all worked in conjunction with one another to make things not necessarily easier but more efficient. I certainly felt I was using less energy.
It is very early days but at this moment in time I cannot foresee these pedals coming off my Titanium Orange Brompton.
|The Shimano M780 pedals|
|I think they look rather good.|
The shoes I bought along with the pedals are by no means the most expensive and are at the starter end of the market at £42. They have however been favourably reviewed and are supposed to punch well above their weight.
|DHB mountain bike shoes so that I can walk in them!|
|At the budget end of the market but I think they are rather good.|
It will be interesting to see how they both feel and perform on some of the longer rides I have planned. As for them making me go faster...I suspect they will help on hills and aid with efficiency. Unlike last time I am looking forward to using them and that cannot be a bad thing.