Tuesday, December 04, 2007

8 Hours of Boggs III

Open Registration for Boggs III just opened up!

Race is Saturday, April 5th, 2008 9:00am to 5:00pm and only $55

More info at Bike Monkey

The Velo Nerds will be well represented there and we're really looking forward to it!

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Two thumbs up for Shimano SPD pedals

I've been riding Time ATAC pedals since 1998. I started in Boston since they were praised for their ability to shed mud, and I used to ride through quite a bit of it. Then I ended up with 3 bikes I rode regularly and they all had Time pedals and I only had one pair of shoes so moving over systems would be a serious cash investment. But for the last few years I've been increasingly disappointed with them. I had to replace my cleats every 9 months since they made from soft brass and I also would replace the top plates on the pedals (older Time ATAC) every year or so and those weren't cheap. But no matter how maintained I kept them, after a month or so my foot would always slide to the outside side of the pedal and leave my foot at a funny angle. It always felt weird but never hurt or anything.

I finally bit the bullet and got 3 pairs of Shimano SPD pedals (1 * pd520 and 2 * m970) and I *LOVE* them. My feet stay exactly where they're supposed to be and click in and out with no problems. I looked on ebay and found some great prices and got in touch with the good folks at Cycle Smithy. If you're looking for a deal, get in touch with them (and maybe haggle a bit). After looking at the two models, I'm not sure the 970 warrants almost 3 times the price of the 520's but they don't have Shimano written in ugly letters on the side and they do say XTR all over them and I'm a slut for the XTR stuff. The weight advantage was negligible. I feel like the XTR 970's have a little more float. Either way I'm super happy with my new pedals!