I was reading a (glowing) article in Peloton Magazine about the new Time I-Clic2 Carbon pedals this morning that landed on my iPad just in time to save me from having to get up. It got me thinking why do I need these, what will the benefit be from spending $180 - $400 on pedals be?
There is always a lot of hyperbole about better transfer of power, Q-factor, float, weight, of course and these have some kind of stamp of approval from orthopedic knee specialists. I read this other great line in a shoe review a few pages on that said how Pantani did what is considered to be the best time up the Alpe d'Huez in '97 taking 37:35 to win. It's estimated he lifted his knees almost 8000 times so with a shoe (or pedal) 89grams lighter he would have saved 700kgs!
I've gotta have this stuff!!
But seriously, what does a top of the line pedal give me over my Keo Easys?
What better reason ?
"Spinning Mass" is a very impressive term often thrown around , so I thought this is a golden opportunity for me to use it .
No good reason that I can think of.
Only person I know who rides Time cleats is unhappy with their wear, and says they need to be replaced frequently. And a couple of the fastest/hardest guys I know cane me riding their SPD's..
"Ride up grades... not upgrades"
The main reason to ditch Keo Easys is their spring tension is too weak. Once you get a bit more strength in your legs, you will be able to pull your foot straight out. Crashing in a sprint from pulling your foot out hurts! (as does pulling your foot out in a start on the track for that matter)
*snort* "once I get a bit more strength in your legs" *snort*.