One of the best ways to enhance your performance is going to clipless pedals and shoes, but navigating the over-saturated landscape for what you need can be tough. We get daily questions about clipless pedals, from how they will help performance to which ones they need for their specific riding style. With so many different pedal and shoe options, we decided to make a post about the differences and benefits of the options available to riders.
Terms To Know:
SPD - two hole metal cleat
SPD-SL - three hole plastic cleat
Float - the degree to which the riders foot is allowed to move before the cleat releases from the pedal
Dual Platform - these are SPD pedals that riders can use with SPD shoes or any street shoe of their choice
First, let's look at the benefits and uses of these two distinct styles:
Uses - touring, mountain biking, casual riders
Benefits - less obtrusive cleat, easier to walk in, more comfortable shoe options, larger degree of float, dual platform options available
Downside - small pedaling platform, less power transfer
Uses - road riding, road racing
Benefits - best power transfer, larger platform, better for road climbing and distance, more stiffness
Dowsides - large cleat, difficult to walk in shoes
Now that we have gone over the basic pedal options, let's look at what shoe will serve your riding needs best. There are four main shoe styles that we can discuss here: Road, Touring/Fitness, Triathlon, and Mountain/Off-Road. All these styles have different uses, so finding the ones that fit your riding style will help you obtain optimal comfort and performance.
Uses - Best for road racing, long rides, and situations where riders want to optimize their power transfer and overall control
Compatible Pedal Styles - All road shoes are compatible with SPD-SL, and many have the option to use SPD as well
Uses - These shoes generally feature a little more flex and walkability, and are great for riders looking to utilize the higher performance of clipless pedals without sacrificing the ability to walk around mid ride. These are also a perfect balance of comfort and performance for commuters.
Compatible Pedal Styles - SPD
Uses - These are pretty specialized shoes for triathletes, and are perfect for easy entry and removal. They are also unique in the design, by allowing riders to use with or without socks
Compatible Pedal Styles - SPD-SL
Uses - Mountain and off-road riders are going to benefit from the increased traction and mud-shedding abilities. These shoes are designed to allow users to walk on a variety of surfaces and conditions, while utilizing the amazing benefits of clipless pedals.
Compatible Pedal Styles - SPD
Now that you know what type of shoes and pedals you need, click the links below to checkout available shoes in each category:
As the 2016 cycling season begins to wind down, we are amazed by all of the opportunities we have had to grow the brand and get more riders on Tommaso bikes. Having been able to participate in demo events and test rides this year has allowed huge numbers of new riders to check out Tommaso Bikes, and we couldn't be happier. This year has shown massive growth, and has brought us to a new larger warehouse and showroom than ever before, allowing us to stock more bikes for our riders. It has also given us a large number of demo and display bikes that we now are offering riders at incredible prices.
Many of these bikes have only been ridden a few miles and are essentially brand new. As we clean these bikes up and make them Ready to Ride, we will be listing them on our Super Sale section of the site. The Super Sale section of our site is a place that we offer huge savings on bikes that have been lightly demoed or have slight cosmetic blemishes. If you are looking for a great deal on a like new bike, this is the first place to look.
Over the month of November, we will be adding new bikes of all sizes to the Super Sale section regularly. While we do this, we will be offering an additional 15% off all Super Sale bikes for the whole month of November.
Just use code SUPER at checkout to get the biggest savings on the year's best deals all month long.
2016 has been an incredible year for Giantnerd, and we outgrew our old warehouse. We just finished moving from our home base of the past four years to a much bigger and more accessible location. This change is huge, and will allow us to stock more bikes than ever before, helping us keep up with skyrocketing demand.
We have been getting countless emails regarding specific bike's stock levels, so here is a list of the bikes that are coming into the new warehouse with their expected arrival dates:
Forcella / La Forma (New Colors) - November 18th 2016
Sentiero / Sterrata / Avventura / Illimitate (New Colors) - November 28th 2016
Tiempo / Monza (New Colors) - December 9th 2016
If you didn't see the model you are waiting for on here, don't worry, we are getting a whole lot more models in 2017. This new warehouse will allow us to keep stock levels higher in the future and offer new colors and models as we continue to expand.
If you live in Denver, or are just passing through, come to visit us at:
When we went out to create the absolute best value full Dura Ace 9000 road bike on the market, we knew it wouldn't be easy. We tested different frame geometries, materials, wheelsets, and handlebars before we found the perfect combination of incredible weight savings and performance. So, when I got the chance to test ride the final version of the long awaited Zoncolan SL, I was excited to say the least.
The Zoncolan SL is a premium full carbon bike with a High Modulus blend of Toray T800 carbon. This carbon is stiffer and more responsive than our previous carbon models, and provides much more of a race profile. Another amazing attribute of our new carbon frame is it weighs in at a remarkable 850 grams. Combining this lightweight frame with our new Corsa TC50 carbon rims and hadlebars, makes the Zoncolan SL our lightest bike ever at 14.3lbs! ... Continue Reading & SaveView full article →
The La Forma & Sano have always been a favorite among commuters, urban riders, or those just looking to get out and enjoy the freedom cycling has to offer. For 2016 we decided to keep everything that customers love about these bikes, while giving them a makeover to push them to a new degree of performance. By redesigning the frame and putting a premium Shimano Acera crankset on these bikes, the fitness line will never be the same.
The frames are looking great with new paint jobs, but the real upgrade ... Click Here to read whole post.View full article →
We all know one of the easiest and most effective ways to upgrade your ride is by upgrading your wheelset. Wheelsets can speed up acceleration, drop weight, increase speed, and make you coast effortlessly. The question a lot of riders run into is whether to go with upgraded aluminum wheels, or make the switch to carbon. While there are inherent benefits of each, it really comes down to what you value in your riding. We are going to talk about some of the benefits associated with each, to put riders in a better position to make the best decision for their ride.
One of the most notable advantages of carbon rims is aerodynamics. Carbon rims will almost always outperform their aluminum counterparts in wind tunnel tests, and these aerodynamic advantages can make all the difference in long rides and race situations. For this reason, we offer three different rim depth options on the new Tommaso Corsa Wheel line, to best meet every riders aerodynamic and aesthetic needs.
Another clear advantage of the carbon rims is vibration reduction. As all riders know, more carbon on your bike translates directly to reduced vibrations due to the nature of the material. Carbon frames, forks, stems, and seatposts deliver a smoother ride through the reduction of road vibrations, as carbon dampens vibration much better than aluminum. This also applies (in a huge way) to carbon rims, and you definitely get a smoother ride out of a carbon wheelset than its aluminum counterpart. Which makes sense, considering your wheels are the first contact point with the pavement.
Up until now, we have only been looking at the advantages of carbon rims, but aluminum rims don't always come up second best. During harsh weather riding, such as rain or snow, aluminum rims have a clear advantage, as aluminum braking surfaces perform better when very wet. Carbon braking surfaces and brake pads tend to have somewhat decreased braking abilities in wet condition and need to be dry for optimal performance. On the other hand, aluminum milled braking surfaces work quite well across the board and offer consistent, reliable braking in all weather. Carbon rims have gotten significantly better in regards to braking over the years, so riders need not worry about being able to stop, but alloy rims still win this round.
While weight savings is an attribute people associate with carbon rims, this belief is more based in the fact that riders going to carbon are generally upgrading from a lower end aluminum rim. The thought that carbon rims automatically offer huge weight savings over aluminum rims is actually a widespread fallacy, and many times carbon rims and aluminum rims of the same level are only a few grams apart.
While sometimes weight savings may be less significant than one would think, there is one advantage that becomes immediately apparent to most riders, and that is acceleration. Carbon rims just seem to accelerate better, which can give you that edge when racing against friends, starting at that stoplight with cars behind you, or getting ready to climb that hill.
The final benefit of the carbon rims is the leap into aesthetic and auditory awesomeness. We all know carbon rims look sexy, turn heads, and can really make any bike look incredibly sleek and well equipped. Many riders, absolutely love the sound that carbon rims give when coasting, and it really let's others in your riding circle know that you upgraded (if that is something you care about). Honestly, they just sound and look great, which in a sport where aesthetics are more important than most cyclists care to admit out loud, is a benefit that just can't be ignored.
To those of us who have been riding for some time now and are quite familiar with the sport and what makes one bike better than another, carbon rims show money well spent. For example, an aluminum bike with a great component set and carbon rims will perform better than a lower level carbon frame with aluminum rims and lower end components, while costing the rider the same amount. Investing in your wheels is a move that will pay performance dividends to your riding for years to come.
Whether or not upgrading to carbon rims is worthwhile for you is a personal choice. Considering all of the above factors, as well as your budget, and really thinking about the type of riding you are looking to do is a great way to get started. The new Tommaso Corsa Carbon Rims are currently running at the unbeatable introductory price point of $500 for the holiday season, which for many riders makes the decision that much easier.
If you have been looking to make the upgrade to carbon rims, take advantage of the incredible half off holiday sale on these rims. This special promotion will only last through the end of the week, so don't miss out.View full article →
While in Las Vegas for the 2015 Interbike show, a few of us were lucky enough to attend a historic event, the first Cyclocross World Cup in the USA. Having never been to a professional cyclocross event in my life, I was very excited to see what all the hype was about. Luckily Shimano/Pearl Izumi was awesome and hooked us up with some free VIP tickets, and cowbells, for Cross Vegas.
Before the race started, we got the opportunity to walk around and check out all of the different obstacles and features that the course had to offer. With dirt, logs, and deep sand on various regions of the course, I was very interested and new it would be thrilling to see the teams race. ... Read Full ArticleView full article →
If you are a parent with young kids, you are probably anxious to get them into all the fun that two wheels have to offer. Who doesn't want their kids to enjoy that same incredible mixture of excitement, nerves, and freedom? Which brings us to the real question of training wheels or a balance bike? This has been a heated debate for the past 5 years or so, causing many arguments and even pitting parents against one another on the best way to teach the little ones to ride.
Like any great argument, there is a notable point of disagreement, which is whether to teach kids the way we all learned, training wheels, or whether to venture into the relatively new world of balance bikes. I think most of us have a lot of fond memories associated with our introduction to the bicycle, so it is easy to see how nostalgia can easily leave one thinking that the way they learned is the best or only way to go about it. Continue Reading ...View full article →
At Giantnerd we love cycling and other outdoor sports, but we also have a passion for music. Many of us believe sports and music go hand in hand, and that music can really help you push yourself to perform better as an athlete. While at the Vail Mountain Games this year, our purchaser ran into the owner of Redfox Wireless, and we were very intrigued by their product selection. We decided that we enjoy listening to music while we exercise and compete, so we figured most of you would as well.
Shortly after the Vail Mountain Games, we decided to place an order and try some of the Redfox product line out. Their flagship product is the Edge Bluetooth Wireless Headphone system, so we figured that would be a great place to start. Having used lots of different Bluetooth headphones, our staff was a little skeptical, but we thought, "Hey, if it's good enough for Olympic athletes and was ranked as the Best Headphones by Runner's World Magazine, they may be worth a try". Well, all I can say is we weren't disappointed, so much so that some of our staff members literally work with them on all day now. These things are really awesome, you can even answer all of your phone calls at the touch of a button, and be easily heard with the built in speaker. They have awesome sweat protection to, because they were actually designed by athletes for athletes, and you know, all athletes do sweat.
After a great trial of the headphones, we decided to test some of their other products. Next on the list was the Redfox Rover Bluetooth Speaker. This speaker easily connects, via Bluetooth, to your phone or iPod and is extremely portable. It even comes with a mount to attach it to your seatpost, so you can enjoy quality sound wherever you go. The durable rubber coating and waterproof protection really puts this thing over the top, as no one likes a speaker they have to baby and never really get tot use.
We have been thrilled with how the new Redfox gear has been performing, and highly recommend it. If you have been looking for a great Bluetooth system that is ready for all of your workouts, Redfox is the ticket. Check our new selection of Redfox Products here, and find your perfect system today.
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This past weekend, Justin and myself decided to take our first swing at an adventure cycling trip. So, we built up an Illimitate and a Avventura, ordered some racks and bags, and headed West. It was simple to pick a route, and all you need to do is find a Forest Service Road made of dirt or gravel, and you are in business. This was our first real test of the new Adventure Disc Bikes, as well as our first adventure cycling trip, so we didn't quite know what to expect.
Justin and I are experienced backpackers, so we had all the gear we needed and were very familiar with all the National Forest and Wilderness area regulations. After ordering two Topeak Explorer 29er Tubular Racks, a Topeak MTX TrunkBag DXP, a Topeak MTX TrunkBag EXP, an Axiom Journey DLX Lowrider, and an Axiom Monsoon Aero DLX 35 Panniers, we were all ready to go. With the bikes packed up and looking adventure ready, we headed West on I-70 toward Silverthorne to US 9. After a scenic drive, we hit Ute Pass Road, where we planned to enter National Forest space and start riding. It was now time to park the car and see what these new Adventure Disc Bikes are all about!
Full of energy and excitement, we hit the gravel began to climb. It was shocking how easy it was to ride with this weight on the bikes, and all I could think was how much easier this was than backpacking. With the sun beating down on us, we continued to climb through ... Click Here to read the whole article!View full article →