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Pedals for biking

pinamontik

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Portuguese Camino in September 2022
My husband and I are biking the Camino Portugal Coastal Route in September. Does anyone have any recommendations on flat pedals vs cleated pedals? We ride road bikes with spd pedals at home. However the bikes we’re renting are mountain bikes and we will be carrying our gear.

Thanks for the help!
 
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Grousedoctor

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2021
My husband and I are biking the Camino Portugal Coastal Route in September. Does anyone have any recommendations on flat pedals vs cleated pedals? We ride road bikes with spd pedals at home. However the bikes we’re renting are mountain bikes and we will be carrying our gear.

Thanks for the help!
I, too, ride with spd pedals on my road bike at home. However, I prefer flat pedals when riding my mountain bike. When I rode the VDLP, I thus opted for flat pedals on my rented mountain bike and it turned out to be a good choice even on some tough stages. As the biking terrain is not particularly difficult on the Portugués, I’d go with flat pedals. Since you’ll be carrying your gear, as I did, I think flat pedals will serve you very well on that route. Safe travels!
 
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cycled from Pamplona Sep 2015;Frances, walked from St Jean May/June 2017. Plans to walk Porto 2020
My husband and I are biking the Camino Portugal Coastal Route in September. Does anyone have any recommendations on flat pedals vs cleated pedals? We ride road bikes with spd pedals at home. However the bikes we’re renting are mountain bikes and we will be carrying our gear.

Thanks for the help!
I cycled the Frances back in 2015 and I opted for flat "bike" shoes. I found them far more comfortable for walking into coffee shops etc and lunch stops. They also doubled as "walk around town shoes" which cut down on extra weight. Hope this helps. Cheers
 

Barbara

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Good question. Personally, unless you plan to be on the road all the time I would go for flats. I have single sided clip in pedals on my trike, but although clipping out is just the same, I find clipping in more of a problem as you have to get the right side uppermost. If you do decide on spd go for shoes that you can walk in.
 
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Jimmy Duggan

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Lisbon to Santiago (2019 )cycled
I use single sided shimano spd pedals and shimano shoes with recessed cleats , The shoes look casual and are perfect for walking around without the cleats touching floors etc. and plenty of grip , I personally do not have any issues clipping in and out , you do have to roll the pedal sometimes , but I don't even have to look down .
 

Crosscheck

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If prefer flats when travelling because I carry less and I am not in a hurry. If you want to ride Porto to SdC in a couple of days then cleats and clipless pedals would be preferred.
 
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2022
My husband and I are biking the Camino Portugal Coastal Route in September. Does anyone have any recommendations on flat pedals vs cleated pedals? We ride road bikes with spd pedals at home. However the bikes we’re renting are mountain bikes and we will be carrying our gear.

Thanks for the help!
Hello, my husband and I are riding the northern route in Sept. We are renting and I requested SPD and a womens saddle and the rental company will change them out for us before arrival. Did you ask the company your renting from? They are all very accommodating.
 

Grousedoctor

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2021
Hello, my husband and I are riding the northern route in Sept. We are renting and I requested SPD and a womens saddle and the rental company will change them out for us before arrival. Did you ask the company your renting from? They are all very accommodating.
What bike rental company are you using? I’m familiar with BikeIberia. Are there others folks can recommend checking into?
 
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SPD vs Flats - at the extremes SPDs are for road riders and Flats for downhill riders with a huge grey area between these two extremes so it normally comes down to personal preference when riding gravel / XC / trail. Use SPDs if you don't want your shoes sliding off the pedals on rocky descents, for better road / uphill grip and if you're riding long distances without dismounting (like roadies do). Use flats for better security, comfort, if you're on / off the bike often and because you only require one pair of shoes on tour. Years ago I was using SPD on tours and for XC / trail riding but now use flats because the shoes are more comfortable and a good pair of flat pedals with pins combined with good shoes just works better all round (IMO).

PS I also now eschew Lycra and the MAMIL look because I am no longer MA so maybe this is just an old farts / bikers opinion?
 

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