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I currently have SPD pedals on all of my bikes. I've stuck with them so far as they worked relatively well and I couldn't justify having two types of shoes.

I can justify two types of shoes now.

These pedals/shoes/etc would be for my road bike and likely used on the track as I am going to spend a bit of time at the local velodrome this winter. My primary criteria is probably strength, with price second. I'm a sprinter and saving money is always good. Weight doesn't really matter at this point.

The Look and Shimano road pedals look good, but they have a number of different models across the board. Any suggestions or ones to stay away from?

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This will probably be fairly subjective. I ride with Time MTB pedals and keep up with anyone in my category. Stick with known brands and I'm sure you'll be fine. Time, Look, SpeedPlay, Shimano, Crank Brothers...

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I would recommend the Look Keo Classic pedals if you are not hyper-sensitive to the weight. They offer a carbon version if you decide to spend the extra bucks for the lighter version. Popular and well-liked pedal with the extremely common Look cleat style.

I picked my pair up from probikekit.com, they had the best price at the time and offered free shipping but YMMV.

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+1 for Look for me, but most of my mates ride SPD-SL. Shimano seem significantly heavier, but the cleats do seem to last longer. –  Duncan McGregor Nov 26 '10 at 14:51
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On the track you want a pedal with little float, on a road bike you'll want a bit more, but they will both still be a lot stiffer than your current SPDs. I presume you'll be using your own pedals on the track bikes so it isn't a question of needing to liaise with the track to confirm to their standard.

I use Look Keo on the road bike mainly because there's a decent selection of pedals available so the upgrade path just isn't something to think about.

Some decent background reading.

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I ride Speedplays and will never ride anything else. Due to the amount of float it's unnecessary to have an intensive cleat fit for these. So basically you can spend $50 less for Looks or Times, but then you have to spend that on a cleat fitting, if you want them adjusted correctly.

That being said, some people don't enjoy the amount of float. Newer Speedplays have adjustable float, though. I would definitely try a pair before making a decision. I love them.

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Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't think I've ever had a problem lining cleats up on my own. I just align them with the marks on the shoes, and adjust slightly if that doesn't feel right after a few rides. –  Duncan McGregor Nov 26 '10 at 14:52
    
The spindles should be aligned with your metatarsal; I've never seen a marking on a cleat for this as it's relative to each foot. It's a question of how much you're going to be riding. If you're putting in a lot of miles at high intensity it's absolutely worth getting a cleat fit. If you're riding once or twice a week at moderate intensity, go for it. If nothing hurts, it works. If you have pain, it's worth considering a cleat fit. –  Jarrett Streebin Dec 6 '10 at 23:09
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