Pedal talk always makes me nostalgic for Time's original pedals. I got my first clipless pedals in '87 when my bike shop boss was short on money and offered me a pair of Look pedals and new shoes as part of my pay. I never really felt right with the new pedals. I liked the secure feeling of clipless but something just wasn't right. I didn't seem to fit the bike as well and it never felt as natural. Then a few years later Time came out with their clipless pedals. They were gosh-darn expensive, huge, heavy (comparatively anyway) and its cleats were even harder to walk on than Look cleats (much worse in fact). On the bike they seemed as close to perfection as you could get. Being a large pedal made a big target to clip your cleat in so it was almost impossible to miss. It had no tension adjustment but it didn't need one. It was easier to clip into than my Look pedals at their lightest setting and held me more securely than my Look pedals at the strongest setting. Somehow they were easy to exit from without being easy to pull out in a sprint (were they clairvoyant?) The huge pedal had a large contact area so it was comfortable with no hot spots (I always felt like I was stepping on a walnut when riding SPDs). Alas nothing good lasts forever. Being large heavy and expensive few people bought Time pedals. Every time Look, Shimano or Campagnolo came out with a new and improved pedal more people switched until almost nobody rode Time pedals. It required an odd 4 hole mounting plate and few shoes could accommodate it since almost everything was drilled for 3 hole Look pedal style cleats or 2 hole SPDs. Now Time pedals are a different design, much smaller and lighter, and use the ubiquitous 3 hole Look cleat standard. They are easier to walk on but on the bike they are not nearly as good. Anyone else ride Time's original clipless pedals?
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