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8/17/10 1:41 P

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SPD clips. I took an unexpected spill and broke my collar bone because I couldn't get my foot out of the clip fast enough. Ever since then, I'm a bit freaked by them, despite having had them for a couple of years. It helps to keep them clean and the cleat clean for easy release.

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8/2/10 8:45 P

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I think mine are "Eggs" and I woudn't ride without them! (and I'm an old lady)

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8/2/10 11:47 A

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On my commuter I have SPD's with flats on one side so I can wear whatever shoes I want. On my XC bike I have Time's. They are much harder to get out of, but work better in the mud. I don't really like clipping in. I don't like having to tweak my ankles/knees to get loose.

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7/19/10 5:30 P

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I will probably spell this all wrong...
BUT I use the shimano 105 (due to budget) and I like them.
Easy to clip in and out.
And my shoes are Louis garneir.... I don't think I spelled it right.
Love my shoes.

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7/13/10 11:50 P

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I still love my double sided Shimano SPDs. I never fall BECAUSE of them (I do fall occasionally for other reasons! emoticon ). Plus they are easy to walk around in if you have to go use the bathroom. You don't slip and slide like a figure skater on the way to the ladies room. emoticon

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7/13/10 5:32 P

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I just found out that my new pedals/shoes are Speed Plays. I'm getting used to them but the SPDs are much easier to clip in and out. However, I noticed today that the hills seem a lot easier with the new road shoe system.

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7/12/10 1:57 A

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I've been using Look KEOS on my road bike for the last 2 years and I love them. My mountain bike has Shimano SPD and those are really easy to cleat in and out of, at least, once I had the tension adjusted to "light".

I used to ride with speed plays... I think that was the name of them, and they were so tiny that my feet used to ache.

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7/11/10 11:57 P

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I just got my first pair of road shoes with a different kind of cleat from the SPD that I used for over 3 years with mountain bike shoes. So far, I have not fallen. However, when I first learned to ride with cleats, I fell several times.

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7/6/10 7:58 A

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I decided to go with Look KEO clipless system, but it took me about 2 months to get my nerve up to use them.

I fell on my first ride. My tool bag wasn't secured properly and when I realized that the string was caught in my brake, I panicked, stopped suddenly, and then, oops!crash! At least it happened at the end of a long enjoyable ride. Luckily the only thing damaged was one of my cleat and a little bit of my pride.

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7/5/10 3:58 P

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Without question you'll get a better workout clipped in. You can pedal in circles rather than just up and down, so you'll be using more muscles, burning more calories, etc.

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7/4/10 12:18 P

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I love my double-sided SPDs. I have them on my road bike and on my old hybrid. I only kept the regular pedals on my folding bike, which I use only for shorter rides.

I feel much more secure with the SPDs, especially if I'm dealing with wet conditions. I switched to SPDs after a scary incident where my foot slipped off the pedal on a rainy day. I was in traffic within a busy intersection and almost fell.

I also feel more secure at faster speeds under any other condition. It really does give me more control.

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7/1/10 9:02 P

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I've been using clipless pedals on my road bikes and mountain bikes, probably for 10 years, and can't imagine riding without them. I have fallen over once or twice when I unclipped on one side and accidentally leaned to the other side... but I wasn't hurt...just embarrassed!

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7/1/10 2:28 P

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I've been the person who's put out her hand and fractured her wrist. Instinct I guess because I knew how to fall properly. I was broadsided by another cyclist on a roundabout. Didn't even see it coming.

Anyway, I started road biking seriously a few years ago and was really hesitant to switch to clipless. Terror of falling. I went with a set of Speedplays. I love them. Super easy to clip in and out of.

Everyone says you'll fall eventually with clips. I haven't yet, but I've had some close calls. Mostly something along the lines of "Oh crap! I clipped out on the right, but I'm leaning to the left!"



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5/23/10 7:42 P

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I love clipless! I also use the SPD with the platform pedal on one side. Our spin class bikes have the SPD pedals so that was a nice way to get use to clipping in and out without having to worry about falling. My spin instructor also taught us how to fall on our road bikes - just keep your hands on the handlebars and try to absorb most of the fall with your rump! We all know someone who put their hand out and ended up with a fracture!

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5/23/10 2:50 P

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I love my clip pedals and can't imagine being without them now (after 5 years), but I have an advantage when it comes to falling - I'm on the back of a tandem road bike...
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5/23/10 9:08 A

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I use a Shimano pedal that has SPD clips on one side and platform pedal on the other. I like them for a couple of reasons - Not as much pressure to try and get clipped in to start off (I have a friend who struggles getting her second foot in every time we leave a stop light), and if I want to take a quick trip to the coffee shop, I don't *have* to strap on the bike shoes. They're probably a little heavier than more experienced riders want, but if you're looking for a way to try riding with a clipless system without making the full commitment, they're pretty good. You'll definitely notice that you're using more muscles when you ride!

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5/22/10 1:26 P

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I am happy to report that I have put 175 miles on my new bike and clip pedal system. Falling much less since I loosened the tension - what a life safer! Thanks! I have not figured out how to stop quickly and not fall - those unexpected stops get me. I do love the power from the up and down stroke, plus my knees feel better. Glad that I got used to cycling before I added the clips.

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5/22/10 8:15 A

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ooh, good to know. For some reason i thought they'd be easier to get out of! thanks for the tip faire*isle! I'm not ready for clips yet but i'm only a few months new to cycling again.

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They still do sell those "cage things" for bikes.

Watch out though... they are MUCH more difficult to get out of than the quick twist to your foot that releases you from clipped pedals. They work safely on a stationary bike because you won't fall over in place.

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I'm with you JRK1857!!! The idea of being attached to my bike freaks me out!! But maybe with time, I'll become more comfortable with it... who knows. I do like the idea of gaining momentum when I pull up and not just when I pull down.

This may sound stupid, but do they sell those cage things for bikes... like they have for stationary bikes?

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Just plain pedals here. I've been known to have panic attacks trying to get out of a tight coat. The idea of being attached to my bike horrifies me. Although, my last (and so far only serious) crash would have been prevented by them, so maybe I should start working up to it.

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Clips - there is much benefit from pulling up as well as pushing. Also good for keeping your feet in optimal position. Only draw back is if you forget your feet are clipped in and forget to unclip when stopping at traffic lights etc -oops over you go. You can change the tension on your clips and so unclipping can be really straightforward. I'd recommend a light tension til you get used to it.

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4/27/10 9:00 A

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I would definately recommend clip on pedals; i use Look and love them. It does take a few rides to get used to them and always plan on falling at least once... The full motion you get with your pedals (pulling up and pushing down)is amazing and you will be able to tell a difference right away.

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4/25/10 9:51 A

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Clipless is definitely the way to go! I used to use the Look pedals 20 plus years ago, but mainly do touring riding so switched to SPD as soon as they came out. We use the Shimano pedals that have the platform, so if you are somewhere and just want to hop on to ride a block or so, you can just wear street shoes.
I mainly wear the biking sandals from Shimano (the two strap original style). Love them! I even wear them for Spin sometimes, although I also have Mtn shoes that I wear if needed.
Clipless pedals are the greatest to help you maintain cadence and balance in your pedal stroke.

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That's what I do for tours too.
Road clips most of the time, MTB for the ease of walking in mountain bike shoes for tours involving more starts, stops, and walking into stores, etc.

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Clips all the way! I use road clips right now but am getting ready to swap out with MTB clips so I can get used to them them before Ride the Rockies. I haven't wanted to switch, I LOVE the larger size of the road clips, but walking comfortably will be a higher priority on a long tour.

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Kimmy said it all for me. I have clip pedals like her's. Flat on one side and clips on the other. I have them on both road and hybrid bikes. They have made a difference with how I pedal. I can clip in and out without looking too.


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4/22/10 1:17 P

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Thanks for the feedback!! It is very helpful and much appreciated.

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I have clip pedals on my radar. I just need to go pick them out. Thanks for the tips.

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I have the same shimano pedals that clip on one side and are a flat pedal on the other. It makes life easy if you're just running to the grocery store or such and don't feel like strapping on the bike shoes. I also wear a mtn. bike shoe. Highly recommend as did everyone else at the bike shops here. They are much easier to walk in than roadie shoes so if you have them on you're not going to ruin your floor.

I do find clips are helpful when climbing hills. It helps with fatigue since you can use a different muscle group since you can pull the pedal up as well as push it down. When you decide to get them make sure that they are loose when you first get them so that way you don't fall over at a stop sign and then tighten once you're used to it.

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Not sure what clip pedals I have but they are Shimano. One side you clip in and the other side is just a pedal. I love the power I get with the clip.
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I have KEO Look pedals for my road bike and bought a separate pair of bike shoes with SPD cleats for my spin classes.

Clipping for spin classes really helped my technique and I found that I had less knee problems then when I used the cages.

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I use clip-on pedals on all my bikes... both mt. bikes and road bikes and I would never go back.
(Shimano SPD on my mountain bike; KEO LOOK pedals on my road bikes.)

Our terrain is hilly and I get so much more power climbing with my cleats on than with platform pedals.

As to being able to uncleat in time to avoid a fall... I have them set on the lowest tension and can always uncleat in time.

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I got clips a couple of years ago, and wouldn't go back... I use MTB pedals (crankbrothers candy SL) on my road and cyclocross bike because I liked the amount of float they had and the fact that the eggbeater shape makes them easy to get into. I also like that the MTB shoes are easier to walk in than road shoes.

The advice I got when starting out with them was awesome - the guys at work installed them and wouldn't let me leave the parking lot until I could stop and start, clipping and unclipping, without looking at my feet.

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4/21/10 1:28 P

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Hi,

I am just trying to get a general idea about what people think about the clip pedal system versus regular pedals.

Any thoughts/feedback?

Thanks!

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