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My First Experience w/ Clipless Pedals

Old 06-03-19, 10:51 AM
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
Another potential problem with clipless is the unnatural twisting motion needed to unclip. Unlike the shoulder joint, there is nothing in the ankles and little in the knees to accommodate that twisting motion. The hips have limited rotation ability, which is limited even more by sitting.
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I respectfully disagree. Ankles have more than enough angular rotation to handle unclipping. It does require using muscles that aren't involved in walking in a straight line.
Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
The ankle is a hinge joint. In normal adults with healthy joints it has little or no ability to rotate. Rotation is done by the fibula, around the tibia as the anchor for the rotation. That puts a lot of torsion strain where the fibula connects with the knee. Like any mortise and tenon joint it *can* develop some play if stressed enough beyond its intended function. The human body's connective tissues help minimize direct stress on the hinge joint bones, until injury, aging or disease compromise the connective tissue.
Well there you have it, free internut medical advice is worth every penny.

I will make sure that I correct the obviously deluded medical professionals who worked hard to guide me in restoring the strength and range of motion of my left ankle. (The ankle is not a single joint.)

Just stand with your feet at 90 degrees to each other. So “unnatural” that it is comfortable.

SMH.

p.s. Sit in a chair. Cross your legs so that one knee is on top of the other, one foot on the floor. Write the alphabet with your top ankle. (Real PT exercize.) If you can only write the letter I, listen to the free internut advice.


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Old 06-07-19, 09:47 AM
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I may try SPD's soon. I still have the PD-1050 (old Shimano 105 group) with toe clips and straps which were original on my bike. I like them, and they work for me, with no mishaps. However, after reading some reviews, it seems clipless pedals really do help your efficiency, and obviously that helps a lot, especially as you get older. If I got to ride longer with less fatigue that would be very welcome.

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Old 06-07-19, 11:10 AM
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I may try SPD's soon... If I got to ride longer with less fatigue that would be very welcome.
Interesting you should mention longer rides. It hadn't occurred to me but, since adding the SPD's, I've been averaging 10 miles per week longer than previously. Never thought it could be the clip-ins but maybe the energy I'm saving from no longer repositioning my old riding shoes has turned into mileage.
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Originally Posted by Pilot321 View Post
However, after reading some reviews, it seems clipless pedals really do help your efficiency, and obviously that helps a lot, especially as you get older. If I got to ride longer with less fatigue that would be very welcome.
If this is why you're moving to SPDs, then I think you'll be sorely disappointed. Both my own personal experience (some of my bikes have SPDs, some toe clips, some flats) and various published studies show that there is little to no measurable efficiency gain to be had from clipless pedals and somewhat surprisingly, pulling up on the backstroke (whether with clips/straps or with clipless) actually decreases power output. The main gain from SPDs is ease of entry and reduced foot pain due to tight straps (which I don't care about since I no longer tighten my straps).
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Originally Posted by davester View Post
If this is why you're moving to SPDs, then I think you'll be sorely disappointed. Both my own personal experience (some of my bikes have SPDs, some toe clips, some flats) and various published studies show that there is little to no measurable efficiency gain to be had from clipless pedals and somewhat surprisingly, pulling up on the backstroke (whether with clips/straps or with clipless) actually decreases power output. The main gain from SPDs is ease of entry and reduced foot pain due to tight straps (which I don't care about since I no longer tighten my straps).
Thanks for your perspective. I don't tighten my straps either, and seem to do ok with the toe clips, and foot pain is not an issue. I may still give them a shot on my next bike. It seems some believe they are more efficient but I have also read studies which confirm what you say.
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I switched to clipless when the Look pedals came out, oh, about 82ish or so. All of my bicycles are fitted currently either with SPD (ATB) or SPD (Road). I had a few tip overs early on and once in a while when something weird happen I might still fall over. It happens with a new set of pedals if I have not got them set right and they are still stiff. As far as I am concerned, there is clipless and there is nothing else.

At first I kept clip pedals on my tri-bike so I could use my running shoes but quickly decided the time lost switching shoes was not meaningful for an age-grouper.
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Shimano PD-T400 Click’r SPD Pedals

I saw these listed locally, should be picking them up in a day or two. Decided I may just give these a try as they are listed as much easier to get un-clipped...
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