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Old 09-30-15, 10:39 PM
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Today I rode 20 miles on my new (to me) road bike. Gears are silly.

Pics to keep things interesting.

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Old 10-01-15, 02:47 AM
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Tonight I unexpectedly KOM'd a fun local dirt climb on my SS MTB, by a pretty good margin. #feelsgoodman
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Old 10-01-15, 03:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Carcosa View Post
Today I rode 20 miles on my new (to me) road bike. Gears are silly.

Pics to keep things interesting.

Nice, saddle/tape mismatch tho.
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Old 10-01-15, 07:56 AM
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ate **** yesterday.

6 months of riding Time's clipless system thru my unintended use and abuse with not a single unclip, until yesterday.

middle of a whipskid, drive right foot pops out, over the handlebars go, managed to land on my knees + hands... n here comes by bike landing on top of me.

full fingered gloves n helmet so im fine, and so is the bareknuckle.

back to straps for the street.
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Old 10-01-15, 08:03 AM
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I have never attempted to do a whipskid, but don't you tend to move your heels sideways when doing them, which is the way you unclip on a clipless setup ?
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Old 10-01-15, 10:13 AM
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Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie View Post
I have never attempted to do a whipskid, but don't you tend to move your heels sideways when doing them, which is the way you unclip on a clipless setup ?
i assumed this as well. but apparently not enough if it prevented me from unclipping 1000+ times prior.
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Old 10-01-15, 10:44 AM
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I'm still shopping around for kit. I was unaware that Maap's online prices are in AUD and not USD. I've heard their stuff is even better than rapha, so I kinda wanna try that, but I want to see what Black Sheep's new season is gonna look like.
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Old 10-01-15, 10:48 AM
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Originally Posted by seau grateau View Post
Nice, saddle/tape mismatch tho.
Thanks. Picked it up off CL for a $100 earlier this week. Had a bunch of junk attached to it with a crap seat and tape job. This photo was after a good cleaning, new tires, tubes, tape and a Brooks I had laying around. Trying to decide to ride it as is with only a small investment in it or shell out the cash for nice tan suede Turbo saddle. Decisions.

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ate **** yesterday.

6 months of riding Time's clipless system thru my unintended use and abuse with not a single unclip, until yesterday.

middle of a whipskid, drive right foot pops out, over the handlebars go, managed to land on my knees + hands... n here comes by bike landing on top of me.

full fingered gloves n helmet so im fine, and so is the bareknuckle.

back to straps for the street.
I switched to clipless recently and, maybe for the best, my number of skids has declined. I've only unclipped on accident a couple of times. Still don't fully trust it. I'd up the resistance on my pedals but then I know I'll end up being unable to unclip at a red light.
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Old 10-01-15, 11:55 AM
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I've been riding around with no foot retention on mountain bike pedals cos they grip my shoes. I've got a pair of platform pedals and a set of YNOT straps on the way though.

I'm afraid to go clipless for all the reasons mentioned.
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Old 10-01-15, 01:16 PM
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The intimidation factor of clipless goes away VERY quickly.
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Clipless was definitely really easy to learn and came pretty natural. I still probably wouldn't ride clipless and brakeless at the same time.

.... yes, brakeless is dumb.
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I get scared when I ride extended distances with flat pedals. I probably don't have the best technique anymore, and my feet go everywhere on the upstroke
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Old 10-01-15, 02:08 PM
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i HATE using non clipless pedals, once i clicked in i could never go back. not being able to pull up makes me feel useless, and straps move/give way too much for me to feel secured in the pedal

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I'm still shopping around for kit. I was unaware that Maap's online prices are in AUD and not USD. I've heard their stuff is even better than rapha, so I kinda wanna try that, but I want to see what Black Sheep's new season is gonna look like.
bianchi10 from the 41 bought some to replace rapha gear and i told him to post his impressions after hes used it, im anxiously awaiting his review
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Originally Posted by Mumonkan View Post
i HATE using non clipless pedals, once i clicked in i could never go back. not being able to pull up makes me feel useless, and straps move/give way too much for me to feel secured in the pedal



bianchi10 from the 41 bought some to replace rapha gear and i told him to post his impressions after hes used it, im anxiously awaiting his review
His post about it on Paceline. I guess he's buying 3 more kits lol.
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Old 10-01-15, 02:19 PM
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His post about it on Paceline. I guess he's buying 3 more kits lol.
score.

doesnt hurt that their designs are much more rad, and theres more of them
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Originally Posted by Muffin Man View Post
I get scared when I ride extended distances with flat pedals. I probably don't have the best technique anymore, and my feet go everywhere on the upstroke
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i HATE using non clipless pedals, once i clicked in i could never go back. not being able to pull up makes me feel useless,
I used to think the same way until I started to commute on my Fuji with flat pedals. It took a little while to get used to regular pedals but I really enjoy it now even though I use clipless on my fixed gear and roadie bikes. And honestly, the only continuous noticeable draw back is that I start a little slower at red lights because I can't push/pull.



I have done it fixed too and I think it is a lot of fun, but this isn't on "go fast" bikes.
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I have done it fixed too and I think it is a lot of fun, but this isn't on "go fast" bikes.
Me too. I sometimes ride my fixed commuter without foot retention on really short, flat trips (less than a mile to the store or to pickup food), it is weirdly fun to try and back pressure brake without being secured to the pedals. I usually don't need to use my front brake still, but wouldn't try it without one.
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I ride my bike around plenty with no foot retention, it's always with the girlfriend when she wants to go put for dinner and drinks kind of thing.

I really want to like clips/straps but I hate how much play you have.
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Originally Posted by Huffandstuff View Post
I really want to like clips/straps but I hate how much play you have.
The straps are adjustable, ya know.
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YNOT - Pedal Strap

Those look like really retentiony straps to me and pretty much everything sucks less than toe clips.

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Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie View Post
The straps are adjustable, ya know.
They are either so tight your foot won't release or they have more play than a clipless set up.
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Oh and spd pedals double as a bottle opener too.
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Originally Posted by cali_axela View Post
Me too. I sometimes ride my fixed commuter without foot retention on really short, flat trips (less than a mile to the store or to pickup food), it is weirdly fun to try and back pressure brake without being secured to the pedals. I usually don't need to use my front brake still, but wouldn't try it without one.
I did my 10 miles commute, didn't die. Every tall bike I have ridden has been brakeless fixed without foot retention, didn't die. feels crazy tho
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at my old job i would take the track bike half mile down the road to the store for breakfast during my morning break and just use my regular shoes on my clipless pedals, always went like .4 mph because i hated the lack of control i had.

was gonna put straps/clips on the bridgestone till i realized i have some unused time atacs in the parts box so praise cheesus i dont have to
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Originally Posted by Carcosa View Post
Today I rode 20 miles on my new (to me) road bike. Gears are silly.

Pics to keep things interesting.

I like that cannondale a lot. Nice score!

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I'm still shopping around for kit. I was unaware that Maap's online prices are in AUD and not USD. I've heard their stuff is even better than rapha, so I kinda wanna try that, but I want to see what Black Sheep's new season is gonna look like.
I like my Black Sheep kit a lot, but the jersey is super stretchy and if you fill your back pockets, it sags. I also had to size up because the stretchiness clung to my moobs and I looked silly.

On a side note, Heavy Pedal has a handful of kits marked down to $85 on their website.
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