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Clipless pedals

Old 02-26-15, 06:52 PM
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Originally Posted by evilpacket View Post
Hello, I'm new to this forum (and forums in general) so please don't hate if I do something wrong and correct my mistakes.
I own a fixed gear with flat pedals and straps.
I am looking to upgrade to clipless, but I'm reconsidering that now because many people say that mtb pedals (which are the ones I'm looking towards, due to the fact that mtb shoes are easier to walk in.) unclip whenever people skid on their fixed gears.
I tend to skid a lot, since I ride brakeless. So if clipless is unreliable then I wouldn't change to them.
Also, I would like to know if road pedals are more reliable than mtb pedals. (I was looking to get the entry level SPDs', because I don't have tons of money to spend)
Thanks in advance.
Shimano A530 is great for my SS. You can clip in on one side or use the flat opposite side with any normal shoes. I love em. $50 at chainreactioncycles.
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Old 02-28-15, 03:18 AM
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Okay, so I did get exactly what I said earlier I would get, and even in the lowest pedal tension skidding is absolutely effortless, and I highly doubt it would ever unclip while I'm riding. Though road shoes are definately not convenient for clip/unclipping often, when I'm stuck in crowded streets. But that's not something I do often, and for my purposes I think it was an excellent buy, with amazing pedaling efficiency boost and effortless skidding. (Tbh, the click when I clip in every time is very satisfying to hear and feel)
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Old 02-28-15, 10:14 AM
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Originally Posted by evilpacket View Post
Okay, so I did get exactly what I said earlier I would get, and even in the lowest pedal tension skidding is absolutely effortless, and I highly doubt it would ever unclip while I'm riding. Though road shoes are definately not convenient for clip/unclipping often, when I'm stuck in crowded streets. But that's not something I do often, and for my purposes I think it was an excellent buy, with amazing pedaling efficiency boost and effortless skidding. (Tbh, the click when I clip in every time is very satisfying to hear and feel)
That click is extremely satisfying. When I hear that, I know that I am good to go, foot is in the absolute proper place, everything is locked down, and I am ready to roll. I have never owned road shoes, so I cannot comment on those. I still use a more urban/mountain bike shoe for comfort and maneuverability off the bike like walking into work, etc.
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Old 03-03-15, 11:02 PM
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Originally Posted by TenSpeedV2 View Post
That click is extremely satisfying. When I hear that, I know that I am good to go, foot is in the absolute proper place, everything is locked down, and I am ready to roll. I have never owned road shoes, so I cannot comment on those. I still use a more urban/mountain bike shoe for comfort and maneuverability off the bike like walking into work, etc.

I have SPD mtn bike pedals too. I also have a more urban looking show with shoelaces. The problem is that most urban looking mtn bike shoes don't have a very tall sole, and so the cleat isn't as recessed into the sole as a more racy mtn bike shoe. This is a problem because you get off the bike and walk into a store, or wherever and the SPD cleats start scraping the floor.
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Old 03-03-15, 11:43 PM
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If you have not gotten road shoes yet get mountain bike shoes for sure
You can walk much safely if you have to
I have had both and will not go back to road shoes for my fixed gear riding
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Old 03-28-15, 01:11 PM
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Originally Posted by tuxxdk View Post
I've never tried walking in roadshoes, but the Specialized MTB SPD shoes I had was a PAIN to walk in. Very hard sole, so no flex and very high profile around the cleats, so I walked like someone who recently shat his pants...

I'm going for straps now. I'd very much like to ride with my normal footwear.
Let me eat every word of that with gravy on it. Just got a pair of Shimano Click'r SPD shoes and I can walk comfortable like if it was any other similar looking shoe.

I never knew such existed, like DZR, Chrome, Five Ten, Shimano Click'r and the likes... if only I knew sooner I could have spared the expensive pedal straps that I started out hating after the first ride :-(
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Old 03-28-15, 01:41 PM
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I use my spd sl pedals as flat pedals with normal shoes when I'm really lazy sometimes.
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Old 03-28-15, 02:35 PM
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@tuxxdkThat's how shoes are supposed, high profile around the cleat so you can even walk in it in the first place, stiff for power transfer. You must be doing something wrong because I've actually spent a day this week walking around in my cycling shoes because I got to school late and wasn't able to go to my locker and change shoes. I was perfectly fine all day long and had no complaints
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Old 03-28-15, 03:35 PM
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Originally Posted by thedapperest View Post
@tuxxdkThat's how shoes are supposed, high profile around the cleat so you can even walk in it in the first place, stiff for power transfer. You must be doing something wrong because I've actually spent a day this week walking around in my cycling shoes because I got to school late and wasn't able to go to my locker and change shoes. I was perfectly fine all day long and had no complaints
Nope, nothing wrong, just an experience with the wrong type of shoes as first stated. As written above, the ones I have now feels just like a pair of trainers/sneakers.

With the ones I have now, I don't change shoes at all. No need. The feel and look like normal shoes. The cleat are not raised, instead it's recessed into the sole, so you don't need that high profile around the cleat. 10 million times better than "regular" SPD shoes for everyday life.

When I wrote my first statement, I didn't think such ones existed, because those I had at first felt so stiff and high at the front I felt I walked on reversed high heels that sounded with every step I took and made me walk like I had just shat my pants.
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Old 03-28-15, 05:38 PM
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i have a pair of those Shimano Click'r shoes as well. they're great. look unassuming and almost as comfortable as a running shoe. Just need to make sure to switch out the cleats cause they come with the multi release sh-56 cleats.

I also use the Shimano T780 pedals which has a platform on one side
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Old 03-28-15, 06:12 PM
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Originally Posted by tuxxdk View Post
Nope, nothing wrong, just an experience with the wrong type of shoes as first stated. As written above, the ones I have now feels just like a pair of trainers/sneakers.

With the ones I have now, I don't change shoes at all. No need. The feel and look like normal shoes. The cleat are not raised, instead it's recessed into the sole, so you don't need that high profile around the cleat. 10 million times better than "regular" SPD shoes for everyday life.

When I wrote my first statement, I didn't think such ones existed, because those I had at first felt so stiff and high at the front I felt I walked on reversed high heels that sounded with every step I took and made me walk like I had just shat my pants.
I have somewhat been considering getting shoes like those but from what I've heard if you do a lot of heavy riding like I do you'll tear through them in no time
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Old 03-28-15, 06:35 PM
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I sometimes ride Slow Roll in Detroit and Critical mass detroit, 90 percent of the time when somebody falls, its Clipless Pedal Syndrome (-:
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Old 03-29-15, 07:43 AM
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Yeah, I have the 51's on my shoes. I have both the 51 and 56. They came with my T400 and M520 pedals.

I haven't tried the 56 but don't like the idea that they can unclip in any direction.
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Old 03-29-15, 04:17 PM
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There sure is a lot of walking going on for a bicycle forum
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Originally Posted by Muffin Man View Post
I use my spd sl pedals as flat pedals with normal shoes when I'm really lazy sometimes.
Same here.

I run SPD SL on my main fixed gear (Wabi) and my geared road bike. Most of my other bikes have MTB style pedals (Crank Brothers).

I used on Crank Bros for years and then once I tried road pedals realized it wasn't that hard to walk in bike shoes with SPD SL. It's certainly easier walking in MTB/commuter shoes but road shoes aren't that bad unless you're on a really well polished smooth surface.
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