Anyone else use clipless pedals?

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  1. MaesterB

    MaesterB King of the Wicker People

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    Just bought some Shimano clipless pedals yesterday and put them on my bike, as well as bought some Bontrager bike shoes to go with them. Wow. Totally different ride to work today.

    http://gizmodo.com/5990381/why-you-should-switch-to-clipless-pedals

    I'm going to try them out this weekend on a 100km bike ride saturday, and then 50km on the Sunday. Gotta get prepped for my bike tour next weekend.

    Which by the way...I'm only $296 short of my $1000 fundraising goal:
    http://mssoc.convio.net/site/TR/Bik...1481080&pg=personal&fr_id=2077&s_locale=en_CA

    :D

    Good thing I shopped around for them. Another shop just down the street from my office wanted $300 by the time all is said and done. I did it at another bike shop for $175 after taxes.
  2. Goofus Maximus

    Goofus Maximus Too old to be this dumb!

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    I still live in toe-clip land. The cost keeps me away, since I'm too low on the income scale to deal with buying not just new pedals, but also new shoes to go with the pedals. I hear once you get used to them, they are far more efficient to use, but until you get used to them, you WILL take a spill now and then, when you can't get out of the clip in a timely manner...

    What type of clipless pedal did you go with? Since you're commuting, do you use touring or mountain bike shoes, or do you change shoes at work, and use road shoes or sandals for commuting?
  3. MaesterB

    MaesterB King of the Wicker People

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    Since my bike was a hybrid, I could have gone either way, but this was the cheapest clipless: http://www.shimano.com/publish/cont...oduct.-code-PD-M520-L.-type-.pd_mountain.html

    For shoes, I bought the Bontrager SSR Multisports. http://bontrager.com/model/10989

    I just about fell over on the way to work this morning. :) Stopped at a traffic light and close to the curb, stopped, but unclipped the wrong foot, so almost tipped over on to the sidewalk. Guess that would have been better than the street side. :) But I managed to unclip quick enough to land on my foot. Very nice.

    I was going to get a higher end clipless (it was only $20 more) but it would have been incompatible with the shoe, and it was already the cheapest shoe they had in stock.

    And it works. I'm wearing them at the office, just to get used to them. Almost sounds like tap shoes now and then. :)
  4. hans5849

    hans5849 Serious as a heart attack

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    Yea, I fell a few times because of clipless pedals. I still have scabs from the last one 6 weeks ago...
  5. MaesterB

    MaesterB King of the Wicker People

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    No slips so far. :) Even when my back tire decides to pop on a rainy saturday, with only 20km left to go on my long test ride this past weekend. :mad:

    Oh well...$60 later, new tire, inner tube...ready to rock again.
  6. Goofus Maximus

    Goofus Maximus Too old to be this dumb!

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    The words "tire" and "pop" are two words that should never have residence in the same sentence! How do you like riding clipless? Have you noticed any change in the way you pedal?

    I've recently been reminded of how small changes in bicycle fit can make for big changes in one's bicycle riding. I took note of advice about the position of the foot on the pedal, and put a shim between my pedal and clips, using some layers of an old "Mr. Tuffy" tire liner. The difference is only about 2 mm, yet I've noticed a major change in my pedaling quality, with my buttocks doing more of the work and my quads doing less. It's given me a bit of a speed boost, though now I'm working muscles that I haven't been working before. Hello soreness. :)
  7. MaesterB

    MaesterB King of the Wicker People

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    I find that with clipless, when you're starting to wear yourself down, you can still maintain a fairly constant speed.

    But I have wrap my mind around pushing AND pulling the pedals. And that totally uses the muscles differently in your legs. I know parts of my legs hurt that don't usually after a long ride.

    Next...bike shorts. My ass is sore.
  8. Goofus Maximus

    Goofus Maximus Too old to be this dumb!

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    So you are going to become a MAMIL, are you? (Middle Aged Men In Lycra)

    For spinning, I was told, and it's true, that the best way to envision it is to imagine trying to hit your handlebars with your knees. :D

    Mostly I just pull up enough to take the weight off the pedal, and rather than "pushing down" on the pedal on the downstroke, I just rest my weight on the pedal. Beyond that, I just concentrate on maintaining cadence, moving my feet in circles naturally. If it feels like I'm pushing or pulling the pedal, then I know I'm in too high a gear.

    When I'm pushing and putting effort into it, then I tend to concentrate on the top of the stroke, where I "kick out my foot from the knee" pushing the pedal forward, and the bottom of the stroke, where I do the "shoe scrape" where I try to kick myself in the buttocks then hit the handlebars with my knees. The downstroke pretty much takes care of itself. ;)
  9. smirnoff

    smirnoff Curmudgeon

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    Two words, Power Grips. Been using them for a couple years, and definitely prefer then to the standard cages, or the clip/clipless stuff.

    Wear any shoe. It really plants your foot. Easy on and off. Cheap.
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    MaesterB King of the Wicker People

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    If anything, I would probably buy the padded shorts/underwear that you put on underneath your regular shorts. Don't need to scare the ladies now. :) Still debating. I've gone THIS long without them, and they're not cheap.

    As for the Power Grips, I tried looking for something around here locally, and no one seemed to carry that. But then again, I was looking at actual bike shops. I bet those are sold at Canadian Tire or Wal-mart. :)

    Oh well...I've got my shoes, my pedals, and ready to rock. Raised $1200 thus far. Got my Club 1000 bike jersey for raising that much. I'm ready to rock.
  11. Goofus Maximus

    Goofus Maximus Too old to be this dumb!

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    Nope. You might find them at your local REI store though. I think they're mostly sold online. I've been debating getting padded liners vs getting some MTB, Touring, or Commuting shorts with built in liners. I too have no desire to become one of the MAMILs (Middle Aged Men In Lycra). The liner I use right now is a 1990's era relic, and it needs changed! :)
  12. MaesterB

    MaesterB King of the Wicker People

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    No longer feels comfortable? :)

    Yeah...the liners I was looking at were like $50. Just don't know if I want to spend that money. I've been on my bike for over 1400km, whether outdoors or hooked to a trainer. I'm not really sure I need worry so much about the padding now. :)
  13. Goofus Maximus

    Goofus Maximus Too old to be this dumb!

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    You'll know when you need them. I learned way back when, when after a longish bike ride, I found that the combo of sweaty crotch, constant movement, and seam stitching of my undies, came together to saw raw spots through sweat soaked skin on either side of my family jewels, to the point where it bled a bit. It took weeks of rubbing down with alcohol (with stops for screaming of course), padding with gauze, and keeping that area dry at all costs, till things finally healed up. I've got the red streaks to this day from that.

    Of course by this time, the discovery that you need better nether wear, is way too late... :) As for the cost of those shorts, I fear that $50 is the new $20, and so that sounds about right. If you don't need padding, just go with a pair of compression shorts instead.
  14. mistawiskas

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    too much info bud. ;)
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    If I can save one other from my traumatic experience, I will gladly put my crotch on a platter for all to see... Ugh. That just sounds WRONG! :)
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    I use clipless on my racing bike and power grips on the commuter. Clipless is definitely the way to go, but the SPD ones are awful. I have them now and they tend to get loose pretty easy, which makes it difficult to unclip quickly sometimes. I'll probably end up switching to Looks or Speedplays in the near future.
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    Oh hai! I'm late to this party!

    Evan has Speedplay pedals and (I think) prefers them. Took a bit to get used to the clip in/out though.

    When I started riding a bike again it was for triathlon, so besides learning how to ride a bike when I was a kid, I've only been using clipless. Took a bit to get used to, had my fair share of topples, but it's literally the only way I ride. Can't speak to the cost... I'm (still) borrowing a bike from a friend (and what a generous soul... she's let me have it for going on 9 or 10 months now) and Evan won a pair a cycling shoes in my size at work. I was even using handmedown clothes until my vaj decided it was time to throw down for a new pair or two of chamois shorts. Big member of the Lycra club now.

    MaesterB, looks like you smashed your fundraising... and I hope your ride was fantastic! We're doing the Giro di San Diego tomorrow. At 38 miles, it will be my longest ride ever.