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Old 07-01-05, 04:30 PM   #1
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clips dont belong in bmx racing..

they suck,its cheating ,,,,,,,, cmon what do think.,
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Old 07-01-05, 05:17 PM   #2
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personally, i come from mountain bike racing and i have just gotten into bmxing, and i have a hard time seeing where in bmx'ing clipless are really any good, i suppose the continued power by getting power on botht he up and down stroke and of course possibly a weight savings but i have a hard time seeing how it's really an advantage over the tracks that i've seen. what happens when you land a bi jump and you hit wrong and you're still clipped in your bike? i've had some pretty bad experiences on a mountain bike not getting out in time.
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BMX is sprint racing, and clipless pedals give you a more powerful sprint instead of wasting the other 50-80% of your spin (depending on how good you are at spinning out of the saddle).

As far as getting out in a crash, don't think that BMXers go down harder than, say...indoor track cyclists or even roadies. It just takes practice and a properly set up system. For those guys, there's no argument...run clipless or you *will* lose. There's really no reason (unless you crash) to ever take your feet off the pedals in BMX racing, why throw away all that potential sprinting power with the option?
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Unclipping in a crash has never been a problem. Once you've ridden them a while, you'll get what's called "Muscle memory". I never even think about unclipping any more. As far as racing, seems like everyone I've seen is running clipless, usually the red Shimano platforms. My wife uses a pair on our tandem, and they're the perfect pedal for BMX. That said, I don't used them on my BMX, as my right knee needs more float than they can provide.
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That said, I don't used them on my BMX, as my right knee needs more float than they can provide.
Have you tried Speedplay? Super popular with the track crowd 'cause they got a ton of float and aren't notorious for accidental ejection under extremely heavy cranking (popping out on a brakeless fixed gear running flat out is bad news). Was kinda wondering if any BMXers have tried these, since SPD seems to be so popular.
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Have you tried Speedplay? Super popular with the track crowd 'cause they got a ton of float and aren't notorious for accidental ejection under extremely heavy cranking (popping out on a brakeless fixed gear running flat out is bad news). Was kinda wondering if any BMXers have tried these, since SPD seems to be so popular.
2 pairs of shoes, 5 pairs of pedals, it's too late to change. I just use a racing shoe without cleats, and a good set of pedals. I don't have any slippage problems, and my knee stays happy.
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2 pairs of shoes, 5 pairs of pedals, it's too late to change. I just use a racing shoe without cleats, and a good set of pedals. I don't have any slippage problems, and my knee stays happy.
Not worth it to change, then. I'm still kinda curious how well Speedplay pedals would work in BMX, if they'd be outperformed by the obviously more popular SPDs.
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I'll look at some feet next time I'm at the track.
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