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Old 01-27-12, 12:20 AM   #1
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Clip Or Clipless Pedals On Your C&V Bike?

On your C&V bicycles, do you use traditional pedals, maybe with toe clips? Or clipless pedals?

If traditional, what are your favorite pedals, if you have such a thing?

If clipless, what pedal manages to "look right" with a C&V bicycle? Or is that just too silly to worry about?

(So far, my favorite traditional pedals are track types, like Suntour Superbe Pros. But they languish un-used, because I put clipless on my bikes. I'm not sure which clipless I like "best" yet, but the road pedals that use the SPD cleat (98A) can be pretty small and unobtrusive. I just bought a set of Ritchey Micro Roads that I'm looking forward to trying.)
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Old 01-27-12, 12:36 AM   #2
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I like Speedplay on everything but for the right look you can't do better then a full matching component group ( 600 pedals with 600 crank or Campy with Campy).
I also have Suntour Superb Pro but the road version and think they are the slickest pedal made. The only thing I don't like about clips is trying to get together a set of shoes and cleats, new is impossible to get except for Yellow Jersey.
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I think I have tryed everything so as not to have knee pain. For short rides no big deal, over 50 miles I use Speedplay.
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Clipless or nothing for me
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I use clipless to compensate for the lack of feeling in my left leg and foot... with clipless pedals (SPD) my foot stays in position and keeps my knee aligned and lets me generate better power with my right leg.

Still like clips and straps but for any longer distances I use clipless... most often 50/50 pedals as I like the wider platform.
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The concept is scary at first; to have your foot handcuffed to a bike down bumpy roads that you sometime feel that you need to escape from. However, once you have conditioned yourself, clipless is the most efficient way to ride. You will fall over at, ironically, the occasional stop light; but you will eventually marvel, once the scars are healed, at the extra up-hill umph you get.

Stupid me didnít do it, (I learny the hard way), but found a good way to gain muscle memory for the clip-out was to sit on your bike while watching TV. 20 clip-outs on each side. Youíll eventually still have that fall-over moment, but once youíve gotten that out of the way, your pretty good for life. It is worth the hassle IMHO.
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I donít know why I went on that instructional rant. I like SPDs because I can swap them from MTB to road.
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Clipless on every bike ATM. I had a track bike when I lived in Chicago with clips and straps don't recall what they were exactly they were a lot more convenient to just hope on and go but now I just wear my MTB shoes and not care that I look like a dork...

Oh SPD on Mtn and CX, SPD SL on the road bike.
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Clips and straps on everything - even the in-progress modern rig

It's almost obligatory; I have more old-school cleated cycling shoes than Imelda Marcos, and I used them all.

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It's a no brainer for me as I've using dlipless pedals since they first came out for sale to the public by Look in 84. My bikes are from 84 and 85 so it is also period correct to have clipless pedals on them. I've also always loved the convenience and ease of getting in and out of them.
I do not hesitate in using the latest Look (Classic) models on them though and retire the old PP76s I had since the 80's. Specially as the new ones are about a little bit more than half the weight of the old ones.
Did not really have any problems using clips and straps at all before using clipless pedals and never had any problems or mishaps using them. My transition to clipless was more of a technological update and maybe an improvement in safety because I likened them to my downhill ski's bindings that kept me from twisting or breaking my legs when I skied.
Now if I had a bike that was built before, say, 1980, I might hesitate putting clipless pedals on them as I would want to keep it all period correct.

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Clips and straps on everything - even the in-progress modern rig

It's almost obligatory; I have more old-school cleated cycling shoes than Imelda Marcos, and I used them all.

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toe clips for everything too.

I prefer them and they are correct to the bikes.
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Though I hate breaking up the aesthetics of a vintage bicycle, nothing beats, or even comes close to equalling, the clipless pedal. I run mountain bike clipless pedals and, over the years, have collected about a dozen extra sets...
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Clips. Still love them. And they work for me.
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SPD on on four or five of my road bikes; clips and straps on most of the others. When I use straps, I leave them fairly loose.
I have Time and Look pedals I've removed from bikes until I get the appropriate cleats for them. On my mountain bikes, I use clips and loose straps, or just bare pedals.
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I wonder if you could put toe clips and loose straps on one of the clipless pedals that also has a platform, e.g. Shimano M324. So your shoe is in a toe clip, it looks right, but it is actually secured by a clip.
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Toe clips and platform pedals, they are very convenient for me.
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I keep a couple of pairs of Campy traps around for photos - or for a show - but all of my bikes have SPDs. It might not be aesthetically ideal, but it's effective.
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speedplay and eggbeaters on my long distance road bikes; platforms or clips on my commuter depending on what shoes I am wearing.
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I wonder if you could put toe clips and loose straps on one of the clipless pedals that also has a platform, e.g. Shimano M324. So your shoe is in a toe clip, it looks right, but it is actually secured by a clip.
I'm not sure that would work very well because you need to twist your foot to get it in and out of the clipless pedal and the toe clip and strap would interfere with your ability to snap into the pedal. Or to get unsnapped from the pedal too.
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One clip and one strap per pedal. Traditional "quill" road pedals, MKS or KKT, except the UO8 which has its original rattrap pedals.
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Clips/straps or half-clips. But I'm a casual slacker cyclist, and a Luddite curmudgeon.
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I have been stocking up on vintage NOS Union Rat Trap pedals for a while now. I use them without toe clips. I like the ability to jump on my bike with whatever shoes I am wearing at the moment. And the teeth on the pedals keep my feet in place.

This from someone that used Cinelli uniblock cleats in my youth. Talk about being locked into your pedals!
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I use most of my vintage bikes for recreational rides, and I use platform pedals on them. However, on my more serious rides, I use Crank Brothers. Mountain bike cleats are easier to release my foot, and I can walk normally in my bike shoes because the cleat is not exposed. Despite my best attempts at using clips, they just work for me. I nearly crashed several times trying to get in and out.
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I am running MKS Track Pedals with little chrome "Brevet" strapless clips on my 79 LeTour IV. Nothing else on the bike matches, why should the pedals! ;-)
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Clips. Still love them. And they work for me.
Me too. Too many bikes regularly ridden to be swapping the clipless pedals all the time, and too expensive to mount clipless to all of them. Plus the shoes are expensive and when you go out and about, you feel dorky walking around in the shoes.
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