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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 07-10-07, 10:29 AM   #1
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Clip or Clipless for a Clyde

I currently am using the clips that came with my Jamis and standard tennis shoes. Since I am new to biking, I am not planning on going to clipless for about 50 pounds. Do you guys use the clips that came with the bike, or running clipless and cleats, or ???????

I haven't even thought about what clipless to go to, as I will probably just ask for them for Christmas presents from the family. Better than the NASCAR ties when you can stand NASCAR. :-)
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I'm a little under 370, i was over 400 when i started... i went flat petals for the first several rides and then clipless. you'll love clipless! i know some here do touring or communting and dont want the hassle of carrying another pair of shoes, which i wouldnt either.
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Go for the clipless and a good pair of shoes. It is the single best upgrade you'll make to your bike.
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I have to agree, it has been several years since I had been on a bike, I thought I would go with regular shoes until I lost some weight and got used to riding again. the first ride out reminded me how much I missed the clipless shoes.

I need to add, if you have never used them, dont max out the tension on your pedals, I did and if you could have watched the end result after riding until exhausted and falling over trying to get foot out you would have died.
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Clipless is the thing to do....no matter what your weight in my opinion...
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OK, so now everyone says clipless.

What brand/style is cheap, but still good. Remember this is going to be purchased in December.
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I use SixSixOne shoes and Shimano SPD pedals. Reasonably priced and good.
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OK, so now everyone says clipless.

What brand/style is cheap, but still good. Remember this is going to be purchased in December.
Shimano M520 is about the best bargain out there. $50, rugged, works like advertised. For shoe, whatever fits More expensive is usually stiffer - which is good. I'd also go with mountain bike shoes over road shoe even on a road bike. You can walk in them...sometimes for miles and miles.
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Shimano Mtn Shoes. I partuicularly like Crank Brothers eggbeaters as they are very easy to use. Check out Crankk Brothers. If that is not you cup of tea get a pedal that is flat on one side and allows you to clip in on the other.

Me I love Crank Brothers and have their pedals on all my bikes.
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I run M520's on both my bikes, and absolutely love it. It seems to help work much more of the leg muscles than normal flat petals. The shoes fit great too. I often find myself wishing my car had clipless as well, or that I could wear them around work. They're that cumfy.

I would recommend them to anyone.. 200 or 400lbs.. it doesn't matter. Cliping out becomes second nature quickly (like clutching when you stop quickly in a standard).
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Shimano Mtn Shoes. I partuicularly like Crank Brothers eggbeaters as they are very easy to use. Check out Crankk Brothers. If that is not you cup of tea get a pedal that is flat on one side and allows you to clip in on the other.

Me I love Crank Brothers and have their pedals on all my bikes.
Aren't the egg beaters made for mountain bikes and that style?
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I can't wait to go clipless.
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It doesn't matter what style the shoes / pedals are for. Shimano SPD pedals are for mountain bikes, I use them on both my Fisher and Lemond. I like them, but I have not tried anything else...

My bike mechanic (Blain at Xtreme wheels in C.B.) uses Speedplay pedals. They allow more float (you can pivot your foot more before it unclips) because he has bad knees. Shimano's have 4 deg. of float. Seems just about perfect to me.

I also have Shimano Shoes. They were under $80 and I like them just fine. They are mountain style shoes, so I can walk in them easy.



The first few rides clipless will make you nervouse. After you get used to them, you won't ever go back!
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Clipless is the thing to do....no matter what your weight in my opinion...
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I prefer something from the Time ATAC line. Shimanos never felt right to me but the Times just feel natural to me.
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I am using Shimano SPD M520 and Cannondale MTB Shoes on a road bike and could not be happier.

I also tend to wear MTB shorts too. Just like road shorts except they have a loose short draping over the tight spandex. Much more casual while off the bike and work just fine while riding.
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Been rocking my northwave aerators for over a year now, wouldn't ride anything but em. Combo'd with my look pedals, makes for a great ride.
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+1 on the eggbeaters, love em. Run standard eggbeater C on the commuter and Quatro SL Road pedals on the Roubaix, easy as ever to get in and out of them with both a road shoe and an MTB shoe. Have a set of Look Keos' that I tried on the Roubaix and must be too dumb to use them. I always end up kicking the pedal over and slipping off the wrong side. Eggbeaters are idiot proof so they fit in my wheel house perfectly.

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I've been using Shimano MT31 shoes and a pair of inexpensive ($30) Pyramid two-sided SPD clipless pedals. The pedals were a gamble to see if I'd like clipless, knowing I may wear them out or find them inadequate soon afterwards, but they've been doing all right for now.

Does anyone make a plate that will latch onto the pedals for use with regular shoes? My wife is interested in riding my recumbent, but I don't look forward to swapping pedals every time.
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Clipless is the way to go but in the interim you may want to try Power Grips. I used them on my hybrid before I moved over to a road bike. Much better than clips!

Here's the link: http://www.ekosport.com/pg_benefits.shtml
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I've been using Shimano MT31 shoes and a pair of inexpensive ($30) Pyramid two-sided SPD clipless pedals. The pedals were a gamble to see if I'd like clipless, knowing I may wear them out or find them inadequate soon afterwards, but they've been doing all right for now.

Does anyone make a plate that will latch onto the pedals for use with regular shoes? My wife is interested in riding my recumbent, but I don't look forward to swapping pedals every time.
Some double sided pedals, have platform on one side, clipless on the other side, probably the best way to go.....
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Found some for $25: Winwood Decksters - http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...&category=1669
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I had SPD clipless on my road bike at first. I switched to Shimano Ultegra pedals. The wider clip seemed to spread the load over my foot better. I also got a pair of Sidi Genius shoes. Good shoes will make a huge difference. I feel absolutely no discomfort in my feet. No matter how far I ride. Clipless pedals transfer energy much more efficiently than any other setup.
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I'm using the Speedplay Frogs with MTB shoes and I love 'em. The combo is very walkable and comfortable on the bike. The Frogs are pretty expensive though. I will say that I absolutely recommend clipless pedals. I feel it's like getting another 20% power for free, and it helps you really spin your way up hills.
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One advantage I have found in my Northwaves is the ability to not only adjust my clip forward and backward on my foot but also from side to side i tend feel more comfortable with a wider stance than most people.
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