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    What exactly is a clipless pedal?

    What exactly is a clip less pedal?

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    Old style pedals had a litle plastic clip on the toe and a strap that secured the shoe onto the pedal. Now that the clip is gone form the toe and the strap, the modern day pedals are called clipless. It is secured by a cleat on the bottom of the shoe rather than the clip and strap.......CLIPless.

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    Well, the name is sort of misleading. It used to be that pedals came in either "platform" (which are just plain old pedals) or the type with clips and straps. Basically a platform pedal with a strap that goes over your foot. That allows you to both push down on the pedal and pull up on it. That works but they are tricky to get in and out of since they have to be somewhat tight to work effectively.

    Clipless pedals look sort of like platform pedals, but give the advantages of clips and straps. They have a cleat that attaches to the bottom of the shoe which clips into the pedal. This allows you to both push and pull on the pedals, but they are easier to get in and out of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAmCosmo View Post
    Well, the name is sort of misleading.
    No toe "clip" or strap, misleading?

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    Well, you "clip" into them, but they are "clipless".

    I know I was confused by those terms when I first started...

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAmCosmo View Post
    Well, you "clip" into them, but they are "clipless".

    I know I was confused by those terms when I first started...
    You don't "clip" into them, you "click" into them!.............................................Just messin' with ya, it's slow around here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
    You don't "clip" into them, you "click" into them!.............................................Just messin' with ya, it's slow around here!
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    Well thanks for the information. I have always heard about "clipless" shoes, and never really figured out what they were exactly talking about. I didnt really want to look like a idiot so I tried looking it up on the internet, and that didnt help.

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    Toe clip...the plastic portion (under my fingertips) is the toe clip which then connects to the strap securing the shoe onto the pedal.




    Clipless pedal system, shoe conects to the pedal by way of the cleat (bottom of shoe) It clicks into the pedal. Much more efficient as it prevents the shoe from slipping from the pedal. You really notice this once you try clipless then return to the toe clip style.



    Then the cleat at the bottom of the shoe engages into this clamp like section of the clipless pedal. Clipless cause there is no plastic CLIP!

    BTW, plenty of clipless pedals are two sided so it makes it easy to engage after a stop.

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    Nice
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    ive been riding with SPDs and I dont think I could ride with out them. I love them but I am starting to feel some numbness on my middle toes on my right foot after I ride about 15 miles or so. I am dont know if it with the shoes or with the cleats, I have Six SIx One expert shoes.

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    It's one of those stupid trick bicycle terms.

    Clipless pedals are the pedals you "CLIP" into.

    Tubular tires are the tires WITHOUT inner tubes.

    There are logical reasons for these terms, but they should probably be done away with due to the unnecessary confusion they create.

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    Clipless tires lack the old style toe clip.

    Tubular tires do have a tube.
    Bikes use brakes to stop.

    If your bike has breaks, don't ride it.

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    Wow, tubular tires are shaped like a tube since they are long and cylinder like.....llike a tube, tubular shaped. Clincher tires are only have a cylinder so the edges must clinch onto the rim. Not much confusion there. Tubular tires ARE a tube!

    That's like wondering why a bicycle is not called a motorcyle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mthayer View Post
    Well thanks for the information. I have always heard about "clipless" shoes, and never really figured out what they were exactly talking about. I didnt really want to look like a idiot so I tried looking it up on the internet, and that didnt help.
    Did you try Wikipedia? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicycle...lipless_pedals

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    A better name would be "Cam Actuated Pedals".

    And since we're on the topic, why do we park in driveways but drive in parking lots?

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    Beanz, cut open a tubular and you will most defiantly find an inner tube. You could also look it up on Sheldon Brown's site, or do I need to bring operator in here?
    Bikes use brakes to stop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DieselDan View Post
    Beanz, cut open a tubular and you will most defiantly find an inner tube. You could also look it up on Sheldon Brown's site, or do I need to bring operator in here?


    Hmmm, I didn't know that. Even more reason that they are called tubular!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
    Old style pedals had a litle plastic clip on the toe and a strap that secured the shoe onto the pedal. Now that the clip is gone form the toe and the strap, the modern day pedals are called clipless. It is secured by a cleat on the bottom of the shoe rather than the clip and strap.......CLIPless.
    PLASTIC clip? My bikes had metal toe clips. I guess I'm showing my age.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mthayer View Post
    ive been riding with SPDs and I dont think I could ride with out them. I love them but I am starting to feel some numbness on my middle toes on my right foot after I ride about 15 miles or so. I am dont know if it with the shoes or with the cleats, I have Six SIx One expert shoes.
    Try moving the cleats back 0.5 to 1.5 cm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
    Hmmm, I didn't know that. Even more reason that they are called tubular!
    I've always called them sew-ups or lace-ups.

    As for no tubes: Those are UST tires. (Universal System Tubeless)
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    Quote Originally Posted by kabersch View Post
    PLASTIC clip? My bikes had metal toe clips. I guess I'm showing my age.
    Had? My road bike HAS metal toe clips.
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