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Old 08-16-12, 07:51 PM   #1
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Platforms are Too Much Fun

Starting in about 1982 or 83 I finally started using toe clips/straps and used them (on various bikes) until 1997 (14 years), then switched to SPD and rode SPDs on both road and mountain bikes until 12 months ago (15 years). Primarily because I didn't want to change into work shoes every day, I decided to commute on platform pedals at that time. Well, the hardest thing to get used to when you start using platforms is keeping you feets from slipping and sliding around, and finding (and maintaining) a good foot position on the pedal. Now I've been on platforms for a year, and so today I put my SPD's on the "Black Knight" bike (because I want to be a real bicyclist?). I bombed around the neighborhood for a half hour - and rode back home and put my platform pedals back on! Maybe it's my age (59-1/2) or maybe it's just that I've gotten used to them, but when I'm attacking the neighborhood streets/sidewalks/parking lots and doing quick stops/starts and being a general old-man nuisance, my platform pedals are just too fun.

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Personally I don't see the use of clipless pedals unless you are going to be in the saddle a long time and don't plan on stopping much. In most urban areas it seems like you'd be clipping and clipping all the time. I like the platforms that have the little spike that dig into your shoe really well, you almost never slip.
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Have to agree generally. I have clipless on my roadbike, but that bike only comes out if I am specifically going out for a ride, not going to anywhere, just going out for the purpose of riding, and then it is for at least 1 hour.

For going to and from places and bombing around town, I have my other 2 bikes, both with platforms. It is a totally different type of riding!
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Personally I don't see the use of clipless pedals unless you are going to be in the saddle a long time and don't plan on stopping much. In most urban areas it seems like you'd be clipping and clipping all the time. I like the platforms that have the little spike that dig into your shoe really well, you almost never slip.
Yep, I've got those same little spikes that make a ring around the outside of the pedal
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Eventually you'll come to your senses and dump the drops, and ride upright to enjoy the scenery!!

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Amen!! Preach it!!
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Those are the ones I have too, they work awseomein all conditions.
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This has been GP's rant for years, all the marketing hype about how you SHOULD ride has taken the fun out of bicycling.
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Those look awesome, and they're Performance house brand? Must have a great price, too. Mine are similar but the little spikes are plastic
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This has been GP's rant for years, all the marketing hype about how you SHOULD ride has taken the fun out of bicycling.
I say "Ride Free"! On the road there's only you and the bike (unless you're in a "peloton") so ride your own style and your own equipment/configuration. Be free!
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I keep campus-style pedals on my commuter. It's great to be able to just strap on a helmet and go, no matter what shoes or clothes I'm wearing. It's also nice to be able to ride it with cycling shoes.

I like options.
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I think clipless pedals have a place in racing or distance riding but if you are buzzing around the neighborhood, going to be stopping and going a lot or on a mountain bike trail I don't see the purpose.
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I have SPDs on my road bike and my CX racer, but I put flats on my MTB and wouldn't consider SPDs unless I'm doing some XC racing. For dirt jumping on trails, or doing gnarly downhills, I want my E-Z-Bailout flat pedals!
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Well now....... I wondered if we'd ever hear from those that DON'T worship at the altar of "Clipless".

My gosh where have you people been?

All the talk , until this thread, is about how great clipless pedals are when in truth platforms have a lot more going for them.
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Well now....... I wondered if we'd ever hear from those that DON'T worship at the altar of "Clipless".

My gosh where have you people been?

All the talk , until this thread, is about how great clipless pedals are when in truth platforms have a lot more going for them.
I'm surprised. In the past when I've mentioned platforms as being cool there's been a lot of friction. This is refreshing! But I don't expect it to last long lol
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Clipless have their place and platforms have their place too. 20 miles this morning clipless on my road bike and it was great, but last nights run to the grocery store on my utility bike with platforms was great as well.
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I think there's a case of "the right tool for the right job". Some folks seem to have too strong an opinion either way - that you should only do clipless or that clipless is insane. What I will say is that for a 5 mile flat ride to work I prefer platforms. For a 60 mile ride with a bunch of climbing I want to be clipped in.

At 95 - 100rpm I have trouble staying planted with platforms. And pulling up for climbs doesn't work too well either. But I also don't like changing shoes at work (and I don't pedal that hard to get there), so I *gasp* go with what's appropriate for the task at hand...
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I think there's a case of "the right tool for the right job". Some folks seem to have too strong an opinion either way - that you should only do clipless or that clipless is insane. What I will say is that for a 5 mile flat ride to work I prefer platforms. For a 60 mile ride with a bunch of climbing I want to be clipped in.

At 95 - 100rpm I have trouble staying planted with platforms. And pulling up for climbs doesn't work too well either. But I also don't like changing shoes at work (and I don't pedal that hard to get there), so I *gasp* go with what's appropriate for the task at hand...
And the evil empire finally shows up.
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Well now....... I wondered if we'd ever hear from those that DON'T worship at the altar of "Clipless".

My gosh where have you people been?

All the talk , until this thread, is about how great clipless pedals are when in truth platforms have a lot more going for them.
As others have stated; they both have their place. I wouldn't put platforms on my SSCX race bike. I wouldn't put them on my brevet bike. Either one requires some hefty pulling on the pedals when the terrain gets tough, and platforms just won't cut it.
Flip side: I cringe when I'm at the top of the freeride line at the MTB park, and I see some guy with a hardtail, road helmet, and SPDs. I want to be able to throw my bike mid-air if I know I've eff'd up and won't make my landing, and that isn't happening when you're locked in.
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Uh, what? Saying that both have their place is the "evil empire"? Uhm, ok.
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Uh, what? Saying that both have their place is the "evil empire"? Uhm, ok.
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