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Old 09-03-05, 12:28 PM   #1
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Clipless pedals + shoes

I was looking for a set of clipless pedals and shoes for my 7300FX commuter. I was looking at the Time ATAC-Z in particular. Based on my research, they seem to be fairly well rated. However, I was wondering whether will suit me, given the following considerations:

- I want to be able to ride recreationally without cleats on occasion. It looks like the ATAC-Zs will be suited for this.
- I have flat feet (nearly convex at the arch) and wear a size 13 shoe. Would this matter in terms of pedal/shoe selection and will the ATAC-Z be a good fit? Any recommendation on shoes (maybe under $100).
- Since I live in upstate NY and we get quite a bit of snow in winter, I was wondering whether these clipless pedals will work through winter or whether I would have to switch to the OEM platform pedals.

I will probably go to a bike shop to check out the pedals, shoes, and the fit. However, any feedback that will help me narrow available options will be appreciated.
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Anyone? Bueller? Anyone?
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It sounds handy to be able to use clipless pedals with or without cleats, but my experience has been once I went clipless I never wanted to go back to doing without them. Once you're used to being clipped in, it's a real pain not to be able to pull up on the pedal. That's just my experience, perhaps others are fine with going back and forth.
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dfw: Thanks. I plan to use the cleats, but wanted to have the flexibility of being able to ride without them in a pinch. Do you have any experience with the Time ATAC-Z's?
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It sounds handy to be able to use clipless pedals with or without cleats, but my experience has been once I went clipless I never wanted to go back to doing without them. Once you're used to being clipped in, it's a real pain not to be able to pull up on the pedal. That's just my experience, perhaps others are fine with going back and forth.
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Nope, I use SPDs. SPDs are really hard to beat, which is why they are so popular. I have some Shimano pedals that have SPD on one side and a platform on the other for wearing regular shoes. I took them off after a week in favor of dual sided SPDs. I have a pair of Answer Impact MTB shoes which I like a lot. They are good for riding and walking. They don't do either perfectly, but are very adequate. They have laces and velcro. I just keep the laces loose and use the velcro exclusively, so they are easy on and off.

Whatever you decide to get, I suggest you find some locally and try them on and if possible, try them out on a bike.
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dfw: Thanks for the info.
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No clue what to say about flat feet, but I would say SPDs with recessed cleats are the smart choice for snowy upstate. I was too cheap to do it when I lived up there, but that was in the days where clips and straps were still fairly common on MTBs (that's what I rode to work in those days).
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