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  • Nah, drive home today. Leave the cage at home tomorrow and bike the rest of the week.

    12 31.58%
  • Yes, - slipped pedals just make your shins tougher.

    18 47.37%
  • Bike to the first bike shop (about 6 miles away) and buy new shoes!

    2 5.26%
  • Get out the duct tape and have a co-worker "tape" you onto the pedals.

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    Poll: forgot my bike shoes - what to do?

    I forgot my bike shoes when I drove in with my bike on the rack this morning. clothes and fridge stocking today. I was intending to bike home. Should I go for it anyway? It's 17 miles with tennis shoes on Eggbeater Quattro pedals ...
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    Prolly not comfy, and not ideal, but I say suck it up.
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    I rode 15 miles on the spindle of a broken eggbeater last spring. Go for it.

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    I don't know what it's like to pedal any considerable distance without cleats, but it can't be comfortable and I'm sure my feet wouldn't appreciate it. I'd drive rather than take a chance of sore feet ruining the rest of the week.

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    the pain and inconvenience will be punishment for forgetting your shoes. and hopefully remind you to not forget again.
    question everything.

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    Argh, a poll with TWO smartass answers. I vote for the ducktape, if you can trackstand, otherwise get ready for some tough shins
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    I don't think it matters really. Leave the car at work all week, or leave the car at home all week.
    You are still looking at the same number of bike trips and car trips.. might as well make the bike trips good ones. If you bike home without the shoes today, you have one ride with out shoes, and then on friday you get to drive home WITH bike shoes. I'd prefer to drive home today without bike shoes, and RIDE home on friday WITH shoes.

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    Flail yourself with a chainwhip for penance.

    If your pride won't let you drive, I would think about trying to make some straps out of the duct tape instead of actually lashing your feet permanantly to the pedals. That way you can slide your feet in them and get at least some forward leverage, but not face penalty of injury should your trackstand skills prove wanting.

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    I'm the least practical person I know, but I say it's OK to bail today.
    It's actually probably dangerous to ride without the cleats. I hate to do it for even a mile, and I have SPDs.

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    You should be able to ride home 17mi with little to no discomfort if you take it easy.
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    I'm not familiar with that pedal? Does it have any kind of platform? If so, just ride home. I can ride my Ultegra pedals all day with tennis shoes but they have a fairly large platform. But if they're just those things that literally look like eggbeaters? I dunno.
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    Quote Originally Posted by caloso View Post
    I'm not familiar with that pedal? Does it have any kind of platform? If so, just ride home. I can ride my Ultegra pedals all day with tennis shoes but they have a fairly large platform. But if they're just those things that literally look like eggbeaters? I dunno.

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    Ride and don't whine about it. It's one ride. No big deal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noisebeam View Post
    Oh hell, just hop on and ride home!
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    I love tape.. But tape your strong leg and leave your landing leg off. Just be careful how you stop

    But really i'd drive home and ride the rest of the week.

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    thats easy...

    just bike without ur not gonna die... atfirst i was thinking they were just the regular eggbeaters with no platform.. but that has something of a platform.... im guessing too that you cycle regularly, which would also mean that 17 miles is just a hop skip and a jump for a regular cyclist.

    unnnleeessssss... that was an excuse to get new shoes.. then by all means.. cycle to the nearest bike shop and purchase something that ur gonna love!!!!
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    Ride the bike home. While all the fancy gear is nice to have, being without it shouldn't prevent one from riding a bike.
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    I forgot to change into my Shimano sandals from my civilian ones the other day. No problem, I just pedalled on the non-SPD side of my two-sided Shimano pedals. Very handy.

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    Somewhat unrelated... or perhaps not. What kind of float do eggbeaters have?

    Can anyone compare to Look style pedals?

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    Eggbeaters claim 6 degrees of float if I recall correctly.

    You can set a 15 or 20 degree release point.

    And I'm closing this poll now - UPS just delivered parts for my single speed/fixed build. I didn't expect them today but that tips the scales. Caging home...
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    Speaking as the dude who had to ride the Tuesday Night Singlespeed Trail Ride (2 laps, thankyouverymuch) in brown suede loafers, I say suck it up.

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    Bike to the first shop and buy a new bike?
    Bike to the first shop and buy new pedals?
    Walk home?
    You're just not weighing all the options!

    I haven't worn cleats since April or so, and until I find folding SPD pedals for my folding bike, it doesn't seem to be an option. I found that when I started using clipless pedals, I learned a much smoother and faster pedalling action... but when I stopped using them, their benefits seemed to stay with me. I miss them... but I don't mind missing them.

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    Those pedals look like you could ride home just fine, there's enough of a platform.

    Another suggestion is to make a trip to Wally World for some $5-$6 platform pedals and ride home with those.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rhm View Post
    Bike to the first shop and buy a new bike?
    Bike to the first shop and buy new pedals?
    Walk home?
    You're just not weighing all the options!

    I haven't worn cleats since April or so, and until I find folding SPD pedals for my folding bike, it doesn't seem to be an option. I found that when I started using clipless pedals, I learned a much smoother and faster pedalling action... but when I stopped using them, their benefits seemed to stay with me. I miss them... but I don't mind missing them.
    Have you looked at MKS's EZY offering? Works well with MKS's cleats that fit any spd style shoes. I use them on my Dahon Speed TR. And some report that SPD cleats work with it but are quite tight and release can be tricky. I've never tried it personally though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dalmore View Post
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    And I'm closing this poll now - UPS just delivered parts for my single speed/fixed build. I didn't expect them today but that tips the scales. Caging home...
    i just opened the box and this is Too funny - the only parts that arrived today are the pedals!!
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