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Old 04-17-11, 07:00 AM   #1
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eventful commute / new pedals

Friday's eventful morning commute:

i ran into a co-worker on the MUT on friday morning (rare encounter in itself).

As we were chatting and riding slow, three other commuters passed us - nice guys, "on your left" and "morning" as they passed. a few seconds later the last guy in line ran right into the back of a women walking on the MUT, guess he was blinded by the sunshine and didn't see her, he wasn't speeding but was going at a pretty good pace. bad scene - both went down hard, bruised and bleeding. Women was hysterical, the cyclist was very apologetic and tried to calm her down. we (and other bikers passing by) stopped and offered to help but the women was really upset and inconsolable (understandable). I think she was OK, she was walking around - felt bad leaving after several minutes but she wasn't responding to our offers to call / walk / help, the cyclist who hit her said he was going to stay and make sure she was taken care of. bad situation, i felt really bad for both of them.

then my pedal broke, almost bit it hard when left foot unclipped as i had both hands up putting my glasses back on. couldn't clip back in (eggbeater spring broke) and had to ride one foot the rest of way - which is really bad on a fixed gear.

bought new pair of look keo classics at lunch for the ride home, tired of eggbeaters breaking (that was my 3rd pair that broke over the last few years) and have been wanting to try road pedals. first impression is i miss the float, but like the secured feeling of the keo's. felt like pedal stroke was more efficient. wasn't too hard to clip in / out.


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What trail is this? I've probably only been averaging seeing 1 cyclist every other day out in suburbia; and I do over 5 miles of the fairfax county parkway as well as 5 miles of smaller trails.

Man, it gets lonely out there sometimes . . .
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Sorry about your problems.

I haven't broke a set of platforms yet, =D
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Don't the Keos have optional cleats with up to 9 degrees of float?

I have shimano Ultegra SPD-Ls which are similar to the Looks. Not bad to clip in and out of but if you do happen to catch the wrong side of the pedal it's really slippery. I just got them at the end of last year and haven't put them back on the bike yet this spring. Will probably do it soon. Great for group and other long rides but not yet sold on them for commuting.
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What trail is this? I've probably only been averaging seeing 1 cyclist every other day out in suburbia; and I do over 5 miles of the fairfax county parkway as well as 5 miles of smaller trails.

Man, it gets lonely out there sometimes . . .
This was on the WOD trail in Vienna, have been seeing a lot of commuters as the weather gets warmer. On that day in particular I noticed a lot more women cyclists, seemed like 50 / 50 men / women. What time do you get on the trails?
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Don't the Keos have optional cleats with up to 9 degrees of float?

I have shimano Ultegra SPD-Ls which are similar to the Looks. Not bad to clip in and out of but if you do happen to catch the wrong side of the pedal it's really slippery. I just got them at the end of last year and haven't put them back on the bike yet this spring. Will probably do it soon. Great for group and other long rides but not yet sold on them for commuting.
I think I just need to get used to less float, knees are fine. i since I'm new to these pedals I do have to look down to clip in, not as easy as eggbeaters 4 sided entry. So far I do like the road pedals better. Walking in the cleats is a pain but I expected that. I never had any problems w hot spots on the eggbeaters, I like the more direct feel of power transfer w these pedals. Definitely smoother, eggbeaters were loose and rattled a lot.
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I think I just need to get used to less float, knees are fine. i since I'm new to these pedals I do have to look down to clip in, not as easy as eggbeaters 4 sided entry. So far I do like the road pedals better. Walking in the cleats is a pain but I expected that. I never had any problems w hot spots on the eggbeaters, I like the more direct feel of power transfer w these pedals. Definitely smoother, eggbeaters were loose and rattled a lot.
The thing I miss about Crank Bros pedals is the low profile of the cleat. I have a pair of casual cycling shoes with a fairly flexible sole (for a biking shoe) and with Crank Bros cleats there was virtually no clicking. Very nice to walk in. I got hot spots on long rides with them though. Still have a set and am still trying to figure out what works best for me.
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