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Old 01-17-05, 01:15 PM   #1
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anyone prefer to clip in while commuting vs. normal pedals or pedals w/ toe clips?
is there a huge difference?
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Old 01-17-05, 01:22 PM   #2
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anyone prefer to clip in while commuting vs. normal pedals or pedals w/ toe clips?
is there a huge difference?
I commuted for a number of years with toe clips (clipless hadn't been invented yet). Try stuffing shoes, heavy socks and shoe covers into a toe clip sometime and you learn to appreciate clipless pedals. My feet don't get nearly as cold now. Plus I can clip out faster on ice than trying to get all that mess out of a toe clip.
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Iím a firm believer in clipless. The efficiency gain is huge and once you get used to them they donít take any longer to get out of than platform pedals.
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I do prefer clipless, from a riding standpoint. They make you feel hooked up with the bike, especially with good shoes, and are super quick to get in and out of. However, I run clips and straps on my beaters. I like the versitility of clips and straps. For example, when I out for lunch, or out on the town on my love-machine, I don't *have* to wear cycling shoes. Additionally, my clipless do not work well in snow, which is a fact of life here. Finally, I wouldn't want to trash my 80 dollar clipless with salt, when I can trash my 15 dollar platform pedals instead. Just depends what your needs are, I suspect.
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I prefer clipless, but this time of year it's platforms for me! Warmer feet and easier to get a foot down for balance on the icey stuff, as well as the possiblity of frozen pedals.
It all depends on the bike I'm riding to work. 3 of 'em have clipless pedals, 1 has platforms.

It was a big decision for me to go clipless, my most expensive bike cost me $200, new pedals and shoes would cost me almost as much. As it turned out, I picked up 2 sets of pedals with bikes I bought, paid $45 for a pair of Wellgo SPD's, and got some Shimano MTB shoes for $90 on sale.
Yes, they are worth it, they do make a difference, especially mountain biking.
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I don't have any clipless pedals. I ride clips on two of my bikes but my mountain/snow bike just has mean nasty shin shredding blocks. I don't want to be strapped in when I'm taking a spill on a 4 lane street. In that respect I think clipless are a big win since you can get out much faster.

On the other hand, clips are cheap and I can wear whatever shoes I feel like. So when I commute, for example, I just wear my usual shoes rather than having to pack a separate pair or have them at work.
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i like clipless. I keep regular shoes at the office and just change. Clips are easier for errands and things because you don't want to be clacking around in the grocery store with your clipless shoes, but my clipless shoes are mountain style with recessed cleat, so they're easy to walk in (but they still look funny).

My new bike came with clipless and little plastic platform inserts.....if I ever need to ride any of my bikes with street shoes, i'll use the platform inserts.
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Clipless for anything that's over a few miles. I'm watching garage sales for a beater bike to ride around town on errands, and that will have platforms.
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Clipless with mountain bike shoes does it for me. I don't even have to change shoes for work.
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Clipless with mountain bike shoes does it for me. I don't even have to change shoes for work.
Eew! Sweaty socks! Eew!
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clipless for anything more than a few miles! (what he said)

i just change my shoes when i arrive (but leave on my smelly socks) to ones i leave at work...
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Eew! Sweaty socks! Eew!
Suprisingly my feet don't sweat with well ventilated shoes and I happen to work outside so its no biggie. Even if I wasn't sweaty when I arrived, I'd be sweaty within moments of being there.
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Toe clips. I'm used to them and can use any shoes. This week I rode to the station in suit and black shoes to get to a biz meeting but usually I ride in tennis shoes or trainers.
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SPD-SL!!!! I intend to ride my bike, not making stops at the lights. I commute on my MTB but too cheap to get a new pedal system for it. So, I swap my Ultegra SPD-SL pedal between my Orbea and the commuter when needed.
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