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Old 06-26-07, 11:36 AM   #26
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Yen, you might want to reconsider. Clipless make a huge difference on distance rides, IMO, enough to justify the little bit of time and practice needed to get used to them. I stress "little" here- it really takes very little time to be proficient and comfy in clipping in and out.
Uh, I dunno..... clipless seems a little scary at this time. Would they make a huge difference over Power Grips?
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Short answer is: sure you can. I did my first century (a solo) when I was 63 after about 4 months of regular riding using a Specialized Crossroads with 700 x 38 tires. It took me 8 hours and I was pretty tired at the end, but it was worth it.

A narrower tire would help, a comfortable seat, and a flat course would help a lot. You might look for a supported ride (there should be some charity rides in your area) which will certainly have riders of your experience level (and will take away the anxiety of mechanical trouble or food issues) and go for it.

Be sure to take a small camera so you can post photos of your adventure when you write your story for the forum. Can't wait to read it.
Thanks, the supported ride info is great advice! One more interesting thing I've learned in these forums.

Which reminds me, when I took my bike in for its first check-up the other day I suggested Continental Gatorskins for Hubby's road bike. Then I suggested something else for my pump, and that's when the young LBS guy said "Wow, you're saavy! Usually it's the man who has to explain things to his wife!" I explained that I'm the family researcher. Later, I told Hubby "You don't know what you're missing by not participating in the forums." He said "I'm not missing anything, you tell me everything!"

I still have a LOT to learn......... beginning with how to change a tire.
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FWIW,

I rode an unsupported metric century on my original mountain bike WITH stock knobbie tires two years ago, on pavement, before I knew any better. It was hard, it was fun, it was doable, and I wouldn't do it again, because now I know the value of at least having slicks on the bike, if not a road bike itself.

But is a century doable on a hybrid? Hell yes!
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I have been using PowerGrips for three weeks now and like them a lot. I can't see how clipless could be anything but marginally better, for the Power Grips hold my feet tight to the pedal. I like them for keeping my feet in good position. Plus I can wear any shoe I want and you come out of them almost like they aren't there.

They look pretty hokey, but do the job well. I'm thinking about blacking out the BIG white POWER GRIPS lettering on them.
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I have been using PowerGrips for three weeks now and like them a lot. I can't see how clipless could be anything but marginally better, for the Power Grips hold my feet tight to the pedal. I like them for keeping my feet in good position. Plus I can wear any shoe I want and you come out of them almost like they aren't there.

They look pretty hokey, but do the job well.
Are they easy to get in and out when you come to a stop somewhere? Do they flip over so they are upside down when you're not in them? What do they cost? Do they come in cool OCP colors? I have thought about maybe getting me some of these...
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I have been using PowerGrips for three weeks now and like them a lot. I can't see how clipless could be anything but marginally better, for the Power Grips hold my feet tight to the pedal. I like them for keeping my feet in good position. Plus I can wear any shoe I want and you come out of them almost like they aren't there.
They look pretty hokey, but do the job well. I'm thinking about blacking out the BIG white POWER GRIPS lettering on them.
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They are extremely easy to get in and out of at stops. On my last ride, I was cruising along and missed a trail sign warning of a stop ahead, so I cruised right into the stop at 16 mph and had to do an emergency braking manuever. My shoe came right out of the Power Grips as if they weren't there.

They do flip over upside down, which can be annoying.

They cost around $18-$20.

They only come in black, with big white/silver letters on them screaming that yes, you are a Fred.

http://www.nashbar.com/profile_morei...ku=1270&brand=

Oh, and you have to have the right kind of platform pedal for them to work. A pedal with removable reflectors (or holes for attaching reflectors) that then have the screw holes in the right position to install the power grips. The standard medal sawtooth pedals work, but most of the MTB platform pedals do not.

You can see the approximate type of pedal that works in this pic:
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I have been using PowerGrips for three weeks now and like them a lot. I can't see how clipless could be anything but marginally better, for the Power Grips hold my feet tight to the pedal. I like them for keeping my feet in good position. Plus I can wear any shoe I want and you come out of them almost like they aren't there.

They look pretty hokey, but do the job well. I'm thinking about blacking out the BIG white POWER GRIPS lettering on them.
Tom, turn them "inside out"- it'll put the label on the underside, against your shoe top.

As to them comparing to clipless- I rode PGs for 4 years- just switched to clipless. Yes there's a difference, but so far, it's really only noticable on hills.

Yen, you probably want to hang on to the metal cage pedals- won't be long until you'll want your shoes to grip the pedals.
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I have been using PowerGrips for three weeks now and like them a lot. I can't see how clipless could be anything but marginally better, for the Power Grips hold my feet tight to the pedal. I like them for keeping my feet in good position. Plus I can wear any shoe I want and you come out of them almost like they aren't there.

They look pretty hokey, but do the job well. I'm thinking about blacking out the BIG white POWER GRIPS lettering on them.


I use ATB strapless clips as can be seen in the photo of my bike in this thread. I can use any shoe with them and in the winter I can get away with using insulated boots with them providing nice warm toes and feet even in below freezing temps. Granted they're not as efficient as clipless, clips, or even PowerGrips but I enjoy riding in areas without pavement or on closed roads with damaged bridges. Being able to get my feet off the pedals immediately is an absolute necessity. My strapless clips keep my feet on the pedals and prevents slipping off them when standing on the pedals and is an improvement over just platform pedals.
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I use ATB strapless clips as can be seen in the photo of my bike in this thread. I can use any shoe with them and in the winter I can get away with using insulated boots with them providing nice warm toes and feet even in below freezing temps. Granted they're not as efficient as clipless, clips, or even PowerGrips but I enjoy riding in areas without pavement or on closed roads with damaged bridges. Being able to get my feet off the pedals immediately is an absolute necessity. My strapless clips keep my feet on the pedals and prevents slipping off them when standing on the pedals and is an improvement over just platform pedals.
I know it's time to get my eye exam but is this one of those trick pictures? Will the bike appear if I keep staring at it
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Cloak of invisibility is my guess.
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I think that he's referring to the pix he posted earlier in the thread of his bike. This is the terrain he rides...
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...or you guys know that and you're pulling my paw...
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I think that he's referring to the pix he posted earlier in the thread of his bike. This is the terrain he rides...
Gee....he posted the picture of his bike yesterday. I can't remember what I had for lunch today so I definitely won't remember a picture posted yesterday
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I use ATB strapless clips as can be seen in the photo of my bike in this thread. I can use any shoe with them and in the winter I can get away with using insulated boots with them providing nice warm toes and feet even in below freezing temps. Granted they're not as efficient as clipless, clips, or even PowerGrips but I enjoy riding in areas without pavement or on closed roads with damaged bridges. Being able to get my feet off the pedals immediately is an absolute necessity. My strapless clips keep my feet on the pedals and prevents slipping off them when standing on the pedals and is an improvement over just platform pedals.
I put that type of clip on my son's road bike to get him used to keeping his foot in the right place on the pedal without having him be afraid of being stuck in place. As for the picture of where you ride, that looks like an expressway compared to the places I ride my MTB with Eggbeater clipless pedals. Once you get past the fear, you can get out of clipless pedals as quickly as anything else. It is all a matter of what you are used to and confident with.
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I do a 170km run to the cottage a few time a year on my old Schwinn comfort hybrid...a bit heavy, but I've got a 52T big chain ring with a 11-30T cog set so it's fairly fast.

I like this bike as I can load up the panniers with food, tubes, water, tools, rain gear, etc...stop and pick up grocerys for dinner along the way as well

usually do the trip in about 6.5 hours with a break for lunch

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If you are otherwise comfortable on the bike, longer rides on a hybrid shouldn't be a problem....with practice. A century is certainly doable.
I ride my Trek 750 on 50 to 70 miles rides almost every weekend. My longest single ride distance is 85 miles ( I was a bit sore after that one) and I plan to do a century on it later this year.
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I do a 170km run to the cottage a few time a year on my old Schwinn comfort hybrid...a bit heavy, but I've got a 52T big chain ring with a 11-30T cog set so it's fairly fast.

I like this bike as I can load up the panniers with food, tubes, water, tools, rain gear, etc...stop and pick up grocerys for dinner along the way as well

usually do the trip in about 6.5 hours with a break for lunch

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That's pretty impressive to do a Century, loaded on a touring bike in 6.5 hours with lunch break!
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That's pretty impressive to do a Century, loaded on a touring bike in 6.5 hours with lunch break!
I usually wait until after I'm done riding for the day before I get loaded.
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my first century was on a Specialized Sirrus last June 24th. When I finished, I had a severe bruise on my right big toe...which I think was from the heat buildup on the spd pedals and the crappy shoes I was wearing. I also had mucho numbness in my right hand which persisted for a couple of months. I am convinced that the the lack of hand placement choices on the flat handlebars contributed to this. Right after that I added bar ends to the handlebars and that helped. I logged many miles on that bike before going to a traditional road bike. I still think it's a great bike, but I doubt that I would want to ride another century on it.
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Riding a century on your hybrid should be no problem at all.
I'd advise you to learn to fix flats before doing it and get rid of the Slime filled tubes, too messy. You should be able to keep the tires you have and put in regular tubes. There is a Specialized Nimbus Armadillo that's a 700X38. That should be a nice riding tire for you. I run the 559X1.5 Nimbus Armadillo on the back of my recumbent, and it rolls along nice and smooth. I pump it to max psi, but you might try it about 10-15 psi under the max listed on the sidewall. Go to the store and look at the Armadillos, the 700X28 might be a large tire that would work fine for you.
I second the other advice to get bar ends. I put the curved aluminum ones on a MTB, and it gave me two more hand positions for riding comfort.
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I'm pretty sure I could have done a century on my MTB with slicks. To be sure, I'm not entirely convinced that my road bike's performance is a dramatic improvement. However, the road bike is dramatically more rider friendly. The Buenos Aires soaks up road buzz and is smoother than when I take the preload off my MTB fork. My wrists and arms just never hurt anymore with a road bike. I also climb quicker than on the MTB, but that's because the MTB is geared much lower than the road bike, and if low gears are there, I will use them.
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Of course the bike is capable, what matters is your level of fitness and your comfort on the bike. Like others have said, slicks at high pressure. Shoes are more important than the type of pedal, but I would never ride without clipless pedals. I did a 9 hour ride Saturday and I never even thought about my feet. I use loose fitting mtb shoes and SPD type pedals.
Bike Forums 50+ rider Roadfix did the highland double century on a fixed gear Saturday, so I think you can knock out 100 on a hybrid.
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I put that type of clip on my son's road bike to get him used to keeping his foot in the right place on the pedal without having him be afraid of being stuck in place. As for the picture of where you ride, that looks like an expressway compared to the places I ride my MTB with Eggbeater clipless pedals. Once you get past the fear, you can get out of clipless pedals as quickly as anything else. It is all a matter of what you are used to and confident with.
No one makes insulated boots for Eggbeater clipless pedals. I've also never found any clipless bike shoe suitable for hiking several miles with my bike.
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