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    Anyone Else Cliplessless?

    Yep. Still using the oldschool (hey, that's my username) toeclips, straps and all. I like them. Are there any stap survivors left here??
    Having a flat tire as part of the total cycling experience is highly overrated. Knowing how to fix one quickly is not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldsCOOL View Post
    Are there any stap survivors left here??
    Yep. Me.

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    Me too. My touring bike and two of my road bikes are set up in the traditional manner.

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    I switched to spd pedals in 2004. Would not go back.

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    I went back to toe clips after years of clopping around on cleats. even the recessed shoes are not as comfortable at my running/trail shoes. I saw no advantage in wearing bike specific shoes and cleats. My feet don't hurt in my normal shoes, my feet don't slip off the pedals, and the supposed efficiency of clipless is largely illusory. Toeclips: easy, cheap, convenient!
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    'cliplessless' is a double negative.
    My stoker/wife uses toe clips.
    My progression was from toe clips to power grips to SPD clipless.
    A real retro/oldschool toe clip user would use cleats on old school cycling shoes, just like racers used to do.
    Last edited by JanMM; 04-07-11 at 12:38 PM.
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    My wife's mountain bike (Giant XT-C) has flat BMX pedals because she doesn't like to be strapped in or clipped in when the trail gets technical.

    Me . . . I'm all clipped in.

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    My younger son (18 years old) is considering going to clips and straps. He always rode platforms till we picked him up a college bike ('81 Centurion Super Tour) a couple of weeks ago that came with Look ARC pedals and Sidi shoes (that just happened to fit him perfectly). It was his first experience with any type of retention (as well as his first experience with a road bike and his first experience with DT shifters) and he loved it all!

    However, clipless won't cut it for college so I told him I'd swap his clipless pedals for some MTB pedals with clips and straps I have laying around to see what he thinks. If he approves, we'll look for some nice, hipster-looking track pedals (which will cost more than he paid for the bike and everything it came with).
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    Only my commuter has clips and straps. Everything else you can hear the "click" as I engage the cleats.
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    First few bikes just had flat pedals then along came the GT Pantera with clips and straps. What an improvement. Only problem I found after a while was that I kept pulling the foot out of the straps rearwards when putting in power uphills so next stage was to tighten the straps as tight as I could to keep the feet located. Tombay time as I could not get the feet out of the straps. So in 94 went clipless. Had a few tombays offroad but they work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
    'cliplessless' is a double negative.
    Seriously
    Having a flat tire as part of the total cycling experience is highly overrated. Knowing how to fix one quickly is not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
    'cliplessless' is a double negative.
    Yeah, right. <-- double positive

    Wife and daughter dragged me to cliplessness by buying me pedals for a Christmas. I now prefer them, but the old toe clips were almost as good.
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    Since the old Fuji was handed down to my oldest son, I no longer have a bike set up with toe clips. I do have a set of cage pedals with steel toe clips and leather straps sitting around waiting to be used. They almost got some action last weekend for the parade lap with the mayor, but at the last minute I decided to leave the A520s on the Casseroll and I changed into my SPD shoes for the ride. Riding without being attached just feels odd anymore.
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    I used to be clueless about clipless
    but they do make you slipless.
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    Toe clips, no straps here. Just can't justify the cost of pedals and shoes for the type of riding that I do.
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    Toe clips and straps on Miyata 610 + old Schwinn Speedster and rubber blocks on my Phillips roadster.

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    I'm clipless and strapless with my platforms

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    Different strokes and all...

    I hate to even ride the cruiser to the coffee shop without clipless pedals and shoes. I'll carry street shoes with me if necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
    'cliplessless' is a double negative.
    My stoker/wife uses toe clips.
    My progression was from toe clips to power grips to SPD clipless.
    A real retro/oldschool toe clip user would use cleats on old school cycling shoes, just like racers used to do.
    I still have two pairs of shoes with slotted cleats which I use with the bikes mentioned in my above post. Still like 'em too.

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    Have used the old tiny netal nailed on cleats in the early 70s.
    Used toeclips (steel and plastic).
    Used Powergrips.
    Used SPDs for 3,000 miles on our tandem. Stoker did not have sufficient float and developed knee issues so went back to clips and straps on the tandem and on my single racing bke.
    Question of choice, comfort, easy of walking without cleat.
    Hell at our age, we do what we want!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldsCOOL View Post
    Yep. Still using the oldschool (hey, that's my username) toeclips, straps and all. I like them. Are there any stap survivors left here??
    Yes, the 82 Italian steel,And the 84 non suspension MTN bike...
    Bud,

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    Count me in among the users of toe clips and straps. Just never made the switch.
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    I haven't used that new-fangled "clipless" system. Zero desire to. I hear it makes it much easier to fall than the clips and straps (makes sense, the clips and straps stay attached to the bike and do not go inside the store with ya screwed to the bottom of yer shoes and make ya walk funny )

    I have platform pedals on most of my bikes, straps and clips on a few too.
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    No pedal attachments on my bikes, cars, or airplane.

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    I have had platforms on my bike since I started riding four years ago. However, I have a brand new set of Candy2s, sitting on the shelf next to my bike where they stare longingly at each other. Unfortunately, until the middle of May, I will have barely time to ride,let alone take my bike to the LBS and have them and my cleats installed. But after May....

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