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    Praise be to Crankbrothers

    I know this is dorky, and many people have said this in the past, but I love my eggbeaters. Today was my first ride using clipless pedals, and I will never go back. Im thinking of building an altar to the gods of clipless pedals in my living room.

    Seriously, I did fall twice. One time there was a thick metal mesh fence that caught me, the second time I fell on gravel getting started on an incline, but only one scratch.

    I did my first 20 miles with a teenage kid that can't average much more than 11 miles an hour, so I got to practic clipping in and out, and it was big help. On the way back, on my own, I decided to let it hang out and I took off. There were certain stretchs on a dirt and gravel path where I was running at between 18-19 mph on my mountain bike, and was going a little faster on the paved areas.

    My cadence is normally between 80-90, but I was usually between 90-110. Before using the clipless, I would bob up and down a bit when I got close to 100. I dont know why my improvements seemed so dramatic, compared to other accounts of having a slight improvement, but they were.

    With the beaters, I reached speeds faster, sustained them longer with less effort, had higher cadence and little or no bouncing most of the time, but had a little from my front fork when my cadence broke 130 going down hill and at a couple other times.

    Sorry to bother everyone with this, but I was enjoying cycling before, but this has just taken it to another level. I felt more confident and stable during the entire ride, except for when I fell over and looked like a turtle trying to flip himself over.

    For anyone that is worried about trying the clipless route, give it a shot. I am a very anxious person and was nervous as can be, but once I clipped in, I could tell immediately how cool it really was. Thanks for letting me babble on, and I hope I didnt bore you too much.

    P.S. Im still looking for someone to tell me how to fix my riding bib.

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    Yeah, Crank Bros recognised a stroke of pure marketing genius when they ripped off and modified the Time ATAC design.

    I never could see the point of a complete non-platform on a MTB frame. Which was what the eggbeaters where supposedly designed for.

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    Ease of getting mud off/through the pedal instead of jamming the clip.

    Anyway, it's like brake levers - there are springs to attach the cleat, and a spindle to rotate around - there isn't much to vary. You might as well say all platforms are rip offs from the originals.

    Anyway, they can't be ripoffs - the Time ATAC have a 13 and 17 degree release when swapping the cleat to the other shoe.

    (eggbeaters are 15 and 20 )

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