Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-17-12, 06:09 AM   #1
fusilierdan
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
fusilierdan's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Rockland County, NY
Bikes: Giant TCRC2 2007, Dahon MU P8 2012, GT Avalance 2011
Posts: 313
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Clipless pedals with coaster brake.

I'm considering putting a 3 speed coaster brake hub on my commuter. Should I keep my clipless pedals or switch to platforms?
Thanks.
fusilierdan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-12, 08:29 AM   #2
redcon1
Senior Member
 
redcon1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: South Central PA
Bikes: Santa Cruz Blur, Gary Fisher X-Caliber, Focus Arriba, Focus Izalco Ergoride
Posts: 349
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Clipless pedals and a Coaster Brake did not mix well for me.
I had an old beater Huffy 3spd with coaster brake and big balloon tires. I thought it would be fun to use it for a charity ride through the City so I mounted up my favorite SPD pedals. At the first light, riding to the event, I almost went out in cross-traffic because I clipped out before the intersection, and my foot slipped off the pedal when I tried to brake. The next intersection, I literally fell over because I stayed clipped in, but didn't unclip quick enough and toppled over after stopping.
I got to an (still uneasy) point where I would unclip one side and use the other foot to brake... but this was not intuitive to me at all. You may be different, but I would not do it again.
redcon1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-12, 10:23 AM   #3
Mobile 155
Senior Member
 
Mobile 155's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: So Cal
Bikes: 72-76 Peugeot, 89 Klein Quantum Road Bike,2011 CF Specialized Tarmac road bike. 2013 Haro FL Comp 29er MTB.
Posts: 3,677
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 209 Post(s)
I agree clipless and coaster brakes aren't a match made in heaven. Switch to flats.
Mobile 155 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-12, 10:37 AM   #4
hueyhoolihan
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Above ground, Walnut Creek, Ca
Bikes: 7⃥ 9 road bikes
Posts: 6,401
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
i rode that combination for a while with little trouble. but there WAS a learning curve to hurdle.
hueyhoolihan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-12, 11:10 AM   #5
Dudelsack 
A might bewildered...
 
Dudelsack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Loovul
Bikes: Bacchetta Giro ATT 26; Lemond Buenos Aires
Posts: 6,345
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)


The Dos Equis man says: No.
__________________
Signature line for rent.
Dudelsack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-12, 11:24 AM   #6
Nightshade
Humvee of bikes =Worksman
 
Nightshade's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 5,363
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mobile 155 View Post
I agree clipless and coaster brakes aren't a match made in heaven. Switch to flats.
Yes, please do switch! The operation of a coaster brake could mean real trouble with clipless!!
__________________
My preferred bicycle brand is.......WORKSMAN CYCLES
I dislike clipless pedals on any city bike since I feel they are unsafe.

Originally Posted by krazygluon
Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
Aluminum: barely a hundred, which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?
Nightshade is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-12, 06:23 PM   #7
fusilierdan
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
fusilierdan's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Rockland County, NY
Bikes: Giant TCRC2 2007, Dahon MU P8 2012, GT Avalance 2011
Posts: 313
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post


The Dos Equis man says: No.
OK that settles it for me. Thanks.
fusilierdan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-12, 07:17 AM   #8
Dahon.Steve
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: New Jersey
Bikes:
Posts: 6,837
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 33 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by fusilierdan View Post
I'm considering putting a 3 speed coaster brake hub on my commuter. Should I keep my clipless pedals or switch to platforms?
Thanks.
I actually have a bike with a coaster brake and a three speed hub. Here's my opinion.

If you never used clipless, don't use them on a coaster brake bike. However if you do have lot of experience, it might not be a bad idea especially if the bike has no front brake. By the way, if the bike does not have a front brake, you might want to have one installed. Coaster brakes have their limitation on a downhill and there are only two positions during a pedal stroke where you can stop the bike. Should an emergency happen when you're not in position, an accident can happen.

Back to clipless pedals on a coaster brake bike.

Since I have a lot of experience, it really didn't make much of a difference. At first, I was accidently braking since you are attached to the pedals (nothing serious) so it can make you slightly inefficient. Other than that, you can brake at any position during the pedal stroke! A huge benefit that platforms don't offer.

So that's my opinion. If you have experience in clipless, put them on and see if you like it. If you don't have a front brake, you might want to put clipless pedals giving you the option to brake at any time.
Dahon.Steve is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:00 PM.