Originally Posted by fusilierdan
I'm considering putting a 3 speed coaster brake hub on my commuter. Should I keep my clipless pedals or switch to platforms?
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.