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Old 06-24-10, 11:53 PM   #1
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Advice from Century Pros!

I am doing my first Century on Saturday and am nervous about my feet. I rebuilt an old Trek 400 a few months ago and have taken it on a few 40 mile rides- love it! Here is the question- my dad and i have the same sized feet and he has some clip ins I could borrow (I think they are for mtn bikes- Shamano SPD's?) I have been doing all of my riding with toe clips. Should I use his Clipless this late in the game? I have ridden clipless before for a 50 mile ride this winter and had no real issues besides falling over my first stop ha ha but that was with a different bike and a more leisurely pace. I am worried I am going to injure myself if I switch what I use this close to the ride but am also worried about not having clip-in pedals and climbing the 6000-9000 ft and bonking. I am in great shape as I am currently a collegiate runner but I am not sure if running shape translates into riding shape. Any suggestions?
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Stay with the toe clips for the ride.
Pace yourself as to not burn out at 75 miles.
I have rode 30,000 miles with toe clips - No straps - No problems.

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Your century is in 2 days. Stick with what you know.

BTW, you won't bonk because of toe clips. Bonking is caused by not eating enough and not having enough fuel in your body. Aim to eat about 250 calories per hour of the foods you've been experimenting with, and have discovered sit well with you, during your training rides.
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I switched 2 weeks ahead of time, and I'm glad I did. But I wouldn't want to use them for the first time on my first century-- I flew 48 miles+ on my first day using them, but they did use different muscles and work my knees differently.

I'm two days from my first one too, not counting ones I did as a kid 20 years ago. Do pick up some SPD pedals and shoes this summer though. I'm a recent convert, and they're the best things I've ever gotten for my bike. Except maybe for beer to load into my ute.
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You should ease into using clipless so that you can detect and deal with any installation issues.

If they happen to be set-up wrong for you, you don't want to find that out on a 100 mile ride.
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I just recently got clipless pedals. One thing i found is they're not any advantage if you're not pedaling any different, and if you just got them, you're likely not pedaling any different. In other words, I wouldn't expect a big benefit in getting them just for that ride.
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Thanks for the replies! Is there any toe clips that are better or worse than others? I am going to a large bike shop today and am going to possibly get a newer pair of toe clips.
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Thanks for the replies! Is there any toe clips that are better or worse than others? I am going to a large bike shop today and am going to possibly get a newer pair of toe clips.
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Thanks for the replies! Is there any toe clips that are better or worse than others? I am going to a large bike shop today and am going to possibly get a newer pair of toe clips.
Why? are yours broken or short? pushing in on your shoe? What do you expect them to do?
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The critical part of using toe clips is not the toe clips themselves (although I wouldn't recommend going with plastic ones), it is your shoes. You need shoes with a stiff, flat sole and a solid toe area.
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The critical part of using toe clips is not the toe clips themselves (although I wouldn't recommend going with plastic ones), it is your shoes. You need shoes with a stiff, flat sole and a solid toe area.
which pretty much summarizes why clipless pedals got so popular, as it forced shoe manufacturers to pay more attention to the shoe part.
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which pretty much summarizes why clipless pedals got so popular, as it forced shoe manufacturers to pay more attention to the shoe part.
That's not the only reason. Clipless really is a better system in that it holds your feet securely attached without having to tighten and loosen the strap by hand to get in and out. Before clipless, if you wanted to be able to pull backward on the pedal, you'd have a cleat on the bottom of your shoe with a groove that the edge of the pedal sat in, and you'd tighten the strap so that you couldn't pull your foot out. You'd have to loosen it to put a foot down. With clipless, you just step in and go and just rotate your heel to pop your foot out and stop, but you're held just as securely.

The problem with using someone else's shoes, though, is that the cleats will be set up for that person, not for you. If the position or angle is wrong, it may cause you a world of hurt by the end of a century. They could turn out to be okay, but unless you have time to ride with them enough to find out beforehand, I'd stick with what works.
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You should ease into using clipless so that you can detect and deal with any installation issues.

If they happen to be set-up wrong for you, you don't want to find that out on a 100 mile ride.
Very true. I've had 1 50 mile day and one 62+ mile day on them, and things seem ok, but this is one of the reasons I got the platform/spd shimano 530's. A bailout option is a good thing if my knees start to complain. I'll find out tomorrow!
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