Join Date: May 2002
Location: Clermont County, Ohio
Bikes: Electra Townie 21D, Fuji Saratoga 1.0
Originally Posted by Glasspacker
Newbie here. This question may have been already beat to death, but can anyone tell me really how much improved performance you really get from clipless shoes/pedals over just a regular pedal using a clipless, or just rigid soled shoe? I had a Rans Stratus a few years ago, and am now am planning to buy a V2. I am "fairly" interested in performance (enough that I will pay for an upgraded wheelset and maybe some other components) but I like being able to easily put my feet on the ground. The LBS here says I would lose 30 percent efficiency. Really? Seriously? I don't remember ever "pulling" my legs on the Stratus and I ran it fast (over 90 rpms) in the top gear on some of the flats. I had basketball shoes on then. I concede now that I should at least have a rigid sole (I bought a pair of Shimanos) but it's hard to believe you get that much benefit from clipping in. Someone please convince me. I hate learning new things.
I would not ride a SWB or trike without my Speedplays, nor my road bike. But on my Tour Easy, I feel like you...I want the comfort and convenience and ease of putting my foot down whenever I want to...no twisting or having to wear special shoes. I rode in Shimano sandals and clipless and then on platforms with Teva sandals, and I could tell no difference.
Besides, I'm not out for "performance" when I'm riding my TE. I am out for cruising, stopping when I see something interesting, just being out in nature...I could care less about how fast or how far I go.
Saying that, I am considering looking at some BMX platforms that will grip the soles of shoes a little better, but I believe I may use platforms more than clipless. I like how this one bike is just like riding when I was a kid...no special "dressing out" to ride it. I have a comfort DF also, and that's my attitude on that one. I save the special shoes and lycra and jerseys for the road bike....it's my little speed machine~
I think you should do what makes you happy....and comfortable.