Slower than you
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: SF, CA
Bikes: IRO Mark V & Don Walker Custom
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Riding clips/straps, or, life after clipless...
Even though I have Adidas Minnrets, which are about as close to normal shoes as you can get in a clipless shoe, I've been wanting to ride in street shoes for things like going out, grocery runs, etc.
I grew up riding toe-clips until I was ~ 15 and started to race, at which point I switched to clipless, and ever since that I've used one clipless system or another. Currently I use spd 545 pedals. I like how they have such great power transfer, and there's nothing like being able to pull straight up.
So the problem is this, whenever I try to ride someone else's bike, with toe-clips, it feels unsafe. Like I'm scarred to try a skid 'cause it feels like my feet are going to pull out of the clips. I can't bring myself to try a skip, for the same reason. Also, it feels like, no matter what, I can't get my feet far enough over the pedal to get a good downwards push.
My feet are pretty average size, 10 1/2, and the bikes I've ridden with clips have had "large" clips on them. Is there something I'm doing wrong? Any techniques for getting better pull or feeling more confident in the toe-clips?