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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 10-18-05, 10:50 AM   #1
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SPD inserts?

http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=5245

has anyone tried these? I like the idea of being able to choose either SPD or every-day shoes, but it occurs to me that the entire toe clip might come out if you twisted your foot wrong. I also like the ones that are clipped on one side, clipless on the other, but I feel like I would smash my toe clips in 5 seconds on my fixie conversion.
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Old 10-18-05, 11:24 AM   #2
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What's the point?
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The point is so you can ride in your kicks.
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Old 10-18-05, 12:21 PM   #4
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they're crap. A bad way to turn spd pedals into awkward clipped pedals. Engagement is usually weird, and they have a compounded float problem where your foot naturally floats within the cage and the cage floats in the pedal. For less money (than this p.o.s. and cheapo spd pedals combined) you can get something like shimano M324's (I think) that have spd on one side and plat on the other w/o the kludgey plastic go-between.
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something tells me r-dub speaks from experience...

m324s are the ones. they work well and even look nice. now available in a kludge-free version
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hey, shouldn't you be packing?? Also, what's that beast on your porch. Also2, I'll be sending you an email in a little bit.
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hey, shouldn't you be packing?? Also, what's that beast on your porch. Also2, I'll be sending you an email in a little bit.
1. yes.

2. the christiania we bought from Dave 2 yrs ago.

3. yay!
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M324s suck. No matter which shoe you are wearing, you always end up on the wrong side of the pedal. Clipless pedals (especially Crank Bros) are worth the hassle of wearing bike shoes.
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Old 10-18-05, 02:40 PM   #9
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I just have generic SPD-style pedals with a little bit of a platform and I can ride on them fine in regular shoes if I need to.
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M324s suck. No matter which shoe you are wearing, you always end up on the wrong side of the pedal. Clipless pedals (especially Crank Bros) are worth the hassle of wearing bike shoes.
I disagree. I have a pair and your body tends to learn to sort of "toe" your way to the right platform as if you were entering clips..
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It takes me 6 minutes to swap pedals.

5.99$ 15mm wrench. 20$ pedals/w cages and straps are my "friday" pedals
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I've found that the m324's are very easy to get used to. Kick forward if you're cleated, and pull back if you're on flats, same as any other pedals. They're pretty heavy, but if you're looking for an 'everything bike' this pedal fits the bill.

I have been converting most of my bikes to eggbeaters, personally, since riding in sneakers isn't really part of my lifestyle. I do keep a cargo/tourer/townie bike in m324's for certain uses and for guests/coworkers, though.
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Old 10-19-05, 06:46 AM   #13
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I've had some of the flippy ones for a couple years now. It takes a couple days to get used to kicking em up whichever way you want to go, or if yr stopped/starting and happen to be on the "wrong" side of the pedal, to just lift up off of the pedal while yr body weight is bearing down on the other.


Cake. Good cheap way to not ever worry about what you got on yr dogs.
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