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Old 01-23-07, 02:53 PM   #1
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fixies without clipless

I'm seeing a lot of pics of fixies without clipless pedals. Is there a reason they aren't liked?
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Old 01-23-07, 02:54 PM   #2
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Old 01-23-07, 02:56 PM   #3
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I'm seeing a lot of pics of fixies without clipless pedals. Is there a reason they aren't liked?
well, if we were that concerned with efficiency we'd be riding road bikes

the reason i run clips and straps (when i do) is so i can wear my regular shoes.

as far as platforms, i can't really explain it, but some people like em.
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i haven't made the investment in clipless yet. clips and straps are fine by me, for now, for my purposes - commuting, riding around town; less ideal for longer, tougher rides.

some people are wary of accidental disengagement when legbraking, especially w/o handbrakes, especially in an emergency situation. hence clips and straps.

the debate rages. some people prefer one to the other, some people have both on different bikes.
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Old 01-23-07, 03:10 PM   #5
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I find that my pedaling efficiency is good enough with properly adjusted straps over clips, and don't really sweat it. I think what you ate as your last meal makes a bigger difference in how well you're going to ride and how good you'll feel vs. clips vs. clipless or titanium vs. alumimum vs. steel vs. carbon.

oh, i also like to wear regular old shoes.
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Old 01-23-07, 03:16 PM   #6
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Because they wanna show off their Onisuka's with their 300 dollar APC denim with a mini U lock in their back pocket.
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Old 01-23-07, 03:23 PM   #7
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i'd eventually like to make the jump to clipless, but it seems like a whole to-do: new shoes, new pedals, can't wear my regular sneakers, etc.
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Old 01-23-07, 03:23 PM   #8
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Because they wanna show off their Onisuka's with their 300 dollar APC denim with a mini U lock in their back pocket.
I get more compliments on my Specialized MTB Comps than I do on either my New Balances or Onitsukas. Plus for winter riding, tennis shoes and tights just looks...off.
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Personally, I just don't get clips and straps with normal street shoes. What a big PITA. If I spent any amount of time trying trackstands, backwards circles, and stuff I can see the benefit of clips and straps, but I mostly just ride my bike like a normal person. A clipless pedal with a good stiff soled cycling shoe just makes the whole experience of riding a bike so much more awesome, and when I first switched to clipless it caused me to want to ride a whole lot more. More power, more comfort, more ease of entry...and I've never had any serious trouble with accidental unclips.

The same goes for girlie tight stretchy jeans, and other "hipster" type cycling apparel..why do people wear this stuff? Maybe I'm just gettin old, but cycling specific clothes, like padded tights and jerseys, just seem so much more comfortable in comparison. Man, I'd don't care how stupid I may look (but probably not as stupid as wearing girls jeans!), if it feels better on the bike, I'll wear it, even if it involves wearing it in places like stores and movie theaters.

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Like I said before, what's the difference between wearing tight jeans and straight up tights? I mean, I'm rocking a Brooks saddle so the last thing I really need is butt pads. Hell, why don't all roadies rock the Brooks if they want real comfort?
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The same goes for girlie tight stretchy jeans, and other "hipster" type cycling apparel..why do people wear this stuff?
i don't know. funny thing, though, i don't think i've ever seen anybody wear "hipster" type cycling apparel.

seen lots of people talk about it though. hmm.
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Like I said before, what's the difference between wearing tight jeans and straight up tights? I mean, I'm rocking a Brooks saddle so the last thing I really need is butt pads. Hell, why don't all roadies rock the Brooks if they want real comfort?
Because the Brookes is overrated and not particularly
well designed for serious riding.
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Like I said before, what's the difference between wearing tight jeans and straight up tights?
HMM..moisture wicking, virtually unlimited flexibility, way stretchier, no torn out crotch, my non-cycling clothes stay clean and unsmelly, etc.
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Old 01-23-07, 04:18 PM   #15
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Because they wanna show off their Onisuka's with their 300 dollar APC denim with a mini U lock in their back pocket.
To be fair, APCs are under $150.
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Like I said before, what's the difference between wearing tight jeans and straight up tights?
A huge double-stitched seam.
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I wear clips and straps. I used to wear clipless.
Our downtown area has a lot of bricks and metal covers. In the rain, you tend to slip on this surface in clipless shoes.
I just stick to my sambas and straps. To each their own.

I don't wear girls plants.
I don't wear cycling pants.
I wear dickies.

To each their own.
I think the cycling tights and stuff are just as hipster as girl pants, just a different scene.
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im super skinny so I wear cycling tights under my girl pants when im working, and when half your job is walking around i really do prefer clips and straps to clipless
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I ride regular plastic clips and straps cus they are cheap and I can wear almost any shoe...

and I don't wear girl jeans (favorite jeans are Gap loose fit bootleg, totally the opposite of girls)

or any other piece of hipster wear..
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my clipless pedals came with the bike (it was used). so I went bought some $40 shoes. so now I've got one bike with each.
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I'll say what i've said in all the other "why ride fixed with/without clipplesss threads"

My fixed bike happens to be my simple/aroundtown/grocery getter/ bar hopping bike. having to put special shoes on would really defeat the purpose. I have three other bikes with clipless, i need at least one that i can just hop on...
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Yawn. Why do people care so much about what other people have on their bikes or what other people wear?
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the reason i run clips and straps (when i do) is so i can wear my regular shoes.
my reason exactly too. and for not having to pay for new pedals and expensive shoes
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Because my 6 year old shoes told me that if I got clipless, they would kick my in the balls 300 times a day.
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walking around with clipless shoes arent bad, until you are in a grocery store and your carrying a case of water and your feet slide out from under you....
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