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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 04-13-07, 12:31 PM   #1
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Pedals (fixed riding)

Tomorrow i will be receiving my first fixed gear wheel set that will go on to my road bike (with all the braze ons ever made). I will be using the cranks that came with it (i.e. 170mm).

The pedals are horible, and i if i don't find cages im going to have to use cleats. But i have never used them for extended periods of time.

Is there anything i should look out for? Other wise im going to run platforms, which i hear is no good.

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Old 04-13-07, 12:33 PM   #2
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what kind of pedals are the clipless, dont use SPD's
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Old 04-13-07, 12:40 PM   #3
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SPDs lol, why not? I really want egg beaters though. But the shoe for 100eu (shimano shoe) it comes with spds the ones that are flats too.
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Old 04-13-07, 12:55 PM   #4
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why are they called clipless i would call them cliped.
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why are they called clipless i would call them cliped.
Beacuse the things that go over the top of your shoes are called toe clips, which clipless pedals do not have.
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Old 04-13-07, 01:29 PM   #6
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Beacuse the things that go over the top of your shoes are called toe clips, which clipless pedals do not have.
ok, i called them cages, till now. lol

So, whats wrong with spd?
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I have spd's on my fixed, and on my other bikes too. Shimano PD-6500 on the fixed and PD-M520 on my hybrid and touring bike. Haven't had any problems yet.
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if you get them adjusted well spds should be fine
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I have atacs as do alot of my friend but it is a split right down the middle tween atacs and spds
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You can potetially pull your foot vertically out of SPDs...that sucks if you are backpedaling hard to stop. But its very unlikely to happen if you have then set at a high tension and your cleats aren't worn out. I pulled out of SDPs twice when it was raining, but never when it was dry. Use a brake and don't worry about it.
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spd, eggbeater, atac, look, it don't matter to jesus.

if they're in good condition and you're pedaling straight you'll be fine.

brakes are good too.
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You can potetially pull your foot vertically out of SPDs...that sucks if you are backpedaling hard to stop. But its very unlikely to happen if you have then set at a high tension and your cleats aren't worn out. I pulled out of SDPs twice when it was raining, but never when it was dry. Use a brake and don't worry about it.
That's not true. Unless you have the special spd cleats that are hard to find and coloured gold, all spd cleats release just like any other clipless system. I personally have never had a problem with spds and like them very much.
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That's not true. Unless you have the special spd cleats that are hard to find and coloured gold, all spd cleats release just like any other clipless system. I personally have never had a problem with spds and like them very much.
No it is true. I've vertically unclipped from SPDs but have never vertically unclipped with any other clipless system. Not all clipless systems have the same type of clip/release mechanism.
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^^^depends on the pedals, not all spd's are equal, same with the cleats they use
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^^^depends on the pedals, not all spd's are equal, same with the cleats they use
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No it is true. I've vertically unclipped from SPDs but have never vertically unclipped with any other clipless system. Not all clipless systems have the same type of clip/release mechanism.
The two spd cleats i'm familiar with are the SH51 (black) and the SH56 (gold). The gold cleats are designed to unclip vertically; I have no idea why. They are an optional accessory and a lot of the fretting about spds seems to come from people who have heard of these cleats and think, like me, that they sound like a very bad idea. But like I said they're optional accessories, not the default cleat you get with all spds. I've never heard of people unclipping vertically with SH51's, the black cleats, though for all i know it still could happen; and they come with 520's and work with all SPD pedals.
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I absolutely love eggbeaters and have never had a problem. Paired up with some sixsixone spd shoes is great. They look like skate street shoes with the cleat recessed so they don't click on pavement.
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just heard another eggbeater death story from a friend he snapped his in half in the middle of traffic and almost died
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just heard another eggbeater death story from a friend he snapped his in half in the middle of traffic and almost died
The cheaper the eggbeater the more likely you'll snap it. I read a review of all the different versions and they suggest the SL as a minimum.
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well so far it is messengers 4 eggbeater zero I doubt the four guys had the same pedals
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I have ridden four different makes of SPD's.

In my experience, cheap SPD's have both releasing and retention issues.

From mid-price up, I have had no problems with SPD's, and I can walk with them.
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The two spd cleats i'm familiar with are the SH51 (black) and the SH56 (gold). The gold cleats are designed to unclip vertically; I have no idea why. They are an optional accessory and a lot of the fretting about spds seems to come from people who have heard of these cleats and think, like me, that they sound like a very bad idea. But like I said they're optional accessories, not the default cleat you get with all spds. I've never heard of people unclipping vertically with SH51's, the black cleats, though for all i know it still could happen; and they come with 520's and work with all SPD pedals.

I've never had a gold spd cleat. I used the default cleat that came with the spd pedal and it vertically unclipped twice.
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The cheaper the eggbeater the more likely you'll snap it. I read a review of all the different versions and they suggest the SL as a minimum.

Not true.....any of the cheaper versions of eggs, including C and SL will be the strongest, despite being the cheaper models, because they are steel. The more expensive models are titantium and thus will break easier. Titanium is fine for frames because you can compensate with thicker and different diameter tubes. However, Ti is weaker for things like pedals, because the parts have the exact same dimensions as their steel counterparts. Thats why Crank Bros lists weight restrictions for their higher end pedals.
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I use ATACs and wouldn't use anything else. I run a brake but i've never come out of the atacs by accident even when skipping and skidding
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