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Old 04-26-07, 08:36 PM   #1
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Will my gf be ok with platform pedals and FG?

My gf wants to get a bike to tool around town but she doesn't like cages and doesn't want to run clipless. She'll definitely have a front brake. Assuming she's not like flying around traffic at insane speeds or skidding, does anyone see a problem if she just ran on platform pedals? I run clipless so its pretty easy to skid and brake, how is it with platforms?
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I run clipless so its pretty easy to skid and brake, how is it with platforms?
impossible?
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Old 04-26-07, 08:39 PM   #3
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her feet could still be thrown and she could get smacked by the pedal

not fatal

all she needs is flipflops to complete the imgonnagethurtonthisthing look

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yeah, i mean running just platforms in obviously not ideal. And I think if i were building it up i'd put on front and back brakes.
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Why not set her up with a singlespeed? No problem with platforms there. Maybe not as "cool" as fixed but you don't have to really worry about her flying off the bike.
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Old 04-26-07, 08:45 PM   #6
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Why not set her up with a singlespeed? No problem with platforms there. Maybe not as "cool" as fixed but you don't have to really worry about her flying off the bike.
i was going to say this but figured that maybe she wanted to trackstand or something
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True, I guess I could always flip it and put a freewheel on the other side.

So the other question is, how in hell do these attach?
http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=5240
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True, I guess I could always flip it and put a freewheel on the other side.

So the other question is, how in hell do these attach?
http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=5240
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toe straps not included slvoider
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toe straps not included slvoider
Explain how....

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Christ man, this is a bicycle, not an engine block, I need something more reliable than that!
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they come with screws and u screw them onto the pedals, u want to make sure u get pedals that have screw holes on the sides for the cages. aren't u an engineer, u can totally install cages. stop playin
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they come with screws and u screw them onto the pedals, u want to make sure u get pedals that have screw holes on the sides for the cages. aren't u an engineer, u can totally install cages. stop playin
I have this uncanny ability to completely turn my brain off at home. (Often at work too).
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She might like powerstraps.
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I use platforms and I don't see a problem with safety. If i want to skid, i just put my right foot on the underside of the pedal and lock my legs, but who the f@ck needs to skid?

Not ideal, but by no means dangerous.
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Yes! Hahaha.
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Does your girlfriend actually want a fixed gear, or is that your idea? It's a option someone should choose with full understanding.
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Does your girlfriend actually want a fixed gear, or is that your idea? It's a option someone should choose with full understanding.
I somehow managed to fit her onto my fixie (even though she's a good 7" shorter" and she loved the way it rode w/o a freewheel so she wanted to get one for the "fun" of it. Nothing seriously, mostly cruising around town and riding to prospect to jog (which is why she doesn't want clipless).

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i was going to say this but figured that maybe she wanted to trackstand or something
And yeah, for fun, no real utility in that.
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Thats awesome.

What about those MKS half-clip things? I mean, some clip is better than no clip in my opinion. I personally don't think it is is safe for anyone to go with platforms only.
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What about a front and back brake, with platforms? That way she can treat it like an SS, but with the perpetual motion feeling of fixed.
On the other hand I know someone who uses platforms and only a front brake, and he's had some trouble with rain filled pot holes, but still prefers it to anything else.
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one less fixed gear rider.

seriously, clipless is the best bet for beginners. Less intimidating, more secure (arguably, but plenty secure for most), easier to get in and out, and believe it or not, cheaper (at least for a decent setup).

I know one guy who's been riding for a year on platforms. Still can't skid, still can't trackstand. Bunk
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But track standing is easier to learn with platforms. At least for me.
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i learned to trackstand with my feet out of the straps......
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But track standing is easier to learn with platforms. At least for me.
yeah, but doing it in traffic for the first time in clips n straps can be harrowing.
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What about a front and back brake, with platforms? That way she can treat it like an SS, but with the perpetual motion feeling of fixed.
On the other hand I know someone who uses platforms and only a front brake, and he's had some trouble with rain filled pot holes, but still prefers it to anything else.
I think rain filled potholes will give anyone problems.

Those half clips look pretty interesting, as does the powerstraps. Anyone know a shop in NYC that carries em?
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I know one guy who's been riding for a year on platforms. Still can't skid, still can't trackstand. Bunk
that's no fault of his platform pedals.
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