Sorry if this has been covered before. My search for “retention” turned up nothing like this.
So I went out shopping with a friend recently. She decided that she wanted to get herself a fixed gear bike so went out to test ride a few. We went to the shops (2 of them that will go un-named for now) and explained to the folks there that my friend had never ridden a fixed gear before and would like to try a few out to see what would be best for her. The folks at the shop were friendly and happy to oblige. So Far so good. Here’s the part that I’m having trouble with.
They sent her out for a test ride on a brakeless bike with no pedal retention whatsoever.
I asked for the rationale behind this and got the explanation that most people already have their own pedals , or have some in mind when they buy a bike. Ok, fair enuff, the pedals that come with most otr bikes are pretty crappy and will most likely be one the first upgrades made. But doesn’t it make sense to just throw a pair of crap clips on there too. I mean, sending people who have just told you that they’ve never ridden a brakeless bike before out on a bike with no retention system just seems like a really bad idea…..
Is it just me?…Is this standard practice?