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    Clipless Pedals on a single speed?

    Call me a newbie if you will, but as I browse the photos of the various bikes on this forum, I see that very few have clipless pedals. Why is that? I understand that perhaps on a fixie they wouldn't work well. But how about just a single speed?

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    They work on fg or ss.

    I use my fg for commuting in the winter, so I use toe clips without straps to accomodate anything I need to wear for foot comfort. Any other time I could use clipless, that is if my son ever gives my shoes back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by analog_kid86 View Post
    Call me a newbie if you will, but as I browse the photos of the various bikes on this forum, I see that very few have clipless pedals. Why is that? I understand that perhaps on a fixie they wouldn't work well. But how about just a single speed?
    The same reason they prefer steel frames with horizontal top tubes.

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    I use my SS just for running for coffee or quick errands. I have clipless for now but want double sided, clipless/MTB pedal on the other.
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    I ride clipless on my fixed gear, my singlespeed, my tandem, my mountain bike, my hybrid bike, my still-being-built road bike, and if I get another bike, I'll get another set of clipless pedals.

    There is no form of riding that you can't use clipless pedals on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
    I use my SS just for running for coffee or quick errands. I have clipless for now but want double sided, clipless/MTB pedal on the other.
    Yeah, you'll probably like them. My son has those and loves them.
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    As another newbie to the SSFG world (well, I had single speeds up through 6th grade but somehow the I don't think banana seats and ape-hanger bars are what we're talking about here), I had this question in my mind regarding riding FG.

    My new bike has a flip-flop hub and I currently have it spinning the freewheel side. I use eggbeaters on my road & mtn bikes, so that's what I use here. But, if (when) I give FG riding a shot I figured I would start with platforms but wasn't sure if people ever use clipless. Hmmm...I'll just step back and see what anyone says here. Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by analog_kid86 View Post
    I see that very few have clipless pedals. Why is that?
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    I think that clipless pedals work better for FG than any clip/strap I can think of. With SPD's or Crank Bros style cleats I have found it easier to clip in/out than it ever was for me to get in and out of my clips. I think the real issue is people want to be able to wear any shoes with their bike as most Fixie/SS riders are not routinely going on long sport rides but riding to some where or just cruisin' around town. If you want to use Clipless but dont want to have to wear SPD compatible shoes every time you ride your bike get some double sided pedals with SPD on one side and platforms on the other. Works great for me.

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    Clipless works really well on a fixed gear and I wouldn't ride any other way. Not sure why you think they may not work well.
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    I ride a fixie without clipless because that bike is used for campus commuting and quick bouts around town. So for those i dont want cycling shoes, i want to get off my bike and walk into class, or a shop. Perhaps if I felt particularly saucy and wanted to ride 40 or 50 miles on my fixie i would but clipless pedals on it.

    The fixie is all about functionality, no gears = no problems... keep with that motto and take as many moving parts out of the equation
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    I just removed my left pedal. The bar and coffee shop are both close to home, and I got tired of the pedal gouging my calf as I walk.
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    I run a set of Look clipless pedals on my Pista (when both fixed or single). It took me 1 or 2 days of full riding to get completely comfortable after using them for the first time. Most people complain about having to either walk around in cleats or having to carry around a spare set of shoes. However it really is not that terrible having to carry around a spare set of shoes, especially in the summer when i wear moccasins/toms

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    Some people think clips and straps work better for brakeless fixed riding because you can accidentally pop out of clipless during massive skidz. I'm not one of those people.

    Wearing comfortable shoes for walking around after you get to wherever you're riding to can be nice.

    I always use clipless because I fall over and hurt myself when I use straps.
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    I HAS QUESTION:

    been thinking about getting some spd pedals for my pista concept build....
    spd because the stationary bikes at my gym class (i go to spin class twice a week) have spd, and there seems to be a number of "cool" "street" spd shoes.....like mission workshop or whatever....

    ok so question(s):
    1. what is a good spd pedal?
    2. what are some good makes of spd "street/urban/walk-around/coolio" shoes? i think there is mission workshop, chrome, some other company....what is that name? anything else?
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    Quote Originally Posted by coma061 View Post
    I just removed my left pedal. The bar and coffee shop are both close to home, and I got tired of the pedal gouging my calf as I walk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by illdthedj View Post


    I HAS QUESTION:

    been thinking about getting some spd pedals for my pista concept build....
    spd because the stationary bikes at my gym class (i go to spin class twice a week) have spd, and there seems to be a number of "cool" "street" spd shoes.....like mission workshop or whatever....

    ok so question(s):
    1. what is a good spd pedal?
    2. what are some good makes of spd "street/urban/walk-around/coolio" shoes? i think there is mission workshop, chrome, some other company....what is that name? anything else?
    Shimano spd M520? Inexpensive, robust, they do what they do. I have these on my CX bike and they also make decent commuting pedals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by illdthedj View Post
    2. what are some good makes of spd "street/urban/walk-around/coolio" shoes? i think there is mission workshop, chrome, some other company....what is that name? anything else?
    Cannondale and Shimano also make some sneaker-looking two-bolt shoes. Go to REI and a few bike shops, look around, they should have a few types of more casual shoes.

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    I ride both and tend to switch back and forth between atacs and a pair of pedals with clips and double straps

    I wish I had the money for some speedplay frog zero float clipless pedals. As what prevents me from riding clip less all the time is the float, which is healthy for some people, but without my foot being held strictly at zero my Q angle goes wonky and it causes my knee to get inflamed

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    Quote Originally Posted by HandsomeRyan View Post
    I ride clipless on my fixed gear, my singlespeed, my tandem, my mountain bike, my hybrid bike, my still-being-built road bike, and if I get another bike, I'll get another set of clipless pedals.

    There is no form of riding that you can't use clipless pedals on.
    that is true however I hate changing my shoes 3 times a day when I ride to work. When I go on long rides I switch pedals to my eggbeaters

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    Quote Originally Posted by HandsomeRyan View Post
    There is no form of riding that you can't use clipless pedals on.
    Aren't they banned from BMX and trials competitions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lz4005 View Post
    Aren't they banned from BMX and trials competitions?
    trials I think you are right but even if not I certainly wouldn't want to use clipless doing trials not enough control. As for BMX they are only banned in europe for kids under 15 or 12 (I can't remember which)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xgecko View Post
    that is true however I hate changing my shoes 3 times a day when I ride to work. When I go on long rides I switch pedals to my eggbeaters
    seems like the dual sided pedals would be perfect for this, but I don't think they make one that's one side egg beater and the other platform and who wants to change shoes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lz4005 View Post
    Some people think clips and straps work better for brakeless fixed riding because you can accidentally pop out of clipless during massive skidz. I'm not one of those people.

    Wearing comfortable shoes for walking around after you get to wherever you're riding to can be nice.

    I always use clipless because I fall over and hurt myself when I use straps.
    I have never popped out. However, I have accidentally clipped in. lol

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainCool View Post
    Cannondale and Shimano also make some sneaker-looking two-bolt shoes. Go to REI and a few bike shops, look around, they should have a few types of more casual shoes.
    Trek makes these

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