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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 05-03-11, 12:59 PM   #1
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Speedplay

I've had them sitting around in my room long enough, so I decided to throw them back on. I'm now riding speed play light action chromoly pedals, and ergo shoes or whatever they're called(if anyone cares to know..) So I'm just wondering if anyone else out there has ridden or is currently riding these pedals, and if so how do you feel about them? I use them for every day riding, through downtown, on the trail, wherever. I really like them, I get way more power out of them than the standard MKS pedal setup i had.. I also find it very easy to unclip and dismount with these guys. Also if you're NOT riding these pedals but have an opinion i'd like to hear yours too. Thanks all..
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Old 05-03-11, 01:18 PM   #2
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well idk about those exact pedal but I'll agree that clipless is pretty rad. I'm running some cheap forte cr150's and some louis garneau road shoes. Power transfer does feel way better the only problem is riding in an urban environment with lots of stops kinda sucks. I only fell once because I had to stop quickly to avoid a collision and I didn't have the muscle memory to unclip so I tipped over haha.
i've been riding clipless for a week just fyi
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Old 05-03-11, 01:51 PM   #3
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Speedplays are awesome if the cleats are kept clean, a little bit of mud would make them hard to clip in and out of.

I don't think they would be great commuting pedals as the cleats need to be clean for smooth entry/exit and walking on them will just wear it out faster. The dual-sided platform is nice when it comes to clipping in on the fly, however; many mtb pedals offer the dual-sided entry.
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Old 05-03-11, 02:16 PM   #4
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I recall Banzai being quite fond of speedplay's before he and his cute sqrl disappeared.
I've heard people locally saying they aren't the best for fixed gear riding. I've only used SPD's and quite honestly I would never in my life recommend them for a brakeless set up being as many times even with my sub 70 GI I've tried to hit skids or quick stops and become unclipped.

Next I'm going to try some Shimano road pedals, maybe Keo's just to see how they function. I do agree that clipless gives you REALLY beautiful power transfer, however no system is really designed to deal with the aggressive back pedaling that riding fixed, especially brakeless inherently adds. I've ridden brakeless on a 48/19 with no issues using toshi tables, MKS single clips and MKS sylvans and while I would like GR-9's and double gates, I find this setup to feel far more secure.

Also I fell once learning to ride clipless and in numerous situations I've unclipped before disaster struck. I even jumped off of my bike when someone lost control and ran into me. However I've fallen at least twice recently because I couldn't pull my feet out of straps, and stumbled quite a few times after stopping because of difficulties getting my feet out of the cages.
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Old 05-03-11, 02:20 PM   #5
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The Doc got a new job and is very busy from what I've heard on my local forum.

+1 for not clipless and brakeless. During the winter, I basically skid a lot because it was so icy and snowy out, and all the skidding from pulling my right foot has pulled out the sole from my shoes. Because my shoes were quite beat up and old, the added stress from up-pulling + resistance made the situation worst.
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I generally use speedplay, awesome pedals, best clipless system IMO, I had speedplay zeros on my vig before I had it shipped down here and I only use clipless for weekend distance riding on the orca; and yes they do unclip during skids but it's somewhat preventable; the trick is, for which ever corresponding foot you pull up during a skid, do not do it with a violent snapping motion, it takes practice but I was able to skid on my vig with speedplay back in norcal... the only problem I see/ worse case scenario is split second timing in times when you need to emergency skid and no time to think.
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+1 for not clipless and brakeless.
Clipless works fine, but mountain bike pedals are usually really easy to unclip from with a slight movement of the heal. I've never unclipped from pulling up with my Time pedals, as I had done with SPDs, but they unclip with little resistance when I move my heel. So if you ride brakeless your heel can't move a lot or else you may hurt yourself. I rode brakeless with my Time and SPD-SL pedals and of course the SPD-SLs felt much more secure in every way. And with all clipless set ups, make sure your cleats are not worn out or else suffer the consequences.
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the only problem I see/ worse case scenario is split second timing in times when you need to emergency skid and no time to think.
so basically don't ride brakeless. AMIRITE?
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so basically don't ride brakeless. AMIRITE?
Precisely. Genius.
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I rode/raced Speedplay Zeros in 2009. They are great pedals.

They are not designed for the upward pull of the front foot that you do when skidding, so be sure to check your screws every so often. Also, with light-action Speedplays, you won't really know where the end of your float is so you will have to keep your pedaling technique in check so as not to unclip. Any unclipping will be user-error, though.
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i've been riding speedplay zeros brakeless and have yet to unclip accidentally. speedplay is a great clipless setup, only downside is the giant cleat on your shoe makes it difficult to walk. other than that, i couldn't be happier.
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I switched from speedplay zeros to shimano pd-r540's last week and don't miss the zeros at all. Pedals themselves were great, hated the cleats though, did all of the proper maintenance on the cleats and whenever I needed new cleats, I had to use a hacksaw to cut deeper notches in the screws.
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I switched from speedplay zeros to shimano pd-r540's last week and don't miss the zeros at all. Pedals themselves were great, hated the cleats though, did all of the proper maintenance on the cleats and whenever I needed new cleats, I had to use a hacksaw to cut deeper notches in the screws.
Ha! I had to use the dremel to cut mine out...twice.

However, I did walk around on them a lot, so I'm probably to blame.
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Old 05-05-11, 06:00 AM   #15
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A couple weeks ago I found some shimano pd-600's for a monster deal and had been waiting to find a decent deal on shoes. Ended up getting some Mavics off nashbar and should be getting them Monday. Can't wait to try it out.

I've fallen numerous times trying to get out of my clips+straps... really embarrassing when you do it in the middle of a traffic-filled intersection too...
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