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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 09-27-12, 01:14 PM   #1
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clipless pedals

I have done some research throughout the forum and it seems anyone which rides fixed with clip-less rides with the shimano SPD so that they can use shoes which are easy to walk in

I am looking to only use clip-less only when i go for longer rides or workout...i have look classic on my rode bike and was thinking getting look easy to not have to buy new cleats...any reason this would be a bad thing to do??
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Old 09-27-12, 01:16 PM   #2
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Well you'll be using the same "bulky" cleat for walking...
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Old 09-27-12, 01:19 PM   #3
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Nope, clipless on a fixed gear road bike is the same as clipless on any other road bike. If you are going to use the fixed gear bike the same way you are using your road bike then you should use the same system.
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Old 09-27-12, 01:22 PM   #4
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yeah those cleats are annoying to walk in but really never do put shoes on outside and take them off right after ride
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Old 09-27-12, 01:32 PM   #5
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would there be an issue if i were to skip btw?
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I've used both spd and look style clipless pedals and never had an issue skidding with either of them.
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Clipless is for riding not walking. If youre going to spend more time riding than seeing the sights walking around with your buddies (i.e. the bar) than clipless is a good idea.

That being said, if you already have the shoes and are used to a system already then by all means use the same type. Itl be easier and cost less money
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I have done some research throughout the forum and it seems anyone which rides fixed with clip-less rides with the shimano SPD so that they can use shoes which are easy to walk in.
"Anyone"? Better look again.

Oh, and it's "road".
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Forget the ovepriced and inferior look easys. The exustar, nashbar, and forte look clones are ever bit as good as the look classics.
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I am looking to only use clip-less only when i go for longer rides or workout...i have look classic on my rode bike and was thinking getting look easy to not have to buy new cleats...any reason this would be a bad thing to do??
Do you have a wrench? It would take about one minute to switch the pedals from one bike to the other.
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I guess I'm an oddball, but I prefer different systems for different bikes, and keep two sets of biking shoes: one comfy "normal looking shoes" pair with SPD cleats for both my fixed and mountain bikes, which are comfy and easy to walk around in. And another, much stiffer carbon pair with look cleats for my "serious" road bike, which I never plan to walk around with (unless something goes really wrong with the bike... which hasn't happened, yet). I would hate having to either settle for SPD on my road bike, or try to walk around in huge look cleats when riding my in-town and mountain bikes. I'm really happy with both setups.

Since you seem to be in a similar situation, I'd say it's definitely worth the slight investment up front to get a second set of SPD shoes+cleats for your fixed bike -- they're soo much easier to walk around in. But, they're not quite as stable when pushing hard as look pedals, so leave those on your road bike.

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I guess I'm an oddball, but I prefer different systems for different bikes
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I switched my cleats into my chukka lows so I dont look like a fool with the bulky brown shimano mtn bike shoes
and I also have look style pedals but they are VP and they work fine but walking with the shoes is a PITA!
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^ Pics of that conversion?

Insert a nylon/metal shank > cut out section of sole > bolt on cleats?
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Am i the only one who doesnt mind walking in road shoes?
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Am i the only one who doesnt mind buying new cleats constantly?
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Old 10-15-12, 09:14 AM   #20
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Am i the only one who doesnt mind walking in ski boots either?
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Am i the only one who doesnt mind walking in road shoes?
It really doesn't bother me either. I've walked in my buddys mountain shoes with eggbeaters and really didn't think it was that much easier to walk in, and I really thought the MTB pedals were more difficult to use.
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Haha Well im not sayin i walk in them constantly, just when i do it doesnt bother me
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If you want to sound like a tap dancer, go with the clipless. Or just switch pedals...
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Old 10-15-12, 03:47 PM   #24
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A while ago I brought some Shimano M087 (I think that's the right number?), they are fantastic MTB shoes. So naturally, I used them for my track bike too. They're the most comfortable shoes I own, apart from my running Nikes. I look out of place at the track with their fancy Keo's and road shoes, but I'm the only one who manages to walk around easily.
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My similar older model Shimano SPD mountain shoes are my most comfortable ones, too. I've had them forever and love using them on my commuting fixed gear bike exactly for that purpose (walking around easily, and being extra comfy, easiest to get in and out of). In the city fixed and on the mountain bike, SPD cleats with comfy shoes are perfect. Their efficiency falls off though when spinning much higher gears, and least for me. They don't allow nearly the same efficiency of power transfer when spinning a really high gear as stiffer LOOK and SPD-SL road specific shoes, nor their stability when really pushing it. I would never use normal SPD pedals on a "real" track bike or a road bike for an extended period of time. But, I know people who do and are fine with it, so to each their own.
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