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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 08-25-14, 04:55 PM   #1
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Cleated Shoe

Today I decided to take the long way in to work, which meant hills. My current setup is toe clips with touring shoes. I was thinking about using some sort of cleat system for a fixed gear as I am losing a lot of power on the hills. The question is - what is best, standard road cleated system or track type of system?
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Old 08-25-14, 05:06 PM   #2
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Check out Shimano SPD-SL, Look Keo, Speedplay and Time's offerings for road clipless setups.

The same mfg's also have mtn-style clipless product options, which may be preferable if you plan to do any walking when you are out on your ride away from la casa.


All have their pro's and con's; there is no best. I suggest you read as many testimonials as you can, including the ones you read here, before you make your purchasing decision. Test ride any/all if possible. Personally, I prefer Look Keo pedals on my road, fixed and track bikes.
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TMonk summed it up quite well.

I have the SPD-SL on my road & fixed bikes and I really enjoy it. Easy to clip in and out, but like he said, its a pain to walk around if you dismount.
I just bought a cyclocross bike and I purchased SPD pedals (no SL) as they are more recessed & allow you to walk around a bit, though I wouldn't be doing miles in these.

The only problem is that there are specific shoes for each style (meaning road: 3 bolt mounting system. MTB: 2 bolt) so you'll need to know what style you want in order to get the right shoe.
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Old 08-25-14, 09:07 PM   #4
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"losing a lot of power on the hills????"
Try this:


Cristoph Fuhrbach: World Record 21,060m (meters!) elevation in 24h (that's 69,094 feet)

I have no idea how he does that with the sandals.

P.S. Okay it's not a singlespeed
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bike riding sandals for SPD cleats. Guy on our Saturday morning ride uses these. Not as stiff as my CF sole road shoes but a lot cooler in Texas heat.
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bike riding sandals for SPD cleats. Guy on our Saturday morning ride uses these. Not as stiff as my CF sole road shoes but a lot cooler in Texas heat.
Nope, it's not Shimano it's Birkenstock! No cleats!
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Nope, it's not Shimano it's Birkenstock! No cleats!
Ouch!
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