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Old 05-02-07, 01:48 PM   #1
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clipless pedals on the track?

I just purchased my first track bike, and I'm wondering what type of pedal systems you all use on the track. I use look pedals on the road, and I'd like to be able to use my road shoes while riding on the track, but from what I've seen online, look pedals alone don't seem to be recommended since you can pull out of them.

Doe you use old fashioned clips on the track? or do you use clipless pedals with or without some sort of strap jerry-rigged on the pedal? It'd be interesting to see what range of pedal systems are used.
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Old 05-02-07, 01:55 PM   #2
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lot's of people use looks.
A small number of people use clips and straps.
Some use speedplay tracks
most just use whatever they use on the road.
I use clipless(spd-r).

A very small number of sprinters use clipless with a strap.

If you don't pull out in road sprints and aren't a sprinter you'll be fine.
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Old 05-02-07, 02:14 PM   #3
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SPD-R aren't hard to modify to add a strap without any drilling.

At least a few of the top level sprinters I know don't bother with the strap anymore anyway- you can crank them so tight that you have to take the shoe off to get out.
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Old 05-02-07, 04:58 PM   #4
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Regular road pedals are fine for 99% of track riders. The 6-day pro riders use them. Some hi-power sprinters use toeclips and straps or step-in (I hate the term "clipless") pedals with straps jerry-rigged.

I use Shimano Ultegra PD6610 and love 'em for our short, steep board track.

Unless you're a mega-power sprinter, road pedals are fine. I run mine with the adjustment quite tight - about the 3/4 level.

For a while I had the Speedplay Track Zero pedals (supposed to be a dedicated track pedal) but I hated them. I pulled out 2x and the was enough for me. They had less tension than my well broken in Eggbeater mtb pedals. Speedplay themselves didn't even want to take a look at them. Thank goodness for e-bay. Speedplay - you suck.

I'd suggest you use the same pedals that you use on the road but crank the tension up. That way you can use the same shoes.
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Old 05-03-07, 03:46 AM   #5
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I use SPD-SLs; I add a strap to them when I'm sprinting \ doing standing starts.
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Old 05-04-07, 10:03 AM   #6
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I'm on some Look Keo Sprint pedals, and they're doing me just fine. I'm no monster, but I'm no weakling either, and I've never pulled out. I'd say just tighten the tension on the looks that you've got and give them a shot. The worst that could happen is you don't like them and then you buy something different, but you might find they work great, and then you saved some money! I will say that you might be bothered by a cleat with some float though, I know it bugged me, so bought some no-float cleats. I hope that helps some!
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Old 05-04-07, 10:04 AM   #7
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If you use Looks, try to get the black cleats with zero float. It feels a lot more secure. I use the Performance brand Look knock-offs with black cleats and the tension maxed out. No pull outs yet.
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Old 05-04-07, 10:05 AM   #8
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Wow, I can't believe I posted within a minute of someone else in the track forum.
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any opinions about Keywins?
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Old 05-15-07, 06:50 PM   #10
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any opinions about Keywins?

Kiwi riders only, bro.
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Old 05-15-07, 08:19 PM   #11
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seriously though.

any experiences with keywin clipless pedals on the track? they sell them as a road pedal but also sell a track adapter to make it even harder to pull out of the pedals by accident. they insist that their pedals are widely used even though they seem a bit hard to find and i want to see what people think before trying them.
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