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View Poll Results: What kind of pedals do you use for Winter?
Platforms 41 41.84%
Clip-less 50 51.02%
Platforms with Power Grips 7 7.14%
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Old 10-06-06, 09:56 PM   #26
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I've installed Power grips on the snow bike to try with boots. I'm probably going to switch them to my regular commuter next week to see if I like them overall. I have switched all of my bikes (commuter, road, mountain, fixed gear) back to clips from clipless (Shimano SPD). Just don't like them. I'd rather fall like a fainting goat than have my foot twisting about on the pedal.
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Old 11-15-06, 06:45 PM   #27
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Wimpy, wimpy, wimpy - Hefty, hefty, hefty

Clipless rules the day for my 20k daily Toronto commute while the Earth tips her northerly pole towards Gaia, however platform with plastic toe cage (no straps), combined with my Sorel (before they sold out) snowmobiling boots are my concession to the Winter gods.

Now, am old, am wimp & don't ride in heavy snow. Three falls in one December snowstorm (1999), the worst a wicked wipeout at Parliament & Carlton, (Torontonians will know what am talking about), on the web of streetcar tracks, resulted in post traumatic cycle stress syndrome & haven't been the same since.

Besides, have child at home that needs parent.

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Old 11-15-06, 08:28 PM   #28
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There are some cold days in winter in southern AZ, but not so one would need to change pedals. For us, it is cycling during the winter months, not winter cycling.
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Old 11-18-06, 08:50 AM   #29
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M324's

I use standard Shimano clipless (older versioin 747's). When it's below zero F, I like to switch to straight platforms. Control has never been an issue at cold temperatures or icy conditions w/ clipless for me. The problem for me is the heat transfer through the pedal at cold temperatures. I haven't tried the 324's but I think I might. It may save changing the pedals back and forth with the temperature swings.

Thanks for the post. Good information here!
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Old 11-18-06, 09:13 AM   #30
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BMX style platforms (with the little screw-on spikes), and my winter boots.

I've been spending my winters in Calgary lately (Toronto is just too warm in winter for me
Not a lot of snow, but ice sticks around all winter (for some reason 10+C does melt ice here), so whenever I ride it's a mixture of dry pavement, pavement covered by loose gravel/sand, patches of ice, hardpack snow, mud, and the odd snowstorm (loose snow all 'round). Temperatures (in one day, it seems) can vary from -30 C to +10C.
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Old 11-18-06, 11:38 AM   #31
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I ride clip-less until the snow gets deep, then I switch to platforms. Not because I need warmer foot wear, rather platforms allow me to "Dab" more readily
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Old 11-19-06, 09:50 PM   #32
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Believe it or not.......

Not being clipped in reduces your fast strong power transfer and makes it easier to control the traction on ice and snow. For those times when power to the ground is not your friend, and you have to pedal gently and carefully on a very slippery surface.
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Old 11-20-06, 11:19 PM   #33
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There was a post above about using gallon ziplocs between socks and shoes. Since I was a little kid I have used bread sacks when the conditions warranted it, rather than a ziploc. The narrow shape of a bread sack ends up fitting much like a tube sock would.
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There was a post above about using gallon ziplocs between socks and shoes. Since I was a little kid I have used bread sacks when the conditions warranted it, rather than a ziploc. The narrow shape of a bread sack ends up fitting much like a tube sock would.
You must eat a lot more bread than I do.
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Old 11-21-06, 12:18 PM   #35
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Clipless year round - of course, our climate is pretty much the same year round too (the only thing that changes is whether it rains in the morning or not)
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