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Old 07-13-07, 01:09 PM
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Clipless/Platform pedals and Frankenstien-sized boots

So I'm planning on making the jump to clipless pedals from my BMX-style flats. However, I only have one bike (a three year old 7700 FX—love it), and I want to figure out a way to make these peddles work for all my needs.

90% of the time I'll be using cleated bike shoes for commuting to work or long recreational rides. However occasionally, I'll be off to a concert/club/event/party riding 2-4 miles with San Francisco hills in big stomping frankenstien-sized boots that look like this...



Obviously, these boots have no cleats, so I'm looking for a clipless/platform hybrid pedal. I mean, I guess I could change pedals before leaving, but honestly I'm typically running out the door at the last minute.

After a bunch of research, I'm leaning towards the Crank Brothers Mallet C. I like the look and size if the Candy model but I doubt it'll have the surface area and traction I need for my boots. As for other brands, the Time ATAC Z pedals look pretty good, as do the Atomlab Quickstep.

So my question is: do any of you have experience riding on any of these pedals with big stomping boots? Or at least riding them in anything besides your normal bike shoes? Is the ride good, bad, ok, dealable?

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Old 07-13-07, 01:41 PM
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Ha, got me, this is a troll, right?
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Old 07-13-07, 01:52 PM
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A troll? Why would you think I'm a troll?

I really want to know. What's it like riding on clipless/platform hybrids with boots?

On Edit: maybe you think it's an ad. Well it's not, I included the photo because I thought it would help to see what I ride in occassionally -- yeah I know I'm a nut to ride my bike in these things.

p.s. Oh and I went and removed the link to their site so it seems less like an ad.

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Old 07-13-07, 02:00 PM
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I've ridden on BMX/MTB style pedals in my para boots, which are still not as big as those. It was ok, but if I was you, I'd be looking for the biggest platforms available, and not worrying at all about any other factor.
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I have nothing of any worth to add but what does the rest of the outfit look like? Somehow those boots remind me of something a few goth friends back in high school would have worn.
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Love the boots. Really. Anywho, I have Shimano M-424 (SPD) pedals on my hardtail for this reason. They are essential old beartrap style pedals with SPD in the middle (both sides). Work great either way.
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OK, I can roll with it. How about the Forte Campus Pedals at performancebike.com?
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These would probably work http://www.rivbike.com/webalog/pedal...aps/14047.html and Rivendell is very close to you. I have used the Shimano pedals and my feet size 11 in winter boots are too big and rub against the crank arm. You might even be able to walk to pick them up, if those boots are made for walkin'....
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I'm dying to see what goes with those boots! :-)
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I use these:
http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...pless%20Pedals. I'm very happy with them.
Here's the budget version:
http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...pless%20Pedals.
If you really hate them, then you've only blown $20.
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I use a version of the mallets and I like em pretty well.
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Well, I searched but I couldn't find a photo since those particular boots are fairly new to my collection. However here's a few shots of me in different costumes with various large stompy boots.

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Ok. Now I'm alarmed.
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In any case, back to the topic at hand and your suggestions

I currently have BMX-style pedals on my bike now and yes you're all correct that they are fabulous for riding in boots. However, I'm looking to try clipless since 5 days a week I commute to work (3-4 miles each way with SF hills), and I currently wear crap shoes that I just take off when I get to work anyway. Thus, making the jump to bike shoes with cleats makes sense.

As to those who suggested campus style (one side platform/one side cleat connection), I've considered that, but I'm planned to ride mostly with bike shoes and cleats, so I'd rather have a pedal that I don't have to hunt for the right side for clipping in.

@CastIron: thanks for the Shimano suggestion. I was looking at those too but started eyeing other brands. I think it was because I read reviews of people who felt that eggbeaters were easier to get in and out of. Well that and the Mallets are pretty and I'm a bit of a sucker for good design.

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Old 07-13-07, 03:39 PM
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Ok. Now I'm alarmed.
Welcome to the San Francisco art punk burner freak scene -- hope you enjoyed the show.
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Originally Posted by catcubed
Well, I searched but I couldn't find a photo since those particular boots are fairly new to my collection. However here's a few shots of me in different costumes with various large stompy boots.

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well it's clear you have a sense of humour - as far as pedals go, try the smallest possible?

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+1 on crank brothers mallets
pedals with one side clipped and one side platform are a bit annoying to get into.
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Originally Posted by markhr
well it's clear you have a sense of humour - as far as pedals go, try the smallest possible?
Is it possible to ride 2-5 miles over hills on such small pedals sans cleats in big boots? I haven't tried it mind you, but I'd assume it's be a pain in the arse!

p.s. humor what's that? does it grow on trees? can I shoot it? can I eat it? can I drink it? does it taste good with rum? Arrrrrr!
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No, you need to cut some slots in those boots, attach the cleats and then you can go clipless all the time.
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Originally Posted by CB HI
No, you need to cut some slots in those boots, attach the cleats and then you can go clipless all the time.
I actually thought of that -- it would be pretty damned funny to put cleats on them! And I'd be tempted to do it just for the humor value alone. However it would probably take a bit of finagling since the soles are rather crazy (see below for example sole -- I don't own this model but most the New Rock soles are similar to this one):

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Originally Posted by flipped4bikes
OK, I can roll with it. How about the Forte Campus Pedals at performancebike.com?
Actually I use these on my commuter... now how well they would work with his boots is something I am not even going to try to imagine.

But those pedals do work quite well with wide bottom, lugged sole, running shoes... and the non-bike shoe looking SPD cleated shoes I also use.

On the negative side, they are not great pedals... they are bit heavy, and don't spin as easily as my Look pedals on my road bike.

But for a few miles... heck, they are a great compromise pedal. Quite strong too.
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How about some extra large/long Powergrips. Those might work.
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Originally Posted by genec
On the negative side, they are not great pedals... they are bit heavy, and don't spin as easily as my Look pedals on my road bike.

But for a few miles... heck, they are a great compromise pedal. Quite strong too.
A compromise that doesn't spin good isn't really what I'm interested in.

I should note that I also use this bike for longer recreational trips usually just around 15 miles, but I've gone over 40 miles -- not in my boots of course! In any case, this is another reason I'm looking into getting clipless pedals.
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Originally Posted by mtnwalker
How about some extra large/long Powergrips. Those might work.
Yeah I considered powergrips. I've read that they are better than toe straps (I tried toe straps/cages a long time ago and hated them), but I kinda want to try the clipless route first since I've never used them before.

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After doing more research and talking with some people at bike stores, I think I am gonna go for SPDs, namely the Shimano M424 or M545.

The Mallets are pretty, but supposedly the eggbeater style cleats (brass) wear out fast. Also, looking at them in person, I don't think the eggbeater spindles really could hold up to being mashed too often by New Rocks.
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