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Old 10-24-09, 09:50 AM
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Back to clipless after swearing off for good!

I found a reason to ride clipless again -- cutting the hell out of my shins with my flat pedals while stopping at lights!! Twice no less!

I love flat pedals to have good, grippy pins but those same pins can gore you!

Man, I swore off those things for good several months ago, but am reinstalling my crank brothers candy-c pedals as we speak.

I may be the only one to move back to clipless after quitting...seems like everyone pretty much sticks with them after getting used to them. Oh well...
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Old 10-24-09, 09:56 AM
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I tried the flat pedal deal after I started riding again. I wanted to like it, and did for putting around, but for most riding, I much prefer my eggbeaters. The mountain bike shoes are not that bad to walk in and my legs and knees feel better in the clipess. shruggs.
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Old 10-24-09, 10:04 AM
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I LOOOOVVVEESSSS me some SPD's.

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Old 10-24-09, 10:08 AM
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Yeah, I'm accident-prone and I haven't had any problems with my SPDs yet. The scars from my metal platforms on my shins and calves are almost gone!
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Old 10-24-09, 10:10 AM
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I have some really nasty scars from my platforms. I want to get some chromoly eggbeaters for my mtb, too.
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Old 10-24-09, 03:12 PM
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I like spds, but my pedals with pins stick like glue to shoes like Converse or other soft soled grippy shoes. I never even come close to slipping off. But if your pedals or shoes aren't grippy then I guess you'll slip eventually.
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During a short period (Wellgo SPD clones crapped out, couldn't replace right away), I was required to ride with platforms. The calf cramps almost put me on the bus! Funny how fast they went away after getting the 515's....
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Old 10-25-09, 09:44 AM
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I should also note that I always immediately change my shoes when I get to work to "boots" since I work outdoors so much. This makes changing out of clipless shoes make more sense than if I were NOT looking to change shoes. This (in addition to me injuring myself) has altered my decision to return to my crank bros. pedals and cleats.
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I finally put flipflop pedals on my daily ride so I can run out on lunchtime errands w/o changing shoes, but it's not going to happen for more than a couple miles here or there. Unless it's a snowboot day.
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Old 10-25-09, 10:07 AM
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I have a few scars from when I had platforms and toe clips. Those scars don't compare to when I fell ,because of my clipless pedals, and my chainring ate my calf. I still love my clipless pedals.
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Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
Those scars don't compare to when I fell ,because of my clipless pedals, and my chainring ate my calf. I still love my clipless pedals.
Man, ain't that the truth. I've slipped off platforms on an MTB and keeled my roadbike over from clipless, and either way a trip to the emergency room for stitches in my calf is a pain. The nurse says they see chainring gashes all the time. All things being equal, I'm sticking with my SPDs.
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Old 10-25-09, 01:14 PM
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My last fall

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toe clips work for me just fine... no falling over, no special shoes, no shredding of shins...
though they aren't as efficient for riding as clipless...
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No special shoes for clips and straps, but I have found that I have to wear the same shoes...which places them about with clipless for me.
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I see a young woman riding around town with pedals that are plastic cups, like western stirrups for horseback riding. I've spoken to her, and she said they are from South Africa. (which is where she is from) All they amount to is a flattened conical shell that rides atop the pedal. Instant in and out. A little funny looking but no doubt practical. Anyone ever here of these things or something like it?
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