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Old 10-28-12, 01:27 PM
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SPD shoes for commuting

Maybe this was already discussed here...

Are SPD clipless cyclicg shoes viable for commuting?
I have tried a bike with some of those in the country side...
The gained efficiency feels huge, and putting in a big speed burst thanks to those feels really cool!

But is it worth it when commuting? with all the traffic lights and so on?

Thanks!
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Old 10-28-12, 01:43 PM
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Originally Posted by FatBottomedGirl View Post
Maybe this was already discussed here...

Are SPD clipless cyclicg shoes viable for commuting?
I have tried a bike with some of those in the country side...
The gained efficiency feels huge, and putting in a big speed burst thanks to those feels really cool!

But is it worth it when commuting? with all the traffic lights and so on?

Thanks!
I think so. I use, and I don't have any problems unclipping at lights and whatnot.
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Old 10-28-12, 01:59 PM
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No problems at all. I use SPD on all my bikes and with the tension very loose on the commuter there's really no problem.
I once did a commute with platforms and my god that was heavy!
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Originally Posted by Digital_Cowboy View Post
I think so. I use, and I don't have any problems unclipping at lights and whatnot.
Same
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Old 10-28-12, 02:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Digital_Cowboy View Post
I think so. I use, and I don't have any problems unclipping at lights and whatnot.
+3

I have dual sided pedals (SPD on one side, platform on the other), but once I started clipping in, I feel very strange riding without it.

Cheers,
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Old 10-28-12, 02:41 PM
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I use dual-platform SPDs on my commuter and single on the road bike. The shoes stay the same.

No issues here with stopping/starting and quite often I end up wearing the SPD shoes all day at work.
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Originally Posted by cplager View Post
+3

I have dual sided pedals (SPD on one side, platform on the other), but once I started clipping in, I feel very strange riding without it.

Cheers,
Charles
I have the same and once adjusted correctly and gotten used to are very easy to use, even in traffic. Most of the shoes themselves are pretty difficult to walk in as they are impossibly stiff and hard soled, so you would do well to bring along another pair of shoes to change in to at work or other stops. The mountain bike shoes are easier as they have lugs on the sole to make the cleats themselves recessed but they too can be slippery on wood, tile or smooth concrete. I have seen some street looking shoes that have recessed spaces for cleats but have yet to find anyplace that sells them in my size or at an affordable price.
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location location, location

If that floats your boat..
although the repeated un clipping and re clipping at every stoplight
can get old.

My trip now is short.
if it were a long 12 mile rural stretch,
it would be different..

+ I can wear rubber boots, now.. no holes in the bottom..

Spud shoes have holes.. the winter is long and very wet,
and I cannot work on a concrete floor in bike shoes.

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Old 10-28-12, 03:18 PM
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It is well worth going clipless for commutes.
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SPD shoes for commuting

I had SPD pedals on most of my bikes, but am eliminating them in favor of half clips. I don't like the idea (or practice) of having a special shoe just to ride.
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Old 10-28-12, 03:26 PM
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I commute 12 -15 miles each way (depending on location) and find no difficulty with the occassional stops. I'm usually going in to work at 5 am so traffic is light. I just get into a routine that I always unclip with my right foot so it becomes habit as I approach a light to unclip and plant with that foot.
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Old 10-28-12, 03:42 PM
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Used to think clipless was suicidal. Now, I can't imagine riding without them - that includes CX and Mtb! I really like them on my commute. It may be arguable the actual advantages, but I sure like 'em.
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Old 10-28-12, 03:54 PM
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
If that floats your boat..
although the repeated un clipping and re clipping at every stoplight can get old.
I have to disagree with you. I've ridden with clipless so long now, that it's just second nature.
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Old 10-28-12, 04:56 PM
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I used SPDs for commuting. My shoes looked like regular sneakers and were comfortable to walk in so I'd sometimes wear them all day at work if we didn't have any formal meetings (kept a pair of dress shoes in my desk for those). Stopping and starting seemed a little easier with the SPDs than with my previous toe clip pedals so I didn't see any disadvantage and they did provide better efficiency.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
If that floats your boat..
although the repeated un clipping and re clipping at every stoplight can get old.
being able to track stand or balance while seated is a good skill to have when riding in an urban area. its also much easier than it seems.
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Old 10-28-12, 05:59 PM
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No! I have those. Bad idea!
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No! I have those. Bad idea!
That's wrong.

SPD-style pedals/shoes have worked well for me for commuting (and for all my riding) for 15+ years.
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I use them for all of my rides there great not a single problem clipping out at stop lite ect.Just plan you're stops ahead of time and you'll be fine.
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Old 10-28-12, 07:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Digital_Cowboy View Post
I have to disagree with you. I've ridden with clipless so long now, that it's just second nature.
Agreed. I don't even give it a second thought.
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Originally Posted by spare_wheel View Post
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If that floats your boat..
although the repeated un clipping and re clipping at every stoplight can get old.
being able to track stand or balance while seated is a good skill to have when riding in an urban area. its also much easier than it seems.
Agreed, that and if one is smart, when they see and red light ahead they'd slow down so as not to have to stop. And thus not need to unclip.
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Old 10-28-12, 09:28 PM
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They float my boat.
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Originally Posted by photogravity View Post
I had SPD pedals on most of my bikes, but am eliminating them in favor of half clips. I don't like the idea (or practice) of having a special shoe just to ride.
I have SPD's on my tourting/rando bike and MTB. I was reading a lot of Grant Petersen when I set up my commuter bike and went with normal cage pedals and I just wear some old Trail Runners I have. But like what has already been said, you can use SPD's should you like and you'll be fine.
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Old 10-28-12, 09:33 PM
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I wouldn't have it any other way. I ride with Crank Brothers Candy 1 pedals:

http://www.rei.com/product/847797/cr...-1-bike-pedals

The shoes I wear are Pearl Izumi All-Road shoes. They have a good enough sole that I can walk comfortably around a grocery store on slick floors without feeling like I'm going to end up on my butt.

http://www.rei.com/product/810727/pe...ike-shoes-mens
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Yep, totally worth it. I ride daily with my clip-less pedals and shoes. No issues unclipping for stops or lights. It becomes second nature. Just like when you need to stop you use your levers to break. It becomes natural to also unclip from a pedal before you need to put your foot down.
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Old 10-29-12, 12:25 PM
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I ride clipless all the time. Clipping in and unclipping become unconscious maneuvers after a while. The only time I may not prefer clipless is in snowy conditions when I want to get my foot down as quickly as possible.
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