Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Fifty Plus (50+)
Reload this Page >

It's inevitable, isn't it?

Fifty Plus (50+) Share the victories, challenges, successes and special concerns of bicyclists 50 and older. Especially useful for those entering or reentering bicycling.

It's inevitable, isn't it?

Old 02-18-07, 10:39 AM
  #1  
Digital Gee
I need more cowbell.
Thread Starter
 
Digital Gee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Reno, Nevada
Posts: 8,182

Bikes: 2015 Specialized Sirrus Elite

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 22 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
It's inevitable, isn't it?

If my danged knee ever stops whining and I get out there on the bike regularly again, once I pimp my "new" 1989 Trek 1500 I'm going to have to go clipless, right?

I mean, even now, sneaking in little five mile rides here and there, I feel sooooo Fredish on my shiny platform pedals. Didn't bother me on the MTB, and didn't even bother me on the lovingly described "flat bar road bike" known as my Cypress SX.

But the 1500 is clearly a road bike, and a good one at that. It seems sacbicyclist to ride with platforms. I see clipless in my future...and I tremble.

I mean, if I go clipless, can spandex be far behind????
__________________
2015 Sirrus Elite

Proud member of the original Club Tombay
Digital Gee is offline  
Old 02-18-07, 11:05 AM
  #2  
airbrake
Senior Member
 
airbrake's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Alpena Michigan
Posts: 89

Bikes: Electra townie 21 Cannondale Synapse 3

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
So, if platform pedals and street clothes make you look like a fred, what would I look like on my Electra Townie if I went clipless and in latex!
airbrake is offline  
Old 02-18-07, 11:07 AM
  #3  
airbrake
Senior Member
 
airbrake's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Alpena Michigan
Posts: 89

Bikes: Electra townie 21 Cannondale Synapse 3

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Oops, thats spandex not latex! Yikes!!
airbrake is offline  
Old 02-18-07, 11:10 AM
  #4  
CrossChain
Senior Member
 
CrossChain's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 2,023
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
If you can find flesh colored spandex, nobody will notice that you're OCP'ing in bike shorts. Can't guarantee you'll escape all notice.
CrossChain is offline  
Old 02-18-07, 11:10 AM
  #5  
Digital Gee
I need more cowbell.
Thread Starter
 
Digital Gee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Reno, Nevada
Posts: 8,182

Bikes: 2015 Specialized Sirrus Elite

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 22 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by airbrake
Oops, thats spandex not latex! Yikes!!
I'm glad you corrected that! I simply didn't know HOW to respond!

All I could think of was...wrong forum perhaps???
__________________
2015 Sirrus Elite

Proud member of the original Club Tombay
Digital Gee is offline  
Old 02-18-07, 11:11 AM
  #6  
BluesDawg
just keep riding
 
BluesDawg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Milledgeville, Georgia
Posts: 13,537

Bikes: 2018 Black Mountain Cycles MCD,2017 Advocate Cycles Seldom Seen Drop Bar, 2017 Niner Jet 9 Alloy, 2015 Zukas custom road, 2003 KHS Milano Tandem, 1986 Nishiki Cadence rigid MTB, 1980ish Fuji S-12S

Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 161 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Actually, it's lycra.
BluesDawg is offline  
Old 02-18-07, 11:24 AM
  #7  
Jet Travis
Ride Daddy Ride
 
Jet Travis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Villa Incognito
Posts: 2,648

Bikes: 1983 Trek 720; 1983 Trek 620; 1989 Gi Cannondale Bad Boy Ultra; LeMond Victoire; Bike Friday Pocket Rocket Pro

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Let's get it straight: The shorts are lyrca. The girlfriend is latex.
__________________
"Light it up, Popo." --Levi Leipheimer
Jet Travis is offline  
Old 02-18-07, 11:28 AM
  #8  
Digital Gee
I need more cowbell.
Thread Starter
 
Digital Gee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Reno, Nevada
Posts: 8,182

Bikes: 2015 Specialized Sirrus Elite

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 22 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
It ain't spandex?
__________________
2015 Sirrus Elite

Proud member of the original Club Tombay
Digital Gee is offline  
Old 02-18-07, 11:32 AM
  #9  
Indolent58
Queen of France
 
Indolent58's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 3,799

Bikes: Look 565, Trek 2120

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Digital Gee
It ain't spandex?
No. That would explain a lot.

Indolent58 is offline  
Old 02-18-07, 11:43 AM
  #10  
centexwoody
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Brazos River valley, south central TX
Posts: 1,298

Bikes: 2005 Surly LHT; 2006 Surly CrossCheck with Extracycle; 1987 Schwinn World Sport as urban cruiser

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Digital Gee
If my danged knee ever stops whining and I get out there on the bike regularly again, once I pimp my "new" 1989 Trek 1500 I'm going to have to go clipless, right?
Not necessarily. Last fall I got clipless pedals on my Surly LHT. Had already purchased shoes on sale (the only clipless cycling shoes I've found in size 16!). First ride was 34 miles in an organized event. Then tried commuting with clipless...just didn't work and I didn't want to ride on the other side of the pedals just mashing because it's too inefficient.

At that point I'd been riding with toe clips for a year so knew how much efficiency was gained by using them. But the clipless made me nervous riding in the city - making sure I clipped out when stopping in traffic at lights, stop signs, etc. Never did fall over, just anxiety-ridden about the d*mn shoes.

So I bought some PowerGrips and installed them (after reading about them on BF). These have been a GREAT compromise between the toe clips (too small for my size 16 shoes) and the clipless (too anxiety-producing for my commuting). I have changed out the pedals occasionally to ride clipless on the Surly and if I were going to do 35 miles or more on a single ride, I'd probably re-install the clipless pedals. But for commuting and city-riding or for my weekend 16-20 milers, my PowerGrips are here to stay.

So, no, I don't think there is any inevitability to clipless for your road bike...you don't have to reliquish all your geekiness in one move, dude - at our age you are allowed to hold onto all the 'geeky' you can handle...
__________________
centexwoody
They're beautiful handsome machines that translate energy into joy.
centexwoody is offline  
Old 02-18-07, 12:02 PM
  #11  
Road Fan
Senior Member
 
Road Fan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Posts: 14,063

Bikes: 1980 Masi, 1984 Mondonico, 1984 Trek 610, 1980 Woodrup Giro, 2005 Mondonico Futura Leggera ELOS, 1967 PX10E, 1971 Peugeot UO-8

Mentioned: 25 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 745 Post(s)
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Digital Gee
If my danged knee ever stops whining and I get out there on the bike regularly again, once I pimp my "new" 1989 Trek 1500 I'm going to have to go clipless, right?

<<snip>>>


But the 1500 is clearly a road bike, and a good one at that. It seems sacbicyclist to ride with platforms. I see clipless in my future...and I tremble.

I mean, if I go clipless, can spandex be far behind????
Gary, why go clipless? Did Ebay go under? there are loads of top of the line clipped touring, racing, and track pedals out there. Ever check out a Campy C-Record platform pedal? you can get the style points, some good foot positioning, and continue to rage against the dying of the light. If not Campy, there a a number of good other brands. Shimano had some super platform pedals, in ultegra and dura-ace levels with integral toe clips.

Here's a secret: you don't need to have slotted cleats on these pedals, nor do you need to strap yourself in.

Road "snug shoes and loose straps" Fan
Road Fan is offline  
Old 02-18-07, 12:10 PM
  #12  
Jet Travis
Ride Daddy Ride
 
Jet Travis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Villa Incognito
Posts: 2,648

Bikes: 1983 Trek 720; 1983 Trek 620; 1989 Gi Cannondale Bad Boy Ultra; LeMond Victoire; Bike Friday Pocket Rocket Pro

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Road Fan
Gary, why go clipless? Did Ebay go under? there are loads of top of the line clipped touring, racing, and track pedals out there. Ever check out a Campy C-Record platform pedal? you can get the style points, some good foot positioning, and continue to rage against the dying of the light. If not Campy, there a a number of good other brands. Shimano had some super platform pedals, in ultegra and dura-ace levels with integral toe clips.

Here's a secret: you don't need to have slotted cleats on these pedals, nor do you need to strap yourself in.

Road "snug shoes and loose straps" Fan
A very quick check of ebay netted these, which seem quite stylish, period-correct, and would go swimmingly with that Brooks saddle DG's thinking about.

http://cgi.ebay.com/MKS-Sylvan-Road-...QQcmdZViewItem
__________________
"Light it up, Popo." --Levi Leipheimer
Jet Travis is offline  
Old 02-18-07, 12:34 PM
  #13  
Terrierman
Senior Member
 
Terrierman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: SWMO
Posts: 3,185
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1400 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Digital Gee
It ain't spandex?
All Lycra is spandex. Not all spandex is lycra. Lycra is a brand name, spandex is a more or less generic term. The only spandex this boy is wearing is in his underwear. Period. Even if I have gone to clipless pedals you don't have to worry yourselves about ever seeing me in a spandex suit. I will spare the world that sight.

About the clipless pedals. DG, they are not as big a deal as I thought they would be to get used to. And if ever there was a person who questioned them, it was me, largely due to concerns over even being able to get my left leg/foot out of them. In reality, no sweat. Still haven't fallen, but planning to, I'm sure when least expected and most embarassing...
__________________
It's all downhill from here. Except the parts that are uphill.
Terrierman is offline  
Old 02-18-07, 12:39 PM
  #14  
stapfam
Time for a change.
 
stapfam's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Posts: 19,914

Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Digital Gee
once I pimp my "new" 1989 Trek 1500 I'm going to have to go clipless, right?


But the 1500 is clearly a road bike, and a good one at that. It seems sacbicyclist to ride with platforms. I see clipless in my future...and I tremble.

I mean, if I go clipless, can spandex be far behind????

Wear whatever you like- It won't affect your riding-BUT clipless------

You've got the bike- But now- What Clipless Pedals are you going to buy? Or is that up to us to decide?
__________________
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.


Spike Milligan
stapfam is offline  
Old 02-18-07, 12:43 PM
  #15  
DnvrFox
Banned.
 
DnvrFox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Posts: 20,917
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Why the great fear of clipless?

They are no big deal. Takes a couple of tries, about 2 falls, and you are on them for good.

Make your decision on other grounds than FOC (fear of clipless).
DnvrFox is offline  
Old 02-18-07, 12:47 PM
  #16  
Indolent58
Queen of France
 
Indolent58's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 3,799

Bikes: Look 565, Trek 2120

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by DnvrFox
Why the great fear of clipless?

They are no big deal. Takes a couple of tries, about 2 falls, and you are on them for good.

Make your decision on other grounds than FOC (fear of clipless).
The only catch is that the 2 falls have to occur in front of witnesses. If there is no humiliation involved they don't count.
Indolent58 is offline  
Old 02-18-07, 01:00 PM
  #17  
DnvrFox
Banned.
 
DnvrFox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Posts: 20,917
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by Indolent58
The only catch is that the 2 falls have to occur in front of witnesses. If there is no humiliation involved they don't count.
I guess I will have to fall again! My two came in complete privacy.
DnvrFox is offline  
Old 02-18-07, 01:27 PM
  #18  
Retro Grouch 
Senior Member
 
Retro Grouch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: St Peters, Missouri
Posts: 29,202

Bikes: Catrike 559 I own some others but they don't get ridden very much.

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1117 Post(s)
Liked 9 Times in 6 Posts
Originally Posted by Digital Gee
I feel sooooo Fredish on my shiny platform pedals.
Not to worry. With that hair do nobody will ever notice what kind of pedals you're using.
Retro Grouch is online now  
Old 02-18-07, 01:59 PM
  #19  
robtown
Muscle bike design spec
 
robtown's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Sterling VA
Posts: 3,676

Bikes: 70 Atala Record Proffesional, 00 Lemond, 08 Kestrel Evoke, 96 Colnago Master Olympic, 01 Colnago Ovalmaster, 76 Raleigh Gran Sport, 03 Fuji World, 86 Paramount, 90 Miyata CF, 09 Ritchey Breakaway CX, Bianchi Trofeo, 12 OutRiderUSA HyperLite

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
DG - I will mail you a pair of unused WAM-M919 double sided SPD pedals. If I can find a set of cleats you may have those also. You do have SPD shoes? If not try http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...22&PID=1542015.
__________________
Korval is Ships
See my Hyperlite 411 it's the photo model on OutRiderUSA web page
robtown is offline  
Old 02-18-07, 02:05 PM
  #20  
oldspark
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Peterson Iowa
Posts: 765

Bikes: Trek 7000 and a Trek 1200

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
The important thing is to fall with grace.
oldspark is offline  
Old 02-18-07, 02:50 PM
  #21  
centexwoody
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Brazos River valley, south central TX
Posts: 1,298

Bikes: 2005 Surly LHT; 2006 Surly CrossCheck with Extracycle; 1987 Schwinn World Sport as urban cruiser

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Indolent58
The only catch is that the 2 falls have to occur in front of witnesses. If there is no humiliation involved they don't count.
I've never fallen on clipless.

I HAVE fallen twice using the PowerGrips, once due to a car pulling out in front of me and having to swerve, put my foot down and stop all at once, the 2nd slipping on a sidwalk covered in mud that concealed a board under rainwater and my front wheel just slide sideways. Both were on heavily traveled public streets. Neither one resulted in anyone stopping to inquire about my condition. I suppose the blue air surrounding me put them off...
__________________
centexwoody
They're beautiful handsome machines that translate energy into joy.
centexwoody is offline  
Old 02-18-07, 03:30 PM
  #22  
Digital Gee
I need more cowbell.
Thread Starter
 
Digital Gee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Reno, Nevada
Posts: 8,182

Bikes: 2015 Specialized Sirrus Elite

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 22 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I found these in my bike parts box. Are they from that period?
Attached Images
File Type: jpg
Pedals.jpg (83.7 KB, 6 views)
__________________
2015 Sirrus Elite

Proud member of the original Club Tombay
Digital Gee is offline  
Old 02-18-07, 03:49 PM
  #23  
spry
location:northern Ohio
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 3,589
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
DG,you can buy clips and straps for those pedals shown above till you see what your knee is up to.Heard clipless can cause knee issues if the free float(toe in or out adj.) is adjusted wrong.

Keep the latex in the wallet.It serves no function on a road bike.
spry is offline  
Old 02-18-07, 06:02 PM
  #24  
CrossChain
Senior Member
 
CrossChain's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 2,023
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
DG.....Clips may be hard to find these days (and make sure you get the largest size) but you can go to Rivendell to this page:
http://www.rivbike.com/webalog/pedals_clips_straps/

There's something quaintly cool about coming to a stoplight and leaning down to flip your toestrap buckle to loosen things up to put a foot down. Actually, without cleats, there won't be much need, but who will know!
CrossChain is offline  
Old 02-18-07, 06:51 PM
  #25  
bkaapcke
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 3,246
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 48 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
At your age, Gary, any use of spandex should be limited to the boudoir. Please, not in public. bk
bkaapcke is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.