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Old 04-05-08, 12:40 PM
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Could someone explain float?

Just to satisfy my intellectual curiosity, can someone explain the float factor in clipless pedals? I read a little of what Sheldon Brown says, but while he defines it, he doesn't explain the pros and cons of float. I'm guessing float is good for newbies to clipless, while seasoned vets may not use any float at all? Is that right, is it just the opposite, or what? And if you get a set-up with float, how do you know how to set it up with just enough float? Trial and error?

Also, when there is float, does that mean you can move your heels both left AND right to clip out?
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Float is the allowable "wiggle range" that you can move your feet without clipping out.

Pro: Its better for your knees since it allows more relaxed leg position.

Con: It can be harder to unclip since you must twist your feet further to release.
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To stay on top of the water. Not to sink. OK.
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Anytime.
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Float is the amount of money that American Express has collected on traveler's checks that it has sold but not yet cashed. At any one time, it amounts to about $400 million.

According to this article in Time Magazine, it may be the largest amount of "float" in the world outside of Central Banks.

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/ar...872975,00.html

Used in sentence: "It would float my boat to have some float like that."
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Float is the amount of money that American Express has collected on traveler's checks that it has sold but not yet cashed. At any one time, it amounts to about $400 million.

According to this article in Time Magazine, it may be the largest amount of "float" in the world outside of Central Banks.

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/ar...872975,00.html

Used in sentence: "It would float my boat to have some float like that."
Something even more O.T. than this post (^^^)...

...unless there's something wrong with my computer or I just stepped out of the 'Way-Back Machine' with Mr. P*****y and Sherman (something probably only us 50+er's will get...), I think BengeBoy needs to check the date of that Time article.

Report back when you've looked at it again....
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Did you check it out?
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The wonders of search engine optimization....I thought $400m seemed small but never checked the date of the article.

OK, so in 2002 it was $6.5 billion...
http://www.forbes.com/2003/10/03/cx_al_1003amex.html

(BTW, I would be embarrassed to post such a stupid link, as I did above, if it were the dumbest thing I've done today. Unfortunately, it isn't.)

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Float is what you live on between the time you cash that personal check and the time it hits the bank, and with luck have put enough into the account to cover it.
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Amazing how a simple, honest question brings out all the weizenheimers around here!

(Okay, Solveg, where did that term come from???)
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Originally Posted by Digital Gee View Post
Amazing how a simple, honest question brings out all the weizenheimers around here!

(Okay, Solveg, where did that term come from???)
Makes a change- But as it has a "Z" in it- it can be construed that it is not an English term.

On the float bit- Depends on the Disco- but I thought float had gone out of fashion with the younger set nowadays. Now if we start talking about "Foating across the Dance Floor" then you need it but I didn't know you were into Ballroom.
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Amazing how a simple, honest question brings out all the weizenheimers around here!

I'm pleased you asked the simple question, because it's something I've been wondering too. After hearing the answer, I suspect that I'll remain toeclip/clipless free.
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This is not float!
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DG,
Seeing as how you mocked the clipless crowd with your April Fool's antics, I say we let you satisfy your intellectual curiosity on the Roadie forum!
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Amazing how a simple, honest question brings out all the weizenheimers around here!

(Okay, Solveg, where did that term come from???)
If it makes you feel any better, I named my pet peeve Digital Gee.
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Originally Posted by Catweazle View Post
I'm pleased you asked the simple question, because it's something I've been wondering too. After hearing the answer, I suspect that I'll remain toeclip/clipless free.
Why is that?
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