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Old 03-25-18, 10:15 AM
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School bike club

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The school that I work in has had a "bike club" for several years now. I am in the process with a couple of other admins to make it better/more attractive to the kids. So... We are looking for men's biking shoes in the 40-44 range that you do not use anymore. We have enough women's sizes. We are willing to pay, but don't have tons of cash. (we are working on fundraising) anything would help us.
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Old 03-25-18, 10:54 AM
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Thanks for the quick reply. Yes we start them all with flat pedals, but I would like to introduce them into clipless pedals as they advance for hill climbing etc.
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Originally Posted by Fbear2 View Post
Thanks for the quick reply. Yes we start them all with flat pedals, but I would like to introduce them into clipless pedals as they advance for hill climbing etc.
??? I climb hills on flat pedals all the time, have yet to fall off the bike or the hill.
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Originally Posted by Fbear2 View Post
Thanks for the quick reply. Yes we start them all with flat pedals, but I would like to introduce them into clipless pedals as they advance for hill climbing etc.
Don't wanna start a clip/flat pedal discussion. But what type of professionalism are you training them for? Some MTB racers win professional races on flats and as others have pointed out, for learning flats are safer.

i never rode clipless, but everyone i know that has them told me they fell at first when stopping. Do you want that on school time? sounds like unnecessary liability and risk.

Yes $6K carbon bikes also would be nice, but it sounds like a bit overkill for a school biking program. I'm sure many here would donate equipment for necessities, but clip pedals and extra shoes seems beyond necessary.
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Hi all,
Thanks for the discussion. All we are trying to do is to introduce the kids to as much of the sport as we can. I know that I use clipless pedals to "pull" the pedal up while climbing hills etc... I am not, nor are the other teachers I work with "professional bikers" we just try to do our best...
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You can always use flat pedals and "rat-trap" straps---Much Much cheaper (can us any shoe) and a lot safer for beginners.

To whatever degree you are set on clipless .... worth asking I guess. Maybe try Alibaba, try to find a vendor who will sell a bunch of cheap-knock-off shoes for very little per unit?
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