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Old 08-02-09, 01:43 PM
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speedplay not clipped in

Hello,

I posted a bigger thread in the MTB section, but this may be the better place to ask... Im thinking about speedplay for road and MTB for a number of reasons.

Two basic questions:

How well do the speedplay pedals work as-is with street shoes or flip-flops?

How well can one pedal with speedplay pedals if not clipped in, like if you are wearing road or MTB shoes, but just need to pedal to move a few feet? It seems like they might clip in too easily (some say it is nearly brainless to clip into a speedplay), or else one may slip right off with no security that one could move.

Being able to pedal not clipped in is also important to me for mountanbiking, so I want to be able to count on it.

Thanks for any thoughts!
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Old 08-02-09, 02:33 PM
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Hopefully you are talking about frogs not road pedals. Frogs are ok for a quick trip across town but I dont like to do it on their road ones.

I would never ever ever wear flip flops on the bike ever!!!
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No flip flops? Why? It works ok on my spd pedals going 6 blocks or so to our pool.

Why would it work better on the frogs than others?
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Old 08-02-09, 05:57 PM
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I never wear flip flops while riding Sandles that strap on yes, but with flip flops there is nothing holding your foot to the shoe and its to easy to slip out of them.

Why Frogs? well you can ride frogs in the dirt you cant pack them with mud you cant you can allways clip in. Speedplay road pedals if you get them full of mud or dirt there is no way on gods green earth that you will be able to clip in untill you sit down and dig every little bit of cruud out of the springs.
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Regular shoes work ok on my frogs.
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Originally Posted by Milice View Post
Why Frogs? well you can ride frogs in the dirt you cant pack them with mud you cant you can allways clip in. Speedplay road pedals if you get them full of mud or dirt there is no way on gods green earth that you will be able to clip in untill you sit down and dig every little bit of cruud out of the springs.
Got it there, absolutely agree 100%.

would use frogs for MTB, regular speedplay for road.

Question becomes then, wearing road shoes (MTB or road per application), can one pedal along at slow speeds without being clipped in? This is important to me for certain situations on the road or on more technical stuff on trails where I'm just not comfortable.

Thanks again
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Originally Posted by JHZR2 View Post
Got it there, absolutely agree 100%.

would use frogs for MTB, regular speedplay for road.

Question becomes then, wearing road shoes (MTB or road per application), can one pedal along at slow speeds without being clipped in? This is important to me for certain situations on the road or on more technical stuff on trails where I'm just not comfortable.

Thanks again
With the road pedals it would be hard to ride in a road shoe not clipped in. Foot placement would be kind of strange. Ont the mtb pedals yes you can but you will find with the float of frogs once you get used to them you will find them so easy to ride that you willnot worry about being clipped in on the techinical stuff.
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Originally Posted by Milice View Post
With the road pedals it would be hard to ride in a road shoe not clipped in. Foot placement would be kind of strange. Ont the mtb pedals yes you can but you will find with the float of frogs once you get used to them you will find them so easy to ride that you willnot worry about being clipped in on the techinical stuff.
Well...I disagree, I do ride my road ones sometimes with normal shoes, or all the time while being not quite clipped in (across intersections). There are 2 drawbacks - 1 you end up with your seat being a little to high with regular shoes because you have the platform on the bottom, and 2 it's not a very big surface to rest your foot on. I'd say it bigger than spd's (the mountain variety) but I don't think I'd want to bike 10 miles with them.

However, this is for the speedplay road pedals, no experience with the speedplay frogs.
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