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Old 07-14-12, 09:23 AM
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Pedal Nomenclature ?

I just don't understand what the name of my pedals are, are they called clip on, or straps or what else are they, both of my bikes have straps that I slide my feet into, the Cannondale are stock 105's and the hybrid Mendota has a strap too.


Are these clip ons?, or do I have the names mixed up?
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1988 Cannondale?
Do they look like this?

I just call 'em clip-n-strap road pedals. I don't think they really have a specific name. Maybe they should be called pointy road pedals.
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Originally Posted by sportridertex View Post
I just don't understand what the name of my pedals are, are they called clip on, or straps or what else are they, both of my bikes have straps that I slide my feet into, the Cannondale are stock 105's and the hybrid Mendota has a strap too.


Are these clip ons?, or do I have the names mixed up?
The picture that LesterofPuppets posted is of a pedal with toeclips. This one was aimed at racers with a smaller pedal platform. A cleat with a slot would have been attached to the shoe and it would have slipped down over the back of the pedal. When you started from a stop, you would have reached down and pulled the strap tighter to so that you wouldn't have pulled your foot out when sprinting. You would have also reached down and loosened the strap when you stopped so that you could pull your foot out.

Clipless pedals use a cleat (which could also be called a clip) that engages a spring trap mechanism on the pedal. There is no 'clip' or strap going up and over the shoe but the shoe itself does that duty. To get out of the pedal, you just twist your foot and it opens the trap. This is what a clipless road pedal looks like

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This is the type of pedals I have on my my 2 bikes, so what do you call these? Clipless, Clips or....?

I have size 12 shoes, I'd like to keep this style of pedal, I'd like to find some kind of shoe that will work with my big feet. I'm currently wearing a pair of old sketchers,my lawn mowing, bicycling shoe combo





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sportridertex, you have "toe clips" there.
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They are not clipless pedals.

Oh no, I just noticed that Universal Cycles doesn't have the Shimano clips for those on their site anymore. Expect finding clips to become increasingly difficult. Hopefully not impossible anytime soon, however.

MTB clips for the Wellgos are everywhere
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Originally Posted by sportridertex View Post
This is the type of pedals I have on my my 2 bikes, so what do you call these? Clipless, Clips or....?

I have size 12 shoes, I'd like to keep this style of pedal, I'd like to find some kind of shoe that will work with my big feet. I'm currently wearing a pair of old sketchers,my lawn mowing, bicycling shoe combo
You can use mountain bike shoes with clips. They would be better than the street shoes as well. Luckily, you'll find lots of shoes in your size on clearance. Not too many people have your size feet. If you had size 10, on the other hand, you have to be there the day the sales start or you'd be out of luck.
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My favorite shoes to use are running shoes. Usually narrow toes so easy to insert, thick sole that compresses a bit so that the straps hold your shoes to the pedals without creating hot spots (if you get just the right tension). Usually nice and cool also.
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