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Old 04-28-08, 01:41 PM
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Clipless with dual-personality

I'm looking for a set of clipless that would give "fair" grip when not clipped in. This is because I like to be able to kick a foot off now and then for balance when riding in a rock garden, jumping, switchbacks, etc. There are times when I go to a BMX trail and ride the jump section for a while, then I go off to some regular XC stuff. Does anyone have a clipless pedal that they feel performs well in for this kind of daily riding?
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Old 04-28-08, 02:03 PM
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I know Shimano makes a pedal that is clipless on one side and medium sized platforms on the other. Dont know the name of them though. Is that what you are looking for?
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Old 04-28-08, 02:05 PM
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Crank Bros. Malet C Perfect for what you want.
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The problem I have with the dual purpose pedals is (correct me if there is a better way) but with traditional cleats I end up worse off unclipped. Granted I use a stiff soled XC cleat. Do all of you dual purpose pedal owners use the softer "skate shoe" style shoe instead?
 
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I use a Nike cycling shoe which has a very stiff sole with my Crank Bros. Malet C's. I think they are traditionally a MTB pedal, but I use them on my road bike.
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I know Shimano makes a pedal that is clipless on one side and medium sized platforms on the other. Dont know the name of them though. Is that what you are looking for?
The thought of having a clipless on one side and a platform on the other sounds nice for when I'm on the bmx trail. I'll have to check that out. But I wonder what the fastening side of the pedal looks like. On a bmx trail I would stop and flip the pedals, then proceed through the jumps, and kinda hang out there for a while. On a more typical xc trail I would want to unhook for a section, then hook back in. IE, I like to ride in dry riverbeds, which tightrope-style balancing is necessary because of the size of the rocks. I don't want to have to stop, flip my pedals, then get on again in this case. I want to be able to unhook ride through and rehook without stopping and with the least amount of distraction. I know thats a lot to ask for.
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to be honest I have no problems unclipping with my pedals. I have crashed LESS with clipless. if I need to throw a foot down I dont even think about it. I just put my foot down.

I rode a bike the other day with Platforms, and it was a horid feeling.
I rode like crap lol
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Originally Posted by imcrushingyerhd View Post
...I want to be able to unhook ride through and rehook without stopping and with the least amount of distraction. I know thats a lot to ask for.
That just takes practice. Most of last year I rode my DH bike with clipless and didn't have any problem popping a foot out through a sketchy turn and getting it back on to pedal hard out of the turn.
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Here they are, click on the 3-d view for a good look. The platform part is actually not that big, it is smaller than 'normal" platforms.

http://bike.shimano.com/publish/cont..._mountain.html
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clipless platform

I ride a set of time atac z's, they are an aluminum platform (sort of) that clip in on both sides. I am able to ride clipped in or out in my nike stiff soled shoes. I bought them for the same purpose you are describing but after a while I just stayed clipped in. It became second nature to unclip. I tride the shimanos but they broke and I crashed with my left foot stuck in the pedal. Love the Time pedals though
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http://bike.shimano.com/publish/cont..._mountain.html I have the Shimano PD-A530's they have a both clip & pedal. I clip in & out all the time when moving (mostly on switch backs). The pedal is a bit bigger & I have bounced the pedal part off a few rocks now & then
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Old 04-30-08, 08:31 AM
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The issue with the dual purpose pedals is that like many multi-purpose items they do not do either function as well. The shimano's are SPD on one side and a pedal on the other.
I think they are made to weight themselves down so that the SPD should normally be on the top. The thought it that is how you would use it most of the time . . . and you can purposefully flip it yourself when you want to ride normal shoes.

This is a thing that many have struggled with . . . to go 100% to clipless. Many want to be able to ride their bike with normal shoes from time to time (to the store, coffee shop, etc).

I say just make the commitment to going clipless 100% of the time. Get a pair of sandals with 2 hole cleats on them. Or carry flip flops in a backpack.
A dual purpose pedal will weight more. You have a better chance of not being able to clip in when you want. You have a better chance of stepping on the clipless side when in normal shoes.

The other side is the more you ride clipless, the less you will ever want to ride without. It sucks so bad to ride normal pedals after you are used to clipless.

Plus if you do both you are more likely to screw up and fall over when you are in clipless.
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I hate to repeat myself, but the time pedals Ive got are clipless on both sides, the spring you clip into is built onto a smallish but definitely rideable platform. I ride at least once a day in jogging shoes (commute) and clipless on workouts and trail rides. It works great both ways check them out

Time ATAC Z's
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shimano dual pedals

I have the dual purpose pedals and it's no problem to switch from platform to clipless side while riding. They sit in such a way that after a few times it's completely thoughtless to switch them. I think they don't freely sit quite parallel to the ground, so if you put your foot on them from behind with your heel down, you get the clipless side; from the front with toe down, pedal side. Once you feel them, you'll understand.
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The Shimano pedals above are also available at Performance as the Campus pedal. I've used them for years and they work great but are cheaper.

These are pretty good too from Pricepoint@$35. Better hold than the ones above when not clipped in, though you can get some mean scratches from the pegs.

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i have the M324s on my mtb because i ride it around town soetimes with normal shoes. Not a big platform, but it has fair grip esp on a softer shoe. I like to unclip through the technical sections too, which it is nice for. My only reservations would be the performance in the mud. I just rode last sunday in pretty muddy terrain and it got pretty hard to clip in, but i could have just fliped them over if i wanted to
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