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Old 08-09-23, 05:19 PM
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So I use Time ATAC XC pedals on all my bikes, love them. My wife on the other hand is paranoid about clipless and only uses flat pedals. We have a Stages SB20 for my indoor riding and put an extra set of ATACs on it. She just struggles clipping in and out, might take 5 mins to get her foot in and is tired of my instruction help. I've never had issue with this stuff, so I don't understand how she continues to struggle. I find the ATAC's to be just super duper easy to get in and out of.

So off to google I go as I need to find an alternative and I want nothing to do with Speedplay. So I ordered some Magped Gravel pedals as we both use Shimano XC shoes and the Magped pedals kind of have a preferred shoe type based on the model of pedal you go with. I have to admit, these pedals are intriguing and since they do not require actually 'locking in' outside of the magnetic connection, I think this will work so much better for her. Downside is they are pretty damn pricey, but I did contact them with a question, and they gave me a discount code, so I got 10% off which essentially covered the shipping cost. Saw some youtube videos on them and they look to have pretty good grip. So looking forward to getting them in to give them a go.


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battery life isn't to what I'd require for long rides. I carry a second tail light, which is not something I want to also charge after each ride. I could probably make it for two rides, but that doesn't reassure me that it'll be bright & functional unless I keep my eye on it after a certain point. Around by me, you need a bright "to be seen tail light" if you don't want to have a high chance in getting run up on by a motorist.

USB C would make it very convenient, as everything else uses that for requiring a recharge.
Couldn't agree more, everything USB should be 'C' today. I use a NiteRider Solaris 250 and I love it, but it too is still the old school USB micro plug. It's got some serious battery life though. I only use it for day riding. I had considered the viz 450 but after watching a utube vid comparing the Solaris with the 300 and 450 I opted for the Solaris. They're all daylight visible and that's the main thing.
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Originally Posted by jaxgtr
So I use Time ATAC XC pedals on all my bikes, love them. My wife on the other hand is paranoid about clipless and only uses flat pedals. We have a Stages SB20 for my indoor riding and put an extra set of ATACs on it. She just struggles clipping in and out, might take 5 mins to get her foot in and is tired of my instruction help. I've never had issue with this stuff, so I don't understand how she continues to struggle. I find the ATAC's to be just super duper easy to get in and out of.

So off to google I go as I need to find an alternative and I want nothing to do with Speedplay. So I ordered some Magped Gravel pedals as we both use Shimano XC shoes and the Magped pedals kind of have a preferred shoe type based on the model of pedal you go with. I have to admit, these pedals are intriguing and since they do not require actually 'locking in' outside of the magnetic connection, I think this will work so much better for her. Downside is they are pretty damn pricey, but I did contact them with a question, and they gave me a discount code, so I got 10% off which essentially covered the shipping cost. Saw some youtube videos on them and they look to have pretty good grip. So looking forward to getting them in to give them a go.


Considered those for my wife. Let us know what you think.
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Old 08-09-23, 08:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Considered those for my wife. Let us know what you think.
Will do. They told me that they ship them via DHL and usually 3-5 days to the states, and are shipped out of Vancouver, BC.
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Added the RSL bar/stem to the Emonda. Used the Fizik BondCush tape, and it feels great, but it is really hard to wrap due to very little stretch.

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I thought I dialed in my bike fit, but have had knee issues lately. After studying a video of myself riding on the trainer, I've concluded I need wider pedals...so I got a +4mm pair of Ultegra SPD sls. They're replacing a standard width set of SPD sls.


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Jaunty little Basil pannier. Now I need a yellow bar bag, too.

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Sometimes, it's the little things.

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3 pairs of white aero-socks. With my first pair, got a 5th fastest overall on one segment. It was’t me - it was the socks.
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Old 08-12-23, 03:27 PM
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New helmet due to an unfortunate situation yesterday that involved me colliding with a car that made a left turn into me because the driver "didn't see me" despite the 400 lumen flashing white front light on my bars.

Fun!
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Old 08-12-23, 04:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Bearhawker
New helmet due to an unfortunate situation yesterday that involved me colliding with a car that made a left turn into me because the driver "didn't see me" despite the 400 lumen flashing white front light on my bars.

Fun!
Well you are OK I hope. That is what important.

Your auto insurance should cover any costs as it was an accident involving a vehicle (mine replaced trashed carbon frame, saddle, kelmet and some other parts and for the reassembly of components on the new frame).

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Old 08-12-23, 05:49 PM
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Originally Posted by GeneO
Well you are OK I hope. That is what important.

Your Their auto insurance should cover any costs as it was an accident involving a vehicle (mine replaced trashed carbon frame, saddle, kelmet and some other parts and for the reassembly of components on the new frame).
Fixed it for you , but don't hold your breath.
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Best-possible outcome considering the circumstances (video posted in my "Just another day on PEI" thread in case anyone wants to watch!)

I appear to be completely fine - just minor niggles. Bike shop says they can't find anything wrong: not even a scratch an suggest I ride the hell outta it and see if anything falls off or explodes. Short of sending it somewhere to be x-rayed there doesn't appear to be any other way of discovering hidden issues. Not even a mark on the bar tape, hoods, etc.

Rode the bike today on the same 20km ride and apart from an unidentified new sound as the cranks go round you'd never know it just collided with a car. Back to the shop tomorrow to see if they can ID the noise. Sure hope so! It's not a bad noise, but it is new. (the bike only has 950km on it)

Cheers all!
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Switched from the PD-EH 500 to the dual-sided PD-ED 500.

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Originally Posted by jaxgtr
Fixed it for you , but don't hold your breath.
In my case it was my fault, so my insurance paid for it, but yeah.
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Picked up a nice frameset on e-bay last week....
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Old 08-14-23, 03:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Considered those for my wife. Let us know what you think.
Ok, got the pedals today and installed them. Took me about 20 mins to install pedals and the plates on the shoes. I showed her how to clip in, it took her less than 5 seconds to attach both feet onto the pedals, less than 5 seconds. She had a smile a mile wide, gave me a high five and said they were so much easier. I gave them a quick 2 min spin after I set them up and I could not pull my foot out on a north south position. You disengage by rolling your foot out away from the bike, which does not have the same force on the magnet, but that was not super weak, it still required a little effort, but was easy enough to ensure you could pull your foot if needed. The amount of float on these are pretty generous if you have knee issues. I would rate up them up there with Speedplay. They are stupid light, not that it matters on my Stages SB20, but if you put them on your bike, they are really light. I am going to take, a spin tonight to test them on some climbing to see if I would pull my foot, and do a short sprint to see if I would pull my foot, I do not suspect I will based on what I felt earlier. I will have to get used to all the float since I am so used to my ATACs that are pretty tight, as I use the 10 deg cleat, but I've never had issues pulling my foot with them.

I did have to make one minor adjustment mid ride, but she was very happy with them and was glad I got them, told me good purchase. I had her unclip as she was pedaling and then clip back in, she was able to do it without stopping her pedal motion. She told me without being prompted that she would consider having these on her bike she rides outside after she gets more comfortable with them, which for her is a massively positive statement about these pedals. She would never put standard clipless pedals on any bike she rides outside.
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Good write up. Let me know more as you ride them.

I would be switching my wife from SPD-SLs, so curious as to the relative ease of "unclipping" as well as how they retain the foot while riding strenuously.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Good write up. Let me know more as you ride them.

I would be switching my wife from SPD-SLs, so curious as to the relative ease of "unclipping" as well as how they retain the foot while riding strenuously.
So I got in 25 with 1K of climbing, pedals worked fantastic. I do believe I need to tweak the placement just a tad, as I think I have the mounting plates a little too far back, but I figured that might be the case. Never pulled my foot, unless I wanted to. Never felt like I was on the edge or anything like that, they were just solid stuck to the pedal. You have to want to pull your foot out as you have to sort of roll your foot up and away from the bike, which is not a normal action you would do when unclipping, but when you want to pull your foot, not a lot of resistance to it, and very simple to do. I would not hesitate to use these pedals on the road or off.
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Originally Posted by noteon
Jaunty little Basil pannier. Now I need a yellow bar bag, too.

Nice. I've got the same bike in blue, with the same rack attachment. I do find it annoying how much pannier bags rattle on that rack. It's also annoying attaching panniers to that rack if I've got the bottom pannier hooks set up for a traditional rack on another bike.
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