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Do any of y'all ride with your clipless pedal and shoe setup to commute?

Old 10-17-12, 03:17 AM
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Do any of y'all ride with your clipless pedal and shoe setup to commute?

I am asking not necessarily in a daily commute way but more in terms of going to the coffee shop, bar or riding in the city to go meet people and such. I have recently moved to a very bike friendly city and want to be able to ride my bike to go out instead of driving but I only have my CAAD 10 with speedplays.

Edit: I was just looking around and saw those Chrome sneaker type shoes that are SPD compatible but I just cannot pull myself away from the speedplays

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Old 10-17-12, 03:27 AM
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What a great opportunity to buy a second bike.

Congrats!
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Originally Posted by DinoShepherd View Post
What a great opportunity to buy a second bike.

Congrats!
That would certainly be nice if I were in a position to do so!
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I use my mountain bike SPD shoes and some SPD pedals on my road bike that I commute on. I actually leave it set up that way for much of the year as my winter shoes are Sidi boot type and are SPD. I leave my Speedplay Pedals on the non commuter bike. Walking much on road bike cleats even with covers is not a lot of fun.
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Originally Posted by rkelley23 View Post
That would certainly be nice if I were in a position to do so!
Buy a $100 beater mtn bike and use platform pedals. When it gets stolen, you won't cry nearly as much compared to your CAAD10 getting stolen.
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I only ride clipless if I'm going to be on the roads. On days that I'm feeling off-ish or when the weather is too hardcore, I'll bring out my singlespeed with platforms.
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I commuted with the Speedplays. If you have to walk over hard, potentially slippery surfaces at the work end of the commute, Shoe Goo the cleats or get some covers. A couple people here have extolled the virtues of some keep on covers, but I haven't tried them myself.
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I use SPD pedals along with shoes similar to these

https://www.amazon.com/Pearl-iZUMi-Cy...ain+bike+shoes

Get some mountain bike shoes that look similar to hiking boots and no one has to know they're cycling shoes.

Pedals are not hard to take on/off. If a 2nd bike isn't an option, swapping pedals takes just a few minutes.
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I commute in 3 bolt road style cleats and pedals. I have a short commute that I can usually stay clipped in except for a couple stops, and a short walk indoors from the garage entrance to the shower though. My commuter bike is also my only road bike. Even so, I'm probably going to move my egg-beaters from my old mtn bike over now that I'll pretty much only be riding this bike to/from work now that the weather is getting colder.
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Yes, I use my regular road shoes and pedals for a 20mi round trip. I've done it in regular shoes too, but I enjoy the ride more with the cleats.

Riding to the bar, pub crawls, social rides I normally do in regular shoes.

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Yeah I am just so used to riding with a clipless setup I dont want to not have em especially since its a bit hilly here....I guess for now I am just going to go with carry my chillin shoes in a backpack and swap em.

Or just get these and suck it up

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I dont know about speedplays, but I ride with shoes on my SPD-SL road pedals with no problems. I wouldnt want to do a century ride like that, but it works fine for short trips.
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Commute to work on SPD-SLs. Small dab of shoe goo on the cleats seems to be working, although I don't typically walk around much at all on them, just at the end of the commute when I arrive at work. If I'm just riding to the bar or into town I just hop on the fixed gear in normal shoes with clips and straps. Or I'll carry a small messenger bag with a change of shoes in it if I ride the roadie.
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Originally Posted by rkelley23 View Post
Yeah I am just so used to riding with a clipless setup I dont want to not have em especially since its a bit hilly here....I guess for now I am just going to go with carry my chillin shoes in a backpack and swap em.
I just kept two pairs of shoes at work.
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dude, dont ditch da speedplays.

get some platformers for them ($24)


if you ride leisurely for 5 miles or less, sandals/shoes w/o platformers should be fine. i do this weekly with no issues.
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Originally Posted by rkelley23 View Post
I am asking not necessarily in a daily commute way but more in terms of going to the coffee shop, bar or riding in the city to go meet people and such. I have recently moved to a very bike friendly city and want to be able to ride my bike to go out instead of driving but I only have my CAAD 10 with speedplays.

Edit: I was just looking around and saw those Chrome sneaker type shoes that are SPD compatible but I just cannot pull myself away from the speedplays
I use those Chrome shoes with my ss bike. They've been great but they're as heavy as a pair of boots.
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Is there something like Platformers for Shimano SPD-SL pedals?
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I use Shimano A530 pedals on my commuter bike. When riding to work, I use bike shoes and cleats. When tooling around the neighborhood, I flip the pedals over and wear regular shoes or sneakers.
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Nthscip this!'

Personally if I need to ride somewhere 5min or less, I don't bother with shoes, just ride with normal sneakers on my special pedals...don't even bother to put the plastic inserts in.

I just keep in my mind that they are slippery, and take it easy.


On my last bike I had Crank Brothers pedals, the cleats for them are much smaller, so you can get shoes with cleats recessed enough that you can actually walk in those comfortably.
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I just ride with my usual Keo Blades and running shoes on small out and about errands of short distances. Sometimes I just don't want my road shoes if I will be walking around at all and I'm to lazy to swap pedals. I have not died yet from this.
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I leave a pair of sneakers and a pair of shoes at work. So I change when I arrive. In addition, I use MTB style SPD pedals, so shoes can look like normal sportshoes and you can normally walk in them.

I also have a hybrid bike with platform pedal. It IS more comfy when commuting and running errands, but ride is nicer when I'm clipped in. So i ride road bike on some (sunny) days, and hybrid on other. When I have a lot of errands to run and walking to do - hybrid, normal shoes.
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Originally Posted by DinoShepherd View Post
What a great opportunity to buy a second bike.

Congrats!
if where you are is as friendly as you say, and you want to be more bike-lifestyle oriented, then a 2nd bike is almost a given (if the 1st is a true full-on sport machine).
it's also an opportunity to not have your sport machine stolen or trashed in the everyday bustle.
it's very easy to take a nice bike off CL and make it your customized daily ride - I luv mine. it takes me to work, takes me to concerts, a run to get bananas or other light shopping. Good to deliver some stuff to friends, or a night ride to the beach for a late swim alone or with friends (roll the music from 'jaws'...)
there are other forums here which can give you a good/different perspective on the variety of bike lifestyle, without the associated 'roadie' hangups...

my commuter/ allrounder : combo platform one side, spd the other, geeky shimano mtb shoes - purrfect

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Originally Posted by rkelley23 View Post
I am asking not necessarily in a daily commute way but ...
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