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Clipless Commuters...

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by John the Monkey, 29 Nov 2007.

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  1. Clipless

    1 vote(s)
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  2. Flats + Toeclips

    1 vote(s)
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  3. Flats only

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  1. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Location:
    Crewe
    Just out of interest, how many of you ride clipless on the commute?

    I'm currently on flats (w/o toe clips) but am tempted by clipless because my rat trap pedals have wrecked my trainers and my feet slide around horribly on them in the wet...
     
  2. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    I occasionally ride my bikes with trainers, but I wouldn't like to go any distance without proper shoes and clipless. There's just no comparison, it's safer, faster, and more comfortable, IMO.
     
  3. longers

    longers Veteran

    I'm a recent (6 months) convert to clipless on my commuting bike (had them on fast bike for longer) and I would not change back ever at all ever.
     
  4. I only have Look pedals - pain in the butt to change the cleats now and again following the putting down of foot onto tarmac at red lights etc:rolleyes:...but most comfortable.
     
  5. For the last couple on months I've put the SPD's back on the commuter and much prefer them. I only commute 8-10miles (round) and I use the bike for pottering around shopping etc (any clothes/ shoes) and I'm considering putting the flats and Toe clips back on. For distance however the SPD's rule.
     
  6. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Location:
    Auld Reekie
    You missed out the asymmetric clipless and flat peddle such as the Shimano M324, which from a commuting point of view is real useful are you have a choice when going through an area with lot of traffic lights.
     
  7. OP
    OP
    John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Location:
    Crewe
    I did indeed HJ - I can't find how to change the poll though, sorry :biggrin:

    Are those pedals weighted so the SPD side faces up naturally?
     
  8. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London

    I have Looks on the 'bent, and SPDs on the fixed wheel. I do manage to avoid some wear on the Looks, because I don't need to unclip at traffic lights, my bent is low enough that I can put a hand on the ground to balance. :biggrin:
     
  9. Jacomus-rides-Gen

    Jacomus-rides-Gen New Member

    Location:
    Guildford / London
    Time RXS
     
  10. mikeitup

    mikeitup Senior Member

    Location:
    Walsall
    Clipless. Glad I changed from flats. Much more efficient and easier uphill, too.
    I paid £15 for my shimano 520's
     
  11. ash68

    ash68 New Member

    Location:
    northumberland
    yeh, clipless for me too, as mentioned shimano 520's or 540's depending on which bike I'm on. Couldn't go back to flat pedals after all these years with clipless. Once you get used to them, they are hard to beat
     
  12. neslon

    neslon Well-Known Member

    Location:
    The Toon
    Looks on the roadie when theres no salt/water to mess up , asymmetric SPD on the hybrid. When I have to ride flats, it feels well unstable (although on the MTB I still prefer them - think I'm a bit wussy)
     
  13. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    shimano PD M540s. got 'em for £27 new. get in.
    with specialized shoes.
     
  14. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Location:
    Auld Reekie
    To change the poll I think you have to be very nice to one of the mods or Shaun, but I am not sure if even they can do it, not that it really matters.

    I find the SPD side faces up most of the time, I didn't choose the pedals they just came with the bike, and before I got SPD shoes I used to find it a wee bit of a pain. Having got the right shoe they great...:biggrin:
     
  15. doyler78

    doyler78 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Co Down, Ireland
    On the 324 which I use I find that the spd when you initially push off falls naturally spd side up however if you wait just slightly longer it actually swings back to a flat pedal side. As I ride flat pedals due to hip/knee probs it always annoyed me having to flick the pedals until I discovered that this is what happened naturally if only I had waited just a tad longer before putting my foot back on the pedal. It really doesn't affect moving off at all as the delay is very minor.