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    Clipless bike pedals... worth it?

    Are clipless pedals worth it? I currently have a road bike with toe cages, and am starting to ride more and plan on doing a tri(sprint) later this year. Is it worth the $140 minimum that the pedals and shoes would cost me?


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    Re: Clipless bike pedals... worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cycl1 View Post
    Are clipless pedals worth it? I currently have a road bike with toe cages, and am starting to ride more and plan on doing a tri(sprint) later this year. Is it worth the $140 minimum that the pedals and shoes would cost me?
    Yeah, they are worth it. You get excellent power transmission on an extremely stable platform. In addition you can power your pedals entirely through the stroke. You can find pedals and shoes much cheaper than that if you just want to try them and aren't sure you want to go whole hog until you know you like them.

    Be prepared to fall a time or two while you are getting used to them. It happens to everyone. You forget to clip out when you stop and go over in a heap. Generally nothing is hurt but your pride.


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    Re: Clipless bike pedals... worth it?

    I just clipped in for the first time last week. Wow what a difference once you learn to pull and push at the same time. Just set your releases really low so you can pop out easy.


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    Re: Clipless bike pedals... worth it?

    I'm more of a mountain biker (cross country) and love my clipless pedals/shoes. I did a few days of Ride the Rockies last summer on demo road bikes and used my mountain bike pedals & shoes...it was phenomenal. You get so much more efficiency out of every rotation.

    My pedals also have enough of a platform that they can comfortably be used with flats/regular tennis shoes if doing something more casual.



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    Re: Clipless bike pedals... worth it?

    Check out Nashbar.... You can get some really good stuff cheap. I bought my sandals and clips for $60. Held up 3 years now



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    Re: Clipless bike pedals... worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by clone2011 View Post
    I'm more of a mountain biker (cross country) and love my clipless pedals/shoes. I did a few days of Ride the Rockies last summer on demo road bikes and used my mountain bike pedals & shoes...it was phenomenal. You get so much more efficiency out of every rotation.

    My pedals also have enough of a platform that they can comfortably be used with flats/regular tennis shoes if doing something more casual.
    If that is what you are looking for you can also get pedals that you can clip into on one side and have a full platform on the other side.

    I generally use the Shimano SPD for all of my riding even though that is technically a mountain bike platform. I have a pair of Look pedals and shoes if I want to road race. SPD's with the right shoe are nice for walking around off the bike since you can get shoes with the cleat recessed so you are walking on sole, not cleat. I have sandals with SPD's for RAGBRAI and a lot of other casual riding.


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    Re: Clipless bike pedals... worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by bellzisu View Post
    Check out Nashbar.... You can get some really good stuff cheap. I bought my sandals and clips for $60. Held up 3 years now
    Or Performance.

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    Re: Clipless bike pedals... worth it?

    Definitely worth it.



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    Re: Clipless bike pedals... worth it?

    Echoing what everybody else is saying...do it, you'll be glad you did!



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    Re: Clipless bike pedals... worth it?

    Truly an amazing difference. Improved my biking experience enough that I've done two RAGBRAIs with Velo.



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    Re: Clipless bike pedals... worth it?

    buy them.



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    Re: Clipless bike pedals... worth it?

    You can get Shimano 520's for $39 anymore online, and a decent pair of shoes for $60.


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    Re: Clipless bike pedals... worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by VeloClone View Post
    If that is what you are looking for you can also get pedals that you can clip into on one side and have a full platform on the other side.

    I generally use the Shimano SPD for all of my riding even though that is technically a mountain bike platform. I have a pair of Look pedals and shoes if I want to road race. SPD's with the right shoe are nice for walking around off the bike since you can get shoes with the cleat recessed so you are walking on sole, not cleat. I have sandals with SPD's for RAGBRAI and a lot of other casual riding.
    Mine are a Shimano SPD that I can clip to from either side. I considered the ones you mentioned, with a clip on one side and flat platform on the other...but after testing it for one trail ride found that due to the weight of the clip, that side naturally flipped down when I took my foot off and it was a struggle to get re-clipped without stopping. There are times, especially on a technical section, when I like to unclip briefly to avoid a crash. With my dual-sided clipless platforms I can unclip, tap the ground, and re-clip in one fluid motion. With the clipless platforms you described, I would unclip, tap, and when I went to re-clip I was on the platform side because the clip was down. To each his own though Even with the clip not quite flush with the rest of the platform, I barely notice it on the bottom of my foot when I'm in flats or tennis shoes. In flip flops cruising around town I notice it...but that's also not why I got them.

    Dual-sided (what I have):

    Single-sided:


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    Re: Clipless bike pedals... worth it?

    Buy them.

    Also, be prepared for a couple of falls right away while getting used to them.



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