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To clip or not to clip?
SPD, the tighter the better! 58%  58%  [ 25 ]
Bit of both, depends on which bike. 21%  21%  [ 9 ]
Free and easy, flatties 'till I die! 21%  21%  [ 9 ]
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 1:41 pm 
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orange71 wrote:
Jez used powergrips (see his post)


Yeah, I noticed that after I'd made my post LOL


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 1:47 pm 
Mr Darcy
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Ever since 91 and the original 737 SPD, I am a complete Shitmano convert.

These things improve your riding control and speed more than any other upgrade to a bike. Revelation.

As above, feet just pop out when you fall. Have them on the road bike to so I can change shoes if some get soaked :)


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 1:49 pm 
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orange71 wrote:
but in a crash situation I have never been unable to detach from clipless


Unless your names Jon, you have XT spuds, your riding in Wales, your in front of a load of people and your spud decides to not let you free!

All I wanted to do was unclip in a 'sketchy' bit of track!

A classic, highly embarassing 'spud moment'! :oops: :lol:


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 2:02 pm 
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SPDs all the way - I went back to flatties on my LTS-DH when I went to Innerleithen for the first time and hated them - feet kept slipping off the pedals!
Only had one truly embarrassing non-release moment - and very recently - in front of a load of school kids on a cycling proficiency course (I was the responsible adult accompanying them!) Just plain fell sideways when doing a track stand in the playground! :oops: :oops: :oops: :lol:


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 3:07 pm 
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Even when i'm not useing the correct shoe my habbit is to place my feet on the correct part of my foot. And ride as if i have clipless shoes on. Bought 737 as soon as they came out. toe straps what a nightmare. How people ride with out being clipped in. When clipped in. Cyling is so much better with push and pull action going.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 3:25 pm 
Old School Grand Master
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Never been near spuds :oops: :oops: :oops:

My 'new' Cannondale has got them and i've no idea what to do....should I go and buy some spud shoes and try them out or should I rip them off and put 'proper' pedals on.... :roll: :roll: :roll:

(bear in mind i've always ridden in lightweight fabric walking boots so stiff isn't an issue)


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 4:45 pm 
King of the DuckBoard
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neilll wrote:
Never been near spuds :oops: :oops: :oops:

My 'new' Cannondale has got them and i've no idea what to do....should I go and buy some spud shoes and try them out or should I rip them off and put 'proper' pedals on.... :roll: :roll: :roll:

(bear in mind i've always ridden in lightweight fabric walking boots so stiff isn't an issue)


As they say 'suck it an see' :wink: Try them on their most 'play' setting and let us know how you get on.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 4:51 pm 
B.o.T.Y. Winner / Gold Trader
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SPD's ............................ HA!, it'll never catch on ....................... well :wink: , not with me anyway.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 4:54 pm 
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Well, I did as the article said. I have just done 3 hrs in skate type trainers and DMR V8's.

In conclusion there is nothing wrong with my for position, going up hill sucs in any shoe/pedal combo. I tried loads of different postions and tried to see if I felt any improvement. Zip, nada, squat, zero. I have put DX SPD's back on the Orange and on my way home ordered some Body Geomerty SPD boots from my local Specialized dealer.

I will however keep using flats for going into town, about 7 miles, as it is a nice trick to be able to walk around dressed like an adult. :wink:


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 5:24 pm 
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SPDs all the way - I just feel unsafe without them - like them nice 'n tight too.
I think if I went back to clips now I'd go through the same embarassing period of falling over at traffic lights as I did 15yrs ago when I first rode clipless :)


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