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Commuters! Need help choosing pedals.(8 posts)

Commuters! Need help choosing pedals.sycipian
May 7, 2001 2:58 PM
hey folks,
i'm turning up the commute due to the high rising cost of gas. (and need to lose the gut).

i don't want to use clipless. i want just regular pedals with a strap. i've seen them on shelves, but wanted to know if any of you guys have a preference... thanks!

- raymond
I knew there was one other toe-clip user out there!Cory
May 7, 2001 4:01 PM
Platform pedals seem to come in just two types these days--the $14.95 ones and the $99.95 ones for "restorations." Haven't seen much in between there lately.
Rivendell ( sells some (MKS brand, I think) for about $35. I ordered a pair with my new Atlantis. Rough at first, but much smoother with about 250 miles on them.
Nashbar and Performance also stock platforms (some high-end mail order places don't). Local bike shops have them, too, though a lot of them seem to be BMX and won't take clips. I looked at three or four before I ordered mine, and while I'm sure there's a difference between the mid-priced ones and the $100 models, it didn't look to me like $70 worth.
Something to consider: One of my bikes has Power Grips, nylon straps an inch or so wide that loop over the pedal and replace the clips/straps. I really like them for commuting--easy in and out, and they hold your feet securely in street shoes. The Grips alone are about $15 mail order (never seen them in a shop), but you can get them installed on pedals for $25 or $30.
not only that...syscipian
May 9, 2001 10:41 AM
i'm also a huge rivendell fan. i'm in queue for an all rounder!! i can't hardly contain myself. i own a custom steel sycip roadbike right now, but eventually it'll be for road rides only. the all rounder will be the bike i travel with and commute and hang out in the city, parks, yosemite, etc...

thanks for the feedback. i'm retarded, i should have remembered rivendell sold pedals. thanks!

- sycipian
re: Commuters! Need help choosing pedals.tommyb
May 7, 2001 7:14 PM
You can get platform or quill pedals with toe clips designed for mountain bikes. These typically have a larger opening than quill pedals designed for road or track bikes, making them more comfortable with gym shoes or boots. The narrower road version is better with stiff soled touring shoes with no cleats. I've used both types on road bikes.

You can also get adapters that clip into clipless pedals that convert them to platforms with toe clips. I've used them before in short triathlons when it wasn't worth the time to change shoes. I never did like them, though. It just didn't feel all that comfortable.
re: Commuters! Need help choosing pedals.muncher
May 8, 2001 9:18 AM
I had some old 105 ones - they were great. Suggestion though - go clipless - better and safer, IMHO, and not a lot more expensive, if at all.
Agree on 105s...but clipless have disadvantages for commutingRetro
May 8, 2001 10:39 AM
You've got to have the shoes, which means you have to carry another pair of shoes with you. You walk around the coffeeshop like a duck. In & out is easy once you get used to it, but it's still not as quick and natural as loose clips or power grips. If you have to run out during the day for a quick errand, you have to change the shoes again, walk into somebody's office or up to the ATM looking like Boy Racer, then change back when you get back to work. And you (or at least I) don't go measurably faster in traffic no matter what shoes you're wearing.
Go cliplesspmf
May 8, 2001 10:39 AM
There is no reason to not consider clipless pedals unless:
1. You don't want to (or can't afford to) spend the money on pedals and shoes. It is expensive.
2. You are, for some reason, constrained to ride in your work clothes.

Clipless pedals are great. I use the cheap Time ATAC aluminium pedals ($70) with some Carnac mtn shoes (you can get cheaper mtn shoes that are just as comfortable). You will be more comfortable due to the stiff sole of the shoe. You will be safer. If you crash in clipless, your feet come out. Not always so with straps. You will be able to walk around easily (mtn shoes allow this).

Seriously consider it. The more comfortable you are, the more you'll ride and the more gas you'll save. There's many a day when my commute is the best part of my day.
thanks folks, this site RULES!syscipian
May 9, 2001 10:47 AM
i definitely don't want to go clipless. it's a hassle, and frankly efficiency isn't exactly my goal when i ride to work. i lug an extra 20 lbs (laptop, folders, palm, etc.) Comfort and ease is what I'm looking for. I own clipless pedals already, but just need to swap them when going for a road ride.

Thanks for the responses, it's been a lot of help.
- Raymond