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Toe Clip or not Toe Clip, that is the question....(4 posts)

Toe Clip or not Toe Clip, that is the question....Cima Coppi
Mar 12, 2002 7:39 AM
Good morning all,

With my upcoming move to the east coast, I have discovered I will be less than 1/2 hour away from the Trexlertown velodrome in PA. Life could not be better!!!

I will be purchasing a track bike, but here is my question. Are toe clips still advantagous for track riding? Are there clipless pedals with little or no float that can be cranked down on their release tension, yet still have enough clearance for the banks on the track. I currently ride Time pedals on my road bikes, yet I will not use those on the track. I have read favorable reviews of Shimano's pedals for track riding. Can anyone confirm or deny this?

I have found that vintage Campy Super Record Pista pedals come up often on E-Bay, so availability is not an issue. Also the Harris Cyclery sells double leather straps specifically designed for the track. Most of the pictures I have seen show both types very much in use on the track.

As always, your input is very much appreciated.

If you clip, Rivendell has good onescory
Mar 12, 2002 8:20 AM
If you decide to go with the clips, Rivendell usually has a selection of old-timey stainless steel clips and leather straps. I keep threatening to buy some, but the only bike I still use toe clips on is my commuter, and I hate to put anything I care about on that....
Track info and component sourcesamcat
Mar 12, 2002 8:50 AM
I think that you might find all you might need from Mike...

re: Toe Clip or not Toe Clip, that is the question....TonyR
Mar 12, 2002 10:56 AM
I'm just getting started with track cycling myself, and the concensus seems to be that clipless pedals are the way to go.
I started a thread on buying a track frame on the general discussion board last week. It's now on the 2nd or 3rd page. Take a look at it, as you might find some of the responses useful. I certainly did.