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before clipless, what was the shoe/pedal choice for cross?(4 posts)

before clipless, what was the shoe/pedal choice for cross?PmbH
Dec 23, 2003 10:13 AM
This is just my curiousity getting the best of me... I'm wondering what crossers used before SPD/Time/etc were around.
re: before clipless, what was the shoe/pedal choice for cross?flyweight
Dec 23, 2003 7:06 PM
Double steel toe clips (also popular on early MTBs) and cyclocross shoes. Rivat, Sidi and others all made cyclocross specific shoes. Many early MTB riders also used these shoes. The blue Rivat shoe was among the most popular.
re: before clipless, what was the shoe/pedal choice for cross?RFN
Dec 30, 2003 12:06 PM
To build on the above- mount all of that on a cheapo pair of Lyotard 'cross pedals. They were pretty wide, very cheap looking, and had a very square aluminum cage with pretty small teeth. Then, take some long stainless bottle cage bolts and screw them through the back of the pedal to make "toe flips" that allow you to flip the pedal and strap in better.

Then, use the leather straps with the laminate strip in the middle (so they don't stretch when wet), and be sure to twist the strap between where it enters then exits the cage, so it won't slide around. The truly obsessive would cut the strap, then bolt the pieces to each side of the pedal- no slipping, and less chance of mud getting caught where the strap runs through the cage.

See, it's simple ;-). I lament that my beloved Sidi 'cross shoes are no longer state of the art. I do still use them on my fixed gear though.
Interesting side notetriangleforge
Dec 31, 2003 11:02 AM
As an interesting side note, the high bottom bracket that some CX bikes still include is mainly an anachronistic throwback to toeclip days. Pedal clearance, as you can imagine, was a much bigger issue in a time when your first couple of pedal strokes after a barrier were with a toeclip hanging three or four inches beneath your pedal.

While a high BB may have some modest advantage on extreme off-camber in these clipless days, it's more than outweighed by the fact that your saddle is that much higher in the air (or your pedalling position is that much more compromised) every time you have to jump back up on it.

Cheers!