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Pedal advice--1 sided or 2 sided?(6 posts)

Pedal advice--1 sided or 2 sided?Continental
Jan 9, 2003 8:07 AM
I recently completed a fixed gear conversion and have been out on 4 rides. One problem I have is getting my second foot engaged into the 1-sided Shimano SPD pedal while the cranks are turning. I eventually get it done, but it holds me up and it is a distraction. Will I get better with practice or should I get a two-sided mountain type pedal? Also, is there a term (other than "stupid") for trying to freewheel on a fixed gear? I do confess I did it twice. I never crashed, but it was quite a thrill.
you'll get used to 1 sidedDougSloan
Jan 9, 2003 8:37 AM
I use Looks, and no problem. The easiest to use would likely be Speedplays. Stomp and go.

I think you'll get used to it with practice. It helps to start pretty slowly, and look down to engage the 2nd pedal.

Also, learn to trackstand, or at least ride really slowly at intersections. Lessens the need to re-engage.

Yes, I've tried to freewheel. It kicks my butt up in the air about a foot. It's a certain, instant reminder of what not to do.

SPD's are sort of small, and might be harder to engage than some other road pedals. The longer ones, like Looks, naturally orient themselves so that the front is up, and your foot hits and and places the cleat in the pedal.

I'd try some more before giving up, though.

re: Pedal advicefixedgearhead
Jan 9, 2003 11:45 AM
I have some Wellgo 800 dbl sided pedals and I never got used to the small clip entry. I have heard very good things about the Egg Beater type of pedal shoe arrangement. Never tried it but those that have seem to like it. I finally went to Campy pro fit pedals for the two bikes that are the Look type. After trying all sorts of clipless I went back to the old Clip and Strap that I learned on many years ago. I couldn't be happier. The added advantage of not having to walk like a duck when going into a store in the middle of the ride is a Plus. As to forgetting that you are riding fixed. We all have done it. You will get used to it. I found that if I rode fixed and then followed that up with a multi geared ride the next day when I first started to ride fixed, that was when I had the most trouble remembering what bike I was on. If you ride only fixed then it becomes second nature and riding multi seems strange. I guess the body has a memory bank of its own.

re: Pedal advice--1 sided or 2 sided?Oneheart
Jan 10, 2003 12:54 PM
I use speedplay on my fixed and they are very easy to get into. One other thing I learned is that if I start off real slow it makes clipping in easier while the crank rotates (whereas on my multigear bike I push off pretty hard then just coast to clip in). Not only does your body appear to have a memory for fixed vs "able to coast", each time it seems that memory comes back faster and faster. Now it only takes me 1 or 2 "yikes" when I get back on my fixed and try to coast before I once again remember not to try.
4 sidedDASS
Jan 11, 2003 4:21 PM
I use Eggbeaters. They are four sided. I never had to look down at the pedal, never have to track stand. Pretty simple.
Not a fan orf road pedals.Ginz
Jan 11, 2003 7:32 PM
I started on the fixie with Campy road pedals. They were hard to clip into. There is so much twisting and turning and shifting weight when riding fixed, I wanted something a little looser with more float.

Switched to eggbeaters and never looked back.