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clips / straps / clipless required for fixed???(9 posts)

clips / straps / clipless required for fixed???SmogRider
Feb 24, 2003 10:18 PM
will flat pedals alone work? Looking to test the waters...newbie to fixed.

JT aka Hollywood on MTBR SS
re: clips / straps / clipless required for fixed???climbo
Feb 25, 2003 5:41 AM
I wouldn't go flats, you need to be clipped in somehow to maintain control over the pedal storke. Your feet will come right off the pedals at a fast pace and you'll never get them back on. You need all the leverage you can get to slow down also.

Go for straps or clip-in pedals.
you will beat a hole in the back of your calfbigrider
Feb 25, 2003 7:15 AM
if your foot slips off the pedal remember you can't stop the pedals when the bike is moving so if you survive the thrashing there is still the issue of trying to engage the foot back on the pedal while it is rotating

Murphys Law states

Your foot will only come off when you have reached the record of your highest cadence
you will beat a hole in the back of your calfGinz
Feb 25, 2003 12:16 PM
Yes, and when you grab the brake, if you have a brake, you will be thrown forward into the stem and the bike slows down. Darn Newton's Law.
thanks. So what I hear you saying is to use clipsSmogRider
Feb 25, 2003 2:31 PM
re: clips / straps / clipless required for fixed???tatter
Feb 25, 2003 12:58 PM
clips/straps/clipless are NOT required. i've been biking on my fixed with cheap-o flat pedals for awhile, now. and i have a couple of friends that bike with flat pedals on their fixies. it helps, when you want to stop to be clipped in, but it's not necessary.

question for youclimbo
Feb 25, 2003 1:02 PM
if you're doing 25mph or so, how do you keep your feet on the pedals at that rate, it's hard enough with feet clipped in. Also, do you run brakes?
question for youtatter
Feb 26, 2003 8:55 AM
i can't really say the speeds i ride at. but one thing a fixie helps with, is improving your pedaling skills. it will probably just take some time to work up to the 25mph speeds. also, i do run a front brake, so if i start to feel out of control, it's there for me to use.

i guess my point is, there's no one proper way to set up a fixie. (i have a friend who uses a moped chain on his fixie!) just do what feels safe to you. try out riding without clips for a bit and gradually work up to speed, if you don't feel safe, add clips to your bike.

that's what's cool, you can do what you like on a fixie. nmclimbo
Feb 26, 2003 2:23 PM