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clipless pedals for a fixed?(7 posts)

clipless pedals for a fixed?Thaddeus
Mar 12, 2002 1:31 PM
I have see messages here advocating the use of clipless pedals for fixed-gear riding. In my years of riding both as a messenger and club rider, I have never seen any one using clipless pedals. However, I have never been able to get a straight answer out of anyone. If you are riding a brakeless fixed, I am told, you need pedals and straps. Indeed, most track cyclists use a triple strap pedal, not clipless. Why?

re: clipless pedals for a fixed?bent_sprocket
Mar 12, 2002 2:15 PM
well, i ride fixed, and i just about always use clipless pedals (the townie fixie has platforms).

as for going totally brakeless, not something that i would do while riding on the road. my two road fixies have a front brake and the townie has both, because it's got a flipflop hub with a bmx freewheel on one side (so that my wife, who doesn't groove on the fixed thing, can ride it).

anything double-sided works great, so that you can just stomp on the pedal as it comes around and get clipped in
We use 'em on our fixers, brakes too. nmMB1
Mar 12, 2002 4:46 PM
re: clipless pedals for a fixed?look271
Mar 12, 2002 5:02 PM
I use clipless-spd-type. Easy to get into and out of.Haven't had any trouble unclipping accidentally, either, and I have the tension settings pretty low.
time ATACAndante
Mar 12, 2002 5:50 PM
USing time Atacs, and do not know how I would live without them. Very easy to get into while moving, and a big platform so you don't miss.
Any double sided pedalRay Sachs
Mar 13, 2002 5:51 AM
I've used a few, as well as clips and straps, and I'll take clipless in a New York minute. Much easier to get in and out of, particularly for urban riding with a lot of stops and starts. I know people who use one sided pedals like Looks, but I much prefer double sided pedals and walkable shoes (so that if you miss, the sole of the shoe doesn't slide off the pedal and try to kill your future children). I ride with brakes, but have pulled some full skid panic stops and never pulled out of a pedal in the process.

Oooh, I know this one!Marlon
Mar 14, 2002 12:07 PM
Trackies are horribly horribly afraid of pulling out of their pedals, hence the straps. They need to stay locked into their pedals at all costs (imagine your feet pulling out when you're flying at 60+ km/h or 40 miles/h on a fixed gear!) Even with pedals such as Looks and Times, there's a small chance they'll pull out, although they're finally coming out with pedals that might just be suitable for track riding.

For us normal people, we don't generate enough sudden strong forces to merit the use of pedals and straps. Also, it's more convenient to use clipless pedals when you're riding a fixed gear on the road. Having said that, you'd still probably want to be careful of pulling out of your pedals, and hence, most hard-core fixed gear roadies use pedals and straps.