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So how much do road shoes and pedals really help?(9 posts)

So how much do road shoes and pedals really help?2300 Edmontonian
Sep 2, 2002 12:20 PM
See I don't use them cause the first time I did was one I first road biked and I ended up forgetting to take the shoes out from the pedals and you all know how not only emarrasing it is but painful. It happened twice that same day, which doesn't help at all.
So at the end of the day I decided to hold them off for a while and did with the conventional strap combo.
Now it's been almost 2 months, and I'm seriously thinking about getting them to further improve my performance.
So my question is, how much do they really help?
Any and all insights appreciated!
A lotOffTheBack
Sep 2, 2002 12:28 PM
Walking or running shoes are designed to flex, because your foot has to flex when walking or running. Cycling shoes are designed to be rigid because your foot doesn't have to flex while pedaling. In fact, power transer is increased and foot muscle fatigue is decreased by the stiff sole. Finally, being clipped in facilitates a much smoother, more efficient pedal stroke because you can pull back and up as well as push down.

Clipless pedals aren't really that hard to master (they were called 'safety pedals' when they were first introduced), and are well worth it.
Help a lot over running shoes. Over old-school touring....cory
Sep 2, 2002 12:44 PM with toe clips, I can barely detect a difference.
I still haven't completely switched over, because I like toe clips on my commuter and because I wear size 15 (Euro 50) shoes, which are hard to find. Every once in awhile I'll swap pedals and ride different bikes with clips and clipless, modern shoes vs. old-fashioned touring shoes. There are things I like and things I don't about both, but my times on my usual courses don't vary depending on shoes/pedals.
For once, I must disagree with Brother Coryscottfree
Sep 3, 2002 5:01 AM
I hated clips and straps in 1970 and I hated them up until 1998, when I finally switched over. Most 'improvements' of recent years -- starting with indexed shifting -- have just been marketing hype. But clipless pedals are a quantum leap forward. (And if nothing else, I think my times have improved simply because I don't have to spend endless minutes fiddling wth those damn straps!)
A Quantum Leap - An Absolute Must Havejose_Tex_mex
Sep 2, 2002 1:48 PM
Try using the Speedplay road pedals. They are simple to get out of and they have a great deal of rotation to help your knees.

The pedals are simply a must have.
could not agree more - nmspc15
Sep 2, 2002 2:42 PM
I see..2300 Edmontonian
Sep 2, 2002 3:34 PM
thanks a lot for all your advice..
some great pedals and shoes, here I come!

I see..swvegg
Sep 2, 2002 4:48 PM
Clipless really aides in my climbing ability I can keep a smooth seated pedal stroke w/o swaying my body and wasting energy. You might not feel the difference at first but once you ride them for a while you'll never go back.
re: So how much do road shoes and pedals really help?Me Dot Org
Sep 3, 2002 7:13 AM
The compromise would be to buy touring shoes and use clips. Rivendell sells them (kind of expensive):

Another alternative would be to use Speedplay Frogs, which I have found to be the easiest pedal to clip/unclip. They are a more expensive than SPDs, but they are recessed, which means they are easier to walk in and they are very easy on your knees. Make sure you get the new Frog II cleats, which are compatible with all SPD shoes:

You still have to remember to unclip, but after a while it becomes automatic. Don't worry about falling. Virtually everybody has an embarrasing story to tell about forgetting to unclip. But after you've ridden clipless for a while, you'll never go back.