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bored of track stands and other garden variety tricks??(8 posts)

bored of track stands and other garden variety tricks??Spirito
Sep 4, 2002 4:04 AM
try this !!!

(takes a bit of practice to do it without brakes)

che bellaSpirito
Sep 4, 2002 4:13 AM
uscf national track championships - trexlertown, PA
Why do trackies still use toe straps? nmSintesi
Sep 4, 2002 4:39 AM
BecauseMel Erickson
Sep 4, 2002 5:20 AM
they can really cinch them down. Some use two. They feel they're more secure, with less chance of a pull out, than clipless pedals.
Sep 4, 2002 9:23 AM
Plus, if they do pull out, they can find some purchase on the pedal, as opposed to cleats, which can be tricky to re-seat on a spinning crank set.

FYI, frog makes a track pedal which is very hard to disengage...

Sep 4, 2002 9:35 AM
As a track rider I have to say that this is not true. In case of pulling out track riders do not ride clips and straps instead of regular pedals so they can still get a grip of the pedals. Since their clips and straps use a cleat on the bottom that slots into the back portion of the pedal width wise so its just as hard to get a firm grip.

In terms of pedals the Shimano pedals are by far the most sought after. Speedplay pedals have a variety of issues that make them unattractive to a lot of riders such as higher stack height, etc.

BesidesMel Erickson
Sep 4, 2002 11:01 AM
if a trackie pulls out there's virtually no hope of getting back on the pedal and being competetive. Your opponents are gone and you're not likely to catch up.
Sep 4, 2002 9:29 AM
Since when your sprinting you want every bit of energy to go into the bike straps have always done this the best. Since sprinters are so powerful, spinning at such a high cadences and trying so hard to win focus can be lost and your foot can twist that tiny bit to cause you to clip out. At 60-70 km/h the crash this could cause would not be pretty. An old pair of Shimano clip and strap pedals made about 10 years ago are still super popular and sought after by track riders. However, now with the Shimano SPD-R pedals a lot of track riders (including myself) have switched to these. With a mechanism that both holds the foot in with no float and tension that can be cranked up to the point where you litteraly have to whack your heel as hard as you can to clip out these are perfect for the track and it eliminates the need to sit at the start line tightening your straps.