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Clueless on clipless(7 posts)

Clueless on cliplessprebles
Aug 6, 2003 5:58 AM
I'm currently riding a late 1980s Trek w toeclips and will soon make an Internet purchase of a new bike w/o pedals. I've read some of the pedal reviews here and come away believing that pedal/shoe choices are very personal and are often a love 'em or hate 'em deal.

I'd like to do the following:
1. Throw my old pedals on the new ride for the rest of the season
2. Put the old bike in the trainer and decide on pedals & shoes during winter
3. Flip-flop the pedals for next season

Is there any reason I cannot or should not put the old pedals on the new bike or the new pedals on the old bike?

Thanks in advance.
re: Clueless on cliplessKristin
Aug 6, 2003 6:27 AM
I don't think there is any reason that you couldn't put the old pedals on the new bike. Just make sure the threading is the same and that you don't cross thread the pedals, which would hose the cranks. (Has the threading changed on cranks since the 1970's?)
Aug 6, 2003 6:32 AM
Just as an aside, why wait until winter before making the switch? Clipless systems aren't difficult to learn, you only need to be conscious about it for a few weeks. And typically, you can not return shoes or pedals once you take them home. In addition to that, you won't get a good "feel" for them on the trainer. Things that seem fine on the trainer, I often experience quite differently on a real ride.
My two centsScot_Gore
Aug 6, 2003 6:28 AM
I'm not a big believer that equipment can make much difference in your cycling abilities or experience. With that said, the biggest noticable change made by any piece of equipment for me was the clipless pedals. I moved from flats, so your delta may be smaller.

If you've decided to go clipless....then there's no time like the present. Put them on the new bike, do a couple of Atie Johnson's and enjoy them now, not next year.

re: Clueless on cliplessDINOSAUR
Aug 6, 2003 6:33 AM
The problem with forums such as this is that most of the suggestions are based of personal preference. You ask a simple question and you get so many vaired answers that you are more confused than before you submitted the question. That being said- I use Look pedals as they are the first clipless pedal system I used (1989) and I like the wide platform and they are compatible with the shoes I wear. Others swear by Time or Shimano, then enter Speedplays, Campagnolo (can't think of any others). If you do any type of walking the Look cleats wear out very fast (you can purchase cleat covers to cure this problem) and then there is the dreaded look creak (which I had when I used Northwave shoes, but no longer a problem). I have a friend who just purchased Shimano Ultegra SPD-L's and he really likes them. I rode with him the first time he used them and we had to stop a couple of times to make adjustments. If it wasn't for the money factor (both my bikes have Look pedals so I use the same shoes for both bikes)I would seriously consider buying some. They have a low platform, you can walk on the cleats (they have little rubber bumpers). The big problem is cost as clipless pedals are expensive and you don't want to experiment by going through a lot of systems. One thing you might consider is finding a bike shop that will allow you to test different pedal systems, or perhaps you have friends that are cyclists and they will let you test their pedals.

But don't be leery of clipless pedals. Once you use them you will never want to go back to toe clips. You can clip in and out without looking at you pedals and you don't have to spin your pedals, insert your foot, then reach down and cinch the toe straps.

I'd probably say try Look pedals as that's what I use, but there are probably tons of cyclists that don't like them. Just pick a system that does not break the bank and are compatible with your shoes.

You really can't get a clear answer on your question, but go ahead and try clipless pedals, you will glad that you did...
I hope this doesn’t complicate your decision...gala7516
Aug 6, 2003 7:18 AM
but you might want to consider mountain bike pedal systems. The shoe can be much easier to walk with.
Again this is all a personal decision. I found mountain bike pedal systems easy to learn and tour with. I later moved from the spd's to speedplay's with no problems.
Good luck
re: Clueless on cliplesspmf1
Aug 6, 2003 12:56 PM
First of all, once you get you new bike that has STI, is stiffer, more comfortable and 10 lbs lighter than your Trek, the old Trek ain't going to be too tempting to ride. In fact, I bet you quit riding it. I have a friend who bought a Lemond Zurich and suddenly all temptation to ride is circa late 70's bike disappeared.

As for pedals, get some pedals and shoes now. They are the best thing for biking next to a pair of bike shorts (please don't tell me you're riding in gym shorts). After using them for a couple weeks, you'll never be able to ride without them again.

The big decision is what kind of pedal and shoe to get. I have Time mtn bike pedals on one of my road bikes that I use to commute in. If you see yourself getting off the bike and walking around, you might consider mtn bike pedals and shoes -- the shoes are considerably easier to walk in. As for road pedals, I prefer something with a big platform like Time (my choice) or Look. Look pedals are perhaps the best bang for the buck at the lower end.

As far as shoes go, try them on if you can. There is a big difference in how they fit. I have a wide foot and cannot wear Sidi shoes -- I found this out after buying a pair mail order and suffering through a summer with them. Its worth spending some money on a good pair of shoes. They last a long time and you're going to be wearing them for many hours.