clipless pedals (pedals you clip into, named because when they came out they replaced the then norm of pedals with clips) give you better power transfer, allowing you to use more of the stroke to push and pull.I've always ridden without toe clips or straps. I mainly ride flat trails 25/30 miles. What are the benefits of upgraded pedals?
It is if you're not comfortable with it and are scared of the bike, but with some practice it can easily become a second-nature reflex action for most people to very quickly unclip their pedals. Crashed usually automatically unclip you too.I am looking at buying a new Mountain bike and the setup has full suspension with clip in pedals. Doesnt that seem a bit dangerous to be clipped in while riding serious terrain offroad?
Same here... I also like to occasionally re-position where my foot is on the pedal, something you can't do clipless. I'm not a racer, so I'm not really worried about max efficiency or anything like that. I prefer platforms.I rode clipless for years... But switched to platforms. I prefer platforms... And never have problems with slipping or pedal stroke...
The funny thing about stuff like is that there can be a flip-side. I'm naturally a little duck-footed when standing and this comes out when I re-position my feet on platforms unless I concentrate on keeping them straight, and the bad angles have caused me some ankle and knee pain in the past as well as a lot of chainstay rub. Clipless keeps me in line, literally.Same here... I also like to occasionally re-position where my foot is on the pedal, something you can't do clipless. I'm not a racer, so I'm not really worried about max efficiency or anything like that. I prefer platforms.
I can understand that... I live along the Front Range of Colorado, so rocky here too. I wear 5 10 shoes, and they grip really well to the allen screws on my pedals. I have very seldom had my shoes come off my pedals, and we ride some pretty treacherous stuff. But it's all personal preference, it's nice there are several options for riders.I also went clipless for security because my home trails are very rocky and I was getting one or both feet kicked up off the pedals occasionally from pedal strikes or even just the sheer bumpiness at speed. Admittedly technique and really good platforms and shoes can help solve that too, but that wasn't what I preferred personally
No significant difference. But if my local 1200' climb isn't enough I could go hit one of the big ones. Quite frankly if you know how to pedal properly you can do it with any type of pedal, and pulling up is not an efficient cycling motion.Go grind up the longest/steepest climb in your area, using both styles. Then report back on your findings.
That's been my experience. After making some adjustments to my stem, and buying some padded bike shorts (instead of a new seat), I picked up some inexpensive ergo grips, and upgraded from the el cheapo plastic platforms to some Wellgo MG-1. Both have made a big difference in comfort and performance.If your bike fit is good, pedals and grips are the best upgrades you can make, followed by saddle.