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  • Flats with toe clips

    Votes: 8 8.6%
  • Flats without toe clips

    Votes: 37 39.8%
  • Clipless pedals

    Votes: 40 43.0%
  • Dual-sided pedals (flat on one side, clipless mechanism on the other.)

    Votes: 8 8.6%
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I know what kind I like, but a product I saw at my shop earlier this evening got me thinking about it again.
 

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Pearl Izumi casual clipless pedal shoes. They look like a running shoe, including laces and an (apparent) air heel, but are drilled for an SPD cleat.

It's not really that new or that different, but my teammates and I talked about it some. For me, this kind of shoe occupies an awkward middle ground, and actually, I think that for my commute, at least, clipless pedals are a bit silly. Basically, the system does nothing that running shoes and toe clips don't do, but it does require me to wear the matching shoe in order to avoid being really awkward to use, while with my current system, I can wear different shoes when mine get waterlogged, wear work boots if I'm going to a gig that I want to wear work boots to, etc. So by choosing to just use flats and toe clips, I feel I've kept my commute bike easier to use, at least for how I use it, and I don't see that I've given up very much over one of my "serious" bikes in terms of pedaling efficiency.

To be fair, when I was in college, I felt a need to wear cycling shoes to ride my commute bike, and I clopped around in casual cycling shoes on campus all day. I've also been known to switch to a racing bike when I have a little longer commute, and leave some shoes at the office.
 

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Flats for now, but I want to switch to clipless and a cycling shoe probably next season. My current "cycling" (and running, and hiking, and sometimes around town) shoes (Merrell Sonic Glove) are pretty bad for the job anyways and there's one or two parts of the commute that on a daily basis nearly send me down on my top tube as my feet fly off the pedals.
 

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Wellgo M-149, MTB pedals lol. Ride hardtail with Conti's raceking 2.2 for commute :)
 

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I roll my Fyxation Gates pedals, but more and more I am thinking about getting some of the corresponding straps they sell. I am noticing more and more slippage with the condition of the roads I am riding.....
 

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On a daily basis? What are you doing, greasing up the platforms?
There's not a lot of actual traction between shoes and pedals, worse if they're wet, and along a short trail there's a little bump that's shaped just right to lift me off the pedals if i'm cranking and hit it at speed. It's a stupid little bump, less than a foot high and maybe a few feet in length, but something about the way it's shaped just isn't good for me.
 

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What are your pedals made of?

If they're plastic, once they get wet, you may as well be greasing the platforms. :) Better platform pedals, especially with some foot retention, are a lot more secure.

I'm enjoying seeing how this poll is going. I'm surprised that flats with toe clips are so unpopular.
 

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I typically do use a flat with a half clip in the summer, but I wear different shoes in the winter, so right now I am just rolling the flats.
 

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I use XT trail pedals with the large platform around the clip mechanism. If I'm riding clipless shoes they're great, if I'm riding normal shoes I just drop the saddle a hair and use the platforms.

Not comfortable to stand on or ride for long distances but works well for rides around 5-6 miles.
 

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What are your pedals made of?

If they're plastic, once they get wet, you may as well be greasing the platforms. :) Better platform pedals, especially with some foot retention, are a lot more secure.

I'm enjoying seeing how this poll is going. I'm surprised that flats with toe clips are so unpopular.
Plastic, they came with the bike. I don't see a reason not to go to clipless when I upgrade pedals though, especially since I'd probably buy some cycling shoes anyways.
 

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I had the flat/spd two-sided pedals for quite a while, and I loved them. Sold the bike they were on and never missed the bike, but I was sad to see those pedals go. An awesome option for anyone who wants to be able to 'really' ride and/or buzz to work or the store in 'normal' shoes, in my opinion. I'm all SPD on all my bikes now, but if I still had those pedals I'd throw them on one of my bikes to make it more friendly for jumping on to play with my kids, etc.
 

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I use a pair of Shimano SPD pedals that have a detachable plastic platform. So one side is platform, the other clipless. The ONLY reason I use these is that I still take this bike for little rides with my 6 year old on the bike path and don't want to be clipped in. Otherwise, I'd rock pure clipless.
 

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SPD clipless. I just like them better. It doesn't bother me to walk around all day in my bike shoes, and if I need a different pair then I bring them with.. I ALWAYS wear a 30L capacity Osprey hydration pack when I ride. always. and on my commuter I have saddle bags and a rear pack. :thumbsup:

I'm just used to wearing a pack that big, cause it's the pack I BC ski with, and when the dog is with me, I have enough room for his supplies too.
 

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I use DMR V8 platform pedals for my commuter bike. I don't have to get that dressed up for work so I like being able to wear one pair of footwear to the office to simplify things. Also in the winter I am able to wear my winter hiking boots to keep my feet warm. The pedals are pretty impossible to slip off of in any condition as they have metal pins in the pedal body are were meant for DH/Dirt Jumping.

I ride clipless on all my other bikes though.
 

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Basically, the system does nothing that running shoes and toe clips don't do
Not true for some of us. Because of knee tendonitis issues, clipless makes a big difference for me, even if I am only riding 5-10 miles each way. I am going to try out power grips this winter though, as I do prefer the flexibility of shoe choices with toe straps.
 

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One bike, I commute with dual-sided SPDs, the other is rat traps.

Voted for toe clips just to skew results :)

For what my opinion is worth...Shimano's 'trail' style pedal can have one of the sides removed, and you're left with a platform and a clip, that costs half of what the purpose made platform/clip 'road' SPDs.
 

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I like my regular platforms. Less fuss. What I don't like is putting many miles on them with regular tennis shoes. My commute is short now, so it's not a big deal. But the soles are too flexible for long rides. I will probably get some of those "casual" bike shoes for the purpose at some point, and just not put cleats on them. The stiffer sole is all I need, and I don't really want to go all the way to 5.10's with sticky rubber.
 

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Plastic, they came with the bike. I don't see a reason not to go to clipless when I upgrade pedals though, especially since I'd probably buy some cycling shoes anyways.
I`ve seen plastic pedals with molded in pins, but never used them- don`t know if yours have pins. The pinned aluminum BMX pedals REALLY stick to shoes- feet don`t slip off. The downside is that they aren`t very shin frinedly. I haven`t had a problem with it, but apparently many riders do. Any rate, I`m sure you`ll be loving life with either BMX pedals or clickety kind. Slipping off every day has got to get old!

Because of knee tendonitis issues, clipless makes a big difference for me, even if I am only riding 5-10 miles each way.
You mean that your knees feel better with clipless? Any idea why?

I keep seeing mention (only a little in this thread, but common on pedal threads in general) of riders who specify that they use clickies for long rides and "other" pedals for short rides. I get that it isn`t worth trouble to change shoes for only a few minutes, but I wonder if more people would start grooving on flat pedals if they gave them a chance on long rides. As it happens, I had to start looking for alternatives for my Candies when I started riding longer because they make my feet hurt after a few hours. More recently I started thinking about all the hype (deserved) about how more hand positions make long rides more comfortable by giving hour hands a break, and I don`t see why it wouldn`t aply to feet also. I imagine better shoes would have helped some, but I move my feet frequently, and also attribute part of my lessened foot pain to that freedom. Don`t like having my feet "nailed" to the pedals any more. Even cleat/pedal systems with a lot of float won`t let you slide front-rear or side to side.
 
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