Newbie clipless question

Discussion in 'Mountain Bikes' started by *John*, Jun 8, 2003.

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  1. *John*

    *John* Guest

    Well, I enjoy the road bike so darn much that I went out and bought a MTB and I love it, with only
    one exception; I'm getting a little tired of using my butt/shoulder/leg for a skidplate! I couldn't
    imagine going without my clipless pedals on my road bike, but for some reason I just can't get the
    hang of it on the MTB. The SPD's that are on it (as a side note, that's what I use on the roadie
    too) are adjusted as loose as they will go, properly lubed, etc, but I just can't get used to
    things yet. I was going to try the "snap in" platform thingies on my ride in the morning so that I
    clip-in when I was in an open area, yet use a platform pedal with my cleated shoe (on these shoes,
    the cleat is almost completely hidden). On problem; a quick trip around the block with this combo
    tells me that these things may be cool for riding to the store, but suck for anything else. My
    questions are these....

    a) Does anyone use the "snap-in" platform things so that they can alternate between clipped-in
    and platform?

    b) Does anyone use those platform pedals that have a clip-in on one side? I've just seen then in
    catalogs and such. Looks like you could use the clip-in part when you needed to and then use the
    platform in the more technical stuff. They seem like a good idea....anyone have any experience
    with these?

    Sorry for the novel. Any advise is appreciated (and I usually get good advise here so TIA!)

    *John*
     
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  2. Stefan Lloyd

    Stefan Lloyd Guest

    "*John*" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > b) Does anyone use those platform pedals that have a clip-in on one side? I've just seen then in
    > catalogs and such. Looks like you could use the clip-in part when you needed to and then use
    > the platform in the more technical stuff. They seem like a good idea....anyone have any
    > experience with these?
    >

    Yes I use those, although to be honest I keep meaning to take the platforms off as I rarely use
    them. The platform sides are heavier and therefore 90% of the time turn to the bottom. This is what
    you want if you intend to clip in, but if you want the platform you generally need to use your toe
    to flip them upwards before you can use them. Hope this makes sense.
     
  3. Superslinky

    Superslinky Guest

    *John* said...

    > a) Does anyone use the "snap-in" platform things so that they can alternate between clipped-in and
    > platform?

    I can't remember anyone saying that they use them regularly. I see them at bike shops only, where
    they would have a use for letting people test ride a bike if they didn't happen to wearing the
    right shoes.

    > b) Does anyone use those platform pedals that have a clip-in on one side? I've just seen then in
    > catalogs and such. Looks like you could use the clip-in part when you needed to and then use
    > the platform in the more technical stuff. They seem like a good idea....anyone have any
    > experience with these?

    I have a pair of these in my parts bin. The problem with them is that you end up stepping on the
    wrong side far too often. This gets old in a hurry. My pair, which came stock on my bike, lasted
    only 1 ride before I shitcanned them. If you can put up with that little headache, then they are a
    good idea. I bought a pair of platforms and a pair of clipless and switch out whenever I feel like
    it. Mostly I stay with the platforms, but there is not doubt about the extra power you can get
    with clipless. Still, I think their value is questionable for a non-competitive rider. A decent
    pair of platforms with really good grip can give you a taste of clipless benefits without actually
    being clipped in. One downside is that they can really do some damage to your shins if you happen
    to slip off them.
     
  4. Zilla

    Zilla Guest

    Which SPD's? Which cleats?

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    > The SPD's that are on it (as a side note, that's what I use on the roadie too) are adjusted as
    > loose as they will go, properly lubed, etc, but I just can't get used to things yet.
    (snip)
     
  5. Penny S.

    Penny S. Guest

    *John* thoughtfully penned:
    > Well, I enjoy the road bike so darn much that I went out and bought a
    >>
    > a) Does anyone use the "snap-in" platform things so that they can alternate between clipped-in and
    > platform?
    >
    > b) Does anyone use those platform pedals that have a clip-in on one side? I've just seen then in
    > catalogs and such. Looks like you could use the clip-in part when you needed to and then use
    > the platform in the more technical stuff. They seem like a good idea....anyone have any
    > experience with these?
    >
    > Sorry for the novel. Any advise is appreciated (and I usually get good advise here so TIA!)
    >
    > *John*

    by now you've probably read that the platform/clip combo isn't a great idea. I'd suggest you
    have your clips checked out to make sure they are set up properly, put just a DROP of dry lube
    on the spring in th pedal, make sure they are set loose, go find a big grassy lawn and practice
    your release.

    Penny
     
  6. Zilla

    Zilla Guest

    You may try the SH-55 multi-release cleats. I checked the Shimano site and they are compatible with
    your pedals. With them, you don't have a unclip at a certain angle/foot motion. The "disadvantage",
    as some would say, it that you get un-clipped when you don't want to. I tighten mine more to
    overcome this problem.

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    >
    > > Which SPD's? Which cleats?
    >
    >
    > "according to the owners manual" Shimano 505 clipless and the clips that came with them.
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > *John*
     
  7. Bomba

    Bomba Guest

    Zilla wrote:
    > You may try the SH-55 multi-release cleats. I checked the Shimano site and they are compatible
    > with your pedals. With them, you don't have a unclip at a certain angle/foot motion. The
    > "disadvantage", as some would say, it that you get un-clipped when you don't want to. I tighten
    > mine more to overcome this problem.

    Multi-release are horrible.
     
  8. Dave Stocker

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    "Penny S." <[email protected]> schrieb im Newsbeitrag
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    > by now you've probably read that the platform/clip combo isn't a great
    idea.
    > I'd suggest you have your clips checked out to make sure they are set up properly, put just a DROP
    > of dry lube on the spring in th pedal, make sure they are set loose, go find a big grassy lawn and
    > practice your release.

    Why? I have those on the commuter and they are great. E.g. my wife picked me up from work on Friday
    and I forgot my bike shoes at the office. I can ride in tomorrow in sandals and ride home with my
    bike shoes.

    Would I ride them on the trail? No. They are heavy and annoying to clip into because the SPD side
    always seems to end up on the bottom.

    -Dave
     
  9. Penny S.

    Penny S. Guest

    Dave Stocker thoughtfully penned:
    > "Penny S." <[email protected]> schrieb im Newsbeitrag
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    >
    >> by now you've probably read that the platform/clip combo isn't a great idea. I'd suggest you have
    >> your clips checked out to make sure they are set up properly, put just a DROP of dry lube on the
    >> spring in th pedal, make sure they are set loose, go find a big grassy lawn and practice your
    >> release.
    >
    > Why?

    you said it yourself somewhere, they alway flip over to the wrong side up. that may be fine for
    commuting but it really sucks on the trail. I thought we were talking about mountain biking here.

    > Would I ride them on the trail? No. They are heavy and annoying to clip into because the SPD side
    > always seems to end up on the bottom.
    >
    >

    exactly. This is a mountain biking group, not a commuter biking group.

    Penny
     
  10. Dave Stocker

    Dave Stocker Guest

    "Penny S." <[email protected]> schrieb im Newsbeitrag
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    > exactly. This is a mountain biking group, not a commuter biking group.
    >
    So what is it called when you sneak some trail riding into your commute? mountain-commuter-biking?
    mountain-commuting?

    I think I will go ride now.

    -Dave
     
  11. Dave W

    Dave W Guest

    On Sun, 8 Jun 2003 14:29:18 -0700, "Penny S." <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Dave Stocker thoughtfully penned:
    >> "Penny S." <[email protected]> schrieb im Newsbeitrag
    >> news:[email protected]...
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    >> This is a mountain biking group, not a commuter biking group.
    >
    >Penny
    >

    Mostly, although it CAN be confused with alt.adult-BMX, right Wheeler?
     
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