Couriers Clipless Pedals
After yet another unceremoniously fall of my bike in the town centre due to not being able to remember how to bail out of clipless pedals I was wondering what the New York or London couriers where? I know I can go so much quicker with them on but I just cannot seem to remember that I am clipped on.Posted 8 years agoaustenSubscriber
Caher, persevere with the clipless pedals, it is really worth it in the long run. EVERYONE has some comedy crashes to start with, simple rule of thumb seems to be 4 weeks to broadly get the hang of them, even then you will occasionally fail to unclip in emergencies for a few more weeks. After that the action will become automatic and you will never go back to clips/flats.
Go and find a patch of soft grass and practice clipping in and out until you feel comfortable.
Oh, and don’t ask roadies about clipless, I’m still stunned that lots of them still can’t get the hang of spds (saying that maybe road pedals are more difficult – I’ve never tried).Posted 8 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
dunno about never going back to flats. ……………
I can see their place where you’d want the extra power (races, longer rides on untechnical terrain) but for everything else I use flats.
And if anyone tells me they can unclip faster than the speed of light, I’ll pre-empt you and say thats lies:Posted 8 years ago
a) theres nearly always a 1/4 pedal stroke minimum needed to get both feet out.
b) crashes happen quickly, however fast you are at uncliping, crashes are often faster.
c) even pro DH’ers who use clips 90% of the time admit to being more confident on flat pedals when the goings tough or when they’r not raceing.
d) when was the last time a flat pedal rider winged about not being able to clip back in on a technical section?juanMember
even pro DH’ers who use clips 90% of the time admit to being more confident on flat pedals when the goings tough or when they’r not raceing.
Who GNAR GNAR…? You know he’s not for real.Posted 8 years ago
I went for a ride with barel and he uses SPD for everyday’s ride. So does NV and ACS apparently…kiwijohnSubscriber
d) when was the last time a flat pedal rider winged about not being able to clip back in on a technical section?
I’ve been giving the flats/5:10s a go & sometimes I just can’t get my foot back in the right spot. It never happen with my Z Controls & they’re on their third bike.Posted 8 years ago
Roadies don’t get enough practise clipping in and out because they are more likely to only clip in at the start of a ride and out again at the end of it
If you’re in a race then yes, but in general I do plenty clipping in/out on a road ride. I don’t just clip in as I leave the driveway then only unclip as I arrive home. People do talk shite on here sometimes.Posted 8 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
not Mr GnarGnar, was actualy thinking of a Steve Pete interview when i wrote that.
IMO/E I’m as fast uphill on flats (unless its a reely steep short road hill where pulling up is an issue).
And a lot faster downhill, not just compared to myself on spd’s, but comparing myself to riders i know would normaly kick my arse in most technical situations.
commuting in town i ride with flats because its one less think to think about (and i can ride in normal shoes)Posted 8 years agoRudeBoyMember
When I was a courier, I used those pedals with an SPD bit on one side, and a ‘normal’ pedal platform on t’other. Worked very well.
Several guys used roadie pedals, but I’ve seen and heard of many slipping over in marbled office foyers! And some companies don’t like couriers wearing them, on their nice shiny floors.
Journey’s are usually not really long enough, for clipless pedals to give a significant advantage over flats, tbh.
Mind, you do develop demon trackstanding skills!Posted 8 years ago
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