Flat pedals on a road bike
I use flats on my road/cross bike, largely because my knee’s ****ed but also because I like the freedom of not needing special shoes to ride it- just jump on and go.
But just feeling a bit nervous on clipless is something most people get over, and it’s definately worth trying. It’s just like trying anything else new.Posted 5 years agopatriotproMember
No need to be ashamed at all.
Sounds like you need to slacken spring tension off so with the slightest twist your foot is out.
Then just potter about locally and just practising release and re-clip.
If not just put the flats on (if only to vex the roady rule-book crew) 😉Posted 5 years ago
I just put flats on my road bike mainly because my ankle is **** at the moment, but also because the only flats I have are DX. I will probably get some normal spds when my ankle is fixed.
I would second getting some more practice with the spds. I have never fallen off a road bike with them but have plenty of times on the mtb, mainly because of mud being stuck in them.Posted 5 years ago
I have used clipless pedals today for the first time. I managed to commute to work and back without falling but to be honest i did not enjoy it. I was nervous on the road sections especially when turning right and needing to stop in the middle of the road due to traffic coming the other way.
I have been happy with flats but bought the clipless pedals in anticipation of buying a road bike in April next year. I am now considering flats for the road bike. Does anybody else use flats on a road bike or should i be ashamed to even ask such a question?Posted 5 years agomikewsmithSubscriber
I find Shimano pedals fairly annoying at the best of times. Find some cheap CB’s Candies as there is loads of float and much easier in and out. Also practice is where it’s at. Don’t expect to get used to them overnight. Go for a spin somewhere quiet and practice getting in and out lots.Posted 5 years agohowellj1Member
Persevere with the clip ins, you will find your pedalling much more smooth and efficient, yes can be scary when starting out, busy roads are definitely not the best learning environment. I’d agree that crank bros candys are easy to clip into, but I prefer a spd pedal with a bit more support.Posted 5 years ago
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