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  • hunter2701
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    I ride flats on my road bike my DH bike and my pissabout bike,and i prefer them as they give u more freedome i feel but on my enduro race bike i have clips as they make u so much faster…depends what ur after out of them.

    Premier Icon Lifer
    Subscriber

    Practise with the clips on a quiet road for a bit, just unclipping and clipping as you go. What pedals have you got?

    MTB-Idle
    Member

    commuting in traffic is scary enough without worrying about a new style of pedal.

    ride them at the weekends and get used to them before using them for your commute.

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    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.

    pudd
    Member

    No no no no.

    Flat pedals = gayness and certain death.
    Clipless = supercool monster pimp.

    Just give time and practice in your living room.

    PrinceJohn
    Member

    Flats on a road bike seem to work ok for Martyn Ashton…

    uselesshippy
    Member

    No rules
    Put whatever pedals you like on.
    Clips will become second nature with practice though.

    Premier Icon bullroar
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    Last winter when training for a big road ride I got feed up with cold feet on evening rides clipped in. Solution V8’s and 5.10’s worked a treat.

    patriotpro
    Member

    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) ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I_Ache
    Member

    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.

    starrman82
    Member

    You need to be ashamed, its wrong! Ashton is off the hook BTW..

    starsh78
    Member

    I use Shimano Saint flats on my Specialized Tarmac ๐Ÿ™‚

    Premier Icon PMK2060
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    I have Shimano M520 pedals and can clip in and out ok (practised yesterday off road before todays commute). I think my main worry is leaning right when i have unclipped my left foot. If i persevere with them i will need overshoes. My feet were cold this morning.

    glasgowdan
    Member

    I’m willing to bet that around 99% of road bikes globally are used with flats, so I wouldn’t worry! It’s just pedals.

    stratobiker
    Member

    If you feel better using flats on your road bike. Fine, use flats.
    SB

    Premier Icon PMK2060
    Subscriber

    Thanks for the replies. I thought that everyone used clipless pedals on the road so its good to know this is not the case. I was fine on the way to work so i am not sure why i felt so nervous on the way home.

    I_Ache
    Member

    starsh78 – Member
    I use Shimano Saint flats on my Specialized Tarmac

    Good work. Do you wear baggies and a MTB helmet too?

    Premier Icon ampthill
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    For various reasons I’m on flats at the moment

    I also contemplate a road bike and possibly using flats on that. Do they create cornering clearance problems

    starsh78
    Member

    I_Ache – Member

    Good work. Do you wear baggies and a MTB helmet too?

    might do ๐Ÿ™‚

    Premier Icon PMK2060
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    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?

    Premier Icon PMK2060
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    I wear a roadie helmet when on the mountain bike and rarely use a hydration pack preferring water bottles and a saddlebag. looks like i will be a outcast on the road bike as well as the mountain bike ๐Ÿ™‚

    I_Ache
    Member

    Starsh78 You are indeed a man after my own heart. Baggies and a giro Xen for me on the road bike. I don’t have pedals that are quite so aggressive tho.

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    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.

    howellj1
    Member

    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.

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