What flats for a road bike?
After some experimentation I finished up going for a pair of MKS GR9 and some strapless toeclips like the Zefal or Delta ones in the link above. The GR9’s are also to be found amongst those listed on the SJS site via the link above. I agree with Gary M, go with what makes you feel comfortable. I found that this combination gave me some stability without feeling tied in.Posted 7 years agomrmoMember
I will try and be a bit more constructive on this. Toe straps work best when tight, but by being tight can be a real liability when riding in town, or when you forget to slacken them off 😮
Yes there is a learning curve with clipless pedals, maybe a few hours to get the hang of flicking your heel to get out. The advantages are many not just the ability to put power down, but your feet aren’t going to slip off at the wrong time, you can ride up hill far easier as you can actually pull up with out fear of you feet coming off the pedals. Then there are things like being able to use overshoes in the winter to keep feet warmer. No straps cutting blood off to your toes. Better lean angles when pedaling through corners.
disadvantages only really apply to pure road pedals when you want to walk, but spds solve that if your looking at touring rather than racing as a motive.
Power grips still restrict the foot more than clipless pedals.Posted 7 years agomatthewjbSubscriber
If you’re doing the toes straps up properly then clipless will be much easier to get out of.
And using clipless on the road is generally easier than off road. You tend to have more warning of when you need to stop and disengage.
Go for some SPDs or Crank Bros and MTB shoes and then you’ll be able to walk as well.Posted 7 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
I’d really say to try SPDs, it really is better. But, I use flats because my knee’s foobar’d, and I’d say don’t worry excessively. In fact my commuter’s got the horrible wellgos that came on my cheapo Carrera mtb. You don’t need much in the way of grip so spiky flats are excessive and just a recipe for catching yourself while pushing the bike around. If I had to buy a set I’d possibly just get some wellgo mg1s and take most of the pins out, there are nicer more road-oriented flats but they’re expensive.
The trick will be to work on a really nice spin, which isn’t exactly brain surgery but still not that easy to do.Posted 7 years ago
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