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Anybody else old school with toe clips?

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Anybody else old school with toe clips?

Does anyone else still ride with old fashion baskets on yer pedals? This works pretty well for me, though I'm considering changing shoes and I'm open to suggestions! My current shoes may have not have soles that are as hard as I'd like. What shoes work for yall when you ride with clips?

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toe clips?

I have logged 34,000km. riding in flip flops... works for me... don't overthink it. Bob

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I've always used old style

I've always used old style toe clips touring and would continue to do so. As with most of my gear choices it comes down to keep it simple stupid - I don't want to have to look for replacement SPD's in Nigeria or wherever. Shoes are whatever I happen to be wearing at the time - I did have a pair of Keen sandals with silicone impregnated leather that lasted several years of touring that I was quite fond of.

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Shoes and cages

I put 5,000 miles on a pair of $10 crocs. I go clipless because I'm older with brittle bones. I've seen too many others hit the pavement trying to unhook.

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I ride with clips on my 1985

I ride with clips on my 1985 Peugeot Road bike.. Just because i'm pretty cheap and try to keep it simple.. :-)

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Half clips

I have always used toe clips and always will. I never tightened them - just used them for foot position. Now I use Velo Orange half clips. They're basically toe clips without the straps. For shoes, I use cheap Walmart sneakers, but any shoe or sandal will do. Last year, when riding with my nephew on a loaded overnight, a road biker joined us for about 20 miles and kept saying that my nephew was nuts to ride with regular sandals not clipped in. Not only did my nephew keep pace with him, but at the point where we were about to part ways, the roadie didn't unclip fast enough at a stop and fell and scraped his knee all to hell. He said he was tired. I should also point out that my nephew was fully loaded on a steel frame with camping gear and food and the roadie was on a light weight racer.

On a trip from Ohio to CT a couple years ago, I was staying with a WS host who noticed my pedals and wondered how I managed to climb without being clipped in. I replied "I put the bike in a low gear and pedal hard. Why do you ask?"

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Sure do

My girlfriend and I have been touring for over three months now and when we bought our bikes we asked to put some plastic baskets on. Mainly good for stopping your foot from sliding forward when you take off and it's wet and landing painfully on your crotch.
We cycle in everyday sneakers and flip flops if we have a short day or blisters.
Nice to be able to wear shoes that you can also wear to the pub that evening.

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Old school toe clips..

I have never used anything else. Love em..

How I use them safely and comfortably; I have size 13 feet and mount the clips just forward of the pedal using a combination of long screws, washers and nuts. When the clip is where I want it, I tighten the nuts and superglue them. They never come loose and I can remove them if needed.

Because the clip is more forward on the pedal, the strap gets routed through the front of the pedal so that only the front part of my foot is in the 'cage', which easily lets me disengage if I lose my balance. I have never felt like I couldn't quickly remove a foot before a potential fall.

For comfort I grind any high spots off the top of the pedal as I like to ride in cheap thin scandals now and then. This makes the feet happier. The downside here is that the pedal is now a bit slippery and care must be taken that I don't slip out of the pedal cage accidentally.

The last thing I do is cut the metal clip off the strap - I like the clean look. I then hand sew both ends together (after I have the length right) under the bottom of the pedal.

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Hola Yo'al All of you must be

Hola Yo'al

All of you must be pedaling a bike built in the pre 1933 design. If one has a Recumbent Cycle or Trike you will quickly learn of a easier amount of energy used and a bunch of etc's. The worst thing about riding any Recumbent is dropping ones foot from The Pedal --- while riding. This leads to what is called "Foot Suck". This is when a rider drops their foot and then proceeds to "run over themselves". Folks with Recumbent's prefer something to hold the foot where it was last placed.

With Pedaling one who has a stiff shoe sole will always use less energy to pedal.

There are now Cycling Shoes that have the clip "re-cessed". This makes it possible to walk with-out having that piece of metal sticking down.

The rider who is "clipped in" can always pull with one foot while mashing with the other vs only mashing and mashing and mashing. While the rider is pulling and mashing they are making it much easier on them self.

This all makes it easier to enjoy yourself when you are a guest with your Warm Shower Hoist.

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Oh yay theres lots of us!

I appreciate all the comments and advice. I'm at the tail end of an injury healing fiasco that has concluded with my doctors realizing that I'm one of those people who needs special shoe inserts to correct a collapsed arch that makes one of my legs functionally shorter and turns my knee inward on that side. What a pain in the butt. Or, knee actually. So I am waiting to get those fancy foot things before getting new shoes. Annoying, but worth it!

Also, having clips does allow you to use yer muscles when yer foot is pulling up, if you have them positioned and tight enough (which isn't necessarily even that tight). Maybe that happens even more when yer clipless, I wouldn't know. But these things are comfy, not hella expensive, all the parts are easy to replace, it makes my riding more efficient, keeps my feet in the right position, and its super easy to get in and out of em. I haven't been convinced yet to do something more complicated and expensive. Though I ain't ruling it out, after this whole doctor shennanigans with the collapsed arch and all. We shall see!

Oh, and my bike isn't from 1933, but it is a restored bike from 1985. :)

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Toe clips?

Ive always used toe clips though did venture into clip-in pedals about 15 years ago. Several episodes of falling at traffic lights and then having my knee joint suffer because of the angle convinced me that simple is better...for me anyway.
Only problem is finding SMALL size toeclips. Locally they only seem to come in medium and large and I have a size 38 (or 7.5) shoe.

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