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Clipless Pedal Commuters?

Lee540Lee540 Posts: 22
edited February 2016 in Commuting general
Hello all..

Been cycling for a few years now and was commuting 12 miles each way on a relatively quiet countryside A road throughout all weathers with no issues. Been in London for about a year now, I was using my motorcycle until it was stolen in November from my garage and I have now lost interest in purchasing another for now so I will start cycling next week.

I seem to see no one using clipless pedals, I cannot imagine cycling now without them although I am considering swapping the SL's for some mountain bike SPD's as they are easier to walk in.

What are most people here using? My route will be Wimbledon to Farringdon.

Cheers

Lee

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  • prawnyprawny Posts: 5,416
    Mtb spds for me, always have. I tried road pedals for commuting and it was a faff, I assume it would be even worse in London. I had to walk three miles once when I had more punctures than spare tubes too so I was glad of the recessed cleats

    I've been tempted to try flats over the winter though so I can wear comfier shoes, but I ride in full Lycra get up so I'd look like a right wally. Might give it a whirl in the summer and wear baggies for a day or two.
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  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 9,424
    Spd,s all the time at least I can walk in then and they don't wear out in five minutes.
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  • redveeredvee Posts: 11,921
    I've been on MTB SPDs for 24 years now, even when I had a road bike.
    I've added a signature to prove it is still possible.
  • Yep MTB SPD's here too for the above mentioned reasons :)
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  • SPD's on both my (road) bikes. I tried road shoes/cleats but found them a pain (especially trying to clip in and failing leading to shin/pedal interface!).
  • Just to buck the SPD trend, I use Time Xpresso pedals and cleats on my commuter and have never had a problem.
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  • oldbazzaoldbazza Posts: 646
    SPD's here too with Northwave spike pro shoes,nice compromise of being able to walk and be clipped in on the bike.
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  • vimfuegovimfuego Posts: 1,783
    I use MTB gear too for the reasons stated above - Crank Bros Candy 2s
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  • Lee540Lee540 Posts: 22
    Cheers for replies..

    I will go to my LBS this weekend and grab a set of SPD pedals and MTB shoes :)
  • wolfsbane2kwolfsbane2k Posts: 3,014
    Another SPD'r on MTB shoes on a roadie, with some shimano clipp'r pedals to really break rule #34...

    But then I break #14, #18, #32 (cos it's a good riding backback), #34 and #35 every day I ride, and those are the ones I'm aware off... :oops:
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  • pastryboypastryboy Posts: 1,385
    Unless you can trackstand like a pro then SPD.

    I use SPD-SL quite often but am very good at trackstanding. They would be a complete nightmare to use if I weren't.
  • Not understanding you lot at all
    Click clipped in SPD SL KEOs
    Click clipped out SPD SL KEOs

    only good reason to for SPD, cleats never wear out unless you are a clog hoofed munter and you can walk in them less like a fkn duck

    I reckon some of you just need to get a bus into work
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  • wolfsbane2kwolfsbane2k Posts: 3,014
    Not understanding you lot at all
    Click clipped in SPD SL KEOs
    Click clipped out SPD SL KEOs

    only good reason to for SPD, cleats never wear out unless you are a clog hoofed munter and you can walk in them less like a fkn duck

    I reckon some of you just need to get a bus into work

    I'm clumsy enough without anything else making it worse! Your not the only person to tell me that either, oh, colleagues, and doctors have suggested the same ;-)
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  • zebra67zebra67 Posts: 113
    This is one of my puzzles in life. I work at a university on edge of city, large % of students & staff cycle in.
    Most people wear regular clothes & ordinary shoes.
    Some people wear lycra cycling clothes... and ordinary trainers, very occasionally with toeclips.
    I wear ordinary clothes... and SPDs!

    I just think it's funny, many people think that to be a cyclist you need the lycra, but shun the most important performance-safety kit they could have.
  • SPDs on the fixed, Look Keo on the nice road bike. If you've mastered clipping in and out then ride with whatever clipless pedals you're comfortable with.
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  • I use Speedplay Zeros...I reckon some commuters are scared to use clipless as they WILL fall off the bike in the early stages ( happens to everyone ) as the brain needs to learn the unnatural instinct to unclip. Also, there's a lot of stopping and starting ( assuming they stop at the lights ) so it's not for everyone.
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