klowe8828 wrote:i thought about this thread twice Monday. 2 seperate times i was travelling at a high speed through FATS and my SPD pedal dug into the groove as i was riding a narrow kind of washed out part of trail. Had I been on flats, that pedal would have dug, foot would have kicked off, and the boys would have been smooshed by the bar, before i did some acrobatic maneuver just to end up on my face.
fat_billy wrote:Right handed riders should ride with SPDs on the right side with flats on the left. Lefties do the otherway around unless on a high end Cannondale with the leftie fork have to wear flat shoes and clipless handgrips. This should settle the clipless-flat discussion. Later,
bassfever2819 wrote:Me I use inexpensive strapless toe clips. I found some on Amazon and attached them to my standard pedals. Today was my first ride at GIHP and the strapless toe clips helped me avoid standing up while pedaling uphill. I know the clipless pedals are far lighter and stronger, but when it comes to quickly taking one's foot off the pedal the strapless toe clips are far safer. I made this purchase decision before making a choice between clipless spd pedals vs flat pedals AND using strapless toe clips. I will return on my next day off to better my time on the steeple chase track at GIHP.
MTI wrote:I never thought I would be on this thread. On April 25 I dropped a rock on my right big toe at work and broke it. Ouch I rode the next day (with Schwim at Tanasi, than the next day at my failed attempt at the Cohutta (It was the mud, rain and crappy weather not the toe). I took two weeks off from riding but now my foot is swollen up and barely fits into my shoe. I tried a regular pair of tennis type shoe with flats but the power transfer is aweful and all the bending of the shoe hurt the foot more. I stuffed my foot in my regular riding shoes today and after 30 miles it was killing me. Any suggestions on a stiff riding shoe w/out cleats for flats? I'll buy it a size larger for my screwed up foot. And taking time off from riding is not an option. I am still pissed about my DNF at the Cohutta and am gearing up for a 90 mile gravel grinder. Haven't told the wife and kids about the toe/foot or they will take my bike away!
MTI wrote:Now that I got an answer why don't we put it up to a vote if this thread should be removed permanently!
MTI wrote:Hey dude give me credit for not starting a thread on this topic! By the way I decided to heck with flats I can't keep my feet on the pedals. I am just stuffing my swollen foot in my Pearl Izumi's!
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