A tale of woe for anyone using SPD type clip ins.
I went over the handlebars on a mountain downhill wearing SPD's.
One of my feet didn't unclip, and i ended up doing 'the splits' on my back, with all the weight of the bike going through one hip joint.
Torn 'laberal sheath' on the hip needed repairing. After surgery, i'm still fecked, and my hillwalking 'career' has been on hold for years.
Don't use them. They are the work of the devil.
Montgomery Wick wrote (see)
Easier to stamp down/twist, than push in/pull out.
Mike back in Dundee wrote (see)
One of my feet didn't unclip, and i ended up doing 'the splits' on my back...
I think I'd be concerned about the 'twist' release. If these attach to shoes/boots in a similar way to Microspikes, then over time they become 'baggy'. The last thing I'd want is the 'twist' to be absorbed by the attachment, leading to a release failure.
But if you don't attach yourself you run more risk of crashing due to losing balance when your feet fly off the pedals taking a big hit, and it's harder to hop your way out of trouble from tree roots etc.
(I much prefer Time's ATACs, aside from various other advantages there's no silly buggering about setting release tensions. Mine have come out when required by "unplanned dismounts").
"Cage pedals are known as death traps for the simple fact that you cant get your feet out quick enough."
Really? I've never had a problem getting my feet out of my toeclips, can't think of a single instance in 15 years when I've not got my foot out in time, on or off road. I keep the straps fairly loose to aid a quick exit, but they also keep my feet attached to the pedals well enough.
I think Cleat Feet sound like a clever idea, but the benefits being touted just aren't as self-evident as is being presented. But, if the design and production genuinely nail some of the concerns expressed here, then they could be a useful item.
Toeclips work for me everytime. Never had issues with them from day one. I am only a roadie so I guess lower risk of quick foot release problems. My only issue is my cage part has broken on one and they don't make shimano toe clip cage replacements that will fit. It is a triangular attachment point to a minimalist pedal. That means I'll have to go for simple flat pedals or get cleated pair. Shame really as the cage and toe clip pedal I have really works well.
Anyway, for most users do you really need that performance increase clipless gives over toeclips?? If you want a pedal that can be used with clipless cleated shoes but you still want to use normal shoes at times then why not just get ones that have flat pedals one side and cleats the other?? Shimano do some nice ones at a reasonable price. Surely this is one solution that is here, fully developed and market tested?? I don't want to stifle innovation with my comments but is it just coming up with another solution for problems that have already been solved satisfactorily or perhaps trying to create a new need for gear?? Good luck to them if the latter!! I mean we always need more gear to buy don't we!! (rhetorical question that doesn't need answering).
Anyway, for most users do you really need that performance increase clipless gives over toeclips?
"Need", or "like"? Do I need an expensive recumbent tourer? No, but I still have one, because I like it! But these aren't for "most users" in any case: see below...
If you want a pedal that can be used with clipless cleated shoes but you still want to use normal shoes at times then why not just get ones that have flat pedals one side and cleats the other?
That was my first reaction, but then I read it more closely and saw that I'd missed the point. The point being these are for in an environment where you want some of the benefits of clipping in without having the baggage space to take an extra pair of shoes. As above, this is not "most users", but it is "some users".
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