Some thoughts on pedals

I have been riding my hybrid bike for the past few weeks sporadically given the weather. However, I noticed that my enjoyment went up as I was using flat pedals and wide tires. I researched the pedal issue this weekend, as conventional wisdom is that clipless is the way to go. I am not sure, for the non-racer, if that is really the best thing. Two provocative pieces that I found online, have me rethinking the need for clipless pedals for the kind of riding that I am doing – slower, longer, not in a race.

These articles are:

http://www.rivbike.com/kb_results.asp?ID=45

and

http://www.bikejames.com/strength/im-really-not-anti-clipless-pedals-im-pro-flat-pedals/

My hybrid has cheap flat pedals and toe clips. I am going to try some BMX style pedals with pins and Five Ten shoes. These are what a lot of mountain bikers are using. Depending on how that goes, I may put them on the road bike and see what difference it makes compared with the Speedplay clipless pedals.

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About petergsimmons

Global citizenship is conferred on those who have lived in a variety of countries, and who don’t identify with any one culture. I am such a person. Having lived in Jamaica, Canada and Japan, I have been exposed to First World/Third World, East and West, North and South. This has lead to a rich living experience, open-mindedness and curiosity about the world around me. This variety of living conditions in human landscapes is coupled with equally diverse travels in natural landscapes from the jungles of South East Asia and South America to the Arctic tundra; tropical beaches to the Himalayas, resulting in an incredible journey through life itself.
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