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    Winter pedals?

    So what kind of clip in pedals work best in snowy conditions?
    I have been using some Shimano pedals but the cleats gets cloged with snow making it tough to clip in .
    I've been told the Crank Bros. Mallet pedal works well. I know alot of you use flats, but I like being cliped in on long climbs and long road rides to the trailhead.
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    The most uncloggable clip-in is the Crank Bros Eggbeater

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    A light coating of PAM or slippy-cone on the eggs and cleats also helps with clogging. I've also tried rain-x, but it wears off pretty quickly.

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    I love my Atomlab Quikstep pedals but they don't seem to be commonly available anymore...
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    +2 for Crank Brothers Eggbeaters if you have to go clipless. I have rode clipless for a long time and tried the eggbeaters on my Pugs. Didn't like it as much, so I bought a pair of Fyxation Mesa flats and absolutely love them. To each their own though.
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    Most of those running clipless in this area are using the standard eggbeater. There's not as much pedal under foot with the eggbeater, but if you run the candy or mallet models you will likely get more snow/ice build up because of the pedal body.
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    Almost as good as being clipped in

    I say almost as good, because you're not clipped, but I torqued my knee last summer when I went over the bars and my foot never left the pedals. The Wellgo MG1's have a big platform and sharp screw/pins. The clincher is wearing Five Ten shoes, very soft, grippy rubber sole. I got them a size larger so I can wear ski socks with Seal Skin waterproof socks over them, toasty and dry.

    How good are they? I let a friend borrow them when he first got his Mukluk, I still haven't seen them come back. They're only $40 online so you really can't go wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RickyB View Post
    I say almost as good, because you're not clipped, but I torqued my knee last summer when I went over the bars and my foot never left the pedals. The Wellgo MG1's have a big platform and sharp screw/pins. The clincher is wearing Five Ten shoes, very soft, grippy rubber sole. I got them a size larger so I can wear ski socks with Seal Skin waterproof socks over them, toasty and dry.

    How good are they? I let a friend borrow them when he first got his Mukluk, I still haven't seen them come back. They're only $40 online so you really can't go wrong.
    I can second the MG1s. They are light and grippy. I'm currently running the VP 001 on my Mukluk and I am just as pleased with them.
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    I usually run Time pedals in the summer but I have been using Crank Bros. eggbeaters on the Mukluk. They have worked great and not clogged up at all. I find the cleat and tread on the bottom of my LG winter shoes sometime pack up with snow if I stop.
    I tried flats when I first got my Mukluk but just could not get used to them. Felt like I was learning to ride again. Switched over to clipless and it was like shifting gears as some as I clip in.

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    My time atac seem to be fine in the snow so far.

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    I really, really like the CB Mallet 2 pedals on my 907—especially for a race like Triple D where you're on and off the bike a lot. The platform gives you a much bigger target.

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    Hey;

    I've always used Times, but I struggled with them a bit this weekend. Never have before, but it was also 10*F, which I'm sure had something to do with it. I had moderate trouble with my Time Carbons icing, but it was mostly my shoes that were packing up. My buddy was having terrible trouble with his Time ATAC-Zs icing. I think the plastic was the key here. The alloy was really icing badly.

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    Odyssey JCPC Pedal

    Crank Brothers Egg Beaters are fine on dry snow, but I've had trouble in slushy conditions -- the cleats on my shoes just become a solid block of ice. This year I switched to Odyssey JCPC Pedals for both of my winter bikes. There is a product review of them at: Odyssey JCPC Pedal For Fat Bikes And Winter Cycling « All Seasons Cyclist
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    For clipless, I like Time. Those and CB pedals seem to be the best options for winter. The brass cleat seems to pack up less than shimano-style's steel cleat, and the retension bar style seems to clear the snow better. One or two taps and you're on your way.

    On the subject of platforms, Fatback has some sweet nylon pedals with pins and sealed bearings that I've been using that seem to have less of a heatsink effect on my shoes than aluminum. Waterproof running shoes on them down to -20.

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    I tried to love the Mallets but couldn't, I could get them to do either job well. I sure wanted them to work. Back to the MG1's.

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    Regular 'Beaters here too. Frankly I hate them, they float way too freely and have a lot of cleat slop compared to SPD's, they also seem to be dying much faster than days gone by.

    That said though, I'll never use anything else for snowy riding. I run egg cleats on my winter shoes, and SPD cleats on the summer ones. Works out fine.
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    Another fan of Eggs here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RickyB View Post
    I say almost as good, because you're not clipped, but I torqued my knee last summer when I went over the bars and my foot never left the pedals. The Wellgo MG1's have a big platform and sharp screw/pins. The clincher is wearing Five Ten shoes, very soft, grippy rubber sole. I got them a size larger so I can wear ski socks with Seal Skin waterproof socks over them, toasty and dry.

    How good are they? I let a friend borrow them when he first got his Mukluk, I still haven't seen them come back. They're only $40 online so you really can't go wrong.
    Another vote for the Wellgo MG1's. I've tried putting up with clipless pedals in snow but my soles instantly freeze over with ice and other trail junk in there. While I prefer clipless pedals I'm now a convert to flats as the way to go riding in snow. The three things I like most are 1) don't get clogged 2) you've got unlimited number of foot positions 3) you can wear any shoe or boot you want. Number 3 is the most important to me because I can't stand cold feet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    Regular 'Beaters here too. Frankly I hate them, they float way too freely and have a lot of cleat slop compared to SPD's, they also seem to be dying much faster than days gone by.

    That said though, I'll never use anything else for snowy riding. I run egg cleats on my winter shoes, and SPD cleats on the summer ones. Works out fine.

    FWIW, Time ATACs have less float and slop than CB pedals and generally last 5-10 times longer. They clear just as well as CB pedals, and with the heavier spring rate, I'm pretty certain that they're more likely to squeeze soft ice out of the way to access the cleat.

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    Like I mentioned earlier, I really like the stickiness of the 5.10 shoes, which are mostly a downhill shoe. My friend, riding with my stolen MG1's, is using a winter hiking shoe, Teva Raith. It's waterproof and lightweight, retailing for around $110 at REI. If you're weight conscious, they also make a Ti axle version of the pedal that's only 280 grams, which is light no matter what you're comparing them to, for around $80!

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    I'm running these Gusset pedals cuz there cheap, plastic, and have some red in them. Have been working great so far down to -20.

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    Blackspire sub 4. nice and wide for sorrels!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sean salach View Post
    FWIW, Time ATACs have less float and slop than CB pedals and generally last 5-10 times longer. They clear just as well as CB pedals, and with the heavier spring rate, I'm pretty certain that they're more likely to squeeze soft ice out of the way to access the cleat.
    Missed this somehow. So have you used both in similar conditions, and found the performance to be so close that you prefer the Times? Or you just deal with "at least it's better than SPD's" performance because of their Terminatoresque qualities?
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    I've used Time ATAC, Time Z Control, and CB Mallet pedals...granted, the CB's were not their current design, but they had no longevity and when trying to unclip, there was a weird position where my toe would lever against the crank arm and torque the cleat in a way that prevented it from disengaging...weird...anyways, not an issue on any of the Time's Ive used...also, the CB's needed a rebuild after about 400 miles...Time ATAC's have literally THOUSANDS of miles on them, Z Controls have a couple hundred more than the CB's did and they show no signs of slowing down anytime soon...I would not hesitate to recommend the ATAC or Z Control's to a friend...conversely, I would not hesitate to recommend the CB's to a competitor...
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    In my experience shimanos suck in snow and ice. I've used crank bros for years, they rock. But recent reliabilty issues with cb have forced me to buy a pair of times. I've ridden them on two or three rides in dry and muddy, I'm about to hit the snow (finally a couple inches today!) with them, I'm anticipating they'll work excellent.

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    Look Quartz?

    Very similar to Times (but less $), at least from outward appearances.....

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    I like the Straitline pedals. Made in Canada even!

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    A friend bought a Fatback with the Looks on them...he had wanted Times, but Look is what Speedway stocks...no complaints that I know of, other than they don't have a "platform" style clip-in pedal...
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    I had my first fresh in the middle of a snow storm ride (riding in 8-10" of wet snow), and was breaking trail well until the grade was too much for my rear BFL traction wise (wondering if the Nate would have helped), so I ended up doing a lot of pushing the Muk with my Atacs on. I have loved and rocked Atacs for the last 10 years, but was cursing brutally at them on Saturday. But now that I have had a chance to think about it, I think it is more of a problem of the the Shimano MW81s, and I need to cut away some of the shoe's cleats around the ATAC cleat to give more room for snow to get flushed out, as it was getting packed up in the small area it is now.

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    I switched to Wellgo aluminum flats and Merrell Chameleon Winter 8 boots (400gram Thinsulate Ultra). I'm testing out some extra long Power Grips pedal straps now as I do miss having some upstroke power in the snow. We'll see how it goes.

    I will say that depending on the terrain and conditions its nice to be able to get on and off the bike quickly. Of all the clipped pedals, I found Time worked best in all snow conditions, followed by Crank Bros. But I found the CB pedals wore out too quickly and the spring tension wasn't as strong as the Times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    Missed this somehow. So have you used both in similar conditions, and found the performance to be so close that you prefer the Times?

    I found the Time's performance to be better(for me) or the same in every regard. They were the same at clearing snow or mud, very easy to get into, more durable, don't wear holes in my shoes(that little hump Times have at the back/top of the pedal prevents this and is why CB's do it), didn't realease the cleat during a pedal strike and had overall more secure engagement. The CB's were easier to get out of, but too easy for my liking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BullSCit View Post
    I had my first fresh in the middle of a snow storm ride (riding in 8-10" of wet snow), and was breaking trail well until the grade was too much for my rear BFL traction wise (wondering if the Nate would have helped), so I ended up doing a lot of pushing the Muk with my Atacs on. I have loved and rocked Atacs for the last 10 years, but was cursing brutally at them on Saturday. But now that I have had a chance to think about it, I think it is more of a problem of the the Shimano MW81s, and I need to cut away some of the shoe's cleats around the ATAC cleat to give more room for snow to get flushed out, as it was getting packed up in the small area it is now.


    If you're pushing a lot, and it's above 15 degrees, you'll probably need to slap your shoe on the pedal once or twice when you get on the bike, just to release some of that snow.

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    I'm a Time ATAC lover so I picked up a pair of the Time XRoc pedals. So much lighter than the old Time ATAC Z. They clear snow well and they don't feel too bad if you leave them on the bike and take a spin in sneakers.

    Two thumbs up so far

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    Blackspire Sub4's platform pedals work the best for me on my Pug.

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    I've got the Look Quartz and have been very pleased with how they work. No issues so far this winter.

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    I've got some XC racer friends who use the clipless type pedals in the winter. Doesn't make much sense to me. This is my second season on DMR Mag V12's and I've ridden in -35C temps with out a problem.

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