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    Special shoes with clipless pedals?

    Hi there. I have read in my bike's manual that if I want to put clipless pedals on my bike, I need to get riding shoes. Is this really necessary, or can I use my tennis shoes?
    I ride for exercise on the trails, not for speed on the roads.

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    Yes it's true, but your are probably confusing clipless pedals with platform pedals. Clipless pedals require special shoes with a cleat the click into the pedal. Clips were the old school strap setup, so that's where current clipless pedals got their name.
    "Donuts. Is there anything they can't do?"

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    Real bike shoes have 2 threaded bolt holes in the bottoms of the shoes that allow you to bolt a special cleat that clicks into the clipless pedals. Each brand of clipless pedal has a special cleat. The cleat comes with the pedals.

    I think clipless pedals and real bike shoes are one of the best performance upgrades you can make.

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