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    Flat Pedals vs. Clipless...

    So on my commuter conversion I have switched back to flat pedals. I did this more for when I bike with the family downtown or something. I usually have to switch into flip flops or other shoes for walking around. I really liked clipless and was wondering if anyone found a way around not using flat pedals... This clipless are from 2004, so things might have changed since I last looked into them. Any suggestions?

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    They have pedals that are flat on one side and clipless on the other. Seems more hassle than anything though. I just stick flat on commutes and clipless on trails. I did do clipless on work commutes at first to get better using them. Then I realized how annoying it was carrying around a pair of shoes all day.

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    Work isn't so bad since I live in a cubicle... Its more the evening activities with the fam.

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    5.10s

    Buy some 5.10 shoes and ride flats. 5.10s have rock climbing soles, very sticky on the pedals. Not much difference than being clipped in.

    I like flats for running errands during the work day and being able to wear normal shoes.

    I do ride clipless on the road bike, but flats on the commute, mt and jump bike. I find flats are just a more pleasant way to ride and 5.10 shoes make all the difference. (I also have a pair of teva pinners, not as warm as the 5.10 -nice for hotter weather- and not as sticky a sole).

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    Keen arroyo

    spd sandal, great for walking and riding Shimano 424 platform spd pedal is what i
    I'm switching to. Don't ride this combo in cold but wool socks could be doable

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    I had the Performance brand flat-on-one-side-clipless-on-the-other pedals for a long time, and they were great. You sacrifice a little clearance on the trail, since the 'cage' part sticks down a bit more than a traditional clipless does, but it's pretty close to the best of both worlds. Still kicking myself for selling a bike without removing those pedals.
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    Road Bikes = SPD - Recessed cleat so you the shoes are easy to walk in.
    MTB & Cross bike = TIME - Recessed cleat, release better than SPD, Don't clog as much as SPD. I think the cleat is recessed slightly more too. I'll probably convert all my bikes to TIME in time.
    Winter / Foul weather commuter = Flats so I can wear any warm or waterproof shoes needed for the conditions.

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    Shimano SPD winter boots

    Shimano SPD summer boots

    I keep a pair of crocks for walking around in whereever I need.

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    I don't like carrying around a 2nd pair of shoes all the time, either.

    I use flats on my commuter. I do notice a loss of power because of my flexy tennis shoes. no big deal for neighborhood rides, but on a commute it's noticeable.

    I might consider one of the mtb shoes that looks more like a hiking shoe for commuting. The stiffer sole should give enough extra power transfer as compared to what I currently use, I'd probably be happy with it. 5.10's just cost too much for me to use as a commuting shoe.

    of course, that may change at some point. if I get a job that requires me to dress nice, I'd probably just keep a pair of nice shoes in my office and I'd have to change clothes, anyway...so I may wind up in clipless at some point. However since my commuter is also my family bike, I'd probably get a clipless pedal with a platform like the Time Z, CB Mallet, or Shimano 545 (or similar, many more or less $$$ models).

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    Can someone suggest a good 2-sided pedal?

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    When I got mine they were called the "Performance Campus" from performancebike.com. Now I think they're the "forte" house brand. Mine went strong for years. They were cheap too.

    On the shoe/commute thing...I stash work shoes at work and wear my MTB shoes for the ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by woodway View Post
    Best of both worlds:
    insert crankbrothers mallet pedal link here.
    I second this. Have been using them on my commuter for a few years now. They aren't the best pedals in the world to use unclipped, but if that's not the way you ride them most of the time, they aren't bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChetPunisher View Post
    Can someone suggest a good 2-sided pedal?
    Shimano PD-A530 SPD Dual Platform Pedal are sweet

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    I run them on my commuter/road bike. Whatever you're wearing works, good grip on the flat, look better than most huge pedals.

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    they do naturally flip the wrong way sometimes which can be kind of annoying but easy to get use to...

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    I just use power grips. Guess alot of riders dont like them, but they seem to work fine for me.

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    Loss of Power

    Whenever I ride flats I feel like I've lost all the power to my pedal stroke. Maybe I pedal a better circle than I thought. I've always felt like I pedaled half a box until I unclip
    Ride what you like, how you like, just remember that's what everybody else is doing too.

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    That's what I'm dealing with. I put the flats on and I feel like I lost half my power. I don't mind it biking with my wife, but going to work I'm a little concerned.

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    I use toe clips. Fredly, but they work, and in whatever shoe I happen to be wearing. I guess whatever closed-toed shoe, but I don't even own open-toed shoes, so no big deal there. There's some power loss due to the shoe, I suppose, but nobody's going to give me a prize for getting to school fifteen seconds faster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChetPunisher View Post
    That's what I'm dealing with. I put the flats on and I feel like I lost half my power. I don't mind it biking with my wife, but going to work I'm a little concerned.
    I don't question your results , but curious what you and mike1125 were using for flats and shoes.

    Personally, I second CJ's use of 5.10's and flats (with traction pins) for the MTB, & fatbike, commuting or not. Still have clipless (Time ATAC) on the cross bike (closest I've gotten to a road bike lately), but it doesn't feel crazily more efficient.

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    I did some single track miles tonight after work and focused some attention on my pedal stroke due to this forum. I found I do use to bottom sweep stroke more than I realized. With flats you can't really use that part of the pedal stroke. I never bought top quality flats or shoes but my foot position and power always felt off. I even tried power straps for a while.
    Ride what you like, how you like, just remember that's what everybody else is doing too.

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    Now that my.riding has gotten more aggressive, I kind of miss my flats. I use cb mallets on my FS and hitting corners faster and harder sometimes I wish I could put a foot down or out to help with balance. I feel sketchy when my feet are bound and my legs want to shift around.

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    I work at a bike shop and ride only 2.8 miles to work. there are a few hills, so clipping is is a really nice option. I have two-sided pedals on my hybrid so I can use it for short rides in sneakers and for longer rides clipped in. standing around in cycling shoes is always uncomfortable after a while because they are so stiff, so I leave a pair of comfy sneakers at work because I stand most of the day.

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    Flats on my mtb, and spd on my road/touring bike. Like them both, although i feel spd-s are more efficient, and you can walk in them.
    need more bikes...

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    Egg beaters and keep a pair of dress shoes at the office.
    "I have one speed. I have one gear: Go." -- Charlie Sheen

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    I've been thinking about replacing my stock wellgos on my Mamba 29er with these Fyxation Gates with straps.



    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B006Z...=3GG7IJYGOJB9D

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B005E...=3GG7IJYGOJB9D

    My stand all day work shoes are Nike Free Run 2s + Shield. Water proof and the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn.

    I like the idea of getting a little more power from the straps. Don't know if I would use them on the trail. But at least I know I could take them off easily if they weren't working out. There also cheap.

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    Maybe try PowerGrips

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