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    SPD's and flat shoes?

    Do any of you guys have spd's on your bike, but ride with regular shoes on around the neighborhood or anything? I really want to go clipless but having to put on special shoes every time is a real downer, especially if I'm riding to a friends or something.
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    You would be fine. You wont have the same grip you would with a good flat pedal, but you can still pedal the bike. Look at pedals with a platform if youre worried about grip, something Shimano M424s, CB mallets, or Time Zs.

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    I would just opt for some flat's. I bet once you get the hang of it you can changout pedals in one minute-26 seconds. Best of both worlds. I like sharpened Beartrap flats.

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    I've ridden most of my clipless pedal bikes in sneakers or running shoes for one reason or another. My record's probably 3.5 miles, on Speedplay X-pedals (little popsicle-looking things.) It's really irritating, but if you're not going to be climbing or riding singletrack, it's fine.

    I keep a commuter bike set up with clips and straps, but those suck to use off-road. I wouldn't compromise one of my "serious" setups to make it better for riding in casual shoes.
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