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    clipless pedal or flat pedal for fat biking?

    is it better to use clipless pedal or flat pedal for fat biking in winter?

    I will be buying my first fat bike soon. Does clipless pedal freezes in the cold temperature?

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    Whichever you prefer will be fine.
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    It depends. If you can't be bothered to read existing threads that cover this topic, then you'll get to figure it out for yourself.

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    ... and if we just ...

    i prefere flat pedale with long studd
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    I have single sided ATACs (clipless on one side, flat on the other).

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    One SPD and one egg beater pedal

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    My SPD's are ok unless it's sloppy wet snow and ice. I'm switching to flats for the foreseeable future.
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    You will get different answers from everyone.

    I had a couple decent winters on clipless. Then one terrible one, snow stuck in cleats etc. Swapped to flats, haven't been back since (including summer).

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    Do you want to purchase winter specific clipless boots?

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    Flats and insulated winter hiking boots

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    Quote Originally Posted by prj71 View Post
    Flats and insulated winter hiking boots

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    This combo has never let me down regardless of conditions.

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    Wooden clogs and those cool rubber pedals that used to come on beach cruisers, man, were those the days...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nurse Ben View Post
    Wooden clogs and those cool rubber pedals that used to come on beach cruisers, man, were those the days...
    Couple of wood screws and you have a better combo then SPD's!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picard View Post

    I will be buying my first fat bike soon. Does clipless pedal freezes in the cold temperature?
    Yes, they are frozen. Typically, they melt around 2500F, but my Xpedos (not on my fatbike) would probably melt around 3100F.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shark View Post
    I had a couple decent winters on clipless. Then one terrible one, snow stuck in cleats etc. Swapped to flats, haven't been back since (including summer).
    just a note: a couple drops of a wax based lube like T-9 on both the pedals and your cleats seems to help prevent the buildup of ice. i spread it around with my finger to get all the interface surfaces on both, or anywhere you don't want ice to stick.

    I use SPDs until the snow gets too deep, then switch to flats.
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    Do you have heavy wet snow... Use flat pedals, snow will ball up on the bottom of four shoes and on pedals. If you have fluffy dry snow then clipless can work pretty well. I live in Utah and can get by with spd trail pedals, but sometimes it is a real pain smacking my pedals with the bottom of my shoe to clear the snow from both.

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    I had the same question as you 2 seasons ago. I experimented with both (even bought new clipless shoes for some old clipless pedals).
    In the end I found the winter book/flat pedal with good pins to be the best bet for overall winter riding. I sold the clipless shoes and haven't looked back since.

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    When it's colder than -30 you need flats and felt pack boots.
    Clips and the like are not cold weather compatible.
    My Bontrager OMW boots are useless in the cold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by headwind View Post
    When it's colder than -30 you need flats and felt pack boots.
    Clips and the like are not cold weather compatible.
    My Bontrager OMW boots are useless in the cold.
    ok. that is good to know

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    For winter and rainy conditions you have much better choice for footwear outside of velo store IMO.
    For example I use hiking boots at winter/autumn/spring which are water proof, breathable, warm and comfy.
    Thus I prefer platforms as they allow wider boot selection.

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    SPD's in the summer, VP flats in the winter

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    Catalyst flat pedals with Mukluks. Best option for real cold.

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    Flat pedals, Because you will be getting off your bike even when you are not planning on it.

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    Lots of smart ass answers on here lately it seems. I ride clipless on road and some summer fat biking, huge flats with long studs and hiking boots for winter for me.

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    I used clipless for many new england winters on a non fat bike. The time atacs were superior to the SPD. Some shrapnel clipless shoes were better than pricier shoes because they had fewer vents (or drop serious coin on winter cycling boots). This winter I'm trying flats. So far I'm not completely sold, but I will continue to tweak my set up. I think I need better shoes for the pedals I have. I'm thinking of some 5 ten elements instead of the keen hikers I'm wearing now. I also may try different clipless pedals. Something with more concave than what I have now. A lot of folks like the VP flats.

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    Never going back to road pedals and wingtips...
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    Crankbrothers Candy 3 in the summer, Eggbeater 3 in the winter. Lake 303 shoes NA thick wool socks keep my toes warm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rentalrider View Post
    Lots of smart ass answers on here lately it seems. I ride clipless on road and some summer fat biking, huge flats with long studs and hiking boots for winter for me.
    Because the OP has a reputation for trolling.
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    To clip in, or not to clip in, that is the question:
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    I've used flats with proper winter hiking boots in the past but switched the fatty over to clipless in the summer and wanted to see if I could make it work in the winter.

    Most importantly, I went with the Shimano SH-56 multi release cleats which unclip easier and much more naturally than standard mtb cleats. These help a lot if ever you're caught off guard and quickly need to stop, adjust your line or put a foot down and there's still a solid foot/pedal connection you get with all SPD's.

    I picked up a pair of Japanthers because they weren't overly bulky compared to other models. Being in Canada, I wasn't too hopeful for them given their nature but with a thin merino liner sock under a thicker merino hiking sock, my feet have stayed plenty warm at around -12c for upwards of 2 hours. Any colder and I'll use heat packs.

    Also, my feet have broken through ice on a few occasions with these boots and after being submerged in about 6 inches of freezing water I can attest to the Japanthers water resistency as well.

    Obviously not a boot for everybody but they've worked well for me so far.

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