Move to fixed with SPD pedals

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  • I'm riding brakeless with SPDs at the moment, just don't get the multi release and set them up right.

    They work well for me, never had an accidental unclip.

  • I dreamed last night that I couldn't clip in, and was getting really annoyed with it, and then I looked down and realised I was riding my girlfriend's Dutch bike with its nylon flats.

    Odd.

  • I'm riding brakeless with SPDs at the moment, just don't get the multi release and set them up right.

    They work well for me, never had an accidental unclip.

    This ^

    Haven't had any probs in over 3 years. Multi-release ones are not to be trusted, though. They have an 'M' on the cleat itself.

  • Ed's right about Time pedals though I think they're excellent and haven't had any issues fixed or freewheel

  • +1 for SPD. Not brakless, but rarely use the front brake. I have massive feet, so my choice is restricted. My cleats are knackered, and the pedals rarely receive attention, but I've never had an accidental unclip, or been unable to release when required. Didn't realise there was a multi-release version, I'll be sure to avoid them when I get around to replacing my shoes / pedals.

  • Time,
    Time,
    Time, see what's become of me
    While I looked around for my possibilities.

    I was so hard to please.
    Look around,
    Leaves are brown,
    And the sky is a hazy shade of winter.

  • I still find it hard to trust what essentially is two tiny screws between the cleats and soles. Compared to double straps it feels a bit prone to failure. No problems yet though... And 'the ride' is vastly improved, omg zen etc

  • Are you going to Scarborough Fair,
    Parsley, sage, rosemary and Time.

  • one more for SPD's...ridden them for years...never a problem. some people say there's not enough float, but i think thats bollox.

  • ^ I found them too floaty for the first few weeks.

  • I've gone through 2 or 3 pairs of SPDs and they always end up popping out even with the spring cranked up to max. It's gotten to the point where I was able to just pull my foot directly up and they'd come out (no the cleat). Maybe it was just the cheap SPDs, but I wasn't going to spend more money on another pair that may do the same.

    I'm using ATACs now, much better, but the cleat is an issue (wears quickly).

  • Apparently the softer cleats mean the pedals last longer, which I guess is more of an advantage when you have the expensive crabon ones with 531 springs and mink bearings.

  • Yeah. And you can get new cleats for a tenner from Decathlon, and most places price match...

  • I've gone through 2 or 3 pairs of SPDs and they always end up popping out even with the spring cranked up to max.

    The girlfriend had this about a year ago. Turned out to be the pedals. I put her on my bike and the problem didn't persist. I've had many different pedal and SPD combos and have never been able to do this with the pedals set properly, even with really worn cleats.

    I'm currently riding on my soon to be retired commuting shoes which have really, really worn cleats and don't have a problem. I don't think that in the year and a half of riding fixed I have ever popped out and that does include a lot of riding up big tough hills. On the otherhand, I do have a lot more years of experience of riding in SPDs so maybe I'm a bit more attuned to them. I did pop out a couple of times early on when cornering on the road bike.

  • I'm sure many of the times I've popped out have been slight twists of the ankle (although not in cases where I could simply pull them out by sheer force). Still not ideal. Especially since I use them in polo with lots of hard stops and starts, flicking the back end out, hopping around, etc.. Not to mention just the constant clipping and unclipping that will happen in a day of polo. That could be adding more wear to the pedals than they're really expecting. Donno. Atacs are serving me fine now, so I'm happy.

  • have been riding spds for ages now and 48-16 ratio with no real problems with accidental unclipping, not much of a skidder and like the top speed although pulling off the lights can be a bit of an effort

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Move to fixed with SPD pedals

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