Clips or flats?
Post new topic   Reply to topic    MTBE Forum Index -> Biking Gear
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Joerider



Joined: 12 Jun 2014
Posts: 1

PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 10:47 pm    Post subject: Clips or flats? Reply with quote

I am currently saving up for a canyon spectral and was wondering what types of pedals and shoes I should use, clips or flats? Which is best and what ones would. You recommend??
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message

Register & log in to remove these advertisements!
motozulu
Guest





PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is like a favourite colour or favourite holiday destination question Joe.

Ask any rider and most will swear one is better than the other. I started on a MTB 3 years ago and a mate said to me start on SPD's from the off - I did and after some comedy falls that was all I rode in for nearly 3 years. Love em, give you a feeling of being part of the bike, help you to jump, bunny hop over stuff etc and are a Godsend on long climbs.

Last month I had a new bike and decided to give flats a go, guess what? now I'm getting used to them - I love them too! Love the way you can dab a foot down in a tight spot, wear more comfortable shoes with them (Teva links) and also great to be able to move your foot around the pedal.

So I now run SPD's on my single speed and flats on the full suss.

The answer is...neither is better or worse than the other, it's just down to personal preference.

Good luck and enjoy the ride!

Edit - depending which way you want to go.....

SPD's....the Shimano XT spd pedal and whatever spd shoes you like, can afford - they are all much of a muchness.

Flats...much more choice. Shoes wise many go for the 5/10's (which are pricey) but I got some Teva links shoes half price from here -

http://www.jejamescycles.co.uk/teva-links-shoe-black-id68373.html

-which I found to be a great shoe (good enough to wear at the pub after!) and pedals most swear by superstars nanotechs. HTH
Back to top
motozulu
Guest





PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Be warned though Joe, if you do go with SPD's it is a skill that needs sticking at - not at all easy and some never master it.

I can perhaps best explain via the gift of a gif...my first attempt at riding with SPD's...



Wink
Back to top
Cubist88



Joined: 03 Nov 2011
Posts: 2509

PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You humped a dogs bed the first time you tried SPD's 'Zulu?

I've heard it's easier if you try it on a bike Razz
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
motozulu
Guest





PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I reckon that was my first mistake then. Very Happy
Back to top
Threevok



Joined: 30 Jul 2012
Posts: 2140
Location: South Wales Valleys

PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never don't that with SPD's myself.

Done the odd "Del Boy" though Wink

_________________
Kinesis Decade Virtue Custom SS
On One Inbred - Custom 3x10
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
andywatson



Joined: 28 Aug 2013
Posts: 242
Location: Derby

PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got both flats and clip ins and agree with Zulu's opinion.

If you decide to give clip-in pedals a go, seriously consider TIME ATACs. I think they are better than SPDs being very sturdy, simple and positive to engage. I've run the same pair for 13 years on my old Marin.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
GbGaz



Joined: 17 Dec 2013
Posts: 193

PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2014 2:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agree with all thats been said so far. I have both - Shimano M520s used with Shimano AM45 shoes and Gusset Slim Jim SB flat pedals used with some airwalk skate shoes. I like both - use the clipless for most of my riding but put the flats on if I know I'm going to be riding techy stuff of playing. Clipless does take a bit of getting used to and also a bit of time setting up, but I believe is worth it ......and I dont smash my shins so much with clipless!!! Very Happy Very Happy
_________________
My Five rebuild thread, with Fox Fork rebuild - come take a look!!
http://www.mtbe.co.uk/five-strip-rebuild-ready-for-spring-t43380.html
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    MTBE Forum Index -> Biking Gear All times are GMT + 1 Hour
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
You cannot attach files in this forum
You can download files in this forum