Beating the system - the cycling commuting section
Of course if you want to burn through the downhills at 50kph+ being clipped in makes this a lot easier to do. I hit 55kph on the road bike today coming home, which is an absolute hoot, but my all time fastest was actually on my mtb at 68kph. Once I got SPD's on both road & mtb there was no looking back. Personally, the lack of trackstanding ability is a non issue for me, as clipping in and out at the lights is no problem & now second nature.
Get a Roadie or hybrid, you'll get to work faster.
Unless you a planing to go on the trails, a mountain bike it is definitely overkill for a commuting and it is slow and heavy.
You might end up liking road riding and instead of just riding to work you do social rides with mates!
Riding with clipless will make you pedal more efficiency and believe me once you get use to it, it will be second nature to unclip and clipin. Just practice on a flat piece of road unclipping and clipping in 20 times.
Just get beefer tyres and won't have an issue with flats like conti gator skins.
The whole pro peleton rides flat pedals so your argument is wrong.
Oh hang on
I guess track sprinters have completely ruined knees because they need clipless pedals and double foot straps to keep their feet from ripping off the pedals on the up-stroke!
I don't actively think "pull up" when pedaling but I do pull hard when laying down the power to the point where I've pulled my feet out of low-tension pedals, when I'm pedaling at higher cadences it's more of a scooping motion but I still notice my feet lifting off when I ride flat pedals.
Back on topic. I ride SPD's to work, but have been riding them for years. I bought single sided PD-A530's for my Honky Inc. Great touring pedals, but cause a few problems on busy roads. I want to clip first time every time without looking down - there is just too much going on to look down and not get away properly. Now and again they present themselves the wrong way up.
So, they came off 2 weeks ago and I got something similar (cant remember the model no) but dual sided. Much much happier. I'd certainly keep this in mind when looking for commuting pedals if you ride on busy roads.
I personally would choose a hybrid if only going 10k.
I ride in a tight urban environment and I would use flat pedals.
I find it much easier to jump of the bike in case of accidents and kick cars that don't know your there and cut into your lane trying to kill you in the process.
Wider tyres better in the wet to.
The other option is buy two bikes...
I've just got a road bike and have made the scary jump to clip-ins. Bloody rain has limited my riding since but it's not been as bad as I'd feared.
My intention was to add clip-ins to the MTB that I use purely for commuting and for fun, but I'm rethinking that and might stay with flats for now.
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