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nassy wrote:Hi all,
So I've currently moved to a new building at work that provides good bike facilities. Also, i live about 10 kms from work, so cycling is definitely an option of travel.
Now riding to work on a roadie would be great because of the extra speed, but i find that riding into the city is a pain because of the number of times i need to unclip ( traffic, pedestrians, traffic lights, etc)
So now the question is, should i stick to riding my roadie and learn to unclip? (I'm new to cycling)
OR should I buy a cheap MTB with flat pedals?
Im leaning towards the MTB decision because of ease of use and less chance of tyre punctures...
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.
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Xplora wrote:It's a pretty simple process. The pedals go up and down, round and round. If you are able to use force through the whole stroke, you are being more efficient.
The whole pro peleton rides flat pedals so your argument is wrong.
Oh hang on
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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.
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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.
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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...
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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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