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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2012 3:36 pm 
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stoked for millar on stage 12 today - and finally some good news for garmin. millar's autobiography is just out in paperback in the uk and i'm half-way through it. quite a read. well worth picking up. definitely had me cheering him over the line.


Read his book on holiday too and very glad he has returned riding strong (and clean). Was getting a bit excited that he might hold on to the breakaway and take another stage today. But Cav's finish, I was screaming at the telly! The pocket rocket returns!!!!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Bicycling Badazzes
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Got clipless pedals today! And my eventual fall out of the way!!


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Got clipless pedals today! And my eventual fall out of the way!!

I should get some! Now that I have two bikes I could have clipless for long rides and regular pedals for commuting to work.

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Clipless are the best. Seriously. Everyone should get them because they are awesome.

I just looked back at my Strava, and I've ridden over 100 miles a week (often significantly over) for the last 8 weeks. Yay!

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 Post subject: Re: Bicycling Badazzes
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katiejayne wrote:
ScooterDiva wrote:
Got clipless pedals today! And my eventual fall out of the way!!

I should get some! Now that I have two bikes I could have clipless for long rides and regular pedals for commuting to work.



You should, kj! I really like them so far.

Awesome mileage, Jp!


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 Post subject: Re: Bicycling Badazzes
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Clipless are the best. Seriously. Everyone should get them because they are awesome.

I just looked back at my Strava, and I've ridden over 100 miles a week (often significantly over) for the last 8 weeks. Yay!



flat pedals forever here!
but i don't ride road bikes, or even all that much in the way of XC rides to be honest; mostly all-mountain dicking about or DH-lite...

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 Post subject: Re: Bicycling Badazzes
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Ah, I get that. I ride clipless on my mountain bike, but I can definitely see how it would be good to ride flat pedals too.

On the road/cross bike, though, forget it. Clipless all the way!

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^ it's all about the clipless. Been riding them less than a month and wow what a difference.

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i'm still unsure about what team sky means for the short- and medium-term future of cycling, undecided about just how i feel about the levels of excitement in this year's tour. but watching wiggins take the mic on the podium and declare, on what must have been one the greatest moments of his life, that they were just going to draw the raffle had me in absolute stitches.

or was that just me?


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 Post subject: Re: Bicycling Badazzes
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He's so adorable.

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 Post subject: Re: Bicycling Badazzes
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to clarify: we're letting him off with the sexpestness?

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 Post subject: Re: Bicycling Badazzes
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no, but in 2007 he won the Slovak Cup riding his sister's (Walmart-esque) bike when his sponsor didn't come through and he'd sold his.. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Bicycling Badazzes
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Joshua, who is that?

Also, I did 67 miles today! And I keep hearing that I should get clipless.. But most of my riding is city riding and I'm terrified of falling over. (Though I did this bad asparagus skid on slick metal plates where I was practically sideways and still managed not to fall over the other day...So I guess my argument's kind of invalid?)

Ugh. Someone tell me I won't fall over and die on a highway. (It's not an interstate, just...a four laner that I go down for work, though I guess I could change my route if I get clipless before I move in a month) Is it possible to get clips where they're part of a larger thing pedal? So if I didn't have my clip shoes on...?

I don't know anything. Educate me people!

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 Post subject: Re: Bicycling Badazzes
PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2012 8:20 pm 
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^Peter Sagan!

and clipless in a city is great. your foot will never fall off on bumpy ground, or wet pedals in the rain :) I feel a *lot* safer with them than without them..

and yep, you can get pedals that are SPD on one side, and platform on the other. something like these: http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... elID=28050

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 Post subject: Re: Bicycling Badazzes
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Joshua, those look perfect! Now to figure that out. What type of shoes are vegan? Will I have to order online?

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I think most clipless shoes are vegan. You can find good deals online, but honestly, I'd recommend buying them from your local bike shop. You need to install the cleats that clip into the pedals, and the positioning of the cleats is quite important. It's probably going to be easier to get your cleats positioned properly by someone at your LBS than by trying to do it yourself.

Another thing you can do to make getting used to clipless a little easier is to loosen the clip-in mechanism on the pedals. You can ask the people at your bike shop how to do this, but it's pretty easy, provided you have either a multitool or the properly sized allen wrench.

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 Post subject: Re: Bicycling Badazzes
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^all of that. yes yes yes. support your LBS! it'll pay off :)

and accept that "everyone falls off once". go hang out somewhere off the streets until you get the feel for clipping in and out. honestly, it'll become second nature before you know it and you'll wonder how you ever did without them :)

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I think most clipless shoes are vegan. You can find good deals online, but honestly, I'd recommend buying them from your local bike shop. You need to install the cleats that clip into the pedals, and the positioning of the cleats is quite important. It's probably going to be easier to get your cleats positioned properly by someone at your LBS than by trying to do it yourself.

Another thing you can do to make getting used to clipless a little easier is to loosen the clip-in mechanism on the pedals. You can ask the people at your bike shop how to do this, but it's pretty easy, provided you have either a multitool or the properly sized allen wrench.


Yes! LBS always. I've never bought things online, but I wanted to be prepared for having to buy shoes online if I couldn't find them around here. I'm kind of doubting the place I go to usually for repairs has the type of pedal Joshua linked to in store (they're mostly a maintenance shop with a little bit for sale-they do a lot of concierge service), but I imagine I could get them to order it?

Thank you for the tips! I'd want to spend a weekend out on the bike trail near my parent's place (after spending a little while wheeling about the dead-end two house court they live on).. Which makes the last weekend in august the perfect time to try them out. Hmmmm....

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 Post subject: Re: Bicycling Badazzes
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Also, for what it's worth, I've never fallen in my clipless set up. I use SPDs, and I hate riding platform pedals now!

I picked up a pair of Sidi Giau women's shoes about a year ago, and I love them. I use them for road, cyclocross, and mountain bike riding. They're technically mountain/cross shoes, but I do so much city road riding I prefer to just use the spd system for that as well.

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I think most clipless shoes are vegan. You can find good deals online, but honestly, I'd recommend buying them from your local bike shop. You need to install the cleats that clip into the pedals, and the positioning of the cleats is quite important. It's probably going to be easier to get your cleats positioned properly by someone at your LBS than by trying to do it yourself.

Another thing you can do to make getting used to clipless a little easier is to loosen the clip-in mechanism on the pedals. You can ask the people at your bike shop how to do this, but it's pretty easy, provided you have either a multitool or the properly sized allen wrench.


Yes! LBS always. I've never bought things online, but I wanted to be prepared for having to buy shoes online if I couldn't find them around here. I'm kind of doubting the place I go to usually for repairs has the type of pedal Joshua linked to in store (they're mostly a maintenance shop with a little bit for sale-they do a lot of concierge service), but I imagine I could get them to order it?

Thank you for the tips! I'd want to spend a weekend out on the bike trail near my parent's place (after spending a little while wheeling about the dead-end two house court they live on).. Which makes the last weekend in august the perfect time to try them out. Hmmmm....


You're in Boston, right? If you can't find them, try WheelWorks in Belmont. I <3 them so very very much. They're incredibly helpful all the time.

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I think most clipless shoes are vegan. You can find good deals online, but honestly, I'd recommend buying them from your local bike shop. You need to install the cleats that clip into the pedals, and the positioning of the cleats is quite important. It's probably going to be easier to get your cleats positioned properly by someone at your LBS than by trying to do it yourself.

Another thing you can do to make getting used to clipless a little easier is to loosen the clip-in mechanism on the pedals. You can ask the people at your bike shop how to do this, but it's pretty easy, provided you have either a multitool or the properly sized allen wrench.


Yes! LBS always. I've never bought things online, but I wanted to be prepared for having to buy shoes online if I couldn't find them around here. I'm kind of doubting the place I go to usually for repairs has the type of pedal Joshua linked to in store (they're mostly a maintenance shop with a little bit for sale-they do a lot of concierge service), but I imagine I could get them to order it?

Thank you for the tips! I'd want to spend a weekend out on the bike trail near my parent's place (after spending a little while wheeling about the dead-end two house court they live on).. Which makes the last weekend in august the perfect time to try them out. Hmmmm....


You're in Boston, right? If you can't find them, try WheelWorks in Belmont. I <3 them so very very much. They're incredibly helpful all the time.


Oooh, I like Wheelworks! They've helped me install my rear rack when I couldn't figure it out myself. (Turned out there was a missing part and stuff). Plus I can get them to install and they're only a couple miles from my parents' place so I can bike there and back. (Using the pedal-y not clip-y part. or something.

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I think most clipless shoes are vegan.


agreed, off the top of my head I know mostly all of Lake's shoes use leather and a few other companies like shimano use it randomly.

if your going to be using them in the city a mtb style shoes/clipless system (spd/crank bros) are easier to walk around in and clip-in/un-clip compared to a road system.

its pretty hard the first go around finding the best shoe so definitely go to your LBS and have them tell you what would work best for your foot.

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Yeah, from what I'd been reading elsewhere, I kind of figured mountain bike/whatever clips would probably be the way to go. I also want to have some kind of platform (hence the asking about if there's a pedal that can do both) because I ride in the winter to friends' apartments and things and I may want to wear my insulated boots. Or in the summer if I don't want to carry an extra pair of shoes around when I'm going somewhere! But about 80% of my bike rides I can definitely use the clipless system and I think it'll make my rides better.

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