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originally posted by: Domo1
I'm getting back into cycling, and have two pretty decent bikes. Road bike is a Specialized Allez Sport, mountain bike is a Specialized Chisel.
For those who are unaware, clipless pedals are the type where there is a thing on the bottom of your shoe that locks your show to the pedal. The name seems like a complete misnomer.
I'm using some decent flats on both bikes. It's been awhile, and especially on the mountain bike I feel more comfortable with flats.
What has your experience been with transitioning from flats to clipless? On my road bike I pretty much never need to stick my foot out quick, on the mountain bike, depending on what I'm riding I do sometimes. My cousin does triathlons on flats, so I figure it's not the WORST thing to run on a road bike, though I'm sure I'll get flipped some stuff. Did you notice a drastic difference?
From my research, it appears most everyone recommends clipless for road biking, and it's sort of split with mountain biking. I'm doing more XC type stuff (if you couldn't tell by the bike).
Really enjoying cycling. I used to do it back in the day, one of the highlights being a two week trip through the San Juans riding a LOT of miles with panniers and hopping ferries. Feels good to wake up, pack up your stuff and head out on the road under your own power.
Any other tips for someone returning to cycling?
New bikes are INSANE to what I was using 10 years ago. So light, shift so smoothly and LOVING the air shock and hydraulic disc brakes on the mountain bike. I've had my road bike for awhile, but I forgot how effortlessly it rolls. Having the shift levers and brake levers integrated feels so nice, sort of hated reaching down to shift.
originally posted by: skunkape23
Does anyone remember the old "bear claw" pedals?
I have scars on both of my shins.