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Offline WesternFlyer

Touring Pedals
« Reply #15 on: December 27, 2007, 03:56:55 am »
I think I wrote from too many decades ago and was misread in my earlier entry.  In the old days with clipped pedals and cleated shoes you had to loosen the pedal straps before stopping or you could fall over still strapped into the pedals.  I refer you to Sheldon Brown, the acknowledged purveyor of all truth in cycling history.  

I gave up road bikes and cleats for about 20 years for mountain bikes.  I used clipped pedals and low-rise hiking/walking boots with Vibram soles or the like.  They seemed work well enough giving fair attachment to the pedals and safety enough to get free in a jam.  They would work just fine on a touring bike as well.  

I missed a whole cycle of shoe/pedal evolution.  When I got my current cycle-cross bicycle with SPD pedals the shop owner finally loosened the SPD pedals up to the limit and told me to practice on a level sidewalk until I got the hang of them.  I still fell over once until the twisting release motion became second nature to me.  I currently use a Cannondale Roam with SH-56 multi-directional cleats.  They are a sturdy lower priced shoe with some room in the toe box.  It would be a good shoe to use with clips and no cleats while touring.  REI has them on sale as I write.

Western Flyer
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Offline whittierider

Touring Pedals
« Reply #16 on: December 27, 2007, 06:18:11 am »
Ok a question about pedals to you seasoned tourers.  What problems have you encounted using clip pedals while fully loaded.

After it becomes second-nature to turn your heel out to get out of the pedals, whether or not you're fully loaded won't have any bearing on problems with clipless pedals.  (For the record, I have not done any loaded touring with them so far, but I have captained our tandem with several inexperienced and very unstable stokers, and I definitely wouldn't want to go without my Look-compatible clipless pedals.)


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Touring Pedals
« Reply #17 on: December 27, 2007, 09:01:58 am »


 Ok a question about pedals to you seasoned tourers.What problems have you encounted using clip pedals while fully loaded.

No problems, but a comment.

My 5800-mile solo loaded ride XC went fine with clip pedals and shoes with no cleats. I adjusted the straps to be just snug enough to keep the feet on the pedals while spinning. I left the clipless rig at home for two reasons: the shoes are better for walking (even recessed cleats are awkward on uneven ground for me) and simplicity of repair in the boondocks.

That said, I ride clipless around home.


Offline Cycleguy

Touring Pedals
« Reply #18 on: January 06, 2008, 12:40:12 am »
I use STD pedals with a platform installed on one side of the pedal and find it a great setup for touring especially when climing steep grades at 3-5 mph speeds and don't feel like being locked in to the pedal.. Of course any pedal your used to will work but just having a platform gives you another option.. I also use a Shimano sandal for all my Touring, best set up I've ever used.. Use what ever will get you to load up the Panniers or Trailer and go Touring.. PAUL :)