Clipless pedals are sometimes a hotly debated topic in biking. I used to be ambivalent, opting for platform pedals. It made a lot of sense in snow biking, hopping on and off the bike frequently and plus I never tried clipless before. The past few years of doing more triathlons led to an actual entry level road bike this year.
|GT Carbon bike|
and some of these.
My first time out on clipless my speed [on my (ridiculous) paved loop] increased closer to 20mph and by the time I did my tri’s I managed 20 mph for the first race at 56 miles and 21mph a week later on the second one. I feel like I could squeeze out 22 or 23 mph with a better bike and/or more training. I was surprised how much I liked road/tri biking and tinkering with aero and geometry of riding. The clipless seemed to exponentially help reduce my leg fatigue and climb hills while feeling connected to the bike. That said I had some whopping falls, forgetting I was clipped at stops or stalling on hills.
Yesterday, I put these on the fat bike and went for a ride.
After riding tri style most of the summer the snow bike geometry took a little getting used but I really liked the feel of clipless on the snow bike. Biking across tundra is technical and the pedal significantly improved my ability to navigate and go uphill… that is until I stalled and fell over. It will certainly take some time to get used to and I will likely order some MTB style pedals. The verdict is out on whether to use them on the next ITI but I have a feeling I will…