Clipless pedals and shoes connect together with a special cleat, as opposed to using traditional flat pedals with toe clips.

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What should I look for in clipless pedals and shoes?

I am just thinking about investing in some clip-in pedals (and presumably shoes). I want to use them mostly on my older road bike but in the future I might want to move them over onto my mountain ...
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Are there any scientific studies proving the benefits of clipless pedal systems?

Have there been done any scientific studies that proves that clipless pedals actually improve pedaling efficiency etc. over flat pedals? Clipless pedal enthusiasts are quick to say that you must use ...
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How can I pedal in circles?

I couple of years ago I switched from using a normal pedal to using a clipless pedal. It takes a little while to get used to. Now, to be able to use it optimally I need to learn how to pedal in ...
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Why the heck are cleated shoes called clipless?

Clipless shoes are the ones with cleats and clips on the pedal that the cleat clips into. So why in the world are the called clipless?
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When and how tight should you adjust your clipless pedals?

So I'm new to clipless pedals. I got some Shimano ones, with Specialized MTB shoes. They are an SPD clipless pedal, and the shop adjusted them as loose as they go to unclip from them. Myq questions ...
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Looking for Techniques for Riding Uphill on a Single Speed

I commute on a Single Speed (SS) bike about 13mi round trip. Going home is not a problem as the gradients are low and I can climb them. However, going in to work the gradients are much steeper and I ...
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Clipless Pedals - Float

In this question I asked about clipless pedals. The term float came up. I think that float refers to how far you need to turn your shoe in order to release it from the pedal. Q1: Is this ...
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Is there any advantage to using pedal straps over clipless pedals?

Other than not having to buy special biking shoes, is there any clear advantage to using pedal straps over clipless (aka clip-in or step-in) pedals?
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Bailing out with SPD pedals on a mountain bike

I got a new mountain bike a year ago, with SPD pedals. I'm OK with these on a road bike (that I don't normally crash), but on a mountain bike when I crash I usually can't jump off the bike like I used ...
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Recommendations for clipless pedals that can be used with regular shoes

Does anybody have recommendations for clipless pedals that can be used with regular shoes? I only have 1 bike, but I use it enough that I think clipless pedals would offer a nice advantage. However, ...
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Do both SH51 and SH56 cleats work with all SPD-compatible pedals?

This answer mentions that Shimano makes two kinds of SPD cleats, one that allows unidirectional release (SH51) and one multidirectional (SH56). Are there other differences between the two? Will both ...
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Does anybody manufacture extra-wide (3E/4E or EEE/EEEE ) wide road or mountain biking shoes?

I have mutant-wide feet and it's generally impossible to find comfortable shoes for any occasion. For the most part my only options in life are New Balance. I'm cycling a lot lately and would like to ...
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Difference between road pedals and MTB pedals

I am interested in buying some pedals I can clip into for my bike. I currently ride a mountain bike/hybrid but I ma looking to get a road bike next year some time. What are the differences between ...
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Clipless pedals, saddle height and proper starting (and stopping)

I commute ~20 km a day and decided to give clipless pedals a try. I installed my cleats following a guide on the web: under the ball of the foot, very slightly behind to relieve the toes, especially ...
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walkable clipless pedal shoe to replace normal shoe?

I have a touring bike which I use almost exclusively for commuting. I am thinking about getting a clipless pedal with walkable shoes. At the same time, my normal shoes which I wear when not cycling ...
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Benefits of toe grips/toe straps

I'm considering getting some toe grips or straps for my bike. What are the benefits of these over normal pedals?
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Is there an optimal postion for SPD cleats?

I bought some SPD clipless pedals and shoes at the beginning of the season, and I want to make sure I'm getting the most out of them. There is quite a bit of distance I can move the cleat forwards ...
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What are the advantages of the different clipless systems?

In the past I have used the Look road pedals and the SPD system, however I know that there are many other systems, including some that work purely on magnets. What are the advantages of the various ...
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Do the benefits of clipless pedals out weigh any danger they may pose the rider?

As a newbie rider, I was asked by many experienced riders and bike shop experts if I was using clipless pedals yet? The implication was you are not really a serious rider until you are clipless, sort ...
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Clipless shoes & pedals and long distance

For the past few months, I have been thinking about clipless pedals. I am mostly a long distance rider. I go for the randonneuring and long distance triathlons. From various sources, I am informed ...
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Fixed-gear vs single-speed for clipless pedals

I currently ride a single-speed bike with a flip-flop hub, both for my daily commute and for pleasure/exercise a couple nights a week. I've decided to pick up my first set of clipless pedals and ...
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Learning to ride fixed gear: Clipless or not?

Which strategy is better for learning to ride fixed gear, if you're already comfortable with clipless pedals: Flat pedals at first, clipless after you're comfortable with being unable to coast. ...
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What is the sliding bar on the bottom of my road shoe for?

I recently ordered some Sidi Scarpe Zephyr Cycling Road Shoes. Absolutely fit perfectly, however I've noticed there is a sliding bar element on the bottom of the shoe and I cant work out what it is ...
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How do I stop my clipless shoes and pedals from squeaking?

I'm riding with Shimano SD66 sandals. They are awesome sandals and it's so comfortable riding without worrying about socks and shoes. I'm using Shimano pedals. I'm getting a squeaking sound, mainly ...
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I'm a bit confused on bike shoe terminology. Particularly regarding Look KEO Plus Pedals - what is required to use them?

I'm a bit confused on terminology. Clipless pedals are the clip-in style pedals. Correct? Then the cleat are the shoes you wear? Or are cleats just bottom attachments for any cycling shoe? A used ...
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Shimano PF-M545 pedals Mavic Alpine All Mountain Shoes how to fit the cleats

I just bought Shimano PD-M545 pedals and Mavic Alpine All Mountain Shoes (links below) Shimano M545 Free Ride Pedals Mavic Alpine All Mountain Shoes I did do some research and "think" I got the ...
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Are there pedals that are both flat and cleated on each side?

I use the same bike for commuting, fast lunch-time rides, and not-very-fast weekend touring. I recently switched from flat pedals to clipless (Shimano PD-M520) but am finding them impractical on my ...
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Pedal float & release

Am I correct is saying that for all major pedal systems (SPD, SPD-SL, Look, Speedplay, CB Eggbeaters) that if a pedal has more float, then it will take more rotation to release your foot from the ...
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Is it possible to drop a foot in corners while using clipless pedals?

My friends convinced me to try clipless pedals, that I never trusted too much (BMX background). Now while I'm getting used to them and experience very funny falls, I try to figure out, can a ...
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Clipless Pedal - Flat Attachment

I have some clipless pedals I salvaged (part of a crankset) and installed on my bike. It's the winter right now and I don't really want to be clipped in. I don't want to replace the pedals either - ...
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How can I adapt my pedals to account for a difference in leg length?

I have a leg length difference of as much as 1cm due to a non-biking accident. Adding padding to my shoe doesn't help. A friend recommended that I get pedal stacks (and a longer bolt) to my SPD-style ...
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Replace SPD pedals for road pedals… which system to choose?

I ride mostly two bikes: one for commuting/touring, one for training (and soon racing). I ride SPD on the commuter and installed SPDs on the racing bike that I bought a bit later so I did not have to ...
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What pedals should I upgrade to for racing on the road and possibly track?

I currently have SPD pedals on all of my bikes. I've stuck with them so far as they worked relatively well and I couldn't justify having two types of shoes. I can justify two types of shoes now. ...
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Which waterproof overshoes would you recommend for use with clipless pedal shoes?

Last Winter I bought some waterproof overshoes on the internet to keep my feet dry on the daily commute. Unfortunately these overshoes fastened with a velcro strap which fastened underneath the shoe ...
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Which clipless mountain bike pedals have free float (i.e. no spring recentering)? [closed]

The only mountain bike pedal I've found that doesn't have spring recentering are Speedplay Frog Pedals. I've tried Shimano SPD pedals and Crank Bros Eggbeaters/Candy and both have spring recentering ...
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Do clipless pedals that can have toeclips exist?

I know there are several clipless that can also be used as platform pedals. But i'm looking for something that can also have a toeclip. I'm dreaming with something like those: PLUS this half toe ...
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Recessing Look Cleats

A lot of SPD shoes (not SPD-SL) have the cleat recessed into the shoe so you can walk with it. Has anyone found a way to get Look Keo cleats to be recessed so they are better for walking? I suspect ...
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Where should the cleat be on the shoe? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there an optimal postion for SPD cleats? SPD cleats (and others) can be positioned on the shoe over a range of about an inch, forward or backward. Where do most ...