I've been commuting by bike for many years on different types of strapless platform pedal and have always been nervous about clip-in pedals. Excluding any accidents caused by getting used to a new pedal, what type is safest for all-weather commuting in the city with traffic?
There are lots of different types of pedal:
- Platform, no toe clip.
- Platform with half toe clip, no straps.
- Platform with toe clip and straps.
- Clip in, of which there are many types.
It's not obvious to me which ones minimize the risk of causing an accident, or are the safest in the event of an accident.
Is it safer being clipped in to minimize risk of your foot slipping and causing a fall? Or is it safer to be unclipped so that if you do fall you detach from your bike easily?
Is there much difference between the types of clip-in pedal? There are road, SPD, and SPD "Click'R" (designed for easier release).
I can't find much online aside from anecdotes, so I'd really like to know if there has been a study done on this.