Powerstraps instead of clipless

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netviln
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anyone use them? Pros cons? I have read some reviews that say that can be hard to get in and out of and they are difficult to adjust.

I currently use an spd pedal on my commute, but its a pain to either walk around in a bike shoe all day or carry/leave a second set of shoes. I currently have the pearl izumi xalp shoe which is a recessed cleat shoe, but obviously you still get a little grind when walking around on the sidewalk.


Nick D
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I have a friend who swears by them. I’ve never used them though. I just walk around in cycling shoes.


dwillen
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I keep a pair of crocs in my bike locker so i can change out of my bike shoes at work. You could pretty easily take them with you too, since they weigh like 11oz and are easily smushable. I’ve tried some of the straps and never thought they seemed very safe in a wreck; other experiences may say otherwise.


robjdlc
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I wonder if power straps are any sort of solution for folks with float issues…

(Not that I have any, but I’m going to UPMC on tuesday to sort out my knee)


Marko82
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I’ve used both. I prefer the clips, they feel more “positive” if that makes any sense. I recently road a friends bike with just cages and pulled my feet completely off the pedals when trying to accelerate. I had’nt realized how accustomed to pulling up on the pedals I was doing until then (of course good straps allow this too). As for the shoes, I usually take a pair of dollar store flip-flops with me if I know I’ll be running into the grocery store or something.


flyS564
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I swear.. These are awesome and very comfortable: http://www.rei.com/product/783235 : Shimano MT32 MTB shoe, SPD.

I’m wearing them in my office chair, right now and do all day. Just walked down the road to Subway, took stairs etc.. they grind a tad, but they are just as comfy as my other shoes and they’re laced and I’m able to walk normally.


Lee
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I just leave my dress shoes under my desk at work. when i show up, I change shoes like mister rogers.


reddan
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What Lee said, except I’m usually cursing under my breath rather than singing about my neighbors.


Lyle
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Before I switched to SPDs, I used to go barefoot.

Probably not the smartest decision.

Lately, I find myself inadvertently pulling out of my SPDs when I accelerate hard. Supremely bad timing :( I think I have tightened them down as far as I can… maybe I just need new ones.


dwillen
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I bet you just need new ones. I just got some new pedals and for the first few weeks it was real was tough to unclip, even after turning the tension down to the lowest setting. Now that they’re broken in I may tighten them up a bit. Funny that you have to break in pedals.


edmonds59
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Figuring out a pedal/shoe combination was a big struggle for me, because I have several different bikes, and I don’t want to have a different pair of shoes for every bike. Plus I want to be able to hop on in tennies and go for a coffee. I finally just settled and put SPD’s on every bike I wanted clips on, the pedals seem to come in the widest variety. Never tried the straps though.

Last year I got some SPD sandals, Nashbar, I think Keen and Teva make them too. Highly recommended. Riding on a hot summer day in sandals is a revelation, it’s like they say, if your feet are comfy, your whole self is comfy. They walk really well, too.


Lyle
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I have a pair of half-and-half, spd/platform, pedals on my tandem.

I had (probably still in my junk box) a set of plastic platforms that clip into Time pedals. I wouldn’t be surprised if that approach had problems with SPD pedals though.

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