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2/28/10 3:51 P

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Ditto to what everyone else has said about the Crank Brothers pedals. For those intimidated by the eggbeaters or want a little platform there are the Crank Brother Candy or Smarty pedals that are pretty inexpensive.

Needless to say, practicing getting in and out of them in a non-panic situation is essential for when you really do need a fast exit. With a little practice you can learn to ride on the pedal platforms, unclipped, through rough areas.

Check the instructions about which cleat goes on which foot since they are not the same: http://www.crankbrothers.com/support/cleat

For those attending the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, Ca in April, Crank Brothers is offering a Pedal Spa where they will rebuild your pedals for free. See the link for more details: http://www.crankbrothers.com/support/crank

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2/26/10 1:15 P

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Ditto to what everyone else said about pedals. I would never ride with "regular" pedals and "regular" shoes.
It's extremely hilly here, and not only do I need to use ALL my gears, I probably couldn't make it up those hills without being cleated in. I've never had a problem with not being able to un-cleat. My pedals are Shimano XTR. I've used them a long time too, and never been motivated to change.
My shoes are SIDI MTB shoes which are nice to walk in if you flat without a spare tube.

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2/26/10 10:25 A

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I wear a pair of top-of-the-line Sidi MTB shoes that date back to 1995 (they just refuse to wear out, although I think I need to change this spring). I put over 4,000 miles on them in 1996.

You should absolutely use moutain bike shoes for your MTB, especially if you are used to clipping in on your road bike. Sneakers suck up a lot of your energy; hiking boots with be hot and heavy. Don't worry about whether you will come out of your pedals if you go down. I've done too many endos to count and I have always released from my pedals (not sure how, but it always happens!). I've always used SPD pedals. That's what I started with and I simply haven't been motivated to change, although I considered it when my new bike came with eggbeaters.

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2/26/10 10:03 A

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Irish98 beat me to it - same answer for me. The eggbeater clips are fantastic - so good that we use them for our road bikes instead of SPD since we're not worried about weight. I've had to clip out quickly in a few situations, and the eggbeaters (so far) seem to even let you pull pretty much straight out if you reef it sharply, yet they don't come off when you are pulling hard during regular cycling strokes. We use the Crankbrothers Candy SL pedals.

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I have clips for my mountain bike (which doubles as a commuter bike). It helps to get up the hills, and they are such quick-release, I'm never worried about getting stuck. I have the eggbeater pedals, so easy in, easy out. Also, my mountain biking shoes are pretty rugged (almost like hiking boots), so I'm not worried about my feet and I can walk in them easily.

2/26/10 9:47 A

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Wondering what kind of shoes you wear trailriding? I have clips for my race bike, but I don't think it's a good idea for my mountain bike so I usually just wear my everyday sneakers. I've thought about wearing my hiking shoes, but I'm wondering if there's something I should know...

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