Clip-ins vs. Toe Clips?

Clip-ins vs. Toe Clips?

Post by HaroldBu » Thu, 19 Apr 2001 04:11:24


As I've mentioned before, I'm, having some IT band trouble. I'm doing PT for
it, but ten minutes of light cycling on the trainer irritates the left IT band
all to hell. I've had a fit kit done on the bike and a cleat adjustment.
Several people have given other kind suggestions, which I intend to pursue.

But a lot of it seems to come back to the fact that I had no trouble with
standard pedals before I got this bike and the clip-in pedals. Some people have
suggested Speedplay pedals; others have said that these won't make a
difference.

So now I'm thinking, heck, I just want to get on the bike and ride. Should I
maybe just get regular pedals with toe clips? Realistically, I'm not going to
be winning any races. I just want to do some road races and triathlons, maybe
eventually place top 3 in my age group if I'm lucky.

Thus, I'm curious what people think about clip-ins vs. toe clips. Does what I'm
thinking make sense? Also, I assume I could still use my cycling shoes with the
toe clips but that I'd have to remove the cleats; does that make sense?

Thanks in advance for your help.

-Harold

 
 
 

Clip-ins vs. Toe Clips?

Post by Capital Divers INc » Thu, 19 Apr 2001 07:27:04

I'm sure you have already tried this, but I will throw these out for the
heck of it.  Look pedals have black cleats and red cleats.  The red cleats
allow five or fif*** (oops, can't remember) degrees of "float" for your
foot.  Some people ride splay-toed and some pigeon toed, this may help.
Look also makes a set of pedals that one can adjust the float themselves.
They have also released a pedal that can change the "Q-factor" of the pedal.
The "Q-factor" is the distance between your feet when mounted to the pedals.
Another big factor IMO is cadence.  I've known a few mashers that get IT
problems a lot.  Most of the spinners I know have few problems (and are darn
fast!).  So, you might want to try easier gears and get your pedal rpm's up
to around 90 or so.  Also, does your foot pronate or suppinate a lot?  This
might be part of the issue.

HTH,

Brett


Quote:
> As I've mentioned before, I'm, having some IT band trouble. I'm doing PT
for
> it, but ten minutes of light cycling on the trainer irritates the left IT
band
> all to hell. I've had a fit kit done on the bike and a cleat adjustment.
> Several people have given other kind suggestions, which I intend to
pursue.

> But a lot of it seems to come back to the fact that I had no trouble with
> standard pedals before I got this bike and the clip-in pedals. Some people
have
> suggested Speedplay pedals; others have said that these won't make a
> difference.

> So now I'm thinking, heck, I just want to get on the bike and ride. Should
I
> maybe just get regular pedals with toe clips? Realistically, I'm not going
to
> be winning any races. I just want to do some road races and triathlons,
maybe
> eventually place top 3 in my age group if I'm lucky.

> Thus, I'm curious what people think about clip-ins vs. toe clips. Does
what I'm
> thinking make sense? Also, I assume I could still use my cycling shoes
with the
> toe clips but that I'd have to remove the cleats; does that make sense?

> Thanks in advance for your help.

> -Harold