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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2018

    Mid range road bikes

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    Hi! I'm new to this site, and just love it that it's geared (no pun intended) for women! This being said, I am going to be in the market for a new road bike in a couple of months (I'm recovering from ankle reconstruction surgery). I am liking the Specialized Ruby Elite, but I noticed in the specs, that the pedals that come standard with this model is a plastic platform.--when did this happen? In the past, mid range road bikes came with toe clips. I thought perhaps most cyclists switch out the pedals to clipless. Does anyone know why--or is my guess correct?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2008
    northern Virginia
    Hello and welcome!

    I would guess the same. Clipless pedals are popular for road bikes. Don't feel that you have to do the same, though. There are still a few folks who prefer toe clips, power strips or flat pedals with pins to grip the soles of your shoes. I am using the latter on a new gravel bike and am quite happy with them so far.

    Good luck with the rehab. Cycling is great exercise that is usually doable with ankle problems.

    - Gray 2010 carbon WSD road bike, Rivet Independence saddle
    - Red hardtail 26" aluminum mountain bike, Bontrager Evoke WSD saddle
    - Royal blue 2018 aluminum gravel bike, Rivet Pearl saddle

    Gone but not forgotten:
    - Silver 2003 aluminum road bike
    - Two awesome worn out Juliana saddles



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