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  1. #1
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    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
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    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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    As N.Y. says, don't lock yourself into what other are doing. Lots of good choices on pedals, these days. Nothing automatic about having to choose clipless.

  4. #4
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    The pedals are considered 'demo' pedals, they intend the buyer to change to whatever they want. If you want pedals with toe clips, go for it. I think a good choice these days are the high end pedals that come with Power Grips.

    https://store.biketouringnews.com/po...nce-pedal-kit/

    Oh, and I love this store. Great info and products.

    This MKS brand is very high quality, spins well. I haven't used toe clips since the '80's, I think the separate Power Grip straps could be used with any of them.

    https://store.biketouringnews.com/pedals/

    I will say, if you have a good bike fitting and use proper form, really good quality platforms don't need the straps. I use flat pedals on my mountainbike and have zero problems, but the fit of the bike and which shoes worked best did have to be tweaked. They are very wide mountainbike pedals with pins.
    Last edited by Muirenn; 12-10-2018 at 06:48 AM.
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