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  1. #1
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    Clipless pedals 101

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    I'm still riding my Schwinn Hollywood, and riding happily. I'm riding 16-20 miles regularly and I've signed up for a 30-mile event at the end of September. (I'm in it for the jersey.) Have been looking at bikes and putting together a wish list. Have a day trip planned to go try out a Cross-Check and a Straggler in Grand Rapids in a few weeks. (Muirenn, you suggested the Surly bikes, and I have to admit the name alone unnerved me at first, and then intrigued me. Since then a few more people have suggested them, and now I'm very excited about the ride.)

    I'm a little concerned about going to a very new bike when I'm used to a vintage one and starting with clipless pedals at the same time. My Schwinn of course has flat pedals. Would it make sense to swap out the flat pedals for clipless and start practicing on the bike I'm used to? All input gratefully accepted, please and thank you!

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    I think it would make more sense to accustom yourself to the new bike with flat pedals, rather than trying clipless with a vintage Schwinn. I get the feeling it's not likely that the pedal threads are the right size and the way you sit on and ride that style of bike is so different that I'm not sure it would be very useful.
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    Eden is right your Hollywood has a smaller diameter pedal thread, 1/2" instead of the current 9/16". There is a 9/16 to 1/2 adapter though. Since you’re comfortable on the Hollywood now you might want to get the clipping in/out into a subconscious habit on it before perhaps a falling over on a NEW bike .....nah, you won't fall over

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    You don't have to use clipless. A lot of people ride their road bikes with platform pedals. I think Power Grips are quite popular for the type of riding you plan.

    If you want to eventually try clipless, do it after you are fully comfortable with whatever bike you choose. There is no rush, and if you never use clipless, that's perfectly okay.

    Since you are looking at the Surlys, I suggest checking into Salsa if any are available at a reasonable distance from your home. The Salsa Vaya is a nice travel/cross bike. It's available at 4 different prices and setups. I think the Vaya 2 has the best Value.

    http://salsacycles.com/bikes/vaya

    Edit: in fact, there are four Salsa dealers in Grand Rapids.

    http://salsacycles.com/dealers/list/United%20States/MI
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    Thanks, ladies. I'll shelve my worries about clipless pedals for now and try the Power Grips after I've gotten used to whichever new bike comes home with me. And thanks for the lead on the Vaya, too. That day trip to Grand Rapids is going to be a lot of fun!

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    just a quick note, consider calling the shops before you go. Surly and Salsa are launching the 2016 line so some 2015 sizes are out of stock. I know we have a couple "holes" in our inventory at the moment. I would enjoy owning a straggler, maybe someday
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sky King View Post
    just a quick note, consider calling the shops before you go. Surly and Salsa are launching the 2016 line so some 2015 sizes are out of stock. I know we have a couple "holes" in our inventory at the moment. I would enjoy owning a straggler, maybe someday
    Good advice. Another thought, if you scroll that page on the Salsa dealers link, there are a couple more shops, maybe 6 total, and four of them are all the same store at different locations. You could call and conceivably get them to bring a selection of bikes in your size to one store, though that could be too much test-riding all at once, might get confusing, don't know. Looks like that dealer carries both Surly and Salsa.

    Sounds like a fun trip.
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    Oh, I'll definitely call shops to confirm the Vaya before I leave. The website of a much-closer-to-home LBS stated that they carried Surly, but it turned out that they don't keep Surlys in stock but can order one "from the warehouse". First, I'm pretty sure there isn't a warehouse full of Surlys waiting around to be shipped out. Second, why would I buy a bike without trying it out first? So I started calling around, and Grand Rapids Bicycles seems to be the closest one with the Cross-Check and Straggler actually in the store.

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    in the salsa link muirenn provided grand rapids bicycle co is having a salsa demo day with their line of bikes this Sunday aug 2....you might call and see what sizes are going to be there
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    Are you near Ypsilanti? Tree Fort Bikes has both Surly and Salsa. They have a warehouse where they store bikes so don't be put off by the hole in the wall store front. My husband has purchased 2 Surlys from them, both in stock. Certainly worth a call.

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    I'm closer to Ypsilanti than Grand Rapids -- thanks for the tip! I must have been using an old link for Tree Fort. This means I can schedule another day trip to the Ypsi/AA area!

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    I would definitely recommend calling ahead...especially if you need one of the smaller sizes, which are less likely to be in stock at a shop. And +1 on the Power Grips suggestion...they are a nice "in-between" option that keeps your feet securely on the pedals but allows you to wear whatever shoes you want (although sandals may not be comfortable for more than a quick in-town ride). This is really nice if you are going to use the bike for commuting, errands or even touring. It is also nice to not have to buy a special pair of shoes just for biking, that aren't useful for any other activity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZoneFive View Post
    I'm still riding my Schwinn Hollywood, and riding happily. I'm riding 16-20 miles regularly and I've signed up for a 30-mile event at the end of September. (I'm in it for the jersey.) Have been looking at bikes and putting together a wish list. Have a day trip planned to go try out a Cross-Check and a Straggler in Grand Rapids in a few weeks. (Muirenn, you suggested the Surly bikes, and I have to admit the name alone unnerved me at first, and then intrigued me. Since then a few more people have suggested them, and now I'm very excited about the ride.)

    I'm a little concerned about going to a very new bike when I'm used to a vintage one and starting with clipless pedals at the same time. My Schwinn of course has flat pedals. Would it make sense to swap out the flat pedals for clipless and start practicing on the bike I'm used to? All input gratefully accepted, please and thank you!
    How about trying BMX pedals? I love mine, with sticky-soled Tevas. I'll never ride clipless as I've got three artificial parts that would react quite differently in a fall, so can't take the chance on falling, as I ride bumpy roads. Someone on TE sent me to The Flat-Pedal Revolution Manifesto and I won't apologize for flat pedals again!

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    Teva no longer makes the Links. You can occasionally find leftovers on closeout. 5-10 is really the only flat sole bike shoe company out there, but skate shoes will work too.
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