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    I been biking for more than 2 months now. I improved my speed from 5mph to 11mph. However, I been stuck to that average speed for 2 weeks now. And I guess I wont see any improvement soon, so I was wondering if I should get a clipless pedals now. But not sure if my bike will fit that.

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    And are bike fits free? I got my bike from Freshbikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sujiro View Post
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    And are bike fits free? I got my bike from Freshbikes.

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    Freshbikes costs around $200 for a fit with Clovis. Totally worth it if you ride your bike alot. I've had 2 bikes fit by him, and they both ride wonderfully.

    Clipless pedals can go on almost any bike, and you dont need a fitting to get them installed. Usually it's around $15 to have a shop change out your pedals if you can't do it yourself. Just head to fresh bikes (or really, any bike shop), and they can show you the clipless options, and some shoes that can have the cleats attached. I think I paid $30 on amazon recently for some shimano SPD pedals, and another $70 for the shoes. Just be prepared for spending alot of time practicing getting in and out of those pedals, and prepare to fall over a few times too while you get used to them.

    Clipless pedals have pros and cons. I love them for my 14 mile commute, but find them annoying for short rides. Not sure they helped my speed a ton over short distances, but they definitely help over longer rides.

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    i love my SPDs - I was using toe cages and started getting knee pain. The SPDs make sure my legs properly aligned, every time, and that pain is gone. But while they may be a little more efficient (there are arguments for an against this that I don't care to pay attention to), faster is a function of strength and fitness way more than any equipment.

    Remember that with any sort of fitness activity you're going to improve quickly at first and plateau. Keep at it, vary your rides (do some long rides, some short sprints, LOTS of hills), and you'll be fine.

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    You can get SPD pedals that clip in on only one side, the other side being a platform. There are two Shimano versions, the more expensive one having a bigger platform. I actually like the cheaper one, because for some reason it tends to rotate to have the SPD side up. Nashbar has a version too, I think.

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    I'll repeat what jrenaut says here pretty much. I use clipless pedals on virtually every ride. However, don't rush into it if you don't want to. Its definitely worth trying, in my opinion. But if you don't like it there's nothing at all wrong with riding flats. A rider close to me has been riding for decades and doesn't like clipless pedals at all. But when she raced they were necessary.

    After a couple years of riding 3000 miles a year all the gear choices sort themselves out. So just get out there and enjoy riding.

    Having said all that... I like crank brothers pedals and stiff mountain bike shoes or sandals for most bikes and classic Look style pedals for serious road work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrenaut View Post
    i love my SPDs - I was using toe cages and started getting knee pain. The SPDs make sure my legs properly aligned, every time, and that pain is gone. But while they may be a little more efficient (there are arguments for an against this that I don't care to pay attention to), faster is a function of strength and fitness way more than any equipment.

    Remember that with any sort of fitness activity you're going to improve quickly at first and plateau. Keep at it, vary your rides (do some long rides, some short sprints, LOTS of hills), and you'll be fine.
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    Yeah, they won't make you any faster but clipping in is definitely part of taking cycling to the next level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hozn View Post
    Yeah, they won't make you any faster but clipping in is definitely part of taking cycling to the next level.

    I ran double straps back in the day...

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    Years ago when I bought a bike from Freshbikes, the purchase included a basic fit, and all I had to do was schedule it. That may not be their policy now, but if you aren't sure, it can't hurt to ask.

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    I started with toe clips when I was casual riding and then went clipless when I started bike commuting and riding a lot. I don't think they make me any faster, but they do keep my feet from slipping around on the pedals. I've got mountain bike spds which I like because the cleat is recessed and I can jump off the bike and walk around.

    It's really common to have the initial gain in speed and endurance quickly before it levels out. 11 mph isn't too shabby. When I was riding casually, I was doing good to average 12 mph. Getting up to the 14 to 15 mph average range would put you in good company with lots of folks on the forum.

    There's all kinds of drills to improve your speed which people who work on that kind of thing can tell you about.

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