Reply To: Bike clips and shoes

Mark Raugust

Yes, clipless pedals and bike shoes are a relatively inexpensive way to gain efficiency on the bike. When you pedal on flat aka platform pedals all the force is coming from your quad, clipless pedals allow you to engage your hamstring which is actually the larger muscle group. If you opt for hybrid or commuter pedals (flat on one side clipless on the other) one important thing is you will need to get your bike fit both with your bike shoes and your regular shoes separately, the saddle height will vary by as much as an inch depending on if you are using the clipped in side or the platform pedal side.

NTP Co-lead