No Clipless Pedals for Me This Year
This is a sadder but wiser update of my 2006 post: Why I don’t use Clipless Pedals.
I am back to Power Grips this year. I don’t know it for sure but I feel that using Clipless Pedals in 2006 contributed to the hip problem that have kept me off of my bicycle for the last year. All I can say is that I had no problems for years with PowerGrips but after 6 months with Clipless Pedals, I had to stop riding because of hip pain. This is not proof but I don’t think I can ignore this strong feeling.
All that I said in my 2006 posting, Why I don’t use Clipless Pedals, I still believe. What is new is that I now also believe that the stress that Clipless Pedals put on your Hips and Knees can be a problem. My pedals and seat may not have been perfectly adjusted, but I worked hard at getting them there. In fact I felt like I was spending more time playing with pedals and uncomfortable shoes than riding.
This was a violation of the First Tenet on my Recumbent Touring Philosophy (click on Philosophy Tab to read more):
“We are doing this for fun. Anything that prevents us from having fun should be avoided.”
So in 2008 I am not using Clipless Pedals because for me they are not fun.
If you want more information about PowerGrips, you will find that information in the 2006 posting .