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What are clipless pedals and should I bother with them?

The term ‘clipless’ is a bit misleading because clipless pedals do involve the act of ‘clipping in’ and ‘clipping out’. Clipless pedal systems feature a cleat that fastens to the sole the shoe and enables the rider the clip into the pedal with downward pressure and then clip out with a turn of the ankle.

Prior to clipless pedals, some riders used a toe-strap or toe-clip pedals, where they would tighten a strap over the top of their shoe to attach it to the pedal. The lack of toe-clip or strap with the newer type of pedal led to the name ‘clipless’ which is the accepted terminology used these days. Clipless pedals involve are much more efficient transfer of power than using platform pedals, so the sooner you switch the more efficient a rider you’ll be.

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