Re: [CR] shoes & cleats

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Date: Sun, 15 Mar 2009 20:47:55 -0600
From: "Mitch Harris" <>
To: "P.C. Kohler" <>
Subject: Re: [CR] shoes & cleats

Efficiency means a lot to me even riding classic bikes. I wouldn't put up with less than efficient pedaling for riding except for short rides perhaps, and don't see anything wrong with riders putting clipless pedals on a classic bike if they are more efficient with them.

Mitch Harris Little Rock Canyon, Utah, USA

On Sun, Mar 15, 2009 at 8:12 PM, P.C. Kohler <> wrote:
> "If toe/clips and straps were more efficient and comfortable they
> [modern pro racers] would be riding them"
> Wait a sec, what does "efficiency" have to do with collecting and riding
> classic racing bikes? One chooses to wear classic racing shoes and/or
> cleats to recreate, one supposes, the classic cycling experience:
> machine, kit, the works. Personally, wearing modern cycling shoes and
> fitting clipless pedals (or whatever they are called) on a classic bike
> seems, to me, like retrofitting a '64 Alfa Romeo Spider with cupholders.
> Interestingly, it's precisely the shoes and the clips that seems to
> resonate with non classic cyclists or at least the ones I encounter when
> I ride so attired. Nothing says "Old School" more than drilled Dettos
> and plain white socks.
> But "efficiency"? As long as it was efficient c. 1972 it works for me.
> Peter Kohler
> Washington DC USA