Pedal Clips: What's the Best Type?
Shopping for Triathlon bike clips can be a daunting task. I know for me personally, whether in an ironman triathlon or any type of bike race, how you come out of your pedals can have a big impact on your race results. If you get it right, you have comfortable and safe training rides and races. Get it wrong, from personal experience, you could end up in a crash that might not have happened if you had chosen the pedals that worked best for your needs.
There are many different types of cycling clips available, and the best ones for you will depend on your personal preferences, the type of cycling you do, and your budget. Here are some popular options:
Shimano SPD-SL Pedals and Cleats: These are popular road cycling clips that provide a secure and stable platform for your feet. They feature a wide pedal body and an adjustable tension system.
Keo 2 Max Pedals and Cleats: (My Favorite) Another popular road cycling clip, the Look Keo 2 Max pedals and cleats are lightweight and feature a large contact area for optimal power transfer.
Crankbrothers Eggbeater 3 Pedals: These mountain bike pedals are known for their lightweight design and mud-shedding capabilities. They feature a four-sided entry system and customizable float.
Time ATAC XC 8 Pedals: Another popular mountain bike clip, the Time ATAC XC 8 pedals have a simple design and are easy to clip in and out of. They also have adjustable release tension.
Speedplay Zero Pedals: These road cycling pedals offer a low profile and lightweight design. They have a large contact area and adjustable float.
Ultimately, the best cycling clips for you will depend on your specific needs and preferences. Personally, I want to be able to "clip" in with ease without looking and slide out super easy. There is nothing more embarrassing than falling over at a red light because you couldn't "unstick" your foot from the pedal. I would definitely try out a few different options before making a purchase to find the ones that work best for you.