kwackers wrote:As someone who rides in normal shoes, SPD users drive me nuts moving away from lights.
I like to get going and across the lights asap, not start to move off and then have to wait for someone to click in. It doesn't help that they all seem to start in a high gear so even when they're clipped in they still take an age to get going.
Oh that's because most SPD users love TLAs so they're using STIs too and can't overshift or standing-shift to get a sensible gear.
(You can really annoy the lycra crowd by overtaking them whilst they're trying to get going. Nothing says red rag to a bull more than a grey haired old bloke in jeans and t-shirt on a tourer acclerating away from them at the lights
It's quite amusing on the flat or a slight downhill with an AW hub, with the wide gear spacing giving a noticeable acceleration kick on each upshift that takes the 2x11 crowd three shifts to match
Sure, they've got a higher top speed, but who pedals 40+mph in town?
bigjim wrote:I've never come across this ,cyclists delay at lights when clipping in, or not noticed it.
Then try checking behind you for angry faces of those on hub gears with flat pedals
old_windbag wrote:I find they really are a boon when wanting to "pull" with the opposite leg
Unless you're talking about doing stunt riding with only one leg, you ain't gonna pull up in practice. Even the best pros in the world can only just do it enough to be measurable in the lab and then they're sacrificing efficiency to do it. Most riders, most of the time, are merely "unweighting" the rising foot, which sort of makes sense if you think about equal and opposite reactions - what's going to be pushing to balance that pulling force?