Pedals, cleats, toe-clips and more

Systems for keeping your foot on the pedal :)

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Do click systems or toe-clips help you go faster by pulling on the pedals?

My experiences say no, unless you put a lot of effort into training your pulling muscles. Try this for a while: Ride on your bike only by pulling up. You will almost certainly not be able to go fast nor do it for a long time, without getting an uncomfortable feeling in your legs. I've seen some results of measurements that show it's not much of an advantage even for professional cyclists. Another consideration is that you will not even have any advantage at all if your leg muscles are more developed than your lungs...

In my view click systems are mainly useful in transferring power effectively, and in feeling secure, but not in providing more power and thus going faster because of pulling. Note that pulling is also possible with toe-clips...

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