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Newbie racer, longtime commuter and brevet rider with knee issues who absolutely CANNOT use clipless pedals.
I am racing short-track XC this summer as a warm-up for my first season of 'cross, and LOVING it. Hadn't done any off-road since the Dark Ages of BMX back in the early 70's. Old and slow but my bike-handling skills have come ROARING back -- I cannot tell you how gratifying that is!

So far doing ok on a singlespeed mountain bike and gnarly flat pedals with very stout leather BMX shoes. Fine for summer short-track racing (see below).
Only problem is that when I add running to the mix in the rainy autumn those shoes will become a liability on the run-ups. What's a creaky old gal to do? Who else is racing on flat, stompy BMX'y pedals, and what pedal/shoe combos do you like for 'cross?

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I swapped in a new (to me) crankset today, a Truvativ Stylo with external BB. Suh-WEEEET! Rolls so smoothly I am asking myself where this has been all my life. Meanwhile, Chicagowig ( has come up with this handy-dandy device to aid in my pursuit of reasonable foot retention with easy-in, easy-out. I am looking into buying a pair, and using them (slightly more open) with a modified pair of old BMX shoes -- my cobbler is adding a couple of small cleats at the toe and heel. Stay tuned, this could get interesting.


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