Designed to increase cycling efficiency, power and control, pedal clips can have positive and negative impacts on your safety.
Bike safety whilst using pedal clips – the pros
Keeping your feet safely on your pedals, pedal clips (strangely also referred to as clipless pedals) provide you with greater control over your bike. This makes it easier to avoid hazards like suddenly opening car doors or lumps and bumps on the road.
What’s more, if you hit a bump while using platform pedals, there is a good chance that being thrown upwards will result in your feet coming off the pedals. This could mean a painful landing back on the saddle at best and coming off your bike altogether at worst. Clipless pedals keep your feet attached to the pedals, increasing your chance of having a safe, comparatively painless landing.
Bike safety whilst using pedal clips – the cons
Clipless pedals are, however, far from perfect. One of the risks when using bikes with clipless pedals is the fact that your foot can accidentally become disengaged from the clip. This could cause the pedal to spin freely and hit your ankles or shins, which can be extremely painful.
Unless you have practised disengaging from the clips fast, these clips could also prevent you from getting off your bike quickly should the need to do so arise.
Whether you ride a bike with platform pedals or use clipless pedals, there is always a risk of having a cycling accident. You could, for instance, fall off your bike due to a pothole in the road or slipping on tram lines. Careless motorists may not see you coming and suddenly open doors or crash into you.
When others cause accidents
If you suffer a cycling injury in a traffic accident caused by another road user, you may qualify for cycling injury compensation. You can get no-obligation, free expert cycling accident compensation advice by calling our 24-hour freephone helpline.
Established in 2000, we, Accident Advice Helpline, have over 16 years’ experience in dealing with cycling accident claims. This means we can provide you with first class compensation advice and our in-house solicitors can bring claims to successful conclusions swiftly and without any unnecessary hassle or delays. To learn more, give us a call on 0800 689 0500 from a UK landline telephone or on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile now.