Joe Biden's tumble perfectly illustrates why fitting entry-level bikes with pedal cages is a terrible idea

Toe cages serve two functions: dangling at the end of cranks in anticipation of toppling the unsuspecting rider, or dragging forlornly along the ground - argues Cycling Weekly's Digital Editor

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I admit it: I am not old enough to remember a time when bikes with pedal cages, or toe straps, were 'standard issue'. I cannot recall those halcyon days of 21mm tubs, steel racers, and downtube shifters - the days before the mass production of clipless pedals (which take their name from being devoid of the clips and straps, thus confusing younger riders, who vehemently insist that they are for clipping in to).

However, I would argue that technology moves on for a reason.

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