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Help for beginner(10 posts)

Help for beginnerstone35
Apr 10, 2001 2:30 PM
Hi, I ride DH with platform pedals and have never used clipless. Now i'm trying to start road biking but i'm having a hell of a time getting clipped in. I get the first foot in but then can't get the second and then fall on my ass cuz i can't get the first one out. haha it's a big problem, any tips would be great.
re: Help for beginnerAnotherNewbie
Apr 10, 2001 3:16 PM
Although I have used clipless on my MTB, I just started road with speedplays. Just clip in your dominant foot and start peddling..use the other pedal like a platform, while trying to clip in. I guess it also depends on what style of pedal. As a Time ATAC user, it is taking some time to get used to the speedplays, the entry position is different.
Heck, I STILL ride platforms ...Humma Hah
Apr 10, 2001 4:26 PM
... I wouldn't try to get used to both clipless and a roadbike simultaneously. Stick a cheap set of platforms on the bike for a while until you get used to riding hunched over with your nose against the front wheel, get the bike adjusted so it is comfortable and fits, THEN figure out the pedals.
re: Help for beginnerDERICK
Apr 10, 2001 4:33 PM
It does take some practice to master. First you should make sure the pedals and cleats are mounted and adjusted properly.If you repost and tell us exactly what type of pedals you have and if they are new or used,someone may be able to give more specific advice.
Good luck and don't give up.
re: Help for beginnerstone35
Apr 10, 2001 4:40 PM
I have the older Dura-Ace pedals and Sidi shoes. They're used pedals and new cleats but i had my buddy at my LBS make sure they're adjusted right.
re: Help for beginnerstone35
Apr 10, 2001 5:21 PM
The old style Dura-Ace pedals with Sidi shoes, new cleats used pedals...I had my buddy at my LBS adjust them for me.
Pedal with your one clipped in foot...Ed2
Apr 11, 2001 6:21 AM
It's not very intuitive, but if you feel like you are losing momentum, pedal with your one clipped in foot to regain some coasting momentum.
When I started out, if I couldn't clip in on the first or second try, I would pedal a stroke or two with one leg.
It also helps to shift down to an easier gear when you are stopped.

re: Help for beginnerKurt H
Apr 11, 2001 7:55 AM
The way I got started was in the hall of my apartment. Roll the bike into an area with a wall on both sides. Then you can use your arms against the walls to hold yourself up while you get used to the motion required to get into and out of the pedals. You could probably use a trainer for this also, if you have one available. Also, I'm not very familiar with Dura-Ace pedals. I'm assuming they have a tension adjustment for the release mechanism. If so, loosen the adjustment to allow release at a fairly low tension until you get used to them.
One other possible suggestion: the first time or two you take your bike out, take it into a grassy area and try rolling around a little bit. That will give you the opportunity to get used to getting started and getting the second foot clipped in without having to fall on asphalt. Grass itches, but it doesn't scratch up your frame (or you!!) nearly as much. I started riding clipless using SPD pedals and mountain shoes, so this worked quite well. With SIDI's this may not be a good option, due to a lack of tread on the shoe.
Best of luck!
re: Help for beginnerjunebride
Apr 11, 2001 9:25 AM
i'd try clipping in with whichever leg you *don't* put down first at at stop. keep the other leg free (since it's the leg you'll automatically put down if you need to). then attempt to clip in, but if you can't, just remember to lean over towards that side - you're not clipped in, so you'll be able to put your foot down.

if you're falling over with only one foot clipped in, my advice is to create "rule" for which way you'll lean once you're stopped.

clip out as you slow - while you still have walking speed. it's harder to wrestle with your clips with no speed... when the bike is "stalling out" it's harder to keep it upright.
No worriesLazy
Apr 11, 2001 9:13 PM
Falling over and looking like an idiot when first using clipless pedals is a right of passage. I'd venture to say that more than 75% of the people on this board have suffered the very same embarassement as you. It's a skill that will come with time. Keep the faith, it gets better!