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Newbie...Pedal question(7 posts)

Newbie...Pedal questionBrooklyn
May 13, 2001 9:18 AM
I'm very new to road bikes(about three days). I would like to know the easiest road pedal to get out of. I purchased Look 357 and Diadora shoes. However, I find them extremely difficut to get out of.
Adjustable release tensiongusriley
May 13, 2001 9:39 AM
Have you tried to utilize the adjustable release tension feature on these pedals?
I've used Looks before and never felt thay were hard to get out of.
I use Speedplays now and find them even easier to get out of.
But before you spend some big bucks, you may want to check to see if your 357's are adjusted to your release preference.
Adjustable release tensionBrooklyn
May 13, 2001 11:11 AM
Yes, but since I'm totally unfamilar with road pedals, I'm
not sure how they should feel when I release them. This is the
very first time I've tried them.
Set to minimumKerry Irons
May 13, 2001 6:24 PM
Since you're having trouble releasing, set the release force to minimum. If you've already done that, try shooting a little dry lube of some sort on the cleat contact surfaces and the pedal parts that touch the cleat. Another thing to check is that your cleats lay "flat" on the shoe before you tightened the cleat bolts. If the cleat deforms against the shoe as you tighten the bolts, you need to shim the cleat so that this doesn't happen. A deformed cleat can often result in a tough release. Keep the surfaces clean too, as sand can act just like you might expect in increasing release friction.
Adjustable release tensionsimstress
May 13, 2001 9:12 PM
One way to determine whether something is wrong with the pedals or with your technique is to ask someone who uses Looks to try your pedals. He/she may be able to notice something you don't. If nothing is amiss, then you just need to work on your technique.

Keep practicing; you'll get used to the pedals. :-)
re: Newbie...Pedal questionmust_pedal_harder
May 13, 2001 7:31 PM
Many times if I find someone who is having a hard time pulling out of their pedal it's not the tension, it's the way they're trying to pull out. Different pedals have different tricks; on my Ultegra SPD-R's you have to push down a bit and twist out, on my SPD's it's more of an up and out. Devote just 5 mins next to a wall clipping in and out of the side you'll be getting out of most often and you'll find yourself much better off.

Heel out!peloton
May 13, 2001 10:51 PM
Do what Kerry suggested and set the retention to it's lowest setting possible. That will help the learning curve. Then, remember this- Heel out! The way to get out of a clipless pedal is to rotate your heel to the outside of the pedal. It isn't natural at first, but it will become instinct as you gain a little experience. Just practice, and remember to rotate the heel out to get out. A trainer is a pain free environment to practice this if you have access to one.