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Question on pedalling while unclipped(8 posts)

Question on pedalling while unclippedbw
May 16, 2001 2:20 PM
I'm new to clipless pedals, currently using Shimano M323.
This pedal is SPD on one side, platform on the other.
When I come to a stop sign, I unclip from the left pedal,
flip it over and continue to pedal on the platform side.

How easy or difficult is it to unclip and continue to pedal
with double sided SPD or Time pedals?

Bill
re: Question on pedalling while unclippedMrCelloBoy
May 16, 2001 3:09 PM
It's pretty difficult to stay on an SPD without clipping in. I'm not sure about the Time pedals. Try riding on Speedplay pedals with sneakers! It's like ice skating.
re: Question on pedalling while unclippedKurt H.
May 16, 2001 3:29 PM
I'm not sure I completely agree with all of that. I can't comment on Times either, but if you're using mountain shoes on double sided SPD pedals, it's not that bad. The cleats on my MTB shoes give me enough grip to get across an intersection or get rolling if I miss a full clip-in on my 535s and Nashbar 535 knock-offs.
Road shoes change the whole landscape, though! I had a problem getting in one of my Speedplays this weekend and tried the old "pedal using the middle of your shoe" routine that I had used in the past with my MTB shoes (did I mention I'm new to road shoes??). I about hurt something very important in that misadventure. Think riding Speedplays with sneakers is bad? Try it with the slick sole of a road shoe!!
Good luck!
Kurt
re: Question on pedalling while unclippedDCP
May 16, 2001 3:23 PM
I have double sided spd on my MTB. I just use the part of my foot behind the cleat on the pedal which works, at least with my MTB shoes which has a decent sized heel. Not sure how well it would work with a road shoe.
re: Question on pedalling while unclippedRalph
May 16, 2001 4:32 PM
I have Look and is impossible to pedal unclipped!!!
dbls are easier than singlefernando
May 16, 2001 5:40 PM
I find the single sided road pedals (ie Look) much harder to engage than any other type pedal and they are next to impossible to pedal ON the backs if you miss the good side.

I have riden a lot of road and mt bikes and can say even the smallest SPDs never pose that much of a problem - even while bouncing down a muddy downhill. Some of the small SPDs may be hard to pedal ON if you don't get clicked in but most are so easy to click into you don't need to worry.

Two - Two Sides are better than one...so why do I still ride LOOKS on the road?
re: Question on pedalling while unclippedPoulidor
May 17, 2001 9:01 AM
I have the Shimano M323 on one of my commuter bikes. I recently switched to Shimano M525 (on a road bike) and love them. I use touring shoes that have rubber treads for traction and they grip the pedal whether I am clipped in or not. At least it will get me across an intersection and up to speed before I need to clip in. Mountain shoes would probably work just as well. I gave up on Look pedals and road shoes because of the problem of riding in traffic (with stoplights) and getting across intersections while frantically trying to clip in. I seemed to be able to clip in on the first try about half the time, the other times were a real struggle to cross an intersection safely while struggling to clip in.
re: Question on pedalling while unclippedDDEV
May 18, 2001 8:21 AM
I BOUGHT MY FIRST ROAD BIKE IN NOV. IT CAME WITH M515 (DOUBLE-SIDED, SPD). THIS WAS MY FIRST EXPERIENCE WITH CLIPLESS, & WITH THE TIME OF YEAR IT WAS, I RODE WITH BOOTIES UP UNTIL APRIL. MY FIRST TIME OUT WITH JUST MY ROAD SHOES, I ALMOST FLIPPED MY BIKE WHEN I WENT TO PUSH-OFF AT AN INTERSECTION. NO TRACTION WITH ROAD SHOES. MY SOLUTION IS VELCRO. I BOUGHT INDUSTRIAL-STRENGTH STUFF AT LOWE'S ($3-4). I CUT IT INTO STRIPS & PUT THEM ALL OVER THE BOTTOM OF MY SHOES. NOW, WHEN I PUSH-OFF, I HAVE NO PROBLEM. AND I CAN PEDAL WITH MY LEFT FOOT RESTING ON THE PEDAL WITHOUT CLIPPING IN. PUT THE VELCRO JUST BELOW THE CLIP, THEN LET YOUR FOOT REST ON THE PEDAL WITH THE CLIP OVER THE FRONT OF THE PEDAL. I HAVEN'T HAD A PROBLEM SINCE, OTHER THAN HAVING TO REPLACE SOME OF THE STRIPS EVERY COUPLE OF RIDES. IT MAKES WALKING ALOT EASIER, TOO. HOPE THIS HELPS.