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New to clipless(13 posts)

New to cliplessAztecs
Aug 14, 2001 6:40 AM
Just got my first clipless system (Look 206 + Northwave). Had a cleat fit and was taught how to use them. Only problem I am experiencing is at stops. I unclip my left foot, but when I am ready to go I often can't seem to get my left foot back in right away. The main problem is that the pedal is often upside down. This causes me to look down, flip it and click in. Is this common or am I doing something wrong?

Thanks
Aztecs
don't think so...Kristin
Aug 14, 2001 7:28 AM
...my pedal (SPD) always flips. I'm a lefty too. I've asked other riders and everyone indicates that you just get used to it and that the flip/click action will eventually become automatic. If someone knows of a trick for getting the pedal to stay upright in the first place, they'd be worth their weight in gold!
it's normal...insertnamehere
Aug 14, 2001 8:17 AM
and you will get used to it but it is also why many people use double-sided mtb pedals on their road bikes.
2 thingsHaiku d'état
Aug 14, 2001 9:16 AM
1) the (look) pedals will typically end up back-down, front-up after the spindle loosens up. comes with a little more use.

2) you'll adjust--before long, you won't be looking at all!

good luck and ride safe!
do a 1/2 turnRusty McNasty
Aug 14, 2001 10:09 AM
and voila, the pedals are right-side-up!
That's why I love my Looks.jw25
Aug 14, 2001 10:11 AM
Because the retention mechanism is in the back, and so much heavier than the front cleat hook, the pedals are always vertical. With my Ritchey road SPD's, the bearings weren't smooth enough to always let this happen, and getting back in was a chore. Plus those little pedals are slippery on a road sole.
With the Looks, if you keep your toes up slightly when clipping in, the front of the cleat finds its way into the front hook, which flips the pedal horizontal, and you're in. I find the entry to be a lot easier (both getting the cleat in the right place, and clicking in) than the Ritcheys, and even easier than the SPD-R clones I ran in between.
Practice makes perfect, so keep at it. Maybe find a calm stretch of road, get rolling, and then practice clipping out and back in. That way, you don't have to worry about staying moving, cars, stoplights, whatever.
I've run clipless for about 10 years now, and I can't imagine going back.
WARNING....Lone Gunman
Aug 14, 2001 12:47 PM
I have been riding Looks for about 10 years now and my 256? came apart this past week. I have never taken them apart before and started to clean the bike up after a long trip behind the car and the body came off the spindle. I was not aware that the body threaded onto the spindle so I threaded it back on and snugged it down. I checked the other side and it also was loose on the threads. I could not believe how fortunate I was to still have that pedal body after driving 600+ miles with it hanging by a 1/4 turn of a thread.
Or...Mike K
Aug 14, 2001 10:18 AM
you can just get a set of Speedplay X's and never have to worry about which side is "up" or which end is pointed in what direction.
Double sided entry, no look, step down, you're in - no worries... New Zero pedal does not have as much float (adj from 0-15 degrees) for those who seem to be bothered by the knee saving float on X's.
IMHO - being a reformed Look rider - Speedplay is way.
Or...Aztecs
Aug 14, 2001 10:47 AM
I have a size 49 road shoe. I heard Speedplay do not work as well for big footed riders so I went with the Look.
never heard that one...Mike K
Aug 14, 2001 11:40 AM
I ride with some pretty big guys with pretty big feet that seem to be pretty happy with Speedplays. Probably should not believe everything you hear... Maybe not even this......
re: New to cliplessdavidl
Aug 14, 2001 5:36 PM
206's are really good, light pedals. Just keep practicing clipping in - it's a skill you have to learn with any pedals. Just stick with it.
re: New to cliplessJammin
Aug 15, 2001 8:37 AM
Buy some speedplay frogs! Easy on the knees, double sided, and you can wear something like Sidi M/B shoes...that way you won't have to hobble around like a wounded duck every time you get off the bike and have to walk to the bathroom.
re: New to cliplessMeDotOrg
Aug 15, 2001 9:47 PM
Gotta say, pedals are simultaneously one of the most important and subjective parts of your comfort on a bicycle. Having said that, they will have to pry my Speedplay frogs from my cold dead hands. They will pull up hills, you don't have to worry about walking on them, the float means no knee problems, double-sided entry, and to top it all, they are the easiest pedal to clip/unclip.