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1st time with SPDs - Advice??(7 posts)

1st time with SPDs - Advice??Buzzy
Nov 17, 2001 1:55 PM
After reading everything I could find on this forum about going clipless, I order SPD pedals and shoes from Nashbar. The pedals are dual-purpose, SPDs on one side, conventional on the other.
Using advice of 15mm wrench, board to hold crank and a light tap with a hammer, I soon had old pedals off, and new ones on.
I tried to balance standing first, with new shoes on, and practice clicking in and out, finally, What the heck, let's ride.
When finally clicked in, away we go for short spin in the neighborhood; Felt great to have a smooth spin, even rode awhile using upstroke only, and one leg at a time, to start getting the hang of it. Noticed I was going faster and legs were more relaxed. This is going to be a new experience.

I disengaged a far cry from my stop, to avoid the eventual sideways fall to the ground. Noticed the shoes are very slippery on pavement, might look for a 2nd set of MTB shoes and set up with 2nd set of cleats that I ordered with the pedals.

I did not sense any problems with limited float, but what would I know at this early stage.

My goals are fitness and fun - staying injury free
The first fall happens when...Bruno S
Nov 17, 2001 3:55 PM
you start to feel confortable and forget you are using them. Be extra careful to unclip way before you need to until its second nature to you.
re: 1st time with SPDs - Advice??mithrandir
Nov 17, 2001 4:05 PM
I went clipless this year and it took me only 254 miles to fall, i was even clipped out ( turns out i leaned the wrong way) but what the hell. Only my pride was hurt. Going clipless was best move i made, just remember you're LOCKED in, so keep a heads up.
re: 1st time with SPDs - Advice??Buzzy
Nov 17, 2001 4:47 PM
Bruno - Mith

I had a moment last week, prior to be clipless, when I went to lean on a curb, and briefly last balance and went the other way. At that moment, I had the thought, this is what might happen if you don't unclip on both sides at a stop

Both of you are saying it is not a question of if, but when. Since I occasionally ride near traffic, that would be a dumb time to go down. Thanks
cheap adviceCT1
Nov 17, 2001 5:50 PM
You might want to spray some fine lube on the cleat area of your shoe to help with the release process. After a while you won't need to do this but it realllly helps in the beginning.

ride on
Nov 17, 2001 9:01 PM
Check and see if your pedals have a tension adjuster. It's usually a small allen bolt on the side or front/back of the pedal. If it does have an adjuster, set the tension on a very loose setting so you can clip out easier. That's what I did when I first got clipless pedals and I've never fallen over. As you get use to the pedals, you can gradually increase the tension. Also, mountain bike shoes really help if you're using SPDs. In fact, that's probably the main advantage of SPDs -- being able to use mtn bike shoes and walk in them without damaging your cleats.
1st time out with SPDs - ProblemBuzzy
Nov 20, 2001 4:12 AM
One of the new SPD pedals has a bad bearing. After about 10 miles, I began to feel and hear a click from the pedal at the top of each stroke. I am now waiting for replacement from Nashbar