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Help!! I can't get used to these road pedals!!(13 posts)

Help!! I can't get used to these road pedals!!wandap
Apr 19, 2002 8:33 AM
I'm been riding for a couple of months now and I just can't seem to get used to the pedals. Everytime I am approaching a stop sign or I have to stop, it seems that it takes me forever to click out of the pedal and I almost always end up on the floor. Needless to say that I'm beginning to get scared of riding.
Is there some technique that I should be doing or does anyone recommend I go on regular pedals with those toe inserts?
re: Help!! I can't get used to these road pedals!!Chen2
Apr 19, 2002 8:38 AM
You need to tell us what kind of pedals you have, brand and model. Something's not right.
re: Help!! I can't get used to these road pedals!!wandap
Apr 19, 2002 8:42 AM
they are Look Pedals, just like this one
re: Help!! I can't get used to these road pedals!!StephenD
Apr 21, 2002 1:02 AM
I notice you're using Look 206. I had a similar problem with Look 206. First (and nothing to do with the pedal), I found the cleat wouldn't pull out because the cleats weren't screwed in tight enough. (They sometimes need re-tightening if you step on the cleats at all.)
Even with that done, however, the 206s still sometimes held the foot and wouldn't let it out, and the only way I could get them to work was by pushing the foot forwards before twisting out. A worrying procedure.
Since then I've switched to Look 357, with no problems at all, with the same set of shoes.
What type of pedals/shoes?Jekyll
Apr 19, 2002 8:41 AM
Getting out of properly adjusted clipless pedals is far easier than getting out of properly adjusted (cinched down to where they are actually effective) toe clips.
Could be an adjustment issue or a shoe/cleat compatibility issue. Let us know which pedal/shoe (manufacturer and model) you are using.
re: Help!! I can't get used to these road pedals!!Akirasho
Apr 19, 2002 8:44 AM
... what kind of pedals/cleats do you have?

In general, all it takes is rotation of the foot (heel out and/or in) to release... and becomes a very natural motion over time (you won't even think about it). Avoid the tendancy to lift (regular pedal flats) or pull back (toe clips).

Many pedal systems offer variable release tensions... perhaps you should adjust your's to a low tension until you become more accustomed... then bump it up a notch as needed.

If you have access to a stationary trainer (not rollers), you can practice the technique with relative safety, and generally, less chance of public embarassment!

Good luck!

We abide.

Remain In Light.
re: Help!! I can't get used to these road pedals!!wandap
Apr 19, 2002 8:46 AM
Thanks Akirasho!
I appreciate your input... I'll give that a try.
re: Help!! I can't get used to these road pedals!!Icefrk13
Apr 19, 2002 8:58 AM
Make sure the cleats are not slipping on the shoe. This happened to me on my first MTB. It sucks ass.
Apr 19, 2002 9:13 AM
It's a great deal easier and safer to click out when your foot is at the bottom of the pedal stroke. In other words, closest to the ground. If you try to click out at the top of your stroke or close to the top, it's much harder to get your leg to twist because it's flexed and/or weighted. This is a common mistake I did when I started and see people do all the time.

This may take some getting used to, but eventually you will do it instinctively. When you approach a stop, stop pedalling a short distance before and position the leg you will click out at the bottom of the stroke. Coast in, then click out. Until you become good at it, I suggest you click out while you are still rolling if you don't want to end up on the floor. Just keep your foot on top of the pedal until you come to the stop. This also positions you well to click back in if the light suddenly turns green.

One other thing. Always clip out with the same foot until it becomes automatic. Don't change sides or your body will always be confused.
Apr 19, 2002 9:25 AM
Thanks for all the great advice guys!!
I'll start riding tomorrow again!!
re: where?Becky
Apr 19, 2002 9:27 AM
"One other thing. Always clip out with the same foot until it becomes automatic. Don't change sides or your body will always be confused."

Very true. However, it may pay off to practice switching the foot that you clip out with occasionally once you get the hang of doing it with "dominant" foot. You never know when you'll find yourself in an emergency of sorts and have to clip out with the opposite foot or risk eating pavement. Trust me, it hurts... :)
It just takes practice.Len J
Apr 19, 2002 9:31 AM
My method;

1.) when approaching stop, I stop pedaling & put right pedal Down.

2.) Stand up on pedals with right pedal in 6 o'clock position.

3.) Gradually slow bike down with brakes as I unclip left pedal by moving heel outward.

4.) When bike stops lower left foot & lean bike towards left.

Practice this a few times on a low traffic street & it will soon become second nature.

This method has the added advantage of being safer in traffic because if you do lean the bike in the wrong direction (Right) you fll away from traffic.

Good luck.

Get some shoulderpads...funknuggets
Apr 19, 2002 10:45 AM
The infamous pedal transition... oh how I remember it.

1. First, make sure the pedals tension is as tight as possible
2. Loosen your cleats so that they jiggle when you shake the shoe
3. Purchase yourself a set of good rollers.
4. Make sure the rollers are nowhere near any walls, doorframes or furniture
5. It is important to grease the rollers to eliminate any unwanted friction between your wheel and the roller.
6. Now practice getting in and out of pedals on the rollers
7. By the time you figure out how to get in and out of the pedals, you will be so used to falling that you will no longer be scared to go outside to ride...