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Road Newbie Question. Getting out of clipless pedals??!!(7 posts)

Road Newbie Question. Getting out of clipless pedals??!!Aegis_guy
Jun 16, 2002 7:27 AM
I just bought a road bike and since I was familiar with clipless pedals from my mtb it was a no brainer to use them with my road bike. Here is my problem/question. ARe road pedals more difficult to click out of or do I just have it set up wrong? I am using Look Cx7's and have messed with the tension setting and made sure the cleats are tight but it is pretty scary approaching an intersection and the light turns red. Finally, you do kick your heel out and away from the bike to get out of the pedal , right? Thanks for any help/suggestions.
re: Road Newbie Question. Getting out of clipless pedals??!!gs6769
Jun 16, 2002 7:49 AM
I don't think they should be more difficult to get out of. I would loosen the tension a bit more and see how it works. You could also put the bike on a trainer if you have access to one and practice a bit to get the feel of the force needed to diconnect. You are correct that you should kick your heel away from the bike to break out of the pedal.
re: Road Newbie Question. Getting out of clipless pedals??!!raboboy
Jun 16, 2002 9:26 AM
if they are new, then that may have something to do with it, too. Give them a bit o time to loosen up naturally.
A Few Tricksjromack
Jun 16, 2002 10:40 AM
Adjust the tension to the lowest setting.

Click out while you are still pedalling, easier than clicking out of a stationary pedal.

Until you gain confidence, click out as you approach any intersection, pedal with a single leg until you either have to stop or can go through the intersection.
My recommendationPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Jun 16, 2002 11:10 AM
My recommendation is to go into a field... (yes on your road bike) and the only thing you do for an hour is clip in and out of your pedals 100 times each foot. By then you'll be used to getting in and out and if you fall it will be embarassing but on grass so it won't hurt. Then if your still having problems repeat day after day till you get it!

Good luck!
Nick Corcoran
PodiumBound.CA Inc.
Lube the cleatsKerry
Jun 16, 2002 4:54 PM
Many people have had good luck with a wax type lube (e.g. White Lightning) or Armor All on the cleats. You might also check to be sure that your cleats are not warped by mounting - if the sole of the shoe causes the cleat to bend when you mount it, this can cause release problems. Generally, Look cleats release more easily as they wear out.
Thanks for the suggestions!Aegis_guy
Jun 17, 2002 3:36 PM
I will try lubing the cleat with a little White Lightning and continue to break them in . I didnt realize they needed to be broken in. I loosened the tenision as much as possible and it still takes a great deal of heel "movement" to get them to release. Hopefully they will become easier to use. Staying on a bike path for awhile. Ugh. I dont know what is worse, car traffic or walkers and runners with kids/dogs who take up the whole path. Thanks again.