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Just went clipless...(8 posts)

Just went clipless...empacher6seat
Jun 26, 2002 10:28 PM
and I'm never looking back! I couldn't believe the difference it makes!

However, there's one problem:
All me roadie friends who have given me advice on going clipless said "just remember, to click out, twist your heel away from the bike!"

For some reason, I can only click out if I twist my heel toward my bike. This can be difficult and has led to two 0 kph fall overs (Thank God no one was looking!). What's the deal, here??

Another thing I noticed is that it takes quite a lot of force to clip out. Is there any way to adjust this?

I have look pedals and carnac shoes, if that information is needed.
Getting started is a trip....jagiger
Jun 27, 2002 3:12 AM
I got mine last hear & did several 0 mph crashes before I got the hang of it. I haid an audiece on at least one occassion. One guy in a pickup asked if I was ok, which was nice but a little embarassing. On another, some little old lady nearly force me off the road when I was going the wrong way to make tough turn. I kept slowing as she had room to move over, but she didn't. I didn't know if she was pist or just a "white knuckled" driver who could adjust real well any more.

It takes a little while to get the hang of it & you have to think ahead in close situations. I started thinking that if I have to slow down, get ready to release. This is an adjustment 'cause I didn't have to do this in the past.

The 1st time I went out, I also tried a dry run in my garage while leaning against the wall. A dozen or so times wasn't enough though & I had my 1st spill during that 1st ride. After that I did my own tests on the road, trying to stop at a specific spot. This helped give me more chances to release and develop the reflex response (? sorta).

You should check the tension adjustment pedals to be sure it's at the lowest release point. I'd try a little silicon on the release to make sure it's good & primed. It shouldn't take you too long to pick it up. Good luck & safe landing in the mean time.
lower retention, and make sure cleats tight on shoes...nmJS Haiku Shop
Jun 27, 2002 4:25 AM
Most Look pedals have some sort of tension adjustment.djg
Jun 27, 2002 5:43 AM
How that works depends on the model, but there should be instructions that came with the pedals on how to reduce the release tension.

In or out for release doesn't really matter, as long as it's comfortable and you get used to it. But if you just cannot get a release by moving your heel away from the bike, it may be that your cleats are not set up properly--basically (with a few exceptions), it's probably a good idea to have your natural or dominant position right in the middle of the range of float provided by the Look pedal/cleat interface. If you're off to one side, it might still feel fine while nonetheless placing you too far over to one side to comfortably rotate your heel to the release point.
Geez, I was just about to post about this...TomS
Jun 27, 2002 6:08 AM
I've been riding spd's on my mountain bike for several years, just started road biking seriously last summer and have been using my spd's and mtn biking shoes on my road bike because I'm cheap ;)

Last weekend I decided it was time to move up to stiffer road shoes and look pedals. I set everything up last night, and as I'm thinking "I know how to ride with clipless, no big deal", I click in with my right foot, push off, then try to click in with my left - but (doh!) the pedal was upside down, and my left foot slides off rather quickly. "I've missed the pedal before, no big deal" I think, then (wham!) I learn that look cleats and road shoes actually have a negative coefficient of friction against pavement.

To make a long story short my bike and I landed on the ground in some weird twisted mess in front of my house, someone walking their dog trying not to laugh, me cracking up and trying to detangle myself so I could unclip my right foot and stumble back into the garage laughing... no, really, i've been riding bikes for over 20 years now, from big wheel to tricycle to bmx to mtn bike to road bike! And I fall in my freakin driveway!

But anyway once the guy walking his dog was out of sight I tried again, successfully, and quickly decided that it's worth it - the pedals feel so much more solid and stable, and the shoes are so much stiffer, it feels like my legs and feet are just part of the bike.

Speaking of that - I saw a guy riding a while ago that had a prosthetic leg, and it looked like the base of the leg actually clipped into his pedal! How cool is that!
Jun 27, 2002 6:45 AM
Even tho' I had been using spd's for years, adjusting to Look road pedals had a bigger than expected learning curve. Loosening the tension is a great suggestion. I also suggest going somewhere where there's little car or pedestrian traffic and practicing stopping and unclipping repeatedly until you feel comfortable.
Jun 27, 2002 6:27 PM
I started a thread about this same thing about a week ago and I still can't get it right. I am completely comfortable with mtb spds and clicking out by kicking the heel out and away but it just does not work with the road pedals. I would need to literally point my foot at a right angle compared to the bike frame to get the shoe to release. I have to click my heel in towards the bike to get it to work. Don't know what to do to make it work correctly.
Jun 28, 2002 5:53 AM
You shouldn't have to unclip at a right angle. It should feel somewhat similar to unclipping spds. What road pedal system are you using? Have you tried loosening the tension?