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New to Cycling and Need Help(27 posts)

New to Cycling and Need HelpSimonRex
Jul 30, 2002 6:02 PM
I am sorry if this is a dumb question but I am new to cycling and just bought my first bike-a Colnago Carbonisimo. I have only ridden it twice and like everything but the pedals. I keep falling down when I stop because I can't get my feet out. I would like to change the pedals to the type that have the cage on the end. Does anyone know what is a good brand? Thanks.
re: New to Cycling and Need HelpAegis_guy
Jul 30, 2002 6:32 PM
Yeah, right. I would get rid of those thin tires too and get the ones with the little knobbies too. Maybe a bell and a bright orange flag as well.

I am buying my first car tomorrow, a Ferrari Testarossa. It looks cool except for the tan leather. It is too hot and I think I am going to have cloth put in there. Does anyone know who can do aftermarket cloth for Ferraris?
Don't be a dick. nmAllen az
Jul 30, 2002 6:40 PM
Not being a dick. At least if I read between the lines..Aegis_guy
Jul 30, 2002 6:51 PM
correctly. If you ask me this is a joke which is why I responded as a joke. You're telling me you are reading that post and you believe someone spent $8500??? on their first bike and discovered they don't like clipless pedals. I think I got the joke and you didn't.
Not being a dick. At least if I read between the lines..SimonRex
Jul 30, 2002 7:04 PM
Sorry that sounds stupid to you but how was I to know I wouldn't like the pedals. Also, what does it matter how much the bike cost? I simply have trouble with the pedals because I am new to the sport. Maybe one day I will be as advanced as you and can use the click in type pedals.
Not being a dick. At least if I read between the lines..mb_Cik
Jul 30, 2002 8:59 PM
Perhaps you should try and get used to the pedals. I'm also new to the sport and had some minor spills due to the pedals. But if you practice first then you should have a problem. The clipless really are nice once you get used to them. Now I always remember to clip at least one foot out before comming to a stop or intersection.
clip at least one foot out...Iwannapodiumgirl
Jul 30, 2002 10:07 PM
Please do not tell me you unclip both feet at the same time? What happens if you actually need to pedal?!?!
I'm with you on this (nm)ET
Jul 30, 2002 7:06 PM
Brah! [nm]Ahimsa
Jul 30, 2002 7:03 PM
toe straps?phlegm
Jul 30, 2002 6:45 PM
I assume that's what you're talking about. Check out this link:

There are some really nice ones. Otherwise just buy whatever your LBS has.
Thanks phlegm . . .SimonRex
Jul 30, 2002 7:00 PM
appreciate the link. I assume my bike shop will change them out free of charge.
I'm speachless- nmfiltersweep
Jul 30, 2002 6:46 PM
Amen, brother... (NM)miposy
Jul 31, 2002 11:35 AM
Well you could........african
Jul 30, 2002 6:51 PM
Sell me that colnago, and I will fix you up with a bike with toe clips.
Adjust the release tension?Iwannapodiumgirl
Jul 30, 2002 7:27 PM
If your pedal system has an adjustable release tension, why not set it to as little as possible? That way you can get accustomed to the clipless pedals and when you are comfortable with the process you can ratched up the tension.

That is what I did when I first moved to clipless pedals.

Just a suggestion.
Just get some tried and true block pedals...Uncle Tim
Jul 30, 2002 8:14 PM
...or maybe some rat traps. Since you've invested in such a nice bicycle, it is important that you take care of it. Tipovers caused by clipless pedals can marr that beautiful machine. Don't worry about attaching your feet to the pedals until you have mastered some basic bicycle skills.

Actually, I would suggest keeping the pedals off of the bike for a while. Lower the seat so that you can keep both feet on the ground and kind of scoot around. Then, go to a slight incline and let the bike coast as you get the feel for staying upright. You should be able to master this within a few months.

When you feel comfortable with staying upright, install the block pedals and start riding some short distances, say, of around a half a mile or so. Try to work in a few turns so that you can get comfortable with steering around difficult 90 degree corners. Keep your speed under control and be careful, because falling to the asphalt hurts!

The Colnago bicycle you have purchased is a fine machine. It may surprise you but that bike can take some punishment. You could put on as many as 15 miles per month and the bike will show very little in terms of wear and tear.

So get out there and ride the bike. You have an entire world ( or neighborhood?) to explore. Godspeed, Senor Colnago!
I nominate Uncle Tim for funniest reply of the month!Mr Good
Jul 30, 2002 9:19 PM
but at what point do you remove the training wheels??garhead
Jul 31, 2002 1:40 AM
gregg has to post this one at the top of the page-nmzooog
Jul 31, 2002 1:57 AM
not a chance (nm)gregg
Jul 31, 2002 8:32 AM
Sorry for all the silly replies - now some sensible adviceEager Beagle
Jul 31, 2002 2:44 AM
Just use the padals you have. Only don't wear any shoes. This approach has several advantages;

1) Your feet will not become stuck in the pedals
2) Your balance will rapidly improve, as putting your bare feet down on sharp glass etc will lead to pain, bloodloss and infection
3) You will no longer have unsightly tan-lines on your feet, and will thus be spared shame and embarrassment.
4) You will become a better spinner, as heavy pressure on the downstroke will lead to yet more pain, distortion of foot morphology, bone damage, and eventuall loss of walking ability.
5) You will feel more "in-touch" with the bike.

Trust that is of assistance.
I'll believe it when you post a pic,AllisonHayes
Jul 31, 2002 4:49 AM
Have you considered starting a bicycle pizza delivery service? With that bike you can guarantee delivery of hot pizza, provided you don't fall over on your way there that is.

(Colnago carbonisimo indeed.)
Yeah, get Radical! Pizza delivery is the ticket.Sintesi
Jul 31, 2002 5:03 AM
Excellent advice Allison.
here's mineET
Jul 31, 2002 5:16 AM

I just came into some cash so I decided to go for it. I take back everything I said a few days ago about lusting for Colnagos.
You got it!Len J
Jul 31, 2002 5:24 AM
First Magnum appears in all his RRP splendor & Now SimonRex.

I'm disappointed, I thought that whoever invented RRP had enough imagination to try a different approach this time. I was actually looking forward to some creativity, but it's thae same form with a different story.

Welcome to the board, Bill Gates!gregario
Jul 31, 2002 4:52 AM
re: New to Cycling and Need Helpmapei boy
Jul 31, 2002 4:00 PM
I hope you powered through all the insults. Keep the clipless pedals. Get used to them by standing over the bike, and then clipping in and clipping out of each pedal about twenty-five times. Not only will this break in the pedals' springs, it'll also get you into the groove of how to use the things.

Again, keep the clipless pedals. Learn to love them. There is no other component that makes such a difference when it comes to how fast and secure you can be on the bike. Performance-wise, probably the only invention that improved the bicycle more was the derailleur.