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Do you remember when you bought your first set of clipless..(25 posts)

Do you remember when you bought your first set of clipless..Juanmoretime
Aug 30, 2002 7:07 AM
pedals and couldn't get. Where was that place you fell over? Back in 1992, I had bought a set of pp72 carbon pro, I think that was the model. Clipped in and rode down the block and started slowing for the stop sign while trying to dis-engage from the pedal. I didn't get out but did stop and proceeded to fall into the grass. I jumped right back on rode down the block to my house ridng up my driveway, same scenerio, and was sliding down my garage down like melting ice cream while my neihbor looked on shaking his head. I'm not the only one out there, I know from talking to others, where were you?
NOBODY has had more trouble getting acclimated than me.Spoke Wrench
Aug 30, 2002 7:24 AM
I almost gave up on clipless pedals because I was getting tired of providing the entertainment for my mountain biking buddies. Eventually I stumbled on the multi-release cleats for SPD mountain pedals. They work for me much better than anything else I've tried. Now I have them on all of my bikes.
My driveway nmLeroy
Aug 30, 2002 7:32 AM
1994, on the lawn, biking circles around my parent's house...jtferraro
Aug 30, 2002 8:00 AM
on the diamond shaped Onza's that came on my C'dale F700 mtb. The key word in the above mentioned sentence was "LAWN". ;-)

-Jeff
1993lonefrontranger
Aug 30, 2002 8:30 AM
My very first "Arte" was the first day I had my new Giant Cadex CFR. I did the full-on rollover, on pavement, at a stoplight in traffic in the middle of Kettering, Ohio! That was the first, last and only time I rolled over on the road bike until about four years later. MTB Artes in the woods don't count, right?
re: Do you remember when you bought your first set of clipless..Akirasho
Aug 30, 2002 8:36 AM
... three times... all on the first day, back in '96.

First time was on a multi... at a road intersection (Artie Johnson #1).

Second time was further up the trail... took to the road where it begins a steep incline with a stopsign near the top (still on an incline) (Artie Johnson #2).

Third time was on the return to my car... thought I'd gotten the hang of things... NOT (Artie Johnson #3).

Had a few near misses for a few days after that, but haven't fallen since for lack of unclipping... note that #1 and #2 were in full view of witnesses who couldn't decide whether to laff or offer medical assistance (no damage 'cept to my pride). Now, I can't imagine riding without them.

We abide.

Remain In Light.
My proudest moment everPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Aug 30, 2002 9:07 AM
I ride Shimano Dura-ace SPD-R pedals on the track with the tension on max... then I also shim the tension spring to put even more tension so while sprinting I can't clip out and instead need to whack my heel.

So by far my proudest moment ever was last year at Junior Worlds in the middle of the Lehigh Velodrome in front of an international audience of spectators/other rides I rode up to my teammate to try to grab onto him with one hand and whack my foot out with the other. Well he moved just as I was about to grab onto him and I tipped over. Just a little embarrasing!

Nick
PodiumBound.ca
re: Do you remember when you bought your first set of clipless..bcm119
Aug 30, 2002 9:25 AM
It was in college in '95. I bought Look pedals and some used Time Equipe shoes. I didn't even make it outside- I lived on the second floor of an old house with a wooden stairway, which I fell down while trying to carry my bike outside. Wood floors don't mix with Look cleats very well.
Not my first day but my most embarrassing wreck.IRIE
Aug 30, 2002 9:33 AM
Riding my mtb through a stream bed crossing, my chain broke mid stream and I began pedaling very fast unable to unclip. I fell over in the stream, there was a group hanging out on the other side of the stream who where crying they where laughing so hard. The worst part was my chain was broken so I had to sit next the them soaking wet repairing my chain while they cried. In hein site it must have been hilarious to watch.
I never crashed.......tronracer
Aug 30, 2002 9:50 AM
But then again, I've always used time pedals. I never pulled out in a sprint either. It must be the pedals.
must be the pedals. same for me too.EpicX
Aug 30, 2002 12:16 PM
I've always used Time on the road. my first ride EVER on clipless was SPD's on my MTB. No problems there either. In fact, I got them on a Friday, and did a 15 mile ride sat. followed by a race over the same course on sunday. The sat. ride was so muddy that i would literally have to grind away for a few seconds to clip in. talk about sink or swim. did i mention it was also my first MTB race??
There's still times when I catch myselfStraightblock
Aug 30, 2002 9:53 AM
reaching down to loosen my non-existant toe straps. Man, that's a hard habit to break, and I've been riding clipless on the road for 10 or 12 years now, and about 2 years on MTB. I sometimes reach for downtube shifters on my STI-equipped bike, too, but I've still got downtube shifters on my beater and our tandem, so I have an excuse for it.

Clipless crashes? I've probably had a couple, but you get the same result from dropping your chain on a steep climb, riding across wet RR tracks diagonally, getting too close to the edge of your rollers, or from a poorly executed track stand, regardless of pedal type. I speak from personal experience on all of the above.
last year, caught on tapequinroo
Aug 30, 2002 10:25 AM
i learned how to ride a bike last year, towards the end of the summer. i found a good deal on some look pedals, and my boyfriend at the time was really pushing for me to ride clipless. thankfully, i was at my parent's place in a rather rural part of california the first time i tried them out (i live in boston, right by busy fenway park). i went to a park, with my dad, and clipped in. all ok so far. then i try to stop. i've seen my boyfriend do this a million times. i unclip my right foot, and then for some stupid, reason, lean to my left. crash! i ended up ripping my shorts, bruising my ass, and popping out one of my saddle rails in that one little fall. did i mention my father had this all on tape? and that when the saturn cycling team came to stay with my parents, he almost showed it to them? thankfully my mom stopped him (or so she claims, i wasn't there, i'll never know). i still fall, as i didn't ride much in the following year, and am just now venturing into scary boston traffic. so if you're ever going down mass ave and see a girl following a guy on a time trial bike, and she falls over at a stop light, please don't laugh, i'm trying!
Yes I remember...empacher6seat
Aug 30, 2002 10:29 AM
it was all of... two months ago, I believe!!
The usual, slow approach to a stop sign. Stopping at the stop sign, then proceeding to fall over infront of around 20 casual trail riders who passed me. *sigh*.
The second time was weird. I was biking down a road with no shoulder, and a car came screaming by, fishtailed right infront of me, went off the road, flipped a few times and stopped when it hit a tree. I was freakin' out as this happened litterally feet infront of me. I slammed my breaks so hard I skidded and fell over. I then proceeded to run to the car in carnacs with look cleats (which made me fall again). Turns out I knew the driver from highschool. Luckly, she wasn't hurt. So uninjured, in fact, that she was back on the road the next week, and guess what! she crashed again!
I bought mine in 1986 Look's big heavy white and black ones n/tDeRosaOrBust
Aug 30, 2002 10:31 AM
Recent OPPOSITE problemfiltersweep
Aug 30, 2002 10:34 AM
Last weekend I was in the middle of nowhere and I couldn't clip back IN to my pedals after stopping at an intersection. I felt like an idiot, double checked to see that I was stepping in on the correct side- nothing would work.

I pulled off the road and noticed the spring retention "had sprung"- and the catch (SPD-R) was actually UNDER the cleat surface (since the spring holds it up)- THANK GOD I had a tool kit with me (I don't always) so that I could fix it.
They were the ORIGINAL look pedals. The white ones, forgot the #Ken of Fresno
Aug 30, 2002 10:36 AM
but I do remember the first time I fell with them. I was riding to visit my girlfriend at her softball parctice. They had just ended and were coming off the field. She rand ahead to greet me, and I could not get out. I fell down right on top of her. The whole girl's softball team saw. It was really bad. :)

Ken
Okay.....I'm game........aliensporebomb
Aug 30, 2002 10:56 AM
7/3/2002. Yep.

I'd ridden sans toe clips all throughout my childhood,
into my teen years and into my twenties. I stopped
riding for eight years at twenty eight. Stupid idea.

Got back on about four years ago and was mountain biking.
But I insisted on platform pedals. New roadie has clipless.

I haven't fallen yet though. Why? Because I need shoes
with the appropriate hardware. It'l happen, just not right
away. I already spent $3,000 on bike stuff this season so
I'm a little tapped out. Ouch.
Better yet, what about those pathetic clipless designsfunknuggets
Aug 30, 2002 12:01 PM
did anyone ever use the Sampson clipless pedals in the early 90's??? Those crazy suckers had a cleat that was shaped like an "L" that cliped over and behind the back of the pedal, so the back of the cleat was at least an inch tall. So, if you ever had to clip out and put your foot out to stop, it would often break the back of the cleat right off. Then they got smart and decided to sell metal reinforced cleats... pathetic.
Better yet, what about those pathetic clipless designsfunknuggets
Aug 30, 2002 12:04 PM
holy shit, see the next message post.
Campy SGRWalter
Aug 30, 2002 6:03 PM
I picked some up for my retro Basso with S. Record. Heavy (but so am I) and a bi#ch to get out of. I don't think they'll be on the bike long.

Started with Looks about 1989-90. Rode to a friends house and fell in his driveway. Unfortunately, didn't get back on my feet before he cam out the door. There were others but that's the one that stands out.
1990, right in front of the apartment building.djg
Aug 30, 2002 12:07 PM
There was a post the other day on how fast accidents happened. This was slow. Very slow. I bought the pedals (the old Dura Ace/Look pedals), put them on the bike and, very sensibly, practiced entry and exit. Maybe twice or three times. Then I went for a ride. Came riding right up the sidewalk to the entry to my building. Nicely landscaped, shrubs on either side of the sidewalk. Coasted on in nice and slow, having forgotten entirely about the pedals. I came right up to the steps, touched the brakes, pulled up on my foot, and, nothing. There was nowhere to go and I hadn't a clue what to do. I managed maybe a second or so worth of track stand before I just toppled over. Brilliant.
Went clipless BECAUSE of a crash.theBreeze
Aug 30, 2002 12:08 PM
I bought clipless two years ago for my mountain bike (no road bike at the time) because I biffed coming down my long steep dirt driveway and couldn't get a foot out of a cage. Crashing in front of the survey crew working on our property was an added benefit. That afternoon I went to my local shop and got set up w/clipless pedals and have never looked back. Naturally I have them on my road bike and have never fallen over. I don't have the releases real tight, and unclipping one foot while slowing down has become such a habit I barely notice it now.
re: Yeah,,,,Onza'sjrm
Aug 30, 2002 4:40 PM
What piece's of shlt.
re: Do you remember when you bought your first set of clipless..Soultrain
Aug 31, 2002 11:30 PM
First was two years ago when I bought a new Gary Fisher Sugar 2 MTB. It came with time atac pedals. I thought that it would be a great idea to try it on a particularly rough trail that I had never even tried. Well, my buddies talked me into trying this trail. I fell over trying to get across streams, I fell over trying to clear tough rock sections, I fell over in deep gravel, I even fell over when we stopped for lunch at the end of the trail. Stupidly falling over, remains one of my favorite methods for staying humble.
I guess that I fall over about once every two months or so.
Wouldn't trade those pedals for anything though.
Dan