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Clipping in...(10 posts)

Clipping in...Iwannapodiumgirl
Dec 11, 2002 2:51 PM
On my way to work I saw a cyclist at a set of traffic lights. Fully kitted in Saeco tem kit, riding a Fondreist Don Racer - very sweet bike. The light turned green, and as he pedalled off he fell over - he could not clip in! Everyone behind was honking and tooting their horns, whilst I smiled.

I then looked at his drivetrain - he was in 53x11! Has anyone ever tried clipping in using this combo? That made me think what is everyone's preferred combo for clipping in for the first time or at a set of traffic lights?

Remember - no right or worng answer...
ah, walking out the pursuit gearlonefrontranger
Dec 11, 2002 3:14 PM
Something all of us learns, sooner or later: always remember to drop to small ring when stopping at a light. Gives you far greater acceleration (i.e. "snap") when you take off.

I personally don't pay attention to what cog I am in, but I will shift to the small ring. Depending on whether it's flat or a hill start, I'll start off in say, the 39x16 to 19. If you have any capacity for leg speed at all you can wind it up to well into the high twenties (to gain gaps in traffic or whatever) in a ~50 inch gear before needing to shift back into the big ring. If you can't, well then that's something for you to work on over the winter. If you don't drop to the small ring for fear of throwing your chain... well, that's just pathetic. Hie thee to the mechanic or teach yourself how to adjust the front mech, immediately.

Not to say I haven't walked out huge gears on occasion. We have all done it, just as we have all Arte'd and probably will again before we die. It's analogous to absent-mindedly attempting to start from 3rd gear at a stop sign in a standard shift car... sputter... stall... :honk!:
Dec 11, 2002 3:30 PM
Been there a few times myself over the years, regardless of gearing. First thing that comes to mind is, "oh no, my bike!!"
he needs a MilanoDougSloan
Dec 11, 2002 3:52 PM
The internal geared hub can be shifted at a standstill. Better yet, get the Auto Milano. Does its own shifting. Or, try the fixed gear, but that certainly won't help with the clipping in problem.

I think the gear should be low enough that you can pedal across the intersection with one leg, if need be. That's not a 53x11 for me.

38 x 27 (usually)laffeaux
Dec 11, 2002 4:45 PM
I gear all the way down at lights, unless there is a sudden stop. I find it easier to reaccelerate quickly by starting off so low.
I always just leave it in the same gear ...Humma Hah
Dec 11, 2002 5:15 PM
... since I only have one, and just put my right foot on the platform pedal and just GO.

53x11 is a mite high for starting out. However, you girly-men who drop to 38:24 or some other such granny gear gotta work on your leg strength. You ought to be able to start easily, and with considerable "snap", in a gearing around 2.5:1, clipless pedals or no. It's very rare for roadies to out-accelerate me from a stoplight, with 46:18 on the cruiser -- I'm thru the intersection with a chorus of "click-click-click-click-click" behind me at almost every traffic light in a century, so there's nothing un-snappy about a good middle gearing.
re: Clipping in...swvegg
Dec 11, 2002 6:08 PM
I usually shift down to a smaller cog, because I can't accelerate as well as I would like to in the gear that I usually spin.
re: Clipping in...Spunout
Dec 12, 2002 4:36 AM
Uhh, I don't know what I'd be doing in 53/11 in the first place, downtown at a stoplight. Drafting busses? This guy must be a hack.
Exactly what I was thinking!!!No_sprint
Dec 12, 2002 8:09 AM
Where in the city would he be in that gear? That's a downhill descent on a long long not too wiiiindy road.

I typically leave it in the same gear unless it's an uphill intersection. Many times I'll switch down one rear cog. Like Doug says, one pedal revolution with one leg does the trick in the toughies.
Dec 12, 2002 11:16 AM
after 2 revolutions it's go time all the way up to the mid 20's