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Just Switched to Clipless Pedals(22 posts)

Just Switched to Clipless Pedalsrightsaidfred
Dec 27, 2002 1:40 PM
Anything I should know about this switch? I'm using Carnac Ellipse shoes and look pp357 pedals.

So far, I just practiced clipping in and out in a vacant parking lot for an hour.
re: Just Switched to Clipless Pedalsindurain
Dec 27, 2002 2:19 PM
For me, the transition to clipless pedals was very smooth. I think the biggest thing you should worry about is waiting at stop lights. Be able to get in and out of your pedals quickly, but at the same time don't try to do it so fast that you screw up. As you are rolling up to a light, take one shoe out. As you sit at the light, stay pretty still because it is possible to "tip over". With practice and a little experience you will be fine. Good Luck!
me too...fbg111
Dec 27, 2002 2:46 PM
although I'm using Speedplay Zero's with Shimmy TR01 shoes. The zeros are so quick in and quick out that I'm not worried about tipping at stops. I love being able to pedal around corners I used to coast around, and the better feel of the bike these shoes provide. Definitely worth the $$. Now I just gotta find some Zero Coffee Shop Caps to prolong the cleat life. These things are shown on Speedplay's site, but I can't find them in stores anywhere.
Speedplay will sell the Coffee Shop Caps direct (nm)B2
Dec 28, 2002 7:01 AM
Colorado Cyclist has them for $9.99 nmLen J
Dec 28, 2002 1:52 PM
WelcomeKristin
Dec 27, 2002 2:52 PM
I love my clipless pedals. Here are some of the things that I learned when I first started last summer:

1. Stop completely before dismounting. Look cleats are like skates, and you'll feel like a skater when you dismount at 5+ MPH.
2. Falling on your side and sliding hurts.
3. Don't try to clip back in while standing. At lease not for the first few rides.
4. Impaling oneself on seat/top tube hurts.
5. Falling on ones side after impaling oneself only adds insult to injury.
6. If you get the itch to practice footbidextry, practice on grass.
8. Falling on pavement hurts.
9. Constantly rehearse to yourself, "I'm locked into bike. I'm locked into bike." Especially as approaching intersections.
10. Practice pedaling out of the saddle slowly at first.
11. Crashing while attacking because you didn't first practice slowly, hurts.
12. Wear old clothes
13. Iodine is your friend
14. Pedal the round! You'll be faster now so go get 'em.
Oh, one more thing. Be careful on windy daysKristin
Dec 27, 2002 2:57 PM
This is where foot bidextry comes in handy. I was riding in a strong northerly crosswind. At a light, I began unclipping my left leg as usual. Just then a strong gust pelted me and tipped me to my clipped-in side. I saw the Mavic truck pull up next to me as I went down.
Remember that......TREKY
Dec 27, 2002 3:02 PM
...after all the good advice and practice,you're still gonna fall.
missing pedalsbikemike
Dec 27, 2002 9:23 PM
Don't worry about missing pedals at lights either - you might look stupid but even a certain div 1 pro (whom I will not name:) who turns up on our training rides in the off season misses pedals occasionally!

But with speedplays you have no excuse!:)

Mike
Oh, one more thing...wasabekid
Dec 27, 2002 3:14 PM
Good points K.

I just like to add if at all possible, use and practice a lot first with your mud or second bike. With enough confidence and practice x'fer the pedal to your best bike.

Just trying to save your best bike the nicks and dings. Never mind you, coz' that'll be your "baptism by fire" and
you'll heal, the poor bike won't ;-))

Good Luck...
re: Just Switched to Clipless PedalsBruno S
Dec 28, 2002 1:33 PM
falls usually happen not in the first rides but when you start feeling confident and forget that you are using clipless pedals. Other than learning to clip in and out the most important thing to learn is how to spin (to pull the pedals as your legs moves up).
Twist, don't pull...still unnatural after 10 yearspeter in NVA
Dec 29, 2002 7:22 AM
Having started with toe-clips and straps, took me a long time to get out in a panic, even with Speedplay X1 and Frogs - ingrained old habits. It took 6K cyclocross miles to change with the constant jumping off and on...but for really technical switchbacks long for the old clips and straps. The sooner you start, the better, clipless have all the advantages expect the psychological one!
Well, I crashed.rightsaidfred
Dec 29, 2002 7:20 AM
No damage, except a bruised ego.

I was starting off on an incline, lost momentum while I fiddled around trying to get my foot in. Then just sorta tipped over like a dying cow.

Glad nobody was around.

Thanks for all the tips, though.
Glad you got that over with ...bsdc
Dec 29, 2002 9:09 AM
I only had to fall once ... ten years ago. Hopefully you'll have the same luck. Remember you can still pedal even when you aren't clipped in.
how?Iwannapodiumgirl
Dec 29, 2002 3:18 PM
How can you still pedal even when not clipped in?
I have used Time Equipes for 6 years, and still have trouble at times pedalling when not clipped in...
Do you push off with no feet clipped in?Kristin
Dec 30, 2002 6:31 AM
The assumption is that one foot is always clipped in because you clip in before you take off...or you always keep one shoe clipped in when stopped. Can you pedal with one leg? Viola`! Its amazing to me that everytime I find myself in the middle of an intersection, struggling with my unclipped cleat--I forget I can do this.
one foot clipped in...Iwannapodiumgirl
Dec 30, 2002 7:25 PM
and on the first half revolution, i place my "free" foot on the pedal. i land the cleat somewhere on the pedal, balance it to give a half revolution, and being TIME pedals i clip in at 6 o'clock...

pedalling with one leg is possible, yet, as you said, when struggling with your unclipped cleat, and especially given rightsaidfred is a novice, should he be relying on the one foot pedal just yet?
I don´t understand the big fussnothatgullible
Dec 29, 2002 10:06 AM
From the day I got road clipless pedals I have never fallen off the bike because of them. In the day when I had cages and straps I fell a couple of times because I didn´t have enough time to reach down and open the strap.

If you are clutzy(sp?)by nature I could see you falling. But if you are somewhat athletic I don´t see a problem. There´s no need to be scared of them. They are great inventions and very safe.

Clipless pedals for mountain biking are a different topic. Those I had problems with. I had never fallen off my bike since the days of cages and straps. But when mountain biking, things happen so fast and falls are sometimes so unexpected that there´s very little time to unclip. But only in the first couple of rides. In my first ride out I fell four times. After that it was mostly smooth sailing.

I wouldn´t worry about it. You will be fine. They are a very natural system to use and you will get the hang of it in about 5 minutes. The tendency when falling is to put your foot out and that´s exactly what it takes to unclip.
Depends on the pedalpeter in NVA
Dec 29, 2002 4:35 PM
With the Frogs, which have more than 15 degrees of float, if you're in the 9-3 O'clock position, have big feet and get stuck in that position, say on a switchback, it is impossible to release. The front of your foot hits the crank without enough room to go beyond the required 15 degrees.
Put them on your mountain bike...manicoti
Dec 30, 2002 7:44 AM
and then go for a really long and hard ride. You will be able to get out quickly by the end of the ride, if you can still walk. Worked for me.
Get out there and ride.pmf1
Dec 30, 2002 9:28 AM
You'll probably fall over going 2 mph at a stop once or twice, but so what, everyone does. The only thing you'll bruise is your ego (trust me, it is way better doing this at a deserted stop than on a busy bike path in front of 3 good looking female joggers).

Soon, you'll wonder how you ever rode without these things. Next to shorts, clipless pedals and shoes are the best upgrade a cyclist can make.
re: Just Switched to Clipless Pedalsmapei boy
Dec 30, 2002 11:49 AM
Your idea of practicing clipping in and out is an excellent one. As for actually riding, just try never to forget that you're riding clipped in. When you approach places where you're going to either have to stop or ride very slowly, unclip on one side. As a personal note, I have never fallen or had a crash that I could blame on my being clipped onto my bike. As a matter of fact, my last crash happened on my rubber-pedaled office bike!