Recumbent - Retention System Without a Twist
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I have using Shimano clips for several years on my CLWB with little or no problem. I am buying a SWB and was wondering if there is another type of clipless system that you do not have to rotate your foot. I broke my ankle several years ago and I can't twist my right foot. On my CLWB I just stay clipped in and drop the left foot, but now since I am going to be riding a SWB I need a way to secure my feet and still be able to get out.
I thought about toe straps, but I heard that the pedal drops foward making it hard to get in.
Any ideas or suggestions.
I have a Lightning P-38 and a RANS Stratus...and also a right foot that is broken (head on with a drinking attorney/lawyer) so can not get much 'twist' on it. Clipping out on the SWB P-38 is no harder than with the Stratus, that is, I am able to do both. I think the clips I have are similir to yours...I will admit that i have to concentrate to get the desired twist, but with practice I have become adept at unclipping, even with my stiff foot. Hope this helps.
06-13-09, 12:59 PM
I have using Shimano clips
Any ideas or suggestions.
1st: try adjusting the pedals to minimum clamping pressure. There's a hex screw at the back of the pedal that allows you do this. I've found that recumbents- SWB especially- don't need a lot of holding power since the cleat tends to hang on the pedal hook.
2nd: Shimano offers two kinds of cleats: "single release" and "multi-release". The multi-release cleat allows you to get your foot out by rolling it to the outside or even pulling up really hard.
Between these two items you could find a solution- I'd play with the adjustment first. There may be a point where the shoe releases too easily, possibly resulting in leg suck. This, umm..., sucks.
thx for the suggestions. I will try my old clips and see if they work. I will be getting the bent ( Vision V40 ) next weekend. I know that sometimes I have trouble getting out of them even though I turned the limit screw to almost falling out. I will try the multi release cleats next.
06-13-09, 04:22 PM
You've considered Power Grips?
I was thinking of Power Grips also.
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