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Old 04-29-10, 06:17 PM   #1
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I went clipless today

I have been wanting to try clipless pedals for a long time. I finally ordered shimano a520's and a set of nashbar mountain bike shoes.
I guess they will take a little time to get used to. The shoes are a little too long but I think the cleat is where it needs to be. It feels like I'm pedaling with my tip toes. I guess they just feel different. I rode 9 miles on them today practicing getting in and out. I'm sure they will start feeling normal soon. I am going to try and go by the lbs this weekend and see about getting a general fit I also changed to a thomson set back seat post so I could put my brooks saddle back on. So now all mĘ measurements are out of wack.
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Old 04-29-10, 08:12 PM   #2
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Just wait 'till you join the "0 MPH fall club". I rode clipless for about six weeks and never had a problem and then it happened, luckily there were not too many people around to see it. LOL!!! Once you get comfortable and you least expect it, but all you can do is laugh it off. Anyway, congrats on going clipless. The benefits far outweigh the "risk" of falling.
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I took the plunge a couple of years ago. It took a while to become used to them. I have managed to avoid the “zero MPH fall,” but just barely. I stopped at a light on a bike trail last year next to a woman and her husband. The woman did the “zero MPH fall” right into me. Fortunately I was able to catch her so she was just slightly embarrassed, but without the broken collar bone that can result from one of those.
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I have those same pedals and I love them. If you are having trouble clipping in and out there is a screw that you can loosen up to ease the tension. It's a good idea to set this fairly low at first in case you panic. You'll be able to rip your foot out of the pedals if need be.

Question: How far forward is your cleat? If you feel like your pedaling with your tip toes it might be too far up. The cleat should be about a half inch behind where your toes meet your foot. Do yourself a favor and don't make any drastic changes to your cleat possition all at once. Make your changes little by little so you don't end up hurting your knees. Finding the sweet spot for a shoe/pedal combo can take quite awhile.
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I just ordered the Shimano R540s and picked up some Specialized road shoes at a LBS on Wednesday. The pedals won't be here until Tuesday and it's killing me just staring at those shoes for a whole week and not being able to do anything with them. But I saved $40 by getting them online, so I guess it's worth it.
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Just wait 'till you join the "0 MPH fall club". I rode clipless for about six weeks and never had a problem and then it happened, luckily there were not too many people around to see it. LOL!!! Once you get comfortable and you least expect it, but all you can do is laugh it off. Anyway, congrats on going clipless. The benefits far outweigh the "risk" of falling.

At least your fall happened with little to no one around. Mine occurred at a red light with at least 10 cars (and probably more) around. When the light turned green and I took off, people were laughing as they passed me. To be honest I was laughing too. I kept thinking darn I have been initiated.
Back to the OP. The clipless pedals are amazing. Feels so weird to ride my hybrid with it's platform pedals. I also had my cleats way to far forward at the beginning. A local LBS did a quick general fitting of the cleats on my shoes and it was pretty spot on. Stop by your LBS, I am sure they will do this for you.
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At least your fall happened with little to no one around. Mine occurred at a red light with at least 10 cars (and probably more) around. When the light turned green and I took off, people were laughing as they passed me.
At least you only had strangers. I was stopped at a light with 3 lanes of rush hour traffic on my left and my wife on my right.
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At least you only had strangers. I was stopped at a light with 3 lanes of rush hour traffic on my left and my wife on my right.
Ha, Ha the thought that they were all strangers and I would probably never see any of them again did cross my mind.
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Be Ready....

To bust your a*s a few times. Hey, but that is how you know you are part of the club.

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I have been wanting to try clipless pedals for a long time. I finally ordered shimano a520's and a set of nashbar mountain bike shoes.
I guess they will take a little time to get used to. The shoes are a little too long but I think the cleat is where it needs to be. It feels like I'm pedaling with my tip toes. I guess they just feel different. I rode 9 miles on them today practicing getting in and out. I'm sure they will start feeling normal soon. I am going to try and go by the lbs this weekend and see about getting a general fit I also changed to a thomson set back seat post so I could put my brooks saddle back on. So now all mĘ measurements are out of wack.
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It feels like I'm pedaling with my tip toes. I guess they just feel different.
Doesn't feel awkward? Maybe try moving them back a bit.
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Just wait 'till you join the "0 MPH fall club". I rode clipless for about six weeks and never had a problem and then it happened, luckily there were not too many people around to see it. LOL!!! Once you get comfortable and you least expect it, but all you can do is laugh it off. Anyway, congrats on going clipless. The benefits far outweigh the "risk" of falling.

LOL, where do I check in for my membership certificate?!

I started riding last summer...and this Spring I decided to finally switch to eggbeaters...2nd day out, waiting for traffic to clear, both feet unclipped...I click in my left foot and begin to turn around to the left...Unfortunately, I wasn't really moving yet and I leaned to the left. Like a tree falling in the woods...Except it was me and my bike falling on pavement. Bruised body and bruised ego.
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