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Old 06-20-11, 12:11 PM   #1
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Finally !!!

My shoes, pedals and little water bottle came in from Nashbar.

I am about to try clipless for the first time, and I decided to go with average pedals, and cheap shoes. The Pedals as Shimano Speed SL (PD -R540)pedels, and the shoes, and Sport II road Shoes (cheapo).

Now this took a while to get here, and I was wondering if its normal for it to take almost 2 weeks (12 days).
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My Nashbar orders usually don't take that long. Were they out of stock or did you order on a Friday night after hours so the order wouldn't get looked at til Monday?

Put your bike in a hallway or door frame and practice clipping in and out 100x each foot. Then do the same on some soft grass while riding slowly. And remember, your first clipless fall will always be in front of an audience you're trying to impress.
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I ordered them on a Wed. night, just a half hour before midnight (June 8th). So I was counting Thursday - now (don't know if I should count today). So maybe 11 days. Oh and nothing was out of stock.

Yes I plan on clipping in and out in a doorway for a while with each foot. Should I clip both and, so I can get used to taking one out with them both clipped? Or should I just start with clipped, and unclip it?
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Most people, when approaching a red light or whatever, will always unclip either their left foot, or their right one, to stand on, and then clip it back in and continue. ( Most people will trackstand a while first, though. ) I always unclip my left foot. I don't think there's a reason to use one or the other, just go with what's comfortable.
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You can try clipping out both at the same time, but most people unclip one side and leave the other side clipped in. Get used to clipping out on either side in case you space out and lean the wrong way.
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Also ready a few excuses and responses for when you fall. Usually a quick hop up and a loud 'TA-DA!' does the trick.
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I don't use clipless, but with clips I practiced both one foot and two-foot disengage. In a "controlled" situation - like approaching a light, I always disengage my left foot (keeping the right foot on the pedal makes it less likely to get chain grease all over it). But if I'm concerned there may be something less "controlled" about to happen - like the possibility of a crash (blocked path and I'm not sure I'll be able to slow/swerve enough to avoid), I'll disengage both feet, to give me a better chance of doing something.
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I think the sinister thing to do would be to put someone else on your bike when you get the new pedals put on, and then observe.
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I unclip the left foot most of all. I even did that with the toe straps. left foot is always out.

OK, I went for a little ride tonight with them, and like them. I had no problem unclipping, but had a problem clipping my foot in. I was to the point where I was going so slow, I almost fell over. It was only to the point I realized I was falling, and just caught myself at the last second. I am expecting a real good fall in the middle of the road, soon. Clipping out, not a problem, clipping in, slight problem. I need to get used to putting that front part in quick, to get the back in.

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That sounds like such a good idea, I think I might do it. You fall down, some people are already laughing, why not make a big show of it?
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I think the sinister thing to do would be to put someone else on your bike when you get the new pedals put on, and then observe.
I don't like to share... Last time someone used something of mine, they lost it, and refused to replace it. My old boss said it was my fault for lending it to them, even though my boss told me to. No more anything for people. (it was a cordless impact driver)
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You can pedal even when you're not clipped in, no need to go slow while clipping in.
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I installed a new cleat wrong one time and went for a 5 mile ride with that foot unclipped. Got home to check why I couldn't clip in and had an AHA moment.

Different pedals work differently, but once you get seasoned, you'll be able to clip in without thinking about it.

Unclip well before you need to, even if you don't think you need to.
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Had my first fall... Again from going too damn slow. This was not on clipping in, but taking my foot out at the end of my driveway. Fell right on the front lawn. Glad I mowed it yesterday.

Oh and the clipless think is great. I have picked up my pace a little bit, but still need to think about picking up that foot on the upstroke. I guess after a while it will come to me, and be somewhat easy... After a while.
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I guess after a while it will come to me, and be somewhat easy... After a while.
Sooner than you think. When I first went clipless, after just a couple of rides I could not imagine going back. I found it really helped me learn how to pedal in circles.
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for what it's worth..... I alwas leave my left foot clipped in. I think it is because I always start on the left side and kick my right leg over the bike from the left...... just like you do with a horse.
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I have been riding for about 6 years and I fell the other day while riding with a group of friends, at a intersection at a red light with cars next to us!!!
I am sure those in cars were asking themselves.....why is that cyclist laying on the ground??????
Just hang in there and it will become second nature, but expect to fall everyone does!!!
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don't forget to check the tension of the pedals, i forgot to do this once and they were as tight as they get, i fell almost every light until i pulled into a home depot and bought a wrench and loosened them til I was comfortable.
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don't forget to check the tension of the pedals, i forgot to do this once and they were as tight as they get, i fell almost every light until i pulled into a home depot and bought a wrench and loosened them til I was comfortable.
I might have to tighten the tension a little on these pedals. So far, stopping, and U-Turns aren't a problem. Standing, and going are a little bit of a problem. But that's normal for me...

I have had 1 problem so far... I took my foot and disconnected it. Put it back on the pedal, I thought it was just sitting on top. It became connected again, and well I almost had my second fall. I need to remember take foot completely out of pedal area when slowing down.
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You can pedal even when you're not clipped in, no need to go slow while clipping in.

I need to get used to the feel of this, and stop looking down at the pedal...
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You get used to it quick. You'll get the hang of it in less than a week.
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