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    Finally Broke Down and Bought Clipless Pedals

    OK, so after hearing how much they improved the cycling experience, I bit the bullet and bought clipless pedals. I am getting ready to take my first ride tonight and I have to say I'm extremely nervous.

    I guess there's only 2 outcomes, 1.everything goes well or 2. I eat the pavement

    With that said, I bought the Shimano 105 pedals and the Serfas Pilot Carbon shoes.

    I will check back in tonight with more feedback on this. Ironically I just paid my health insurance for the month online, hope that's not a bad omen lol.
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    When I first got mine I practiced in a parking lot.
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    For the first ride or two, you'll be so paranoid about falling over that you won't have a problem. It's the 5th or 6th ride where you'll get a little complacent, forget you're clipped in, and end up falling over at a stop light...

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    I'm fairly new to them and have fallen a few times, but only in emergency situations. Never really had the slow-fall.
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    When I got mine, I sat on my bike in my apartment and practiced clipping in/out for about an hour for a couple nights before riding. Really helped when I went for the 1st ride.

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    Before you head out for the first time try leaning against a wall or in a doorway and clip/unclip a few dozen times just to get the feel of what it takes to get in/out of them. I especially recommend this if you're transitioning from Clips and straps since the motion to get out is a twist vs straight back.

    Just remember to unclip before stopping and always lean towards the side you unclipped and you'll be fine. It becomes pretty natural pretty quickly so take your lumps and don't let a trip or two to the ground discourage you.

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    I put speed frogs on my commuter 2 years ago. I read all the info about falling, was really nervous. Had my husband hold the bike while I practiced clipping in and out and a half dozen times. Then I did my first ride in a parking lot, followed by a round on a paved green way, then into light traffic. I've never fallen in the past two years (3-4 rides of 10-12 miles/wk.) Now, I consider myself fortunate, and I went with a style that was easy for me to use. I haven't added clipless pedals to my mountain bike for fear of not being able to dab (which I do a lot of yet) and I pulled mine off my commuter while I'm trying to learn to track stand.

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    You will enjoy the clipless pedals for sure. All the hype about falling I don't know about. I got mine last year and have yet to take a spill with them. I had the LBS install the pedals on a Friday night got me Sidi shoes and rode the next day with no practice they showed me how to clip in an clip out at the shop. Anymore it's just second nature for me when I am riding and when I get in an area that is real busy I just unclip one foot as I have the Shimano pedals that only have the clips on one side. I think it is a mind set that people believe they are going to crash and gain fear of them. Get out ride and enjoy the ride and just think a little more about what you have to do and you should be fine.

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    I cut my teeth on the single release Shimano cleats and used 'em for years. Now that I'm older and wiser I go with the multi-release.
    No matter how many hours I put on the bike, in a panic situation I just couldn't get my foot out quick enough with the single release. It's just not natural to remove the foot from the pedal in that way--- if you know what I mean.
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    Well there was a third option lol. I was practicing on my deck using the railing to balance and i couldn't get my left foot to clip in like the right foot. It was extremely hot and humid here today and I was sweating buckets, which made the whole process worse. So to make a long story short, I decided to put my flat pedals back on temporarily so i could ride tonight. Not making excuses but it was getting close to dark and the humidity was killing me, so I decided more practice was needed.

    So I come back to the forum with my head held low and my tail tucked between my legs. Basically this thread turned into a big fail for me. I have brought disappointment to my fellow clydes and athenas who probably wouldn't have given up so easily.

    Seriously though, I'm not done yet. I'm going to keep practicing and I'm definitely not a quitter. I think I need to increase the tension on the left peddle, it just unclipped to easily. Luckily changing the peddles isn't too hard so i will be back in them soon.

    Thanks guys and gals for all the awesome advice and support.

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    Man, I don't think I ever used the flat pedals. Not without the toe clips at least. Once you get the hang of the clipless you won't go back. It's easy, you'll see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raytobe View Post
    Man, I don't think I ever used the flat pedals. Not without the toe clips at least. Once you get the hang of the clipless you won't go back. It's easy, you'll see.
    Yeah I'm gonna do it, just wasn't my night. I really want to use them bad, so I will rpobably trying again this weekend.
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    How cool, I just went clipless myself today!

    I picked up my new Trek 7.5 FX, which I traded a month old 7300 for, and decided while upgrading to a higher performing bike I should go w/the clipless. I already used toeclips.

    Anyway, I got the Shimano 530 pedals that are clipless on one side, and platform on the other. That way I don't have to change out of my flip-flops when going for a 6mph ride w/my wife! :-)

    I've only ridden up and down the block, and can't get in at first click, but it seems I'll get the hang of it.

    I also got a pair of Bontrager shoes, whatever the LBS had for a good price (in other words, in the other room ...)
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    Quote Originally Posted by glowrocks View Post
    How cool, I just went clipless myself today!

    I picked up my new Trek 7.5 FX, which I traded a month old 7300 for, and decided while upgrading to a higher performing bike I should go w/the clipless. I already used toeclips.

    Anyway, I got the Shimano 130 pedals that are clipless on one side, and platform on the other. That way I don't have to change out of my flip-flops when going for a 6mph ride w/my wife! :-)

    I've only ridden up and down the block, and can't get in at first click, but it seems I'll get the hang of it.

    I also got a pair of Bontrager shoes, whatever the LBS had for a good price (in other words, in the other room ...)
    Congrats. Sounds like you did a lot better than me. I'm going to get the hang of it sooner or later. If my left foot stayed clipped, I think i would have made it. I just think i need to increase the tension on the left peddle a bit more, and try again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fast89fox View Post
    Congrats. Sounds like you did a lot better than me. I'm going to get the hang of it sooner or later. If my left foot stayed clipped, I think i would have made it. I just think i need to increase the tension on the left peddle a bit more, and try again.
    Nah, probably just beginner's luck. Expanding a bit on my experience: like I said, I couldn't always get in the first try (actually, maybe I never did it on the 1st try), but sometimes I got part way in, and then sort of "stamped" straight down. Doing that, I could feel it "click in" and knew it was secure.

    Getting out didn't always come easy; I tried well in advance of when I needed to. I think someone maybe got it right, you're fine the first few rides when you're very conscious of falling, but after that: splat!

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    I'm going to use a local schools parking lot so I don't have to deal with traffic next time. I will conquer the clipless peddle!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by raytobe View Post
    I cut my teeth on the single release Shimano cleats and used 'em for years. Now that I'm older and wiser I go with the multi-release.
    I think this is only an option if you're using SPD mountain bike pedals? Sounds like the OP is using SPD-SL road pedals...

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    I have only crashed twice in three years. Both times it was to avoid a collision.

    I agree with others. It's not the first few times you need to be worried about. It's when you get lazy and stop worrying about them that it will get you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sstorkel View Post
    I think this is only an option if you're using SPD mountain bike pedals? Sounds like the OP is using SPD-SL road pedals...
    I did not know that. Knew I liked those pedals for some reason. Thanks for the info.
    BTW, I use them on the road and they work great.
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    Update. I haven't put the clipless pedals back on yet. The weather here for the last few days has been tough, and I have just been trying to get my miles in. Looks like next weeks weather will be better and I will try again soon. It will happen !!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fast89fox View Post

    So I come back to the forum with my head held low and my tail tucked between my legs. Basically this thread turned into a big fail for me. I have brought disappointment to my fellow clydes and athenas who probably wouldn't have given up so easily.
    Bah. I don't ride clipless. I'm far from being a failure. :-)

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    I fell over for the first time today..lol

    I was paying 3 dollars to enter a park and I uncliped my right foot. I tried to hobble towards the gate but i got off balance and over she went.

    It happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil_B View Post
    Bah. I don't ride clipless. I'm far from being a failure. :-)
    Some of us prefer toe clips. There's even an online store which sells old school cleats for SPD shoes!!! http://www.yellowjersey.org/cleats.html The picture of the cleats I'm referring to are close to the bottom of this web page.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KBentley57 View Post
    I fell over for the first time today..lol

    I was paying 3 dollars to enter a park and I uncliped my right foot. I tried to hobble towards the gate but i got off balance and over she went.

    It happens.
    OMG! So did I. I was in my own driveway, right foot unclipped. Did I stop and lean to the right and then worry about unclipping?

    Nooo. I kept trying to unclip the left foot until the point I went over. Scraped my elbow, scraped the pedal, loosened the mirror.
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    G/F got me some SPD pedals for my b-day and I just put them on today...will see how the first ride goes tomorrow...need to get some practice before the Monday commute!

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