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Old 03-06-07, 09:39 PM   #1
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Going clipless LOL

What a time, right? A friend of mine on another forum didn't get any pedals with his wife's new bike, and he picked up a set of clipless to go on it.

Today when he hit the bike shop, they tossed him a bag of Shimano M505s telling him they forgot to put them on his bike. Since he doesn't need them, he's giving me the hookup!

Too bad it'll be a few weeks till I can use them. I'll probably wait a whole month to put them on.

Sunday was my first experience riding clipless. My dad uses clipless on all of his bikes and I tossed on his half-size-too-small SPD shoes and took his old road bike for a spin. I like it a lot and didn't have trouble clicking out of them to stop, but I just know once I start using them there'll be just one time I wait a little too long and I'll lay it down or at least fumble getting out.

I know they're not "awesome" pedals (entry level clipless from what I understant) but should be fine for my commute.
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All the clipless I've used have been real easy to get out of... It's getting in where they differ!
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Well, I got them put on on Monday, and finally got some shoes and a helmet (and the all clear from my doctor to start riding again)

Anyhow, I'm going to need to get used to them. They do seem much more efficient but a tad tricky. I haven't fallen over (yet) but I have about 3 miles on them so far.
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Good luck, ax0n -- and may you always unclip smoothly. Or at least be next to a big snow drift or pile of woodchips
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I'd hang out in the hallway or garage and just practice clipping and unclipping around a 100 times on each side. The muscle memory will help when you forget to unclip at a stop.
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Actually, I had to "emergency unclip" at the pharmacy drive-up last night. I unclipped my left foot and was standing there for a few minutes. When I went to sign the form, my wheel cocked to the right and the bike started rolling backwards, then it fell over to the right, with my right foot still clipped in. I got out in time and caught the bike before it fell over, but it was interesting.

I feel pretty confident that I will usually be able to get out in time. From now on, though, if I have to stop and wait on my bike like that where I'll let go of the handlebars, I'll probably unclip both feet and hold the bike between my legs like I used to do before I went clipless.
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don't sweat the inevitable fallover -- my first one came eight months after going clipless! to paraphrase the old carpenters' maxim: "you're not a clipless rider until you fall over at least once; if you fall over too often, you're no longer a clipless rider."

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