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    Clipless and New = Hysterical Disastor!

    A gentlemen tells me today about getting used to his new clipless pedals on his road bike yesterday. He says he is in between two cars at an intersection at a red light and couldn't get his left foot unclipped and he starts bouncing up and down trying to get his foot unclipped and just falls over still stuck to the bike. He looks up and the lady in the car behind him has her face covered and is laughing so hard she can't even look up. She finally rolls down her window and asks if he is alright.

    Of course, I'm fine he tells her as he struggles to jump back up on the bike with his left foot still stuck in the pedal and falls over again. This time he pulls his foot out of his shoe and and gets back up and jumps on the bike and tries to pedal off. The left shoe comes flying off the pedal into the middle of traffic and he falls over again.

    Once he is on the side of the road he has to wait until the light turns red so he can retrieve his shoe.

    He said he didn't realize that he could adjust the tension on the pedals until he got home and read the instructions. The left one was set to max tension. He said that he could now clip and unclip with ease.

    He was laughing about it harder than I was. He seems to have a good sense of humor!
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    Amazing what kinda info the instructions can have.
    I too rarely read instructions till after the "new stuff" feeling wears off. I use them, figure things out, then read the instructions to see what I missed

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    Why didn't he jsut unclip his right foot?
    One of the best peices of advice regarding clipless pedals, is to start with the tension set to the lightest setting. I have yet to increase it.

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    That's my worst nightmare. Very funny.
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    i just had my first experience with clipless yesterday and i wouldve toppled over twice if there werent a car to my left for me to lean on lol. I found out that standing on the pedals unclipped is nearly impossible and walking around in road shoes without your bike next to you is embarrassing. Im just glad I found out about the adjustable tensions before i hopped on the bike also because it was set to the highest tension and i bought it used so it didnt come with manuals.

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    So, if someone you've got it in for asks for advice on how to use clipless pedals, tell them to adjust them to the tightest setting. Then, follow with a video cam.

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    The story is funny but this can happen to anyone not reading and understanding instructions.
    I fell down on my first clip-less ride also. That was in front of lots of Hotshot bikers in a parking lot.
    It took me a while to get over that.

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    Been riding clipless since '85 (remember Aero-Lites?), but have been having a new problem getting clipped in when on my fixed gear bike. Since I can't coast, that pedal keeps coming around and I have to have my technique spot on (and the pedal flipped the right way around) to clip in!

    Clipping out is no problem, of course. Been thinking of switching to Crank Bros. Egg Beaters for the fixed gear bike. Anyone here tried Egg Beaters, esp. on a fixed gear bike? Good idea, or not?

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    Egg beaters on fixed gear here. Not an issue at all... love them. I don't have anything to compare them to, but I've never had to look at the pedal It's a little tricky at first, cause the pedal likes to sit right in front of the cleat, but you quickly learn where the cleat is under your foot... problem solved.

    I still have mine set to the "easy" setting. There is no adjustment... but you switch cleats from shoe to shoe to make the release angle greater.

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    Thanks Chevy,

    I'll get a pair of Eggbeaters and try them out. I thought it was a good idea (in theory), but good to hear that they're working well for you in the fixed gear context. Not sure how switching cleats from shoe to shoe would make the release angle greater though. Pls. advise!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick@OCRR View Post
    Been riding clipless since '85 (remember Aero-Lites?), but have been having a new problem getting clipped in when on my fixed gear bike. Since I can't coast, that pedal keeps coming around and I have to have my technique spot on (and the pedal flipped the right way around) to clip in!

    Clipping out is no problem, of course. Been thinking of switching to Crank Bros. Egg Beaters for the fixed gear bike. Anyone here tried Egg Beaters, esp. on a fixed gear bike? Good idea, or not?

    Rick / OCRR
    OMG I can't imagine using clipless with a fixed gear bike! I've never even thought about THAT scenario.

    I really hate clipless pedals. I've thought about trying to modify a pair of cleats so they don't snap in so tight. I wonder if anyone's tried this. I suppose I should just get a set of platform pedals and get it over with.

    Anyway, thanks for the story, it really made me laugh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dachshund View Post
    OMG I can't imagine using clipless with a fixed gear bike! I've never even thought about THAT scenario.
    I really hate clipless pedals. I've thought about trying to modify a pair of cleats so they don't snap in so tight. I wonder if anyone's tried this. I suppose I should just get a set of platform pedals and get it over with.
    Anyway, thanks for the story, it really made me laugh.
    Honestly, it's not that bad. A bit of a bother getting clipped in, but once I'm all snapped in, its all good. Just the starting out part needs some work (by me!).

    Don't be afraid! Clipless (or snap-in) pedals are the next most wonderful recent invention after STI (and similar) shifting (which I will never need on my fixed gear for obvious reasons!).

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    Been there done that I always think little kids say to the parents in the car "hey look that old man fell off his bike while he was stopped is he drunk?" For my cruising and commute I installed the mini cages on my Bianchi. Still have the SPD'S on my Raleigh
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    I always find it odd that clipless issues always seems to be about clipping-out. Never had a problem with that- clipping in gave me more problems in the early days, especially from a red light going up hill.

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    I still have a foot-long scar on my left tricep from one of my first mtb rides w/clipless. And that was 10 years ago....

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    My lesson,
    I was at Newport Beach and pulled into a Carl’s Jr. with my new cleats right beside a group of good looking young ladies and yes, I forgot I had cleats and down I went.
    The ladies offered to help but no way, I was tuff and I got up, locked the bike and went in a little embarrassed, got a 6$ low carb burger and set down. In a few minutes this nice look little thing came over and set beside me.
    She said, ”you’re a tuff guy and you recovered fast from laying on you ass”. But, I’m a nurse and if you don’t let me do something to your leg you are going to bleed to death. I looked down and the floor was covered with blood, my blood.
    I still have the scares from the big ring (6 teeth) today; I just counted them so I could post them. Been maybe 15-20 years.

    Damn, I didn’t get any phone numbers!!!!

    I fell again two weeks ago, had my left foot out as I stopped but leaned to the right and down I went. This time it was my knee and YES, I had enough Band-Aids. (looked like a damn fool laying there with the damn bike on top of me)!!!!!
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    This year I helped man a rest stop on a supported ride. I setup a camera where riders would enter the rest stop and dismount. I captured 8 riders making clipless falls.
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    I work in a shop. When I sell a set of clip less pedals I tell the customer that they will fall at least 1 time. Probably at the most embarrassing time. Just like the event listed above. Rem,ember if all else fails read the instructions.

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    That's funny, but as I read "in the middle of traffic" I shuddered. He could have been killed. But yes he sure does have a good sense of humor.
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    Serves you right for going to Carl's Jr instead of In 'n' Out.



    Quote Originally Posted by Burr View Post
    My lesson,
    I was at Newport Beach and pulled into a Carlís Jr. with my new cleats right beside a group of good looking young ladies and yes, I forgot I had cleats and down I went.
    The ladies offered to help but no way, I was tuff and I got up, locked the bike and went in a little embarrassed, got a 6$ low carb burger and set down. In a few minutes this nice look little thing came over and set beside me.
    She said, Ēyouíre a tuff guy and you recovered fast from laying on you assĒ. But, Iím a nurse and if you donít let me do something to your leg you are going to bleed to death. I looked down and the floor was covered with blood, my blood.
    I still have the scares from the big ring (6 teeth) today; I just counted them so I could post them. Been maybe 15-20 years.

    Damn, I didnít get any phone numbers!!!!

    I fell again two weeks ago, had my left foot out as I stopped but leaned to the right and down I went. This time it was my knee and YES, I had enough Band-Aids. (looked like a damn fool laying there with the damn bike on top of me)!!!!!

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    I have Keo's on my main ride, but have older SPDs on my vintage bike. The teflon cleats on the Keo's unclip easily, but every time I ride the other bike I have at least one stop where I have to struggle to get out. I have to check the tension on it, but never think to do it until I'm out riding. And speaking of riding, I should get ready and do some right now. Maybe I'll adjust the pedal first!

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