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    Went clipless tonight...what a RUSH!!

    I finally bought the bike shoes and pedals (SPD type) and tonight I did my 1st ride clipless style. OH MAN ---- WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!!!

    I felt like I was getting a better workout, yet it felt more even...it was much easier on me. Hills and rough spots were much easier. I felt like I easily gained a few mph just from it. It was so great.


    My friend I ride with sometimes gave me an remark that, to me, was actually a compliment. I normally ride slightly faster than her anyway....tonight she said "You are going intimidatingly fast tonight".

    That being said....a few questions/observations.

    1. Everybody has previously mentioned about how it may be hard to get off, etc.... I find it more difficult to get the shoes clicked IN. Getting out is a breeze.

    2. Is it ok to walk around with those cleats on the shoes? I feel them grind into the road/cement and and I'm afraid I'll bend them all out of shape. Not to mention....afraid to walk on tile in house for fear it will crack the tile.

    Thanks to everybody for previous recomendations, I'm so happy with this etc..
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    Pretty much avoid wearing SPD cleats in the house.

    Also keep in mind some places may not be very receptive to it.

    The road cleat styles have optional "cafe covers" that cover the cleat to protect it and the floor...but those require road pedals.

    I use SPD myself, and have little problems walking around in them...I try to avoid hardwood floors and soft tile out of courtesy though. Oh, and the cleats aren't going to bend...they will get ground up pretty well, but that won't mess them up or anything.

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    I too love my clipless bike shoes. I got some normal-ish looking, mtb Shimanos. I walk everywhere with them. The only time I hear them grind on the floor is when I am walking on stones. Other than that, I never hear the cleat.

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    SPDs? They are designed for walking...mountain and touring riding involves a lot of that! Don't worry about the cleats grinding down anytime soon. They won't bend out of shape, either. Probably will take a couple of years before you need to replace them. Although there is some contact between the cleats and whatever surface you're walking on, the noise--what there is of it-- is more annoying than anything else.

    The reason you are able to get the better workout is the fact that you have great traction (your feet cannot slide off the pedals!), and, therefore, get to use all the leverage you need to get through whatever terrain you are attempting. "Spinning" is much easier, since your feet cannot "fly off" the pedals (traction, again); without this "lock-in", your feet would separate from the pedals at 100 rpm or less--at least my experience has been that. Re-starts are a lot easier; you can "ratchet" the pedal into position with a half-revolution or less of an upward pull, instead of having to "kick" the pedal around each attempt--a useful feature in stop-and-go traffic!

    You are right, BTW: It can be much easier to get out of SPDs than in! Try adusting the tension screw(s) on the back of each side of the pedal counterclockwise to "loosen" the tension a bit; that should make it easier to enter (and exit, as a matter of fact). Just don't loosen the tension screw(s) too much , or you can end up losing them when they rattle out of the pedal! That does happen...I had to replace one on a SPD on my Trek 520 that did just that, for that reason. If that happens, your bike shop can replace them, so you won't need new pedals.
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    Spd 's are always hard to click into...or somewhat harder. As you get more experienced you will find it easier. Enjoy

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    I had the same problem clicking into my pedals when I first got them a few months ago but now it is second nature. You will get the hang of it. I, like you, couldn't believe the difference when I first went clipless....cheapest and most effective upgrade I have made yet.

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    I went clipless (SPD) today too. What you say is true. I loosened them a little and that helped. Haven't fallen over yet, either (probably just jinxed myself). Didn't get a big increase in my overall speed, but sure like the feeling of being clipped in.
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    1. Everybody has previously mentioned about how it may be hard to get off, etc.... I find it more difficult to get the shoes clicked IN. Getting out is a breeze.
    That is fairly common ... difficulty getting into them, but getting out is a breeze! My GF was introduced to them about 350 miles ago and she sometimes still can't get them in after repeated tries.

    I'm thinking of swapping her spd's out for Look styles. They are single-sided ... but much easier to get into IMO.
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    assuming that you feel comfortable on the pedals, and that you can click out of them without any problem, i would give it a little while before you start adjusting the tension. brand new pedals and brand new cleats are always a little tough at first, but with time both will get "broken in," and you will find them much easier to get in and out of.

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    I love the sound of the cleat engaging in the pedal

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    Went out again....the same experience...it was GREAT. Yesterday I had both of my (semi)normal ride partners. The same one who commented about how fast I was going the other day commented yesterday about how my form was so much better as well and it led me to a bit of a revelation regarding the shoes.

    I don't think its just being clipped to the pedals that made my performance improve so much. I think it may be the straightening of the legs.

    Let me explain....I've had this condition since birth that I walk with my feet slightly pointed outward. My mom once told me I wore leg braces for a bit when I was little (too young to remember). When I rode before, I could not force my legs to stay straight....my knees were always out a bit. I knew they should be straight but could not get them to stay straight. I think the big improvement is the shoes forcing my legs to stay straight so I get the full stroke of my pedaling.
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    Congrats on riding clipless. I went yesterday for the first time and I agree. It's a great feeling. I started riding again because of a knee injury and I can already feel the diference in the "evenness" of the work out on my legs. Walking around will take a little more getting use to though

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