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Old 06-07-07, 07:23 PM   #1
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Clipless Pedals? Advice

hi im new and 15 years old i just bought my road bike? and i want to go to clipless pedals? i want something which is very easy to clip out off?

i was thinking of the speedplay light action? or
look Keo classic?
does anyone have anyof these or do you recomend anything else?

i want something which is very easy to clip out off

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Old 06-07-07, 07:55 PM   #2
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Pretty much any pedal can be tightened or loosened to make them easier to clip out of.

My guess is that you are afraid of falling. I've got bad news: you will almost certainly fall once or twice before you get used to it. But once you ARE used to it, you'll never want to go back to toe clips.

As far as reccomendations, I haven't tried either of the pedals you mentioned, so I can't really comment on them.
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Old 06-07-07, 08:36 PM   #3
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No reason to assume that everybody who tries clipless, or toe clips for that matter, will fall over. I've never fallen over.
That said, I've used a variety of nashbar/performance SPD pedals and, for the last several years, two pairs of Shimano touring/mountain/easy-to-walk-in shoes.
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Old 06-08-07, 04:41 AM   #4
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Clipping OUT is not what you should be worrying about. Find a pedal/cleat combination that is easy to clip IN to.

I've never once fallen over because I didn't clip out, I have however been irritated at having a pedal/cleat combination that made clipping IN a pain in the #%*.

For my road bikes I use Shimano SPD-SL with a road shoe.
For my MBT I use Shimano SPD (double sided) with platforms around the mechanism and MBT shoes.
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Old 06-11-07, 12:09 AM   #5
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I went with the cheapest set of shoes and pedals at performance, just to make sure I liked riding clipless. Now I can't figure out why I didn't do it sooner. Theyare pretty easy to clip in and out of, but they are adjustable. If you're worried about falling over, just do what I did the first time it happened to me, I made sure I was close enough to a cute stranger of my preferred gender to grab her. Great way to get a number.
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Old 06-11-07, 07:15 AM   #6
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I'm going to have to recommend something from the CrankBrothers line of pedals. Easy in, easy out. The standard eggbeaters (without the platform) are a cinch to use.
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Old 06-11-07, 09:36 AM   #7
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I'm going to have to recommend something from the CrankBrothers line of pedals. Easy in, easy out. The standard eggbeaters (without the platform) are a cinch to use.
I recommend crank brothers egg beaters. No adjustment to fiddle with and easy clip in and out.
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Old 06-11-07, 09:40 AM   #8
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No reason to assume that everybody who tries clipless, or toe clips for that matter, will fall over. I've never fallen over.
That said, I've used a variety of nashbar/performance SPD pedals and, for the last several years, two pairs of Shimano touring/mountain/easy-to-walk-in shoes.
Yeah, but you aren't a 15 year old boy - sorry son, it is a given, you will fall over in front of the prettiest girl at school - might as well go find her and get it over with...
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Old 06-11-07, 09:49 AM   #9
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Yeah, but you aren't a 15 year old boy - sorry son, it is a given, you will fall over in front of the prettiest girl at school - might as well go find her and get it over with...
Plan ahead, have a good line and turn disaster into something good!

Seriously clipping out is no big deal. My advice is to go with one of the less 'pure' systems, one with mountian bike history, meaning designed for both riding and walking.
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Old 06-11-07, 11:36 AM   #10
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Eggbeaters....easy to get in and out of and cheap....can walk after a ride as well...



I fell a few times becuase I went clipless on a Mtn bike....now it is just a natural...put your foot down = unclip...it is just a reaction now....
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Old 06-11-07, 07:36 PM   #11
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I fell twice so far...the best advice I was given was to decide which foot would be the one that I would always try to kick out first. That was the first win for me. I loosened the clips so that I could get out of them easily. I soon tightened them up as i liked feeling snug into the clip. Like the others, getting into the clip can be a problem especially if you are in the wrong gear. Lots of things to think about as you approach stop signs or stopped bikes....change gears, clip out and do it all smoothly. Good luck...
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Old 06-12-07, 01:36 PM   #12
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I always recommend to people--for a starter set--to try something on the low end by performance, nashbar or wellgo. The have the same functionality and won't set you back too much if you discover that clipless is not for you (they aren't for everyone).
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Old 06-12-07, 01:50 PM   #13
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i have fallen 2 times . it was very funny .. just after a nice bridge climb and down the other side then after about 200 meters a stop sign , i was pumping and pumped up . i came to the stop light and i forgot to unclip . BANG over on my knee .. and the other time i was stopping to let pedestrians go by and forgot to unclip . BANG again . 1 week later that was .. 2 bruised knees was the result ( and a bruised ego =) .. but nothing more than 1kph when this happened . and nothing i cant get over . now i love them after about 7 weeks and ill never go back ,
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Old 06-12-07, 06:27 PM   #14
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I always recommend to people--for a starter set--to try something on the low end by performance, nashbar or wellgo. The have the same functionality and won't set you back too much if you discover that clipless is not for you (they aren't for everyone).
I don't agree with this. Cheap stuff doesn't always work well, and he may find that he hates crappy pedals that don't release properly and are hard to clip into, but loves pedals when they work. Look at the cheaper end of high quality. Something in the realm of Look Keo Classics, CB eggbeaters, or a Shimano pedal.

Wellgo Look-style pedals have been reported to be difficult to unclip from.
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Old 06-21-07, 09:52 AM   #15
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I always recommend to people--for a starter set--to try something on the low end by performance, nashbar or wellgo. The have the same functionality and won't set you back too much if you discover that clipless is not for you (they aren't for everyone).
Stay away from the cheap stuff...
..I had a pair of Wellgo Look Style (Delta style)...I could not get them tuned up right, the LBS tried to do it as well and they could not do it...

I gave them to the LBS and they had another 5 pairs from other poor souls who found out the hard way that they are junk. The tension could not be dialed in consistently no matter what.

I got the Keo Classics and WOW...Consistent all the time...they ship them at the lowest setting so you can easily get out without any issue. As you get more comfortable with them and start sprinting you can tighten them down.
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Old 06-21-07, 11:57 AM   #16
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One thing that really helps, especially with getting the pedals dialed in is what the LBS I recently purchased some SPDs did. They replaced my pedals with the new SPDs then mounted the bike on a trainer and had me practice clipping in and out. If I was having trouble getting out they'd ask if they were still too tight, have me stop pedaling, then dial it down while I was still onn the bike. I'd clip in/out again and repeat until the pedals were easy to get in and out of. They also just had me practice since it was my first pair. I have yet to have a problem unclipping, I occasionally have an issue clipping in but that is because I was using toeclips before and motion to get in is different and I occasionally try to clip in the old way out of habit.
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Old 06-21-07, 01:21 PM   #17
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There's NO reason to get cheap stuff. The price is comparable or MORE expensive than the genuine stuff.

For example, PBK carries shimano SPD-SL pedals with cleats for $50 SHIPPED. Keo's are slightly higher than that. There is NO reason to buy imitation pedals.
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Eggbeaters....easy to get in and out of and cheap....can walk after a ride as well...

I third that suggestion. Eggbeaters were very easy to get in/out of the first time I tried them.
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