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Old 01-08-05, 11:57 PM   #1
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kinda a dumb question about pedals.

ok, since i dont have my bike yet...i figured i would ask a question that has been buggine me for a while. i feel dumb but here it goes. hwo do you actually get out of a pair of clip in pedals? i just cant see it. i feel dumb but its worth asking.
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Depends on the pedals, usually all you do is twist you ankle out and bam! You're unclipped!
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usually all you do is twist you ankle out and bam!
Or......

....and bam, you've fallen! You couldn't click out fast enough..... Embarrassment follows....
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Or......

....and bam, you've fallen! You couldn't click out fast enough..... Embarrassment follows....
It's funny 'cause it's true!
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Or......

....and bam, you've fallen! You couldn't click out fast enough..... Embarrassment follows....
This is the main & only reason I will NOT use clips. I simply can't afford to be "tied" to my bike
in a fall. Sure clips are fine if you really NEED to capture all the energy your legs are making
but for the rest of us in the real world flat pedals are fine ....thank you.
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Old 01-09-05, 11:47 AM   #6
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This is the main & only reason I will NOT use clips. I simply can't afford to be "tied" to my bike
in a fall. Sure clips are fine if you really NEED to capture all the energy your legs are making
but for the rest of us in the real world flat pedals are fine ....thank you.
To be honest the benefits of clipless far outweigh the skinned knee and minor embarassment of falling. I wouldn't count them out, if you haven't tried them I highly recommend it. I was apprehensive at first then gave them a whirl, and there is no way in heck I would ride without my eggbeaters, it makes riding so much more fun, and fast, and just plain easier.
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its funny ´cause i have a story of a guy that since he started biking he always wanted to feel like a pro or at least to look like one so in his first race clipped in he fall at the starting point at the finish line and at everysingle turn or skill needed turn and now he tries to forget that and feel like it never happened because you know for a "pro" That things should never happen
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This is the main & only reason I will NOT use clips. I simply can't afford to be "tied" to my bike
in a fall. Sure clips are fine if you really NEED to capture all the energy your legs are making
but for the rest of us in the real world flat pedals are fine ....thank you.
It's more than just capturing energy. I have bad knees and there's no way I could spin at a reasonable cadence without being clipped in. And without a higher cadence, my knees would hurt. Also, I wouldn't have the confidence going downhill quickly without being clipped in... I'd be afraid of my foot slipping off. Probably wouldn't happen, but there ya go. Lastly, after riding them for just a bit, clipping out quickly becomes second nature. You notice this more mtb when you have to jump off.

Don't let the fear of being clipped in stop you from trying 'em. Ask the shop to set the tension really loose when you first try 'em.
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Not a dumb question at all, rOOster14. I wonder how many people don't have clips because they don't think they could get out of them. I believe it's safer to have them.

As a clarification, the pedal-shoe combo I think you are talking about are actually "clipless". A clip is a little (old school) cage and strap that fits onto your pedal. Your shoe had a little adjustable cleat with a groove on it that fit your pedal. Your toe went into the cage. When tightened, THESE could be exciting to get out of! *eubie fondly remembers his days of commuting to college with clips*

Go ahead and get the clipless. Then just practice getting in and out of them over and over in a safe area. In a while, that little ankle twist required to unclip before you put your foot down (called a "cam out") will be completely automatic.

At stop signs, I prefer to come to a full stop (most cyclists don't know what this is) and do a track stand (I like to show off). Even if I get off-center and have to put my foot down quickly, it's still no problem getting unclipped.

Clips will also enable you to "bunny-hop" the bike. This isn't just for BMX'ers. It's a very useful skill, and I encourage you to practice it! I use it while commuting regularly.

I do have one confession. When I first got clips, I did a horizontal track stand! Expect to do at least one!

It will hurt your pride more than anything else....

Sorry for the long winded post, I better get back to work...
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I can't imagine riding seriously without some sort of retention, either old school clips (and eubi, you're sure right about THOSE causing some fun scenes at stopligts,especially with old style cleats!) or clipless pedals. I'm sure you can log plenty of miles without them, but, boy, the pedal stroke would sure be totally different, stabbing out squares all day. But, I've been in clips of one kind or another since I was 12, (25 years ago!).
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I am sick of the term "clipless pedals". Ski binding used to be straps and cables that held your foot on the ski. Then they invented mechanisms that latched onto your boots, which they called "step-in bindings". Now they call these devices "bindings". Modern pedals incorporate devices that perform the function of the original toe-clips and straps, so why not call them "clipping pedals". "clipless pedals" are those installed on the department store bikes. The pedals on retro racing bikes are "with toe-clips & straps".
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On my road bike I have Look "clipping" (for AndrewP) pedals, but for my commuter I got Performance Campus pedals. One side is spd, the other is standard bear trap/platform. I use mtb shoes, so the cleat is inset and the shoes sit on the platforms fine. 95% of the time I run clipped in, but if I am in stop & go traffic or going over ice, I flip over the pedals and ride the platforms. I use the same pedals for mountain biking and ride the platforms in crash prone situations. At 38, I'm no longer a bada$$ mtb'er! Works for me.
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