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    Junior Member Onixus's Avatar
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    Newbie on a Bike

    Hi everyone,
    Just a short intro to get going on the forum.
    Got my Cannondale Synapse 6 last week on wednesday and I have already put in 3 10mi rides around the area. I am new to road bikes but I am exited about the sport.
    I have almost everything on my Synapse except the pedals.
    I am starting with normal "flat" pedals (like a kid) but i am looking to make the jump soon. If anyone has any suggestions of a good set for a beginner (that are not too expensive) let me know.
    Any suggestions as to how far I should push myself during these first few weeks?

    Thanks!

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    Welcome to the forum!

    If you are unsure about clipless pedals, you can always get platform/clipless combination pedals that can be used with regular shoes or those with cleats:

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    Junior Member Onixus's Avatar
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    Thanks CBadRider, i will look into those.

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    Those are good pedals. Get the hang of disengaging in parking lot or grassy field. I totally freaked out when I had to stop for real at a light and fell over in front of a stopped car, not hurt just embarrassed.

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    Junior Member Onixus's Avatar
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    Thanks ncdave45, surprisingly I took the big leap today and bought Shimano PD-R540 pedals and Shimano SH-R807W shoes. Everyone in my cycling circle said I should just make the jump and I got a great deal at a local store.
    I guess I'll share some pics of the bruises once I get back on the bike

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    Set the release tension to the lowest setting so unclipping is fairly easy. Then after you're used to the pedals you can increase the tension if needed.
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    Junior Member Onixus's Avatar
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    Thanks RonH, is there any special "practice"you recommend when trying these out?

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    Practice "emergency stopping" and unclipping situations so you can be prepared. Also practice unclipping while you're just riding along.
    My bikes: 2001 Litespeed Tuscany---2015 Cannondale SuperSix EVO carbon

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