Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Mountain Biking Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Check out this forum to discuss the latest tips, tricks, gear and equipment in the world of mountain biking.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-23-04, 12:08 PM   #1
initiald
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 17
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Mountain Shoe

Hi all, I went out biking yesterday with my first new mountain shoe, didn't know how to use it (to get off) until I finally found a stop-sign pole(thank god), spent a few mintues to figure it out and hit for the trials. I found very comfortable for pedaling all the way and made a longer trip with ease, feel more stable on the run, but I fell off my bike when I made a stop and the right side of the cleat didn't come off. ouch! (I made myself look stupid laying on the dirt with one leg still attached to the right pedal) I was ok, not hurting, most importantly, no one saw this happen. but does anyone think cleat mountain shoe is safe? or should I get more practice? Anything I can do to avoid a second fall? thank you

Ray
initiald is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-04, 12:20 PM   #2
100prcnt Marine
wannabe
 
100prcnt Marine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Philadelphia
Bikes: 2003 hardrock pro
Posts: 141
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
more practice
100prcnt Marine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-04, 12:28 PM   #3
a2psyklnut
NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
 
a2psyklnut's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
Posts: 7,964
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
THREE falls before you learn!

What pedals do you have? If they are a Shimano SPD clone, there are two spring adjusters on each pedal. Turn them all the way loose.

Go ride around a grassy field until you are comfortable clipping in and out. (esp. out!)

After riding for awhile, it'll become automatic.

L8R
__________________
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, "WOW, What a Ride!" - unknown
"Your Bike Sucks" - Sky Yaeger
a2psyklnut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-04, 12:36 PM   #4
FoX Rider
The Man.
 
FoX Rider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Sitting
Bikes: Haro Extreme X3 with Hayes Mags and Evil DRS
Posts: 1,070
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Or just don't ride clipless
FoX Rider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-04, 12:54 PM   #5
initiald
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 17
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
100, yes, I definitely need more practice. I will work on that it.

a2, the pedal is Shimano 515 SPD, I am new to biking, and not so good at fixing anything on the bike, I will "study" the manual, and adjust the spring as you said. thanks all for your advices

Ray
initiald is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-04, 02:25 PM   #6
JasBike
Senior Member
 
JasBike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: CT
Bikes:
Posts: 496
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Do what I did -- Ride in circles on a soft grassy yard/field until you can click them in and out relativly well.


Then hit the trails and you'll be fine.
JasBike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-04, 04:59 PM   #7
initiald
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 17
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
jasbike, thanks, I'll do that, just need to overcome the fear of the falling.

I can take the pain, but I can NOT let people see me falling like that.

Ray
initiald is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-04, 08:02 PM   #8
iamthetas
Senior Member
 
iamthetas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: colonial heights Va
Bikes: Devinci Guzzler, 04 Canadian version
Posts: 1,200
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
maybe you can use it to your advantage with the chicks while learning the ropes LOL.
always look for a positive wgen things go wrong .its makes life a lot funnier
iamthetas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-04, 10:32 PM   #9
JPPLAY
Training Not Too Hard
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Bikes:
Posts: 46
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Clipless are great. I would leave them how they are not make them any looser you want to get used to them how they are going to be. It just takes a could hours of riding and you will be fine. Remember your learning when your falling on a bike.
One tip is to make sure you are applie pressure on your pedal by holding the other pedal at a spot makes it easier to clip in when your in a lower gear.
Good luck clipless are great once you get used to them.
JPPLAY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-04, 11:16 PM   #10
pnj
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: seattle
Bikes:
Posts: 1,083
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by initiald
jasbike, thanks, I'll do that, just need to overcome the fear of the falling.

I can take the pain, but I can NOT let people see me falling like that.

Ray

loosen up some....

EVERYBODY falls when learning to ride with those pedals/shoes. and most people continue to fall while learning to ride a bike. (the learning never ends until you die)

so instead of being embarrassed about falling, don't worry about it, get up, and keep going.

the only way to improve is to step outside your comfort area.

falling itself is a skill. learn from each fall and you will improve in that area as well. one day falling down won't mean so much to you and you may even learn to enjoy it. (I know I have)
pnj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-04, 12:22 AM   #11
Spider
Hill Climber
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 106
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by pnj
EVERYBODY falls when learning to ride with those pedals/shoes.
Not me. I managed to learn clipless pedals without falling at all. But then, after riding clipless pedals for years, I managed to fall once as I came to a stop. For some reason, I just didn't clip out in time. So there you go. Even riders who are used to them can fall and look like an idiot.
Spider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-04, 04:30 AM   #12
Reggie
GIANT
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Bikes: 2004 giant xtc3
Posts: 105
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
well falling is always natural when your not use to it, it really takes more practice to get off quickly and not to panic.
Reggie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-04, 09:05 AM   #13
pnj
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: seattle
Bikes:
Posts: 1,083
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Spider
Even riders who are used to them can fall and look like an idiot.
that was kind of my point. at some time, your going to fall (more then likely) so instead of getting upset, learn from it. and know your not alone.
pnj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-04, 11:05 AM   #14
initiald
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 17
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
thank you all, I feel much better, know that I am not the only one make "stupid" falling. I think the same way as well, even though I fall, I'll learn something at least. Maybe one day I could be a stunman, J/K

I went out practice again, no fall, =) In fact, I start to love it.

thanks all, you guys make me feel confident.

Ray
initiald is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-04, 10:30 PM   #15
a2psyklnut
NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
 
a2psyklnut's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
Posts: 7,964
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
What's a stunman??? j/k dude!

If you're not falling, you're not trying hard enough. I fall about 3 times everytime I go out. If I didn't fall at the end of the day, I feel as though I didn't push myself.

The key to falling is to think, "Tight little ball" vs. "Hey let me reach out and try to stop my fall! Snap, oh I think that was my clavical!"

L8R
__________________
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, "WOW, What a Ride!" - unknown
"Your Bike Sucks" - Sky Yaeger
a2psyklnut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-04, 11:02 AM   #16
initiald
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 17
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
a2, you got me, I didn't push that hard enough, but yesterday I fell a couple times, =( well, your wish came true, right j/k. I noticed that most of the fall came from the stop, especially uphill climbing when I hit something and lost my momentum, I will pratice more on the shoe, you know it's hard to get use to the shoe, I mean sometime I just forget I had a cleat shoe on.

oh, I am learning how to bunny hop, so fun but only with the cleat attached to the pedal, without the cleat, I can only lift up the front, a little help please. thank you

Ray
initiald is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-04, 12:41 PM   #17
a2psyklnut
NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
 
a2psyklnut's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
Posts: 7,964
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Do a search for "bunny" and it'll bring up a couple threads on the subject. There is also a good link for a trials website.

Basically pull UP really hard with the front, at the apex, push the bars "Forward" and Tuck your back legs.

L8R
__________________
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, "WOW, What a Ride!" - unknown
"Your Bike Sucks" - Sky Yaeger
a2psyklnut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-04, 03:27 PM   #18
Xtreme Biker
Guest
 
Bikes:
Posts: n/a
Mentioned: Post(s)
Tagged: Thread(s)
Quoted: Post(s)
Yeah, it took me all of 5 seconds to learn how to un-clip myself, so I know where you're coming from.
  Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:47 PM.