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Old 06-29-11, 06:50 AM   #1
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New to Clipless pedals....HELP!!

Hey all...well ive been MBing since this spring, but since ive been riding BMX & motocross since i was a kid, i got do a decent level in the last few months, so i figured it was time to go clipless. I put on the CB Egg beaters candies, and got some Exustar shoes, and im having major tipping/falling issues...before the pedals i was going like 4-5 rides without incident, not really having to put my feet down more than once or twice, now it seems like im going down 5x each ride and in starting to get beat up...anyway its really starting to preoccupy me and its taking away from the fun ive been having cause im so concernd about the pedals...ive heard advice about getting used to clipping out on the road and i have no problems doing that, it just seems like i get to a point and then by the time i lose my momentum, over i go with no time to clip out...ive also been told to unclip one side prior to a tough climb or technical section...but im just looking for some help here...anyone else have these issues with things starting out...any help/pointers would be so helpfull!!!!!
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now it seems like im going down 5x each ride and in starting to get beat up...
Stop going down and you won't get beat up.


CB cleats can be installed two ways. Candy cleats are compatible with all standard SPD compatible shoes and do not have a front and back but there is a left and a right cleat that changes the release angle. Cleats for road shoes are also available.Cleat with the two circles on your right shoe means earlier (15) release angle on both feet.Cleat with the two circles on your left shoe means later (20) release angle on both feet.

Give that a shot and keep at it. I came from platforms and love using my CB's. Plenty of float so my right knee doesn't hurt, but being clipped in over choppy terrain gives me confidence knowing my feet won't come off the pedals.
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CB cleats can be installed two ways. Candy cleats are compatible with all standard SPD compatible shoes and do not have a front and back but there is a left and a right cleat that changes the release angle. Cleats for road shoes are also available.Cleat with the two circles on your right shoe means earlier (15) release angle on both feet.Cleat with the two circles on your left shoe means later (20) release angle on both feet.

Give that a shot and keep at it. I came from platforms and love using my CB's. Plenty of float so my right knee doesn't hurt, but being clipped in over choppy terrain gives me confidence knowing my feet won't come off the pedals.
Ill have to see exactly how their installed, ill check
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Hey all...well ive been MBing since this spring, but since ive been riding BMX & motocross since i was a kid, i got do a decent level in the last few months, so i figured it was time to go clipless. I put on the CB Egg beaters candies, and got some Exustar shoes, and im having major tipping/falling issues...before the pedals i was going like 4-5 rides without incident, not really having to put my feet down more than once or twice, now it seems like im going down 5x each ride and in starting to get beat up...anyway its really starting to preoccupy me and its taking away from the fun ive been having cause im so concernd about the pedals...ive heard advice about getting used to clipping out on the road and i have no problems doing that, it just seems like i get to a point and then by the time i lose my momentum, over i go with no time to clip out...ive also been told to unclip one side prior to a tough climb or technical section...but im just looking for some help here...anyone else have these issues with things starting out...any help/pointers would be so helpfull!!!!!
I'd advise against this. In my opinion, you want to get better at getting out when you need to, not anticipating that you might need to get out and preparing ahead of time. I use ATACs on my mountain bike and in my experience, if I'm not clipped in on one side, I'm not getting good power transfer to that pedal and am also less stable overall.
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I'd advise against this. In my opinion, you want to get better at getting out when you need to, not anticipating that you might need to get out and preparing ahead of time. I use ATACs on my mountain bike and in my experience, if I'm not clipped in on one side, I'm not getting good power transfer to that pedal and am also less stable overall.
Thanks..to this guys defense he said to try that at first untill i become more comfortable...its just frustrating since i was really starting to ride well and now with the clips it seems like me taking a huge step backwards, as well as becomming moderatley more painfull!!!
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Stick with it, you'll be fine.
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Stick with it, you'll be fine.
Oh I ain't stoppin for 'nuttin!!! I gotta just mabye start off a little slower and get used to it.
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get some spds. I started out on egg beaters and found the spds ALOT easier to get in and out of. Youll get used to them. I took quite a few spills when getting used to the clipless factor but its now been 4 rides without an incident. And once youre used to them you wont wanna ride anything else.
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Thanks guys, I looked at the cleats dots on the right shoe.guess im on the easier setting. I practiced a little on the road today clipping out, so well see, ill look into the spd s, any other advice?
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Just keep at it. Soon it will be second nature and you will never want to go back to platforms.
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That might be the reason our local Peformance Bike has a bunch of egg beater pedals on their clearance rack for $40. Many of them are used.

I was not sure about clipless, so I got the cheapest setup, and after falling a couple times & training my muscle memory to unclip, I ain't going back.

You could try my crude method: Practice unclipping every time you slow down to a crawl, put your feet down, repeat it over and over for a few days. You will get used to it quickly. Trust us; having those clipless pedals makes a big difference in your climbing power.

I started out with SPD's, and still use them.
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Thanks guys...yeah im definatley getting better with them...i may switch to some SPD's and see how those are, but practice makes perfect...everytime i go out i feel im getting better...ill keep yall posted..thanks for all the advice...
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