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Old 02-04-06, 12:04 AM   #1
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Jump off back and release

Those who do the jump-off-the-back dismount where the motion of the pedals kinda throws you up over the rear wheel: Do you release your shoe from the clipless pedals before the dismount, or do you release from the pedals as you dismount?

I usually release before jumping off, but I wasn't thinking the other day and just hopped off the seat. My left foot released just fine, but my right shoe stayed connected the pedal. I had to hop on my left foot until the bike stopped, but I did manage to stay upright.

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Old 02-04-06, 12:36 AM   #2
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I just had this picture in my head where someone would try dismounting, their toes would catch and stay in, and they would fall straight backwards onto the ground.
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Old 02-04-06, 12:46 AM   #3
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i pull both feet out of my toe clips, stand up (which slows me down), bring my left leg around the back, then ride the merry go round until i hop off. not much thought goes into it.
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Old 02-04-06, 12:55 AM   #4
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of course, this is colloquially known as the "kevin bacon" and you should first think about what kind of pedals you have.
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You would do this with clipless pedals?
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Old 02-04-06, 02:15 AM   #6
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much easier. yes
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Sheldon Browns website cover this dismount in detail- I wish I could remember exactly where but it's obviously in the "fixie" section.
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you would have to. what kind of question was that? clips are ment to keep you in, not help you do dismounts.

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if i do it with clips and straps, i take one foot out first, and the other out as i'm coming off the back.

if i do it clipless, i unclip both feet first, ride the pedals for a rotation without being clipped in, and then come off.
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if i do it with clips and straps, i take one foot out first, and the other out as i'm coming off the back.

if i do it clipless, i unclip both feet first, ride the pedals for a rotation without being clipped in, and then come off.
I do it the opposite way, although I haven't ridden clipless in a looooong time. Mostly I remove both feet from the straps because I like my straps kinda tight and can't always rely on the foot coming out at the last second, whereas clipless will always release if given the correct amount of rotation.
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Just be careful if your clipless are a look style with a huge cleat on your shoe, when you jump off the back and land on those cleats, they are as slippery as greased snot and you WILL end up on you a$$
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you would have to. what kind of question was that? clips are ment to keep you in, not help you do dismounts.

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I can only assume you don't know what clipless pedals are...I would think it would be unwieldy at best to try this in clipless...I can do it with clips in staps (Jesse M style) and its fairly straightforward.
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I do this on clipless. I clip out first, though if I'm feeling with it, I can unclip the catapult foot as I dismount.
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I can only assume you don't know what clipless pedals are...I would think it would be unwieldy at best to try this in clipless...I can do it with clips in staps (Jesse M style) and its fairly straightforward.
no, i do know what they are.I worked in a bike shop and had to test a few in my day and also rode a road frame with the clipless pedals. and i was saying that you would have to be stupid to think that everytime you wanted to dismount you could at the last second be able to get out, they can be kinda tricky and finicy.

what ever it doesnt matter, its only a manuover to impress people.

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its definitely not in my interest to tempt fate and not unclip
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I used to do this without unclipping. I would just unclip during the dismount. I started unclipping beforehand when my cleat (eggbeater) accidentally re-engaged. I went down infront of the pizza shop and they all laughed at me.
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Just be careful if your clipless are a look style with a huge cleat on your shoe, when you jump off the back and land on those cleats, they are as slippery as greased snot and you WILL end up on you a$$
who would use Look pedals for a bike you ride around town?!
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I do...sorry. I have a pair of pedals and shoes I used to use on an old road bike. Now I put them on te track bike occaisonally for kicks.
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