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Old 06-11-09, 02:40 PM   #1
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How do you guys get into your toe clips?

Before I start let me just say that I'm a relatively inexperienced bike rider (the last time I was on a fixie was when I was about 10) and I've only ridden with platform pedals. However, I recently attached toe clips on to my pista but have been having difficulty getting into them when I ride.

i.e. when attempting to ride away at traffic stops, I look like a complete fool trying to get both feet into the toe clips. I was wondering, do other ppl have the same problem? Does it become easier as you keep riding? Are there some sort of methods I should be following?

I recently have tried just putting one foot in, riding away, and then later putting the other foot in (after several attempts)

Suggestions are appreciated and I apologize if this has already been discussed.
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Yes it gets easier. You definitely want one foot in when you push off. You'll get to the point where you can get the other foot in on the first or second rotation.
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Old 06-11-09, 02:44 PM   #3
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always put one foot in first and then take off and get in the other. as for technique its kind of a drag back and flick forward type motion. its one of those practice makes prefect type things. but if you want to spend the time learning to trackstand that will help immensely at lights, etc. not only will you stay clipped in but you will have a better time accelerating.
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Old 06-11-09, 02:47 PM   #4
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This was me like 3 years ago. Good news is it gets easier and it doesn't take long to figure it out either.

It is best to start from a stop with one foot in the cage and slide your other in as the pedal rotates into the ideal spot.

To be more specific i guess there is a tab on the bottom side of the pedal that you are supposed to use your feet and drag it across it so it flips the pedal, and once you got it down you know the spot that will flip the pedal and have your toes land just right in the opening of the clip making for an easy slide in
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Go out on a quiet street and practice practice practice. Take your foot out and put it back in over and over.

For me, it helped to have a picture of it in my head: I try to flip the pedal with the tab when it's at around 6 o'clock. By the time the pedal is horizontal with the ground, I'm just about ready to push my foot into the clip and start the downstroke. Some pedals are easier than others. The MKS GR-9 pedals have a ginormous tab that makes it really easy to flip and get into the cages.

And yeah, leave one foot in -- the foot that you prefer to lead with (your "chocolate" foot).
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And yeah, leave one foot in -- the foot that you prefer to lead with (your "chocolate" foot).
"chocolate" foot?
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Old 06-11-09, 03:17 PM   #7
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I've seen this term used on several sites as a term for one's dominant foot.

Anyhow, I just wriggle into my clip with my right foot (my dominant foot), start to go, flip over the left pedal with my left put, slide into the left clip, and continue to ride.

If you aren't good at this you will get good if you ride your bike.
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Old 06-11-09, 03:37 PM   #8
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thanks all, damn devilshaircut you're all over this forum. not saying it's a bad thing
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Old 06-11-09, 03:42 PM   #9
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I am ... I get really ADD at work ... write a line of code, check email, write a line of code, check Bike Forums, write a line of code, respond to AIM, write a line of code, text a friend, write a line of code ... etc.

Helps me from getting too entrenched in coding, which leads to me burning out and getting nothing done.

Also, I don't have internet at home (weird coz my profession is web-technology-related) so this is the only time I get to do internet things. When it turns 6 o'clock I turn into a pumpkin! No more internets. Bike time!
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I am ... I get really ADD at work ... write a line of code, check email, write a line of code, check Bike Forums, write a line of code, respond to AIM, write a line of code, text a friend, write a line of code ... etc.
i hear ya... here's my whole day:

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but they are quality lines!
Hah, I think I am behind you in numbers of lines committed today. I've been working on our Support Wiki, so it's not very labor intensive ...
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I recently have tried just putting one foot in, riding away, and then later putting the other foot in (after several attempts)
That's the correct way to do it. Sometimes i get my second foot right away, sometimes it takes several attempts, no big deal.But never unclip from both pedals when you stop, leave one inside.
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Old 06-11-09, 06:50 PM   #13
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Here's a random parallel of mine: it's like learning to drive a manual car. The first day is truly frustrating and you think you'll never get it, but after a few days it really becomes almost second nature. Keep at it.

Also, try not to look when you do it, try to 'feel' it out. Your feet will learn the best technique that works for you. I personally tend to catch the pedals at the bottom of the stroke as they're coming back up.
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Yeah, when I first started to ride with toe clips, it was extremely annoying. But it only gets easier.

When I'm at a light, I usually ride across the street before I start fumbling with my toe clips.
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Old 06-11-09, 07:26 PM   #15
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1: Push off with my left foot in the clips
2: Sit on saddle with my right foot at 6 o'clock position
3: The right pedal/clips should come back to the 6 o'clock position and slips right into my waiting right foot.
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I am surprised more people here aren't suggesting techniques that involve tightening the straps. Was a time not to long ago on this forum where suggestion people rode in clips and straps without tightening them down every time was sacrilege.

I don't really think about toe clips to much. I start both feet on the back of the pedals from a dead stop but am in both clips before the first full pedal stroke. No need to look down, just a quick scrape and the toe clip is around your foot.
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lrn2tarckstand.

but seriously, just keep practicing and it becomes very easy. (being confident at trackstanding is very helpful though.)
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Now that I think about it you'll just need to be direct and quick about it, like you're rolling back and toeing up a soccer ball--you slap down and back on the tab then kick into the cage.

And to practice you can use the entire sole of your foot to flip/roll up the pedal. Cause once it's right side up you'd just drag your foot back all the way from your heel or arch until you feel room to kick in.

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i can't believe no one has asked this yet....... is he riding a fixed or SS?? If it's SS you can just coast and flip... it gets to be more of a finesse thing with a fixed
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To be more specific i guess there is a tab on the bottom side of the pedal that you are supposed to use your feet and drag it across it so it flips the pedal, and once you got it down you know the spot that will flip the pedal and have your toes land just right in the opening of the clip making for an easy slide in
Also i found that the triangle tab can be maneuvered on certain shoes better than others. for example my Vans slipons grip on the tab quite easily where as any of my asics just suck at grabbing the little triangle. try a differnt pair of shoes~ hope this helps.
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first time i ever rode a friends fixed gear i made it a few blocks before i finally got my 2nd foot in
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I just bolted a couple lead plates to the bottom of my platforms to act as counterweights so the clip-side is always up.
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I'm riding a fixed gear and i've tried the flip and insert method but my mks pedals are pretty sensitive. Maybe i'm putting too much force on it and looking down is an issue. I guess it's just gonna take some practice.
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Thank God it gets easier. I had a hard time with that too.
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