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    Un-clipping on a Fixed Gear

    On a Single Speed or Geared bike i usually unclip my left foot before the bike comes to a complete stop while coasting. Obviously you can't do that on a fixed gear. So how do you unclip? Seems like you have to come to a complete stop before un-clipping. I'm sure there are many techniques but for a beginner, what is the best way?

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    unclip one foot, about 20 feet before your intended place to stop, while pedaling with your other foot, then turn your wheel opposite to the unlcipped foot when you are coming to a stop, lean towards your unclipped foot, and stand. Then unclip your other foot.
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    you can still pedal with one leg while the other is clipped in

    some people even do that on purpose sometimes!
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    Step 1- Bust skidz
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    I usually just unclip when it comes time to put my foot down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankfast View Post
    Obviously you can't do that on a fixed gear.
    Why not?
    Seems like you have to come to a complete stop before un-clipping.
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    Same way you get to Carnegie Hall, kid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by caloso View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankfast View Post
    On a Single Speed or Geared bike i usually unclip my left foot before the bike comes to a complete stop while coasting. Obviously you can't do that on a fixed gear. So how do you unclip? Seems like you have to come to a complete stop before un-clipping. I'm sure there are many techniques but for a beginner, what is the best way?
    There are some things you can just do without thinking too much about...like sleeping, eating, peeing, and procreating. Unclipping is one of those things. Just ride....it'll figure itself out fairly quickly.

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    Track stand. can't unclip. don't want to
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    Quote Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
    Track stand. can't unclip. don't want to
    OP is running these:

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    Quote Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
    Track stand. can't unclip. don't want to

    Ducktapped my shoes to the pedals, for better retention. Can't unclip only take off the shoe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
    Track stand. can't unclip. don't want to

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    Quote Originally Posted by seau grateau View Post
    OP is running these:

    Reminds me of the Old Faithful replica:
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    Which is, BTW, an awesome bike.

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    Dismount Technique

    ou can dismount in the normal manner from a fixed-gear bicycle, but advanced fixed-gear riders might enjoy learning a special, very cool-looking dismount that can only be done from a fixed gear. Instead of getting off to the side of the bicycle, the fixed-gear rider can go straight off the back. This technique works best if you ride with clips and straps, but if you are really proficient in disengaging from clipless pedals, try it at your own risk.
    As the bicycle slows to near walking speed, disengage your left foot, then wait for the right pedal to get to the bottom of its circle. As the right pedal starts to rise, straighten your right leg and let the motion of the pedal lift you up. Let go of the handlebars, let the saddle move forward between your legs, and put your left foot on the ground. As the bike goes ahead, grab it by the saddle.
    It takes a bit of courage to try this, but it is actually very easy to do. It is also extremely impressive to watch. When executed properly, it is very smooth, and you can go from riding to walking in a single fluid motion, without ever coming to a stop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankfast View Post
    On a Single Speed or Geared bike i usually unclip my left foot before the bike comes to a complete stop while coasting. Obviously you can't do that on a fixed gear. So how do you unclip? Seems like you have to come to a complete stop before un-clipping. I'm sure there are many techniques but for a beginner, what is the best way?
    Come to a stop and unclip while track-standing. Works for me, even using slotted cleats.

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    as i come to a stop i unclip my left foot and set it to the pavement...

    although the other night on a beer run after drinking for a bit, i came to a red light and fell over lolol. derp, but it was awesome because i landed so that the 32oz's in my backpack didnt break.
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    Quote Originally Posted by warningfs View Post
    Ducktapped my shoes to the pedals, for better retention. Can't unclip only take off the shoe.
    Duct-taped. Duck tapped sounds like you used a dead duck corpse to tap your shoes into the pedals. Grammar police out.


    Quote Originally Posted by GENESTARWIND View Post
    as i come to a stop i unclip my left foot and set it to the pavement...

    although the other night on a beer run after drinking for a bit, i came to a red light and fell over lolol. derp, but it was awesome because i landed so that the 32oz's in my backpack didnt break.
    Proving Scrod right, one beer at a time.

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    ur totally allowed to unclip before you come to stop

    ur also totally allowed to continue pedalling with the other leg while youre unclipped and slowing down (or not)
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    Just don't stop anymore.

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    bigglypuf, me vale verga. me gusta bebidas alcoholicas
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    Cerrar tú pico, wey. Pinche boracho.
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    Thanks to those who helped. For the others - you might try tap-dancing.

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    i slow down to the point that the cranks are level, i stand up and unclip one foot, and use the bikes momentum to keep me rolling and have my opposite foot 6 'oclock and put the first foot down, then unclip the other if im getting off

    same thing with clip/straps

    might be hard to understand in type but it was the way i just intuitively learned on my own
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    Quote Originally Posted by GENESTARWIND View Post
    bigglypuf, me herp derpa. me gusta bebidas jackassicas
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