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Old 05-11-17, 09:21 AM
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[clipless pedals] What makes them easy to unclip?

Hello,

I'd like to try clipless pedals for touring (on a Brompton, and see if that makes a difference).

Originally, I assumed that it was the pedals themselves that would make it easy/hard to unclip, but I read that it's actually the cleats, and that newbies should start with eg. Shimano's SH56.

Do you confirm that it doesn't matter what Shimano clipless pedals I choose, as long as they accept SH56 cleats?

Thank you.
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Old 05-11-17, 09:56 AM
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SH-56 cleats are marketed as "multi release" whatever that means. They will work with most SPD type pedals. I, for one, find them a little easier to release. I suspect that it has to do with some riders difficulty keeping their foot flat on the pedal as they try to release. In my case when standing straight my feet naturally point outward at nearly a 45 degree angle.

You can spot an SH-56 cleat from across the room because they are gold colored.
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.. Practice..

If There is a retention force adjustment Screw, that you can back off, you may like that.

I used Time, SPD compatible pedals, they don't have that.. Crank Bros don't Either..

Consider MKS Ezy QR pedals, then you can change the pedals to be Clipless or platform,
and once popped off the fold is still small.. cleat similar but not identical to shimano..




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Thanks. So I'll just order some quick-release clipless pedals, get some SH56 cleats, and experiment.
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
SH-56 cleats are marketed as "multi release" whatever that means. They will work with most SPD type pedals. I, for one, find them a little easier to release. I suspect that it has to do with some riders difficulty keeping their foot flat on the pedal as they try to release. In my case when standing straight my feet naturally point outward at nearly a 45 degree angle.

You can spot an SH-56 cleat from across the room because they are gold colored.
My girlfriend loves the Shimano multi-release cleats. They release much more easily than the regular Shimano SPD cleats. This is important for lighter-weight riders (she is barely 100 pounds). Some Shimano pedals also have a tension adjustment, but even the easiest pedal setting is too stiff for her using regular Shimano cleats.
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Originally Posted by Winfried View Post
Thanks. So I'll just order some quick-release clipless pedals, get some SH56 cleats, and experiment.

MKS pedals would come with MKS Cleats, so if the experiment using a shimano cleat fails to satisfy ,
you have the proper ones on hand.
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
SH-56 cleats are marketed as "multi release" whatever that means. They will work with most SPD type pedals. I, for one, find them a little easier to release. I suspect that it has to do with some riders difficulty keeping their foot flat on the pedal as they try to release. In my case when standing straight my feet naturally point outward at nearly a 45 degree angle.

You can spot an SH-56 cleat from across the room because they are gold colored.

Not all SH-56 cleats are gold colored. I have actually never seen a gold pair in person. I know they exist but all I have ever seen is SH-56 in silver.

This is the difference between single and multi relase.




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Winfried, Once you have the pedals and cleats it will help your release to keep the pedal and the shoe's cleat clean.

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Originally Posted by Winfried View Post
Thanks. So I'll just order some quick-release clipless pedals, get some SH56 cleats, and experiment.
You've got to get Shimano's MTB-type pedals to work with either the SH56 or SH51 cleats. You can't buy just any brand or type of clipless pedals to use with them.
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Originally Posted by bradtx View Post
Winfried, Once you have the pedals and cleats it will help your release to keep the pedal and the shoe's cleat clean.

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I know this will start a s*** storm;
give them a good spraying with WD-40 every few months, or when they start to be hard to clip in or clip out of.
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Originally Posted by Winfried View Post

Do you confirm that it doesn't matter what Shimano clipless pedals I choose, as long as they accept SH56 cleats?

Thank you.
Shimano makes some Click'R type MTB pedals (e.g., PD-T400) which are supposedly easier to release than the regular MTB pedals. I have not tried them myself. I only have PD-A530 which work fine for me even with SH51 cleats.
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Old 05-11-17, 05:08 PM
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Thanks. Turns out the only quick-release clipless pedals are from Wellgo or MK$, both only compatible with SH-51 cleats (but the MKS are supposed to be easy to unhook):

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Originally Posted by Winfried View Post
Thanks. Turns out the only quick-release clipless pedals are from Wellgo or MK$, both only compatible with SH-51 cleats (but the MKS are supposed to be easy to unhook):
Wait a minute. From those links it seems that by "quick-release " pedals you mean the pedals that quickly detach from the bike?

We've all been assuming you wanted pedals that your FOOT releases quickly from.
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Originally Posted by leob1 View Post
I know this will start a s*** storm;
give them a good spraying with WD-40 every few months, or when they start to be hard to clip in or clip out of.
Are you out of your mind ?!?!?!

I do this also, about once a month or so I wipe down the binding and cleats and give the binding a small burst of WD40, makes it easy to get in and out of, and keeps them quiet too.
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Old 05-12-17, 06:47 AM
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Originally Posted by HillRider View Post
Wait a minute. From those links it seems that by "quick-release " pedals you mean the pedals that quickly detach from the bike?

We've all been assuming you wanted pedals that your FOOT releases quickly from.
Both.
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The Shimano click R series have a lighter tension spring. Also adjustable tension. Great for new clipless users. I have put a few ladies on them and they work well.

A word of caution on the multi release cleats. Not a fan as they are ramped so you can actually pull straight up and release. A real surprise when bunny hoppong etc.
Suggest click R pedals set on low tension and std Sh51 cleats for a beginner wanting to try clipless for 1st time and is apprehensive about it.

Good luck.
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Thanx. Bunny hopping on a Brompton is pretty rare
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