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Old 02-14-12, 11:12 AM
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first clipless ride

I put The clipless pedals on my bike don't think my other pedals will go back on.
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Once you get used to them, you'll like them. Took me all of 5 minutes when I got my first pair.
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thats awesome! I love clipless.

Remember to practice on the trainer if you can, making sure to practice clipping in and out on both sides. Especially clipping out. This is key.
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Originally Posted by jethro56
I put The clipless pedals on my bike don't think my other pedals will go back on.
I am on my first pair too. I bought them last year, and love them. Have you fallen down yet? If you do, remember to laugh at yourself. I do as I realize how much of a dumb mistake I made to fall.
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I went clipless relatively late. I think it was '93. Before that, it was toe clips. My first ride was on the sidewalk outside my apartment. Despite knowing that I needed to twist to clip out, my brain was so wired to pull up and back. You can imagine what happened when I reached the end of the block and tried to disengage using the latter method. I managed to grab a stop sign pole as I was going down and let out an audible explative right in front a father walking with his young daughter.

So why do we clip in and out of clipless pedals but not toe clips?
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Spent a few minutes practicing clipping out while holding on to the rack on the back of my Jeep. Then, I took off, and haven't looked back since.

The falls happen more from having to make a sudden, unexpected stop, than from forgetting to clip out when you come to a stop sign, red light, etc.
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I could feel muscles burning in different places almost immediately. Got them last July and am not going back. I almost fell twice early on, but now I rarely think about it. Still working on technique, and expect that to take some time.
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I started clipless last Spring...after a fall or two the first day in my driveway from trying to stand still and watch what I was doing (very dumb), I've gone roughly 4000 miles with no spills *knock on wood*. The one time I got on a bike with platform pedals since then I felt oddly like my feet would slip off the pedals. Safe to say I'm sold on them.
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I must be one of the few people that haven't fallen from forgetting to unclip. I feel like I have been deprived of a memorable experience.
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Originally Posted by rex66
I started clipless last Spring...after a fall or two the first day in my driveway from trying to stand still and watch what I was doing (very dumb), I've gone roughly 4000 miles with no spills *knock on wood*. The one time I got on a bike with platform pedals since then I felt oddly like my feet would slip off the pedals. Safe to say I'm sold on them.
Your feet will slip off platform pedals, especially when it's wet out. You get used to sort of dragging your foot across the bottom of your stroke when you're clipped in--it becomes second nature after awhile. On Saturday, in the snow, I rode my hybrid with platforms for the first time in ages, and I fought to keep my feet in contact with the platforms so much that my left hamstring and the left side of my butt were very sore after only a 20 mile ride.
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Fell right in front of my garage door coming home from a ride. Neighbors came running over thinking I'd had a heart attack, they couldn't believe I was dumb enough to tie my feet to the pedals
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
So why do we clip in and out of clipless pedals but not toe clips?
Why do we drive in a parkway and park in a driveway?

Why do we fly in a plane through 3 dimensional space?

Intriguing questions.
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Originally Posted by Yo Spiff
I must be one of the few people that haven't fallen from forgetting to unclip. I feel like I have been deprived of a memorable experience.
I've never fallen from forgetting to clip out. But I fell once, when I was new to clipless, because somebody had put a bunch of gravel down on my trail overnight, which I wasn't expecting to find there, and when I started to go down, I wasn't able to clip out in time.
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
Why do we drive in a parkway and park in a driveway?

Why do we fly in a plane through 3 dimensional space?

Intriguing questions.
Why does a pine apple grow on a pine tree and look so much like a granny smith?
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Old 02-14-12, 03:21 PM
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the first day 50 miles no problems yet
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On long hauls and continuous bike trails, the clipless pedals work great. I pickup 5 - 10% efficiency with them I think as measured by total time to complete the ride/avg speed. But for a commute through the city with lots of lights, curbs, crosswalks, and the need to obey traffic signals, I find toe clips superior. I find most clipless riders simply blow through lots of lights and stop signs and that's because of the cost of re-engagement - you gotta clip back in and that means finding the sweet spot, which can change and does change for those of us who own a few bikes. Sure, you get used to it, but I see lots of folks who slip/slide out at intersections in clipless systems. Unless they ride an MTB/SPD style shoe with soft soles, most riders have shoes that have a lower coefficient of friction on wet ground than my teflon pan, and I have seen some do the splits and slide at intersections, which can be painful.

I was an early adopter and later abandoned clipless because I used to sprint up hills and at my size, I would pull out of the pedals. Also, talk about slipping sideways with platform pedals, I'd slid out with clipless in the old days when Look first came out. They were meant for light 150 lbs or less riders and not bigger 255 lbs guys who break steel frames climbing hills. But I've come back in my old age to them, but insist on SPD style shoes/pedals with softer soles for grip. Plus, with knee and ankle injuries that have changed my alignment and Q-factor, I can't use many shoes because they force pedaling too close together and feet always pointed straight ahead. But for me, one leg is twisted out like a duck a little more than normal and this is not noticeable with toeclips, but with many Clipless Pedal/Shoe combinations, I can't pivot the cleat sufficiently to clear the crank arm because the pedal is too close. I end up having to ride with a pedal axle extender, which can also have consequences, since I've been known to snap pedal axles honking out of the saddle. Buyer beware of one's self especially, especially if you're a clyde.
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Originally Posted by jethro56
the first day 50 miles no problems yet
The first few days you won't fall. You'll be so paranoid about falling that you'll always remember to unclip. Then you'll get complacent, have to do a panic stop or simply forget to unclip, and you'll fall over. At least that's what happened to me...
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Originally Posted by Yo Spiff
I must be one of the few people that haven't fallen from forgetting to unclip. I feel like I have been deprived of a memorable experience.
I'm also among the few, though I've come close a couple of times. Fortunately for my ego, all of those occasions were sudden unexpected stops and not from brain farts. For reference, I learned by riding for many years in the '70s with clips, straps and cleats. That'll condition your mind if nothing else will.
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Mine have also been from sudden stops. They are the best. I mean when all of a sudden you go from 20 to ZERO miles an hour in less than 5 seconds. You are now at a full stop, and still clipped in, time to fall over... D'OH!!!



Forgot 1...

This hapened last week. Climbing a hill, I down shifted the chain fell off, and I just lost it. Over the side I went, at about 12 mph.... Laughed my @$$ off too. Cop pulls up, says he saw me fall, am I all right? I say yup, fell off, and just felt like laying here laughing for a few.
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jethro56,

Good on ya, I went with spds last summer. I have fallen once, I didn't think that I needed to unclip. I fell on the rocks on a country road while doing a U turn. Live and learn. We are almost neighbors. Maybe we can do a ride sometime.

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Originally Posted by Mr Sinister
Forgot 1...

This hapened last week. Climbing a hill, I down shifted the chain fell off, and I just lost it. Over the side I went, at about 12 mph.... Laughed my @$$ off too. Cop pulls up, says he saw me fall, am I all right? I say yup, fell off, and just felt like laying here laughing for a few.
Isn't it funny how our brain can go from complex thought proccess to , doh splat in about half a second.


My first week with clip-less shoes as well, i spend an hour practicing in my yard before i would even look outside my fence. Had a few close calls on the bike path but nothing yet.
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Originally Posted by BobH.
jethro56,

Good on ya, I went with spds last summer. I have fallen once, I didn't think that I needed to unclip. I fell on the rocks on a country road while doing a U turn. Live and learn. We are almost neighbors. Maybe we can do a ride sometime.

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Great to have somebody from the great corn and soybeans desert joining us. I had 1 emergency stop and I pulled right out of the clip I can tell my hamstrings have done much more work than last year.
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Just been learning this past week. Spent a lot of time going in circles clipping in an out. Feel pretty good about it now, time to go for a real ride. Had one fall, after all my practice. Was coming up to my front door, went to clip out, just didn't quite make it and TIMBER. Over like a tree in the front yard. Luckily in nice soft grass and in the dark, so no one saw me struggling like a turtle on its back to get unclipped while on the ground. Love the power and acceleration advantage though of pulling on the upstride. However, I think for my commuter/tourer, I'm going to stick with the platforms. As a previous person commented, just too much stopping in the city during a commute to be clipping in and out. And I know of a couple times that no matter how fast I could have clipped out, wouldn't have been fast enough to catch myself and avoid a fall.
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jethro,

Most of my rides start and stop in Allenville. My wife has started using spds also. She told me that she is pleased with them, in fact, she likes them. She looks forward to using them next year on the Arthur Ride.

The Corn Fields,,, if I'm not in them, I feel like I don't belong. i was in Spain last wimter ,missed my cornfields a bunch.

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