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Old 09-03-13, 07:28 AM   #26
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I tried to roll and I think I only made things worse lol...
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Originally Posted by 20_700c View Post
Loosen the tension adjustment screw on the pedals until you're really comfortable clipping in and out quickly. Tighten it only when you're super confident... at least that is what worked for me. YMMV
+1. Also check for operator error. When I switched from toe clips to clipless, I rode on the sidewalk. I got to the corner and tried to pull my foot up and back as if I were still using toe clips with old, cleated shoes. Didn't work so well. I am sure I looked funny grabbing onto a sliding down the stop sign pole.
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Old 09-03-13, 06:55 PM   #28
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Originally Posted by TXsailor View Post
O.k what am I missing by not having my shoes stuck to the pedals? I understand racers wanting every advantage but we are for the most part fat folks trying to get in shape. Is it somehow safer, easier, or what? I don't get it. I also don't fall off my bike when I stop cause I can't put my foot down. Please understand I am not bashing anyone who uses them I just don't understand needing the complication. Of course I also have a kickstand but at least my bike didn't come from Walmart. Let me have it if I deserve it but at least tell me why!
Thousands (millions?) of people, including several of my closest friends, prefer clipless pedals, but I simply have no interest. So don't feel as though you're somehow "less than". Different strokes (har har). I've used Power Grips on some of my bicycles, which worked quite well, plus they accommodate any kind of shoes. I ride a mtb (usually in the city, but I have been known to hit the trails) so I have a pair of 5-10's (stiff, sticky soles) & pinned pedals which work just fine for me.
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Old 09-03-13, 07:05 PM   #29
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I have never fallen because I couldn't get a foot OUT of the pedal. No, MY fall was because I couldn't get my foot IN.

I'd just gotten as set of clipless pedals for my commuter bike, which I was taking for longer and longer rides, WAY out of my way. I clipped in my left foot, pushed off, and was trying to get my other foot in when suddenly the curb on the opposite side of the street loomed up and there I was on the ground. Empty street, nobody around. My dignity was intact.

Later, I did ALMOST fall when I came to a stop light forgetting to unclip, but fortunately in my struggles, I must have twisted my foot because I unclipped and got the foot to the ground before I fell over. It would have been embarrassing, at rush hour, surrounded by cars, and me trying to be so cool!
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I've only fallen once, and I was trying to balance myself at a red light. I fell on the non-drivetrain side in front of a couple people. I'll never do that again.
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