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It finally happened, clipless = laying on the concrete

Old 10-22-07, 06:55 PM
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So far I have them pretty far forward. It seems like I can get my calves more involved that way but I may change that eventualy. I havent been on any long rides. So far they feel more comfortable to me though.

I think I am going to angle mine inward a little to make them clip out a little easier.
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Old 10-23-07, 10:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Mr. Smashy View Post
I do a bunch of wheelies and manuals and am clipped in always.
Which is exactly why I included the caveat about mastery and followed it up with "Just what I've discovered."

BTW, Im jealous! I am still learning the art of the long-range wheelie. Drop by and teach me. I'll supply the beer!
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Old 10-23-07, 10:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Tappets View Post
Unless you've mastered these, here are some things I've found to avoid while clipped in:

Wheelies.
Stoppies or anything related.
Big jumps or drops.

Just what I've discovered. Results may vary.
I regularly hit our FR shuttle trails clipped in...jumps, drops, gaps are all no problem (well, at least the ones I have enough balls to hit). The things that really sketch me out while clipped in are skinnies...but skinnies are my weak point anyway.
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Old 10-23-07, 11:46 PM
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I love to Jump with my clipless on, i wouldnt think of doing anything bigger than about 7-8 feet on them tho.

After awhile u learn to get out. ive had a close call where i hit a rock goin down a hill pretty fast and somehow i managed to clip out and bail over the handlebars and land on my feet. If i didnt get out id probably have a few broken bones.
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Old 10-24-07, 06:09 AM
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Originally Posted by While At Rome View Post
I love to Jump with my clipless on, i wouldnt think of doing anything bigger than about 7-8 feet on them tho.

After awhile u learn to get out. ive had a close call where i hit a rock goin down a hill pretty fast and somehow i managed to clip out and bail over the handlebars and land on my feet. If i didnt get out id probably have a few broken bones.
Thats what I have been counting on. I know when I went from platforms to toe clips it took a while for me to adjust but now I come out of the cages without even thinking about it. I was in a similar situation on my last outing when I was going down a hill and hit a large rock that sent me over my handle bars. I was able to jump over the bar and roll out of the fall with no major injuriers.
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Old 10-24-07, 06:56 AM
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I cant wheelie or manual for more than a metre or two, so id be cool.
My stepdad just bought some new pedals.
So im thinking of grabbing his old (but still like new) Pd-Msomething clipless and riding with them. To see how i go. Before i invest in a set myself. Id be bummed to spend all that on a new system, and hate it. You know? Especially considering i ride DH, and as someone said its a very split camp.
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Old 10-24-07, 08:37 AM
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welcome to the club..

once you're really used to them you'll never want to ride without them...
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Old 10-24-07, 08:39 AM
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Originally Posted by 01amberfirewv View Post
Thats what I have been counting on. I know when I went from platforms to toe clips it took a while for me to adjust but now I come out of the cages without even thinking about it. I was in a similar situation on my last outing when I was going down a hill and hit a large rock that sent me over my handle bars. I was able to jump over the bar and roll out of the fall with no major injuriers.

I just had a fall like this....clipped in..no major injuries either...and I somehow managed to unclip in mid air...which leads me to believe that it's going to happen anyway, and I'm never going to flip end over end down a hill attached to my bike...
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Old 10-24-07, 10:45 AM
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I have Forte Campus pedals which are platform on one side, clipless on the other. In the States where I ride on the roads I like them because I can use the bike to commute to my part-time job and not have to wear the shoes. Down here in Mexico I just started riding a mountain bike (TREK 4300) and I find that when I clip in and have to come to a sudden halt (big hole, big rock, etc.) I sometimes can't unclip fast enough and I do the slo-mo fall. On the other hand if I don't clip in and I'm going up a steep, rough grade my feet sometimes roll or bounce off the platform side of the pedals and I have to stop and either walk the bike up or go back downhill and take another run at it. Do I need to just suck it up and use the clipless side until I learn how to unclip quickly when I need to? BTW, I just turned 60 so I don't do a lot of jumps and wheelies.
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Old 10-27-07, 09:22 AM
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I have made a few changes after posting this thread. I noticed that the pedals were as lose as they could be so I put them in the middle. The cleats in my shoes were also lose so i tightend them up a good bit.

I went for my first actual ride (more than just playing around in the neighborhood) today. The ride started on the road with a 1/4 to 1/2 mile flat stretch leading into a 1/2 hill climb. About half way up the hill i ran into a chain suck problem (so thats why you should lube your chain with WD-40) and I found myself in the middle of a track stand and though uh oh here it comes. Next thing i know my right foot comes uncliped and was planted on the ashfalt. Woohoo first save! When I get to the top of the hill I noticed that some 4wheelers have opened up an old logging road so I though I would give it a try. It was very muddy but my specialized team master and team control tires seem to do well with mudd. I climbed to the top of the hill stopping two times to step over some small logs in the trail. I stopped at the top of the hill and turned around. I clipped back in and started down the hill dropping my front tire right into a hole but again was able to unclip and dismount. As I headed down the hill I thought I was getting better so I decided to wheely over the next log and ride it out. As I did the for some reason I went to the right and bam I hit the ground still attached. No problem though I had no injuries and no one was looking

Another benifit I realized today was that I can now point my toes up or down according to the terain. This allows me to better transfer my weight.
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Old 10-27-07, 02:53 PM
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to the OP kind of a generally acceted fact with clipless pedals whether or on road of offroad youll fall over in asituation where you wouldn't have on platforms
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Old 10-27-07, 03:06 PM
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Originally Posted by rockabilly808 View Post
to the OP kind of a generally acceted fact with clipless pedals whether or on road of offroad youll fall over in asituation where you wouldn't have on platforms

Yea but I am still getting used to them and I am completely used to them I will be able to catch myself. I don't think I could ever go back to platforms. If I was going to get something other than clipless I would go back to toe clips
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Took my MTB out today for a 20 mile ride in a local state forest that has a beautiful off road trail. It was the 1st time I really got out using my Shimano PDM-520 pedals. I backed the screws off 5 clicks on each pedal and found that this was the perfect setting for me. After riding today I can't say that I would ever go back to non-clipless pedal. Just had to keep in the back of my mind to release my shoes when I was coming to a stop. Climbing hills was great and after 1/2 hour or so I didn't have any apprehension about being able to release my shoes or falling over. Like the other posters on this thread stated, you just have to get used to them.
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Old 10-28-07, 07:44 PM
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First time I used clipless I found my self at an intersection in front of by riding buddy on my side also joined by a group of road bikers and a alot of cars and a bloody knee. Oh the joy
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Old 10-28-07, 08:26 PM
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Originally Posted by ciras3 View Post
Took my MTB out today for a 20 mile ride in a local state forest that has a beautiful off road trail. It was the 1st time I really got out using my Shimano PDM-520 pedals. I backed the screws off 5 clicks on each pedal and found that this was the perfect setting for me. After riding today I can't say that I would ever go back to non-clipless pedal. Just had to keep in the back of my mind to release my shoes when I was coming to a stop. Climbing hills was great and after 1/2 hour or so I didn't have any apprehension about being able to release my shoes or falling over. Like the other posters on this thread stated, you just have to get used to them.
it's true, eventually after you get used to them, unclipping is instinctive, you don't even have to think. one time i was riding a really nice singltrack for the first time when i came around a bend an BAM, slammed my head into a giant low tree. i dont even remember it but i clipped out as i fell onto the hill side. clipless pedals will also make you more confident at high speeds once yo are used to them.
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Old 10-29-07, 11:39 AM
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I suppose with all of the crashes I've had, my feet always manage to unclip from second nature too. I was just saying that I haven't had the gumption to wanna practice wheelies or other stuff while clipped. But as I mentioned before, it's just what I've found out so far - so no need to quote it like it's some kind of hardline rule for everybody. It wasn't meant like that.
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I've had clipless for over a year now, and I have to say there are some definite advantages. I personally like the feeling of being connected to the bike. I've had some nasty spills from jumping and always came unclipped when I landed.

That being said, I'm trying to go back to platforms now to start getting into some free-ride stuff, and going from clipless back to flats sucks. I gotta stop trying to pull up on my feet to get that extra bit of power. *sigh*
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Old 10-30-07, 03:05 AM
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Originally Posted by 01amberfirewv View Post
I had a horrible time getting cliped into the Nashbar specials I had
FYI: The Nashbar Special clipless pedals are NOT fully compatible with most SPD and SPD knock-offs. Unless you use the cleats it came with, the pedals will hold the cleats really tight--making it really hard to get out especially on the trail. And it's not a tension issue, the cleats are shaped differently.
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Old 10-30-07, 09:58 AM
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They were the the cleats that came with the pedals. All in all i can't comeplaine about them because they were cheap but the 540's that replaced them were almost as cheap and are smoother and easier to use
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Originally Posted by rockabilly808 View Post
to the OP kind of a generally acceted fact with clipless pedals whether or on road of offroad youll fall over in asituation where you wouldn't have on platforms
I have found, with time, that there are situations I WOULD have crashed on platforms that I did not because of the improved balance using my ATACs. I used to ride BMX pedals and kept scrapes and bruises on my shins. I have yet to get one from the pedals since switching.
the best way I have found to improve unclip time is practice twisting at the ball of my foot and not the ankle. it took me from getting out between 'oh' and 'chit' to not even thinking about it before my foot is down. I can and do take tight corners much faster because I dab my foot in the tight ones and am back in in less than 1/2 a pedal stroke
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