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Easiest Pedal Release

Old 12-17-06, 09:28 PM
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Easiest Pedal Release

I'm in the market for a new set of pedals as I'm getting into road biking. However I will be starting with these pedals on rollers. I've used mountain bike clipless (Crankbrother's Candy's) and they've got a very nice "panic release" just rip your foot out to the side. I'm curious which pedals are the easiest to get out of, I'm looking at mainly Look, Shimano, or Speedplay(KEO Sprint, Ultegra, and Zeroes respectively). Of course every manufacturer says their pedals are very easy to get out of but I want real rider opinions here. A hang up wouldn't be as nice on the rollers as on the road . I do have the option of indoor club rides once or twice a week but I wouldn't like to have to do a month worth of club rides before I can do any other training on the rollers.

Oh and please don't let this degenerate into a Trainer vs Roller debate or something of the like
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Old 12-17-06, 09:32 PM
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Once you get used to each system, I'd venture to say they're equally "easy" to get out of. I've used SPD's, Speedplays, and Keo's. At first they were tricky, but after clipping and unclipping a couple dozen times they all became second nature.
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Old 12-17-06, 09:36 PM
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platforms are the easiest to get out of
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Old 12-17-06, 09:39 PM
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My SPD-SL Ultegra pedals are easy to get out of. With the tension all the way down, they are a little tough at first but loosen up nicely after a few rides. Its now to the point where I will tighten them up some more before my next ride.
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I run Shimano and have found they're relatively easy to get out of. I found it helps to keep my foot flat (feels like I'm pushing down and out) when unclipping; my natural tendency was to lift, and that was counterproductive.

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Old 12-17-06, 09:58 PM
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I have the Keo Sprints. I usually find that getting INTO them is harder than getting out of them. A light scuff on some pavement to start off can make clipping and unclipping easier. However, I don't like how easy it is to wear the cleats down too far. I use covers for any walking, but that doesn't help the foot I put down when stopping in traffic.
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Old 12-17-06, 10:09 PM
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Has everyone forgotten about the little tension adjustment screw on their pedals (almost all brands).

Any pedal you buy will be fine and easy to release, just start with the lowest tension setting. The tension range is different between brands and models. For instance, the Keo carbons have a higher overall range than the sprint version.
However, even with tension set high pedals are extremely easy and fast to release from. I think almost everyone has had a stop sign fall over the first time they went out on clipless. But once you use them for a while, you will likely up the tension and releasing becomes lightening quick and second nature.
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Old 12-17-06, 10:25 PM
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Keo cleats to wear pretty quickly. I find getting out of my Keos very natural, but does take more pressure than my SPDs
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Originally Posted by bdcheung
Once you get used to each system, I'd venture to say they're equally "easy" to get out of.
+1. As with alot of bike accessories, it comes down to personal preference. I bought a pair of Look 396 for my 1st bike, and now a set of Keo Carbons for my new Giant (the Keos feel tighter, and snap out with a definite, firm click). I like the Looks and would not switch, but you'll get a hundred different opinions on whats best.
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How about just sticking with Crank Brothers and going with their Quattro pedals since you're already used to how they work?
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As has been posted, getting out is pretty easy on any system once you get used to it.
But for getting IN, speedplay is much better than a single sided entry system.
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The old style SPD cleats have a "multi-release" cleat you can buy that makes it a lot easier to get out of the pedals. For a strong cyclist, you may release inadvertantly, but for beginners, it really makes unclipping easy.
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I think Speedplay X-series are the easiest out, also quickest on after a break-in period. You can come off of them from any angle.

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Originally Posted by Psydotek
How about just sticking with Crank Brothers and going with their Quattro pedals since you're already used to how they work?
+1 Why not just stick with your Candies or other eggbeater? Every road ride I go on has at least a couple of riders on std eggbeaters. Then you also have the advantage of using the same system/cleats on both mtb and road. Gives you some built in back ups if needed. For a few years I had eggs on my road bike and candies on mtb.

About a year ago my shoes wore out and I needed new cleats so I changed my road system to Look Keo. The Keo's are harder to get into, but really no harder to get out of. Once I'm in them I really like the larger platform and I don't have any hot spots that I would occasionally get with the eggs on 50+ mile rides. For commuting or short stop and go riding with walking around I would still go with the eggs.
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