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Old 02-12-08, 04:55 PM
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Unclipping diagram

Hello,
I'm having trouble telling my dad through email how to unclipp with an SPD SL style cleat. I scoured google for a bit and couldn't find ANYTHING. Could anyone help?
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Old 02-12-08, 04:57 PM
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Twist heel outward from the bike. That is as simple and concise as I can explain it.
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Old 02-12-08, 05:02 PM
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So I just got off video chat with him to explain and wow the SPD-SL these ones:

are not an easy unclip. If you see the the back to "rubber bases" those have to snap over the pedal when you unclip creating ALOT of resistance.
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The pedal tension can be adjusted to make clipping out easier (the bolt on the top/rear of the pedal with the +/- sign... assuming these are similar to DA/Ultegra pedals).

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Old 02-12-08, 05:07 PM
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Turn your foot. How much easier do you want?
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hold foot steady and twist entire bike
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Turn your foot. How much easier do you want?
he wants to know exactly which muscles in his leg to use and in what sequence.
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Originally Posted by Edonis13 View Post
he wants to know exactly which muscles in his leg to use and in what sequence.
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You're going to need a bigger boat.
RIP Roy Scheider. great in French Connection and Marathon Man, too.
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So, is your dad like, stuck on his bicycle right now, unable to detach his feet from it?
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Hey, I have an idea.....let's put his Dad on rollers next !
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Tell him he uses the same muscles in his leg as when he steps on a bug and squishes it, or when he puts out a cigarette butt.
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Originally Posted by mrbubbles View Post
Twist heel outward from the bike. That is as simple and concise as I can explain it.
Twisting outward, although a perfectly acceptable way of clipping out of a Shimano pedal is a much more violent action than twisting in. Also twisting your heel in is easier to do than twisting out. Let me explain the process.

Depending on the foot you use to clip out first, I use my right foot but just as easily could use the left, so I will explain the way I do it, just reverse it for left out first.

Bring your crank arms nearly parallel to the ground with the right arm pointed toward the rear cluster. You may need to raise the rear arm slightly for your heel to clear the chain stay. Then with a smooth motion move your right heel in toward the bike frame. This motion is so much smoother than trying to twist your heel outward that you can do it nearly standing still without jerking the bike and possibly falling over. In no time at all you will notice two things, 1) it takes less effort to unclip moving the heel inward, and 2) after a few times this will become an intuitive one step process.

I am not versed in muscle structure, but I do believe that the reason it seems to take less effort is because you can apply more muscle strength and you legs naturally will move heels inward. Moving outward is an unnatural movement. Try standing with feet shoulder width apart then take you heel and rotate it in, then take the same heel and rotate it out, you will notice much more lower leg stress when you move your heel outward. Number 2 just comes with practice.

One more note, the crank arm of the foot you want to clip out of must be the rear pointing one. This motion is very hard, but not impossible to do if the arm is pointing forward.
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Originally Posted by WheresWaldo View Post
Then with a smooth motion move your right heel in toward the bike frame....

Now I haven't been using clipless for very long, but I've always heard that this is a bad idea, twisting your foot inward toward the frame (and thus towards the crank, and moving parts). It would seem to me that for someone starting out, it would be far simpler to just have the OP's dad loosen the tension on the pedal to the point where it almost happens on its own, practice that a few hundred times, slowly increasing the tension as the motion becomes more natural.
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Originally Posted by RazorWind View Post
So, is your dad like, stuck on his bicycle right now, unable to detach his feet from it?
Haha, I had the same image.. some poor chap who dragged his bike into the computer room and is contorted into an awful position just to type out a desperate plea.

Make sure he checks that his cleats are properly screwed into his shoes.. if they're loose it can be very hard to unclip.
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Originally Posted by WheresWaldo View Post
Twisting outward, although a perfectly acceptable way of clipping out of a Shimano pedal is a much more violent action than twisting in. Also twisting your heel in is easier to do than twisting out. Let me explain the process.

Depending on the foot you use to clip out first, I use my right foot but just as easily could use the left, so I will explain the way I do it, just reverse it for left out first.

Bring your crank arms nearly parallel to the ground with the right arm pointed toward the rear cluster. You may need to raise the rear arm slightly for your heel to clear the chain stay. Then with a smooth motion move your right heel in toward the bike frame. This motion is so much smoother than trying to twist your heel outward that you can do it nearly standing still without jerking the bike and possibly falling over. In no time at all you will notice two things, 1) it takes less effort to unclip moving the heel inward, and 2) after a few times this will become an intuitive one step process.

I am not versed in muscle structure, but I do believe that the reason it seems to take less effort is because you can apply more muscle strength and you legs naturally will move heels inward. Moving outward is an unnatural movement. Try standing with feet shoulder width apart then take you heel and rotate it in, then take the same heel and rotate it out, you will notice much more lower leg stress when you move your heel outward. Number 2 just comes with practice.

One more note, the crank arm of the foot you want to clip out of must be the rear pointing one. This motion is very hard, but not impossible to do if the arm is pointing forward.
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That's Occams razor. And twisting in although good to know/do for unclipping is a bad idea. Heel go into spoke = crash-o-rama.

Tell everyone to learn how to clip by heel outing. Seriously.
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{snip} Number 2 just comes with practice. {snip}
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RIP Roy Scheider. great in French Connection and Marathon Man, too.
Correct. RIP Roy.
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Unclipping is for wussy. Real cyclists never unclip.
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Since i've switched from Mtn bike SPD to SPD-SL i've found that if i push down onto the pedal i'm trying to unclip helps it come out a bit easier.. best done with that pedal at 6 o'clock
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ask him to click his heels together like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz and have him pay particular attention when he's separating his heels.
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...inhale, then exhale...

...inhale, then inhale...

NO! Wait! that's "exhale" again!

...inhale, then exhale...

OK, good.

Now inhale, then exhale...

...inhale, then exhale...

...inhale, then exhale...

Great! I think you've got it!

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