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Can I adjust my Look pedals....

Old 12-13-09, 11:26 AM
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Can I adjust my Look pedals....

...to somehow reduce the amount of time I spend flat on my face?
specifically is there a trick to get them to automatically rotate right side up?

I got the look classic pedals as my first clipless...I'm trying them out on rollers. I keep falling because the pedals are upside down and I can't get my second foot in. the bottom of my shoe, being slick and hard, prevents me from feeling the pedal to flip it.

other than the whole falling thing they feel good.
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Old 12-13-09, 11:38 AM
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practice makes perfect. it is really tricky at first and you will get the hang of it after awhile.

i use the toe of my shoe to make sure the pedal is facing the right way, then i use the front lip of the cleat to push up under the front groove of the pedal, once that tip is under that lip/ groove, then all you have to do is press hard on the pedal and the back clips in
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Originally Posted by WR3K
use the front lip of the cleat to push up under the front groove of the pedal, once that tip is under that lip/ groove, then all you have to do is press hard on the pedal and the back clips in
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Just like WR3K said. The cleat will wear a little bit as it's used, this will also make clipping in and out easier. But mostly just practice and getting a feel for it. Good luck.
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Why did you think learning to use a new clipless pedal on rollers would be a good idea? That's probably the worst possible place to practice.
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Old 12-13-09, 12:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Inertianinja
...I got the look classic pedals as my first clipless...I'm trying them out on rollers.
Very bad idea. Terrible idea. Good way to insure you will spend a lot of time flat on your face. Why would you try clipless for the first time on rollers? I can't believe you're even attempting that. Horrible idea.
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Old 12-13-09, 12:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Flatballer
Why did you think learning to use a new clipless pedal on rollers would be a good idea? That's probably the worst possible place to practice.
you're absolutely right. I know this would be easier if I could coast. but it's been brutally cold here in NYC the past few days.
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Old 12-13-09, 12:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Inertianinja
you're absolutely right. I know this would be easier if I could coast. but it's been brutally cold here in NYC the past few days.
I'd rather freeze a bit than eat floor repeatedly. (supposed to be 70f here today)
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here's your roller tip. put them in a doorway. lean on the doorway until you are clipped in. start pedaling before you let go of the door jambs.
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Old 12-13-09, 12:57 PM
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aren't there pedals out there that are weighted to orient themselves up?
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Originally Posted by Inertianinja
aren't there pedals out there that are weighted to orient themselves up?
Why listen to good advice when you can just throw money at the problem?
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Originally Posted by Inertianinja
aren't there pedals out there that are weighted to orient themselves up?
They are weighted back heavy for the easiest engagement. Practise clipping in and out holding onto something before trying them out on the roller.
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Old 12-13-09, 08:46 PM
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Originally Posted by rooftest
Why listen to good advice when you can just throw money at the problem?
"yes, they exist but they cost a lot more; you'll find they're not necessary if you follow the advice people posted here"
see, good fellowship is better than sarcasm, bro.
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Rollers in the door jam. I'm pretty good at the rollers, even being able to ride no handed, but I still set my rollers in the door jam. Get both feet clipped in then start pedaling. I love watching those videos of roller newbs just trying to ride rollers in the middle of the room with no support
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ya, they are called speedplays.
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Originally Posted by nitropowered
Rollers in the door jam. I'm pretty good at the rollers, even being able to ride no handed, but I still set my rollers in the door jam. Get both feet clipped in then start pedaling. I love watching those videos of roller newbs just trying to ride rollers in the middle of the room with no support
on my other bike, with toe clips/straps, i can hop on and go without a wall or anything. i just don't have any experience with the clipless and ended up flying off the rollers a few times before i just had to STOP for a while. once i got going, though, it was fine
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Has anyone tried an adhesive weight added to the pedals to change their weight distribution so they would be in a different position?
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Originally Posted by MUZE
Has anyone tried an adhesive weight added to the pedals to change their weight distribution so they would be in a different position?
Yes - And it takes a LOT of weight.

imho the "Weighted for easiest engagement" reasoning is false. When the cranks rotate, the pedals flop around making the rider wait for them to settle down and then engage. Kinda fanatical about quick&predictable engagement being a commuter/rider who stops at signs and lights more than is typical. Racing doesn't really matter for engagement too much.

Also they only have back-to-front engagement. Speedplays are back-to-front or front-to-back.
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