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Did my first ride with clipless

Old 04-03-05, 07:19 PM
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Well I finally did it. I got my new clipless pedals installed during my tune-up on Friday and just got in from my first ride with them. WOW!!! What a difference. If anyone is still riding with clips and straps, I don't know what they are waiting for. I am NEVER going back to toeclips

I have heard all of these stories about them being hard to clip out of, and people falling down (heck that still may happen to me) but I am having more trouble getting INTO them then I am getting out. Just finding my cleat is proving to be an adventure, but once I am in its amazing.

I guess it proves one thing....that I am smart enough to listen to people when they know more than I do. Well at least SOME of the time .

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Congradulations on the first ride. I know the feeling that you have. I remember using clipless pedals for the first time 6 months ago, it was amazing. Cliping in and out will come with time. I can now clip in without even really thinking about it. Of course that is essential in racing.

Look luck with the new system
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Clipless, imo, has no alternative. Clips are much more tumbersome and, while I am somewhat of a techno grouch, I believe that clipless offers a significant advantage compared to clips in almost every way imaginable.

Clipping in and out will become second nature, the learning bump is very small.
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Originally Posted by baj32161
Well I finally did it. I got my new clipless pedals installed during my tune-up on Friday and just got in from my first ride with them. WOW!!!
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Brian --- so you got a chance for a ride, awesome! It cleared up for a bit here and I ran for a few miles. The sky was still clear, so I took out the MTB for a 10 mile jaunt as well.
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Brian --- so you got a chance for a ride, awesome! It cleared up for a bit here and I ran for a few miles. The sky was still clear, so I took out the MTB for a 10 mile jaunt as well.
Yes I did. I was wondering if I made a huge mistake in not getting a trainer, in fact I just lost an auction on one on ebay . The weather was not good all day today or yesterday but the rain finally stopped and the wind had died for a few minutes. I only rode around the neighborhood for a half hour just to try out the pedals. I just couldn't stand staring at my bike in my living room anymore.

I am glad to hear that you got to get out too. The weather will get better here in the Northeast.

52 and sunny here tomorrow
62 and sunny here Tuesday
69 and sunny here on Wednesday

Get out and Ride

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I prefer good old toe straps myself, although I might be biased for a reason: https://laneclosedracing.blogspot.com...ling-down.html

I still have the trouble with the cruel-twist-of-fate pedals from time to time, but it takes a long time to teach an old dog old tricks I guess.

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What exactly are "clip" pedals??
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Congratulations! I went to clipless four or five months ago and its been amazing. The first time out I fell twice b/c I couldn't clip out right, but after that it was smooth sailing. I can't imagine going back to clips & straps.
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somehow I missed it, but what kind of pedals did you get?
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Originally Posted by cryogenic
somehow I missed it, but what kind of pedals did you get?
Vuelta Typhoon SPD MTB pedals
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Wait until summer when you get the clipless sandals. It's like riding with naked feet!

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very cool... I run SPD's on my bike (a MTB turned commuter) and while they're not the best pedals on earth, they do the job. Then again, I'm running cheapie Shimano M520's. I do prefer the SPD cleat because I can walk in them just fine.
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Originally Posted by koffee brown
Wait until summer when you get the clipless sandals. It's like riding with naked feet!

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Well Koffee I wish I could wear sandals, but I can't. I am diabetic and in Aug 2003 I had the 2 outer toes of my left foot amputated. Since then I NEVER leave my apartment with exposed feet. When I went on my first cruise this past summer I had to wear pool shoes around the ship because i am afraid of stepping on anything or even getting a bug bite or sting on my feet. The ironic thing is that a week and a half before my surgery I had bought my first ever pair of sport sandals and never got to wear them. Those SPD sandals look so cool too.
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Originally Posted by cryogenic
very cool... I run SPD's on my bike (a MTB turned commuter) and while they're not the best pedals on earth, they do the job. Then again, I'm running cheapie Shimano M520's. I do prefer the SPD cleat because I can walk in them just fine.

I hear ya. Mine aren't exactly top of the line either but, as you say, they do their job. My shoes are Sidi Rampa 2s and I have no problem walking in them either.

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Any links to those clipless sandals? They sound cool.
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Originally Posted by ThomasV
Any links to those clipless sandals? They sound cool.
You've got to be kidding!
:: conjures up image of graybeard computer programmer type with birkenstocks + wool socks pedaling along at 9mph ::
eeeew!

Or maybe you just meant temperature cool and not style cool.
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Well Koffee I wish I could wear sandals, but I can't. I am diabetic and in Aug 2003 I had the 2 outer toes of my left foot amputated. Since then I NEVER leave my apartment with exposed feet. When I went on my first cruise this past summer I had to wear pool shoes around the ship because i am afraid of stepping on anything or even getting a bug bite or sting on my feet. The ironic thing is that a week and a half before my surgery I had bought my first ever pair of sport sandals and never got to wear them. Those SPD sandals look so cool too.

You can't wear sandals with socks? I do, seriously. I rarely ride without socks. I don't want to funk up my sandals!

I totally understand how you may feel, but the cycling sandals really are semi-closed. The outer toes are still pretty much covered, and all that sticks out and is completely exposed are my middle 3 toes. Between my socks and the extra coverings around the outside toes, I don't think people will notice, unless they are really running alongside you and physically inspect your foot while you're stopped.

Sorry to hear about your toes. My grandmother had diabetes and she went blind from the glaucoma, and my other grandmother had both her legs amputated just above the knees.

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Any links to those clipless sandals? They sound cool.

I'm sure you can't be that lazy, but if you insist: www.pricepoint.com, www.nashbar.com, and www.performancebike.com.

I believe pricepoint.com has them cheapest. They are not Shimano brand sandals, but hey... sandals are sandals are sandals. Nashbar has Shimano brand for $75 and they have a generic sandal for like $35 or something like that.

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