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Old 06-22-05, 12:25 PM
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Praise be to Crank Brothers pedals

So there I was, sitting at the intersection. Just hanging out, waiting for the light to change or traffic to let up. However, the red light seems unwilling to relent. After about 20 seconds I feel my meager trackstanding abilities starting to fail me. I do all I can do, I pedal half a rotation forward and hope to catch it again on my left foot.

Sh** I think, its not going to happen, I am about to make a truely embarrassing 0mph fall right in front of a driver I just glared at for honking three times at me for no apparent reason. In the 1 second I have before the fall, I think my only hope of avoiding this pathetic moment is to get our of the pedals. Unfortunately I feel far to off balance, I don't think its going to work out for me. So I thrust both ankles out hoping for the best. Somehow, mysteriously, next thing I know I have both feet on the ground. Of course at this moment the light changes... but what are you going to do?

This has made me a true Crank Brothers fan. I now honestly beleive that these pedals know what I am thinking and release when I want them to, and stay clipped when they need to.

Oh well, just thought I would share.
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Great service too. I had an older set for which I bought the overhaul kit. Once I opened them up I found the bearings were totallly siezed on one. I e-mailed Crank Brothers for assistance, and they sent me a replacement (overhauled) set!
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I wouldn't give all the credit to the pedals. It's possible that you've gotten really good at unclipping on demand.
I know after riding clipless for years, unclipping when I need to has become almost instinctual.
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Thanks for the props on my "skills" I suppose at least if I can't list trackstanding effectively amongst them I should at least be able to list acrobatic unclipping prior to embarrassing falls.
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I actually just got a pair of SLs a couple days ago along with some new Vagabond II mountain shoes. I like the feel of the eggbeaters much more than my old Wellgo SPDs - they're simultaneously more secure and easier to get out of. With the SPDs I always felt like I had to balance between a secure fit and the ability to unclip fast when I'm about to fall out of a trackstand or something. I'm still not used to getting into them though, even though most people said they're one of the easiest pedals to get into. But I've actually only clipped in maybe a half dozen times now.

While I'm sort of on the topic, the Vagabonds are super nice, too. Much more walkable than my old Diadora something or others and they feel much more comfortable on the bike, though I couldn't really explain how. Maybe they distribute weight more evenly on the bottom of my foot?
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I use Crankbros Mallets, and I like them. Though, I did fall over yesterday, I'm sure it was completely my fault...
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I just used my chrome eggbeaters today for the first time, prior I've only used toe strap pedals. Shazamm! I like em. Took about four click-in/outs to have it instinctual, and the power going up hills is wonderful. I can tell that I'm going to be burning in some new muscles with my new-found upstroke.
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Originally Posted by jayrooney
I wouldn't give all the credit to the pedals. It's possible that you've gotten really good at unclipping on demand.
I know after riding clipless for years, unclipping when I need to has become almost instinctual.
Agreed!
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