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Fast way to kick into clips/straps?

Old 07-22-09, 01:35 PM
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Fast way to kick into clips/straps?

I usually have trouble kicking in unless I am going really slow and lag. Whats a fast way to kick in?
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Old 07-22-09, 01:40 PM
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Old 07-22-09, 01:43 PM
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practice.
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Old 07-22-09, 01:49 PM
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with your feet
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Old 07-22-09, 01:54 PM
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use stub on pedal to flip it over and stick your feet in the strap.
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Old 07-22-09, 02:01 PM
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you probably have crap pedals, get some mks sylvans
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Old 07-22-09, 02:06 PM
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don't kick...
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Old 07-22-09, 02:12 PM
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Old 07-22-09, 02:18 PM
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atacs, spds , or other clipless or quality laminated straps
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Old 07-22-09, 02:24 PM
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Originally Posted by sicnarf033 View Post
use stub on pedal to flip it over and stick your feet in the strap.
This is assuming you have proper road pedals.
If you have no stub there is no quick way...
I'm guessing you're not riding on slotted shoes and cranking the straps down correct?
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Old 07-22-09, 02:35 PM
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My MKS GR-9's came with tabs on the pedals, though I somehow managed to brake one of them off. If your pedal didn't come with tabs but has inserts on the back, benscycles sells some you can screw on.

It just takes practice kicking the pedal back and putting your foot in the toe cage.
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Old 07-22-09, 03:02 PM
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northsjfixed and i both got wellgo track pedals, they do have tabs on them for us to flip them.
yes i am guessing it has to do with the shoe.
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Old 07-22-09, 03:08 PM
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it's easier with skinnier shoes like puma suedes (what i ride for clips) vs etnies (for platforms. impossible with clips)
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Old 07-22-09, 04:26 PM
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Looser straps, well greased pedal bearings . . .
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Old 07-22-09, 08:13 PM
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practice.

certain shoes are easier than others.
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Old 07-22-09, 08:18 PM
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go clipless
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Old 07-22-09, 08:27 PM
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Lose the straps, use clips only.
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Really depends on the shoes, i usually ride with some all black slip on vans. I tried riding with some Nike Air Max's i had and because the way the bottom sole is designed on the shoe i had a hard time slipping my foot into the strap. I still have issues sometimes with the vans but i've only been riding fixed for less than two months so i'll get it with experience.
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Old 07-22-09, 08:55 PM
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clipless ftw
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Originally Posted by j3ffr3y View Post
you probably have crap pedals, get some mks sylvans
Only if you like pedals that are designed to be used with old school cycling shoes and not soft soled street shoes like most of the folks in the SSFG crowd who ride clips/straps.

I recently bought my first pair of clipless pedals when i built my first geared road bike. After about 10 minutes of practice(holding onto a door frame in my basement) clipping in and out i have found them much easier to get in than clips. I did almost have a few falls on my first few rides when i'd get to the traffic light and try and trackstand forgetting i'm not good at trackstanding on a freewheel.

My next bike related purchase will be a pair of clipless for my fixed gear, after i pay off the credit card bill i ran up buying parts for the road bike.
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Old 07-23-09, 12:26 PM
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So what would you say I could get a decent cheap set of clipless pedals and shoes for?
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With practice , using a shoe who's tread doesn't interfere, it becomes a fluid motion as you start to move. Sort of a down and up motion on the back of the pedal. Clips with no straps = virtually useless.
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Old 07-23-09, 12:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
Lose the straps, use clips only.
heh. I'm all about posting horrible advise when it is obviously a joke, but just using clips isn't really smart if you are running fixed. The clips are there to hold the strap(s).
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