I love my clip ins. I was nervous when I got them. BUT I will say I went to a local shop to try em' on and get my pedals put on. And I forgot I was clipped in at first and just flopped right over. :) at a stop sign on a group ride. Good times. Have fun and enjoy.
When I got my clipless pedals and shoes at my LBS, they set my bike up on a trainer and worked with me until I could clip in and unclip relatively smoothly. They even let me hang out and practice while they were cleaning up after closing (I love my LBS!!). Nothing really takes the place of just getting out on the road but I haven't fallen yet and I credit that practice time.
Ask your LBS if they could set you up on a trainer.
For me I would rather buy the shoes from my local bike shop and not online. I would much rather put them on and feel how each one fits before I purchase any.
You just never know online how they will actually feel.. I looked at a few bike shops and found mine for about $80.00..
Like Bill said practice clipping in and out because you WILL fall a few times guaranteed until you get used to them.. I have fallen 4 times lol.. In fact I almost fell yesterday at a stop sign when I leaned too far to the right(which was still clipped in) It's all good though lol..
Pretty much ditto to what everyone else already said. I like my Look Keos a lot too.
Also, pedals are adjustable for the amount of force it takes to uncleat. You might have that setby your LBS at the low end to begin with as it makes it very easy to uncleat. Later you'll know if the setting is too loose. (You'll uncleat while pedaling)
I practiced with my cleats while my bike was on a wind trainer, so I would fall over fewer times... still did, of course, but it did make me feel more confident.
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I really like my Look Keo's. My current equivalent in the Looks is the Carbon Looks: www.modernbike.com/itemgroup.asp?igp k= 2126178054&TID=367&gclid=CP3Ys9v4wKkR>CFYcb2godGhYFhA which do come with the clips. Truth be told, I'm not too keen on the new design of the 2011 models. You should also consider some clips that allow for some float. Mine allow for 4.5* of float, which is nice when you want to change up your foot position without having to worry about clipping out accidentally.
Word of warning: Watchout for Ti (titanium) spindles. There actually is a weight limit on those of about 180 lbs or so. If you top 200, look for the CrMo (Chrome Moly) as it'll do better with bearing your weight. I'm 215 and have found the CrMo to perform stellarly.
As Bill states, practice clipping in and out. You'll be glad you did when you go to dismount and ''forget'' to clip-out. A couple of falls later, and you won't forget. (^_^)
I hope this helps! And ride safe.
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Yes, you'll have to get both a set of cleats and pedals. Think about how much "float" you need as you make your decision. If your knees need to move quite a bit you'll want more float- the ability of the pedal to allow movement laterally. i have crummy knees so i need a lot. the clips should be easy to get into and out of. I just changed mine and the first set i tried just about did in my knees trying to get in and out. You also will have to be VERY intentional each time you clip out for awhile. EVERYONE falls at least once because they forget to clip out. No one is exempt. :) It is true thought that you get more energy in the full pedal stroke. If you have good guys at your local bike store they should be able to help you choose. Sometimes they take a bit of adjustment so i don't order these online, i have my mechanics help get them just right. Good luck, they are great when you have just the right ones. :)
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I've been thinking of finally getting some clipless pedals. When I bought what I thought were cycling shoes this winter I ended up getting MTN bike shows. I don't want to have to get shoes and pedals so I think I've decided on Candy 1 style. I have found them online for a really good price but it doesn't say if the cleats come with them. Does anyone know when you buy pedals do you also get the cleats? Or is this something I need to buy separately? The bike I'm riding is a TREK FX 7.1.
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