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3/14/12 6:02 P

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+1 to the prat falls occurring at slow speeds or on really slow turns. I don't count legit crashes, those had nothing to do with the clipless pedals.

It is a good idea to just keep practice clipping out at different parts of your pedal stroke, 30 times a side. Just keep doing it, eventually the muscle memory will kick in.

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3/14/12 12:01 P

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I just carry bandaids and first aid spray in my bike bag. Unfortunately, I don't have anything that will help humiliation (I always fall when someone is around).

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3/13/12 9:59 P

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Good Luck! I'm trying to head in that direction myself. Still trying to get up the courage! Glad you were able to!

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3/13/12 3:13 P

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Here is the advice given to me on clipless pedals: " It's not if you are going to fall; it's when you will fall".

To this date (4 years and running) I have not fallen yet but I know my time is coming. I do not count cyclocross racing as to when I have fallen .... some of those course are like riding and pedaling on ice;-).

However, if you put the cleats on yourself, I would go to the LBS and see if they are placed correctly. Cleat place placement will affect your overall bike fit as well.

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3/13/12 9:59 A

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I was at approaching a stop sign, ready to cross the intersection without having to stop. Suddenly a car appeared. I lost it, couldn't unclip in time, and over I went.... Not the first or last time, but it happens.

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3/13/12 9:16 A

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If you're like me you'll adjust to the clipless pedals relatively quickly with hardly a tumble. Then, after months of riding with them and thinking you've got the hang of it, you will wait until you're in the presence of your entire cycling group and proceed to fall over flat on your face. I wasn't even moving...I was sitting on the bike in the parking lot. Nice...

You'll do great. They're easy to get used to. But you probably will fall at some point...

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3/13/12 9:15 A

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Time will tell...I suppose hanging out with all these "clippers" may at some point succeed in "infecting" me with the notion...lol!

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3/13/12 7:33 A

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DDOORN: I find that the cleats are not always strictly necessary. I think the only time you really need them is when climbing a steep slope in a mountain trail. The trail surface is already in a much less than desirable condition, and in addition the steep slope forces you to put the bike in the lowest gear. But there is a potential problem there: Although now the bike can move with little effort, with each stroke, you can apply too much force on the pedals, and you can easily lose the traction in the front wheel, which will cause you to fall (unless you can ride a single wheel). If you have cleats, they help drastically in smoothing out those peaks and valleys of the force applied on the pedals, so that your risk of losing traction in the front wheel is actually much less.

In all other situations, I think there is little or no difference between having cleats or not having them.

Edited by: MPLANE37 at: 3/13/2012 (07:33)
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3/12/12 8:58 P

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Thanks everyone! I'm pretty excited about this honestly. I ride on a bike trail so once I get out there I'll be stopping and starting a lot.

Kelly

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3/12/12 8:55 P

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C'mon Don! Yer' da man! We follow your lead and take your advice......
Clip in and start telling all those that don't how great it is.

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3/12/12 8:17 P

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Kudos to you for braving the clipping process. I'm still not there yet. My bike club is very "forgiving" but keep telling me I'm really missing out on something. Guess I'll have to miss out. At least thus far I feel I'm too much a klutz to risk clipping.

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3/12/12 6:18 P

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I would not worry about falling.

1. Find a soft area and learn to fall! It happens on a mountain bike and you can learn from someone.

2. Find a bike trail or parking lot. Practice clipping in and out, stopping and starting for left and right side.

3. Usually if you are going to fall is going really slow either starting or more than likely stopping at a really slow speed and your balance goes to the leg that is still clipped.

Don't worry! Prepare and you will be teaching someone in a few months.

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3/12/12 3:29 P

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You remind me of my own struggle with the cleats... After being laughed at a ride with the friends from the local cycling club, I sort of had to buy myself cycling shoes with cleats... At first, I mounted them pointing in the wrong direction. I was pretty sure that they were meant to be mounted like that. On the bike, they would click in, but soon I figured they would not let go of the pedal. I was on the ground still trying to release my feet from the pedals. Then one friend from the club wanted to take a look at the bottom of my shoes... Then he grinned. That they were mounted the wrong way. So 15 guys stopped, for 10 minutes, during which I unscrewed one cleat while that friend unscrewed the other... After mounting the cleats the right way, I was surprised how easy they were actually letting go of the pedals!

This was way back. But just yesterday, the screws of the left shoe cleat had come lose without me realizing it. My left foot would not let go of the pedal again, reminding me of those early (and embarrassing) times... Again I was on the ground flat, and I struggled quite some time to release my foot.

Cleats made me fall many times, in short.

Edited by: MPLANE37 at: 3/12/2012 (15:31)
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PERRYR's Photo PERRYR Posts: 670
3/12/12 3:05 P

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Kelly, accept the fact that at some point, you will fall over. It's a rite of passage....
Everyone has a funny embarrassing story of falling. Eventually you get the hang of it and like you said, can't go back...

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3/12/12 2:38 P

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So this weekend I put on my new clipless pedals and the cleats on my shoes. I've really been scared to do this but know it's the next step in my cycling journey. So I sucked it up and changed out the pedals, no going back now.

At first I couldn't get clipped in so I went to the LBS and ordered the additional spacers. Then yesterday I said screw it and jumped on the bike (while it's on my trainer) and started pedaling. It is difficult to clip in but maybe I just need to get used to it or just figure out the right placement of my foot to the pedal.

Regardless, I got on and rode for a while yesterday and today. But I have realized that my stroke is VERY lopsided. I can mash down with the best of them but my upstroke needs some work. I guess I'll be doing some one-leg pedal drills for the next few weeks.

I am pretty proud of myself though. I had intended to let those pedals rot in the box. So I'm pretty happy that they actually got put on the bike and I'm using them! My husband is worried about me falling over though. Practice...practice....practice!

emoticon I'm ready for cycling season!!

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