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7/16/12 10:26 A

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Thanks! That at least makes me feel better. I'm not giving up. I will just keep practicing and become victorious!! emoticon

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7/16/12 10:16 A

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I stand corrected. You have one of the models that does not have adjustable tension. But, like their description says, they'll likely loosen up a bit after being used some and broken in more. So, just keep practicing and don't give up! You're doing great. And for the record, it happens to us all. I even managed to fall off my bike when it was on the trainer recently. yeah, I fell off a bike that wasn't even moving...

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7/16/12 10:00 A

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I have Candy 2 pedals. I found this on their website.

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With conventional pedals, if the spring tension is set low, then it is easy to unclip but also easy to accidentally pull out of the pedal. If the spring tension is set high, then it is very hard to clip in or out.The unique patented Candy design eliminates the need for spring tension adjustment. Retention is not dependent on spring tension. Clipping in and out will become easier after the cleats break in.

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Kelly

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7/16/12 9:58 A

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I'm glad it went well! Most clipless pedals have a tension adjustment, usually a small Allen screw that you turn clockwise/counterclockwise for tension. Do you know specifically what brand and model of pedals you have?

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7/16/12 9:49 A

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I DID IT!!! It wasn't the long ride I had planned but it was long enough. I practiced getting in and out of the clips. It is a bit tight. I'm not sure what you guys mean by loosening them up so if someone could offer a bit of instruction that would be great. But I know the trail very well so I know when I'm coming up to an intersection and will have to stop so I unclipped early and was ready. I need to work on clipping in as it is a bit of a struggle but I have a feeling that might have something to do with the loosening thing I can't figure out.

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7/16/12 8:44 A

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You may well fall another time or two, but stick with it. You'll be fine. Sounds like you've got the right idea about practicing and loosening the tension. Falling is just part of the learning process, but hopefully you won't get hurt again. Let us know how it goes.

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7/14/12 3:17 P

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The very best to you on your long ride and the pedals. Remember that your chances are good that you'll fall again. It comes with the territory. In my opinion, they're worth the potential to fall. Your pedal stroke is so much more efficient. Hang tough!!

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7/13/12 3:34 P

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Oh no.... I wouldn't have thought about that happening because I have such a "dominant foot" that I can't even mount my bike on the "wrong side", let alone uncleat the wrong side first! I have fallen a couple of times because of that too....

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LIV2RIDE's Photo LIV2RIDE Posts: 6,205
7/13/12 3:28 P

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I actually was on a trainer for a month before hitting the road. my problem was that I unclipped the wrong shoe at a stop. I thought the bottom shoe would be the best but as it turns out the top shoe works best for me.

Kelly

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7/13/12 3:24 P

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Those clips, at least mine, have an adjustment to make them looser or tighter. I had my DH put them on the loosest setting so they're easy to uncleat even in an emergency.

(Another good trick for learning is to practice while your bike is set up on a wind trainer, so you can't fall.)

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7/13/12 11:42 A

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I hope your ride goes well! I fell with mine once and it was no fun. I loosened the tension on the pedals and they are really easy to get out of now. I had an incident where I for sure would have crashed at the old tension but I easily got out of the clips and saved myself. Good luck!

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7/13/12 10:45 A

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At the beginning of the season I thought I was a pro and could handle the clipless pedals. On my first venture out I fell HARD and thought I broke my arm. My husband quickly took them off and I went back to regular pedals. Well after the last few weeks I've been wanting to give them another try and not let them defeat me. So I asked him to put them back on and he did. I'm going out on Sunday with my pedals and my new Camelbak for a nice long ride. I've been doing a reading on tips and tricks so before I head out I'm going to practice clipping and unclipping about 40 times before pushing off. Thankfully I also picked up a spacer for my cleats so it won't be so tight clipping. Say a prayer that I stay upright!! Happy cycling!

Kelly

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