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DRC2205's Photo DRC2205 Posts: 8,845
11/11/10 8:07 A

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I can't give a lot of advice here. All I can tell you is that I have Shimano Ultegras and I am very happy with them.

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11/9/10 10:54 P

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any pedal recommendations??
I've been looking at the look keo classic, sprint & easy
plus the shimano 105 pedals...

(as for shoes, I've got my eye on a pair of Specialized tri vents-- as long as they're comfy!)

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9/27/10 2:52 P

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I'd also recommend getting clips, it'll make your stroke so much more efficient (because you can pull up as well as pushing down!) I got my clips last summer, and like everyone fell a few times - usually at a stop light and usually when I have one foot unclipped and am standing and shift my weight to the other foot and down I go, and usually around a group of people.) Everyone falls! Just remember the first few rides to unclip both feet at each stop or potential stop and have them adjust your clips for easy out (so the swing out is easiest). Good luck! You'll love your spd's!

"If you can walk from the couch to the refrigerator, you are not too fat or too old or too slow to run."

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CHATTYMCPATTI's Photo CHATTYMCPATTI Posts: 2,706
9/19/10 7:10 P

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My hubby still likes his shoes, but his gear changer broke on our last tri and he came to a dead stop on a hill climb. He got his foot unclipped in time, but the bottom of those shoes are slippery and when he put his foot down on the hill it slid right out from under him! Crash, down he went! That little experience make me a little more nervous to try them:)

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CANLOSE81's Photo CANLOSE81 Posts: 799
9/12/10 7:33 P

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that's a really good idea...
(trying clips during spin class)

I only HOPE I can find such a great deal at one of my local sports stores!!!
(I need some Canadian recommendations!!)

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CHATTYMCPATTI's Photo CHATTYMCPATTI Posts: 2,706
9/11/10 7:02 P

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My husband just picked up a pair of $300 bike shoes for $49 on clearance at a local fitness store! He had cages on his bike and just changed over to the clips. Our tri is tomorrow and he has already gone on a couple rides with no problems, today. Hope tomorrow is good for him. As for myself, I have a mountain bike and will use it until I loose enough weight were I don't feel like I will break a road bike:)

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CANLOSE81's Photo CANLOSE81 Posts: 799
9/6/10 12:30 P

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INTERESTING!
I'm about to make the transition from a mountain bike to road bike this fall (so I'm all ready to go in 2011).
I did my first 2 (try a tri & sprint) on the mtn bike, but I had TOTAL road bike envy before I even got to the START line of that first try a tri!

And the whole cage vs clips debate has been running through my mind since I made the decision to invest in a road bike.

Seems like clips are the way to go...
thanks for the thread!
VERY helpful tips!

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6/17/10 8:57 P

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I agree - you gotta clip! And you gotta fall - at least once! Yes, it seems to happen in an embarrassing moment, but then you are one of the club...my last fall was at the near end of an 82 mile ride to Key West - almost there - right in the center of the road! Of course! emoticon

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JEMILLER51's Photo JEMILLER51 Posts: 68
6/16/10 1:08 P

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I'd say go for it. I'm one of the lucky ones who hasn't fallen yet, but I've only had my bike for a few months. Just finished my first sprint triathlon this past weekend and was very glad to have them. Good luck!

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
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DRC2205's Photo DRC2205 Posts: 8,845
6/14/10 9:05 A

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The next time you are on the bike, you'll figure it out pretty quickly.

And FREE always makes things better!

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6/11/10 3:43 P

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DRC and WONGERCHI- Good advise, thanks. I'm cracking up!

So true, I am mentally going thru the motions and honestly can't tell you which foot I put down first, I think my right??

Someone gave me a freebe pair of Cannondale shoes, so I just need to get the cleats for my pedals. The shoes are a bit "beefier" than I would prefer, but it will give me practice before I invest. Besides I love FREE.



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DRC2205's Photo DRC2205 Posts: 8,845
6/11/10 1:39 P

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LOL, WONGERCHI! So true...

I was on a fundraising ride on Wednesday, and it was raining. And I was on my road bike. I was so sure I'd be laid out before the end. But nope--it was one of the others on a road bike with slick tires...

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6/11/10 10:55 A

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+1 on what DRC said.

I unclip with my right foot only. Left stays clipped in for most of the ride.

And there are two types of clipless users - those that have fallen over and those that will. You will fall over and, more often than not, it will be embarrassing.

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DRC2205's Photo DRC2205 Posts: 8,845
6/11/10 10:03 A

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I say start with the clips now.

As for advice, figure out which foot you usually put down first. Most people put the right foot down first. I, however, do not. I learned this the hard way, but I was a quick learner! I unclip my left foot if I even think I will need to stop, because I *always* lean to the left. My right foot usually doesn't unclip the entire ride.

Other advice: practice in an empty parking lot or other traffic free area. Or on the grass if your bike can handle it. It makes the inevitable fall easier if noone is around to see it...

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6/10/10 12:53 A

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I tipped over on my bike the frist time I rode with clips. Never even got out of the driveway. I simply forgot to unclip when I stopped. Don't think I will do that again. So just get clips early and practice. Have fun.

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GRIF01's Photo GRIF01 Posts: 1,422
6/9/10 10:06 A

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Thanks everyone for your input. Someone else that she only cliped in one foot for the first few times.

I think I just need to do it!



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6/8/10 4:07 P

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I'd use the clips... but something to consider. When I got mine last year the LBS asked if I wanted them "tight" or "loose". I told him they were my first pair so he made them a little loose so that it was easier to twist and unclip. Then as you get used to it and if it is hilly in your area and you plan on standing in your pedals then you might have them a little tighter.

Just something to consider. And yes, you only tip when you "forget" so, unclip early and then you don't have to worry about it.

Have fun...it makes a big difference in your speed and endurance! Good luck in your race.

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6/8/10 3:29 P

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the sooner you clip, the sooner you get used to it. and you can fall from a lot of reasons, worrying about is just one of them. have fun and relax.

Edited by: GWBACH at: 6/8/2010 (15:29)

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6/8/10 3:00 P

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Hi! I'm doing the IronGirl in Columbia, too :).

Last year I got my spd's and shoes about 6 weeks before my big race. That was enough time to get used to them for race day (now biking in traffic is another story, I'm still working on that learning curve).

Everyone told me I'll fall, and that it's a right of passage. I practiced like crazy on a trainer so when I went out for the first time I felt sure I wouldn't fall. I did. Like 1/2 mile out from my house LOL. It wasn't that bad, once you know you are tipping over you just go with it, make sure you don't try to break the fall with your elbow or hands.

I ride my bike to work from time to time, that's when I have the most trouble when navigating all the stopping at intersections. What has been helping is to practice unclipping and leaning toward the unclipped foot on the ground before every time I get on the bike. So far this year not practicing=tipping over. I practice this by either having my husband hold my bike upright for me, or just bracing myself on a wall. Make sure your foot you are unclipping is at the bottom of the cycle, unclip, lean and practice what it feels like to have that leg on the ground bracing the bike. I've gotten lazy at a stop and actually tipped over even though I had one foot on the ground because I shifted my weight to the other side.

Oh here's a tip that's helped me, twice when I've fallen I've managed to twist my seat around a bit, I carry an allen wrench (hex key) in my flat kit to loosen the seat up so I can point it straight again. Hopefully you won't need that tip and you'll be one of the lucky ones who don't fall!

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6/8/10 2:52 P

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I would get the clips. If you fall it is most likely going to be when you are still so you might get some scrapes but not a major injury. What helped me was wearing my bike shoes to spinning classes first. The transition was very easy. Yes, I have fallen a few times but really it is when I am coming to a stop (right in front of my house) and I am not paying much attention. I am sure you will love your clips and wonder how you ever biked w/out them. Best of luck!

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6/8/10 2:38 P

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I have two sprints coming up June 27 and July 3. My Big race of the season is August 22 (Iron Girl MD). I got a road bike last year but have not "clipped in" yet.

So do I try them now and risk falling and huring myself a couple weeks out? Or wait until after July 3 to clip in?? I feel confident on my bike and can balance at stop lights etc. I really would like to do it for these races but am sceptical after hearing peoples stories of falling the first time.

I appreciate any/all advise as well as any "starter" tips you might have!



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