Fear not! Easiest way to start going clipless are multi-purpose pedals with the clip mechanism on one side and standard platform on the other. With that style you can clip out before sketchy areas and safely use the platform side for stopping/starting. They're so versatile! For a casual ride, just wear any athletic footwear. If you're going for a long ride, wear your cycling shoes. My favorites are Shimano PD-A530; the PD-M324 is ideal if you feel the need for a platform with more grip.
I have you all beat!! I fell one time standing (over my bike) in my clips at a complete stop! And of course it was at a cycling event!! LOL... I do love my clips. The pull part of them on the hills is so nice.
LOL! You guys are scaring me! I've been riding clipped in for only a month now, but I haven't fallen yet! DH husband fell many times while getting used to his, but he rides crazy, technical routes. I love them on hills, and was able to increase my hill repeats as soon as I started clipping in!
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I have fallen so many times with my clips-ins that I cannot remember how many time. I do agree that I have learned to fall better. My worst fall was in a church parking lot on the hot black top at one of the pit stops during a 35 mile ride in hot July. Ouch!
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I'm a new to cycling & fell from a complete stop on my 2nd ride w/clip-ins. I felt like such a loser, but my husband who's been riding for about 15 years said that it happens to EVERYONE & I'm now an "official" cyclist!
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I fall down at least once a season, but I have learned to fall better (if that's possible) so that I don't take out my knees or something important. Always check to make sure everything is properly aligned (both on you and the bike) when you get back up. Your seat might get knocked off center, or if you have a bike computer, the sensors might be out of whack. Make sure water bottles are well seated again in their racks: I've ridden off with a half-cocked water bottle only to lose it on the first jostle after the fall and run over it myself. I'm a bit of a klutz, so I know about these things. But have fun with your new gadget: the power transfer from your legs to the wheels is more than worth the learning curve.
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Everyone falls, at least once! Years ago, a couple days after running the Marine Corp Marathon I decided to go out for a nice bike ride to loosen up. I only rode about 10 hilly miles and when I made it to the top of the hill and into by driveway, I had no energy. I fell onto my left side and there I was in my driveway, on my side, still clipped in. It is much harder to unclip laying on the ground And I had been riding clipless for years!
I didn't fall my first ride... or my second.. it was about my 5th ride with them and I was pulling off to the side of the road to catch my breath after a rather steep hill climb to catch my breath and congratulate myself - when I forgot to unclip - WHOOPS.. no biggie though.. better there than at a 4 way intersection with cars in every lane to witness my slow motion fall.. LOL
can't wait to hear how it goes! and Jeanette's right.. the power is awesome! Annie
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Enjoy your new shoes and clipped pedals. Maybe your weather will be nicer than forecast... We started the week with snow down to 1500 feet and gloomy overcast and drizzle all week, so I want sunshine to ride too! Haven't even worn shorts yet... still in my insulated tights. Ride on...
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Congrats on the new shoes! You will find yourself so much stronger, and it does get easier. Everybody I know including myself have had at least one fall. It just seems to be part of the learning curve. Mine was when I was climbing a steep hill and couldn't shift down fast enough so over I went. Enjoy!
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Just got my first pair of real cycling shoes and pedals to go with my new roadie. This is going to take a bit of getting used to! Thankfully I didn't fall flat on my face but there were a few times that I felt like I wasn't going to get my foot out of the binding and on the ground fast enough! Nearly tipped over when stopping. I assume this is going to get easier and feel more natural! p.s. the weather is finally nicer up here in Canada, got to ride in my shorts today although there is snow in the forecast for the weekend (booo)!
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