Going on my first clipless ride tomorrow morning...

Dogtrousers

Kilometre nibbler
Everyone I’ve spoken to have fallen off. It is almost like rite of passage.
Not me :smile: Nor @ianrauk

In my case I think it may come from years of using ye olde toeclips.

As to which foot I unclip first I'm not sure. I let my feet take care of that. I just asked them what they do and they're pretty sure they do right first.
 

Venod

Eh up
I have just introduced my lad (he's 41 :eek:) to clipless, he has read all the warnings and asked me for advice, his first rides have gone OK and he likes them, I have warned him the surprise may come when he stops thinking about them, I find it hard to give advice, I have been using clipless since early (1980's Look road pedals) so its all second nature to me, I use double sided SPD MTB pedals on all my bikes, so I did advise him to use these.
 

ianrauk

Tattooed Beat Messiah
Not me :smile: Nor @ianrauk

In my case I think it may come from years of using ye olde toeclips.

As to which foot I unclip first I'm not sure. I let my feet take care of that. I just asked them what they do and they're pretty sure they do right first.

You, me and plenty of others.
It's a complete fallacy that everyone 'has a moment' and it's certainnly not a 'rite of passage'.
It's now gone into Cycle Chat Bingo lore.
 

ianrauk

Tattooed Beat Messiah
I’m right handed but put my right foot down when stoping and push away with my left leg on the pedal when clipped in, is more natural and when falling, if you fall into the traffic your right leg is free to save you and B save the rear derailleur from getting bent.

The same as me.
Right handed and unclip with the right, push off with the left.
 

Threevok

President of the Not From Brazil party
Location
South Wales
I've started back on the clipless this week, after 8 months away.

It was surprisingly easy - like I'd never stopped.

IT's when I go from clipless to flats I seem to struggle for a few days, especially trying to unclip :laugh:
 

T675Rich

Well-Known Member
Location
Birmingham
My spd shoes and pedals are waiting for me at my local collect+ place, nervous about using them for the first time but I'll practice a bit at low speed by my house for a bit over the weekend.
 

Dogtrousers

Kilometre nibbler
My spd shoes and pedals are waiting for me at my local collect+ place, nervous about using them for the first time but I'll practice a bit at low speed by my house for a bit over the weekend.
As someone mentioned above, a good idea is to go to a park with a bit of flat grass and ride round for half an hour or so clipping in and unclipping. Try challenging yourself to see how late you can leave it and how slow you can go. Then when you do get going, just keep randomly unclipping and clipping in as you go to reinforce it for a bit.
 

T675Rich

Well-Known Member
Location
Birmingham
First commute in them and I seem to be getting on quite well with them, the only issue I had at the first stop was focusing too much on being unclipped that I didn't get into the right gear. The shoes are really comfortable although I need to adjust the cleat on the left shoe and the right was fine my left foot ached a little, just need to work out what the actual issue was. I have the tension dialled down to the minimum at the moment.
 

Venod

Eh up
I have the tension dialled down to the minimum at the moment.
Where does the word dialled come from when used in this context, is it yet another Americanism along with Fenders and Decals, I know what it means, but saying I have the tension set to the minmum would have made more sense.

When people state, "I have all the settings for my bike dialled in correctly" it makes me cringe.

Rant over.
 

ianrauk

Tattooed Beat Messiah
First commute in them and I seem to be getting on quite well with them, the only issue I had at the first stop was focusing too much on being unclipped that I didn't get into the right gear. The shoes are really comfortable although I need to adjust the cleat on the left shoe and the right was fine my left foot ached a little, just need to work out what the actual issue was. I have the tension dialled down to the minimum at the moment.

Move the cleats back a little. See if that helps the aches.
 

Dogtrousers

Kilometre nibbler
Where does the word dialled come from when used in this context, is it yet another Americanism along with Fenders and Decals, I know what it means, but saying I have the tension set to the minmum would have made more sense.

When people state, "I have all the settings for my bike dialled in correctly" it makes me cringe.

Rant over.
The tension setting is a hex socket with a little curved double headed arrow stamped next to it. It looks like a dial.

You could say also "turned down", or "set" or "adjusted" to the minimum. People will still understand what you mean.
 

T675Rich

Well-Known Member
Location
Birmingham
Where does the word dialled come from when used in this context, is it yet another Americanism along with Fenders and Decals, I know what it means, but saying I have the tension set to the minmum would have made more sense.

When people state, "I have all the settings for my bike dialled in correctly" it makes me cringe.

Rant over.
I apologise, I seem to have annoyed you with my choice of words, I shall endeavour never to do it again. It is due to the markings on the pedal next to the tension screw looking like a dial's markings to me and the fact that like a dial the amount you turn it affects something rather than most screws being tightened up or not..

Move the cleats back a little. See if that helps the aches.
I find it harder to unclip the left foot as well, I am wondering if I need to rotate is slightly as well.
 

Venod

Eh up
I apologise, I seem to have annoyed you with my choice of words
No you haven't annoyed me, and I can see where dialled could be used with a pedal with what looks like a dial, but people use "dialled in" when referring to setting the seat, handlebars etc, as in the expression, " the bike settings are dialled "
 
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ianrauk

Tattooed Beat Messiah
I find it harder to unclip the left foot as well, I am wondering if I need to rotate is slightly as well.
Try unclipping using your right foot. For some people it does feel more natural.
Don't worry about the naysayers saying you should only unclip with your left. Do what YOU feel is comfortable.

A good tip is to sit on a table with your feet hanging down, check to see where your feet are naturally. Whether facing in or out and rotate the cleats to suit,
 
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