Going on my first clipless ride tomorrow morning...

T675Rich

Well-Known Member
Location
Birmingham
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 "
It is only due to the dial like markings and movement I said that, I wouldn't say it for seat height etc.

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,
I seem to naturally want to unclip the right foot when coming to a stop and that foot is fine, I just noticed it when getting off the bike that it seemed a little harder to do, that is not to say it was hard just more so than the right. I'll try the table thing, thanks.
 

T675Rich

Well-Known Member
Location
Birmingham
I moved the cleats back a little which seemed to help my feet but my knees, well sort of just on the inside of the knee almost onto the thigh, seemed to ache more. I did the table thing and my feet seem to flair out a little so I need to rotate the cleats a little but I also think my seat could be a little higher but I am only going to make one change at a time.

Had a couple of almost falls, both navigating shared use crossings on big roads, both times caught myself on the fence so fortunately not as embarrassing as it could be.
 

vickster

Legendary Member
Had a couple of almost falls, both navigating shared use crossings on big roads, both times caught myself on the fence so fortunately not as embarrassing as it could be.
You might find it easier to simply dismount before negotiating, especially where there are fences to slow and just walk the bike across! It’ll hurt if you fall there as you’ll likely get tangled with the bike (you do not want to land on a drop handlebar...damhikt)
 

T675Rich

Well-Known Member
Location
Birmingham
You might find it easier to simply dismount before negotiating, especially where there are fences to slow and just walk the bike across! It’ll hurt if you fall there as you’ll likely get tangled with the bike (you do not want to land on a drop handlebar...damhikt)
Yea, I don't often have to use them on my normal route so I didn't really think. The only problem I have with dismounting is I'm so inflexible that getting my leg over the seat is hilarious for anyone who sees it..:tongue:
 

vickster

Legendary Member
Yea, I don't often have to use them on my normal route so I didn't really think. The only problem I have with dismounting is I'm so inflexible that getting my leg over the seat is hilarious for anyone who sees it..:tongue:
Not as ‘hilarious’ as ending up with bike parts in your genitals ;)

You need to work on your flexibility. Pilates and regular stretching :okay:
 

goo_mason

Champion barbed-wire hurdler
Location
Leith, Edinburgh
13 years clipless and I've never had a 'clipless moment', even when I had bolt issues with a cleat and was coming to a stop unable to unclip (as the shoe turned with my foot but the cleat wasn't turning with it!). I just pulled up alongside a lamppost an leaned on it until I could loosen the straps on the shoe and get my foot out!

Mind you, I've just put new SPD-SL pedals on as my old pair were so worn that my feet were moving about even at the tightest setting. On setting off this morning, I found it almost impossible to clip in without putting my full weight on one foot - so I did wonder if I'd have to stop and wouldn't get unclipped in time. (Serves me right for not checking & adjusting them before using them for the first time.)

Made it to work OK though, but I'm going to loosen off the springs tonight before I set off for home!
 

fossyant

Ride It Like You Stole It!
Location
South Manchester
Yea, I don't often have to use them on my normal route so I didn't really think. The only problem I have with dismounting is I'm so inflexible that getting my leg over the seat is hilarious for anyone who sees it..:tongue:
Try riding a Full suspension MTB, and given the suspension design, and the fact the BB is high as it is, trying to get your leg over an unweighted MTB is bloody hard work. Thank got for the dropper seat post, especially when tired. Long standing back injury affects my flexibility after an hour or two on the MTB. The dropper is a life saver.
 

Thomson

Well-Known Member
Still loving the clip less peddles tho . I use the flat peddles bike just for work. Chain snapped yesterday so took the good bike in to work just with trainers tho. Guy at work really into his cycling. Full Lycra etc. Said why I didn’t have my cycling shoes on. I said my commutes only 2.9miles it takes me about half off that just to clip in. Haha.
 

vickster

Legendary Member
Still loving the clip less peddles tho . I use the flat peddles bike just for work. Chain snapped yesterday so took the good bike in to work just with trainers tho. Guy at work really into his cycling. Full Lycra etc. Said why I didn’t have my cycling shoes on. I said my commutes only 2.9miles it takes me about half off that just to clip in. Haha.
Pedals are better for cycling :whistle:
 

jonSX

New Member
13 years clipless and I've never had a 'clipless moment', even when I had bolt issues with a cleat and was coming to a stop unable to unclip (as the shoe turned with my foot but the cleat wasn't turning with it!). I just pulled up alongside a lamppost an leaned on it until I could loosen the straps on the shoe and get my foot out!
I've had this happen to me.

I would recommend always checking your cleats are not loose before a ride.
 

DSK

Active Member
I also went out for the first time with cleats (and on a bike after 20 years!) and its interesting to read contributors comments.

Mine seem to slot in OK but come undone almost without any effort. I didn't have feet flying off the pedals at all whilst riding though. I have to admit, from memory pedalling wasn't even a passing thought whereas years ago I remember focusing on how much effort was being lost with normal pedals.
 

ChrisPAmbulance

Senior Member
Location
Stafford
Did a cross race the day after buying my first set 30 years ago, I would not advise others do the same.
Lucky B*. I set up my new clipless arrangement one evening and rode about 7 miles near home without a problem so I thought I'd be OK.

The next day I went on a 50 mile sportive, everything was going so well I completely forgot about the clips until I reached the feed station at a gravel car park in Nantwich and CRASH!!

Other riders gathered round me with looks of concern over their faces. One wag summed the moment up completely - "First time yup. You'll find that you are more embarrassed than hurt, and just to make sure, we're all going to gather round you and laugh" - and they did.

I'd learned my lesson hadn't I. But no, three miles further down the road and CRASH!! again, now in front of heavy traffic at a junction. This time I suffered the utter humiliation of being stuck under the bike with my lower foot still clipped in and having no way to twist it out, I was trapped. The driver of the 4x4 immediately behind completely failed to show his serious concern for me, sitting there revving his engine whilst I struggled like an overturned turtle there on the tarmac.

Eventually I managed to extricate myself and retired to the side of the road to pick gravel out of my knees.

It's a day I will never forget. Well, probably only about once a year on current averages - I'm due for one fairly soon, so listen for the CRASH!!.
 
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