By this post i hope I dont deter anyone, I am strictly interested in some insight and opinions from experienced cyclists riding clipless. Does everyone else 'get' clipless right away (what sort of exercise and duration does it take to get the handle of it? or is this going to be like my snowboarding attempt (just let it go and go back to skiing sort of experience.. Story behind the question (didnt want to bore the impatient ones ) Having purchased a road bike recently, i thought to try on clipless. After reading some, I ordered a set of shimano m520's and a pair of shoes (mavic razors), and received the shoes today. So after work decided to give it a try, so much like I saw on the youtube videos, I fitted the spds on my old hybrid bike (wouldnt want to damage the new one), propped myself against a wall (after reducing the sensitivity of the spd's all minus all sides) and proceeded to attempt to clip and unclip. Initially I even had issues clipping as the feel of where the cleat is located was not second nature (had read the manual and been watching the videos), but managed it and started manipulating the position of the shoe cleat to make it easier (used the top most set of shoe holes, and positioned the cleat as far inwards as possible to the big toes as that seemed to help me clip easier). Then like an idiot decided to clip both feet off a wall and pedal some (on concrete) - soon fell on right knee / side (knee scraped / shoulder forarm helped absorb the impact but as I had a fall last year on ice they feel a bit soar). I then wised up and moved on to grass (back yard) and started doing little circles initially clipping both feet, and then starting with just the right one and doing half petal strokes leaving the left foot unhinged and even off the petal. I feel the benefit of the spd (the lift is amazing), but I keep falling when clipping both, because I want to unclip the left foot first while on the seat, and when I realize I cannot (after manoeuvring the heel), I tend to fall - I like to have my left foot out as I decelerate and I consistently fail to disengage the cleat (10 times or more - until dark). At this point in time Im a bit discouraged by the whole ordeal spent some money, but most of all Im seriously doubting that ill be able to take my other bike out on the road using clipless (I exercise quite a bit, but always conscious of incurring additional injuries as I get older). Maybe being in a confined space may not be the best area to exercise (3 meter radius circles), and need to get out on a more open ground - but road conditions will vary anyway. All in all Ive spent a good chunk of money on the shoes / pedals, cant return em (heh, no way back after falling so many times - buckle is a bit scraped on the right shoe but quite surprised by how well it holds up), and all i managed to do is get my behind kicked - I can think of better ways I did discover also that I would like if the mechanism disengaged when my heal lifted but I guess my cleat and shimano mech only support outward motion.