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my 1st SPD shoes & pedals (help)

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by urbanrider, 17 Sep 2007.

  1. urbanrider

    urbanrider New Member

    Location:
    london
    Got them today the shoes are Specialized BG Taho MTD and the pedals are Shimano M520 SPD
    Been trying them out in my local park, the left foot unclips fine but having problems with my right foot unclipping i have tried moving the cleats around seems ok when my leg is extended but when at the top of the rotation cant unclip very easy will keep trying to sort it out, at the moment i'm not looking forward to my ride to work tomorrow ;)
     
  2. There should be a tension screw on the back of the clip which you can undo if you're having difficulty unclipping...also you normally don't unclip at the top of a rotation...and if you're right footed, you'll normally unclip the left first at junctions and traffic lights - that's what I find anyway.
     
  3. urbanrider

    urbanrider New Member

    Location:
    london
    i have tried turning the screw -= loose += tight is that right ?, BTW i am right footed but feel strange unclipping left foot first when stopping
     
  4. Anticlockwise slackens the spring I think...
     
  5. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    Have you got single- or multi- release cleats?

    I've always used multi-release, and they've never released me when I've not wanted them to. But they are easier to get out of.
     
  6. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    I have single release cleats, and i have them as loose as I can. I am right footed and always release the right foot first. I also add a little chain lube to the cleat before I ride to help with the release.
     
  7. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Location:
    Thumberland
    Righty-tighty, lefty-loosy!
    ;):biggrin:
     
  8. urbanrider

    urbanrider New Member

    Location:
    london

    arrr, not a clue ;) how can i tell ?
     
  9. barq

    barq Senior Member

    Location:
    Birmingham, UK
    The cleats should have a number on them: SH51 = single release, SH56 = multi release.

    To be honest if you have reduced the tension on the springs then it's probably just an issue of getting used to the sharp heel twist you need to give to clip out. It does feel a bit disconcerting at first, but it is worth it in the long run. Good luck.
     
  10. urbanrider

    urbanrider New Member

    Location:
    london
    Well done my first ride with me new shoes, didn't come off :biggrin: but took it very slow and rode some of the way with right foot unclipped ;) hope i can get on with them ;)
     
  11. ChrisKH

    ChrisKH Shorts Adjustment Expert

    Location:
    Essex
    They probably need a bit of wear. I had new cleats and shoes (for my new bike!) two weeks ago and I had to do a few miles of clipping and unclipping before they felt normal (i.e. not so tight). They were on the loosest tension.
     
  12. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Location:
    Thumberland
    Good stuff. I've been using SPDs for about 18 months, I think. I could never go back to flatties, at least not for a decent ride.... have fallen off x2 because of not unclipping, once into the road at the top of a hill, once comically into a puddle, whilst MTBing. But they're the business! ;)
     
  13. urbanrider

    urbanrider New Member

    Location:
    london
    BTW they are SH-51's
     
  14. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    Check that the cleat is secure on the base of the shoe. If it has worked loose, it will be difficult to unclip. The bolts need to be effing tight. Oh, and did you fill the slots with silicon sealant before you fitted the cleats?
     
  15. urbanrider

    urbanrider New Member

    Location:
    london
    not sure the shop fitted them for me ;) will check