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SPD-SL & Clipping in

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by HLaB, 6 Sep 2007.

  1. Has anybody got any tips for clipping into SPD-SL pedals? I'm used to plain SPL's and when I miss 1st time with my trailing foot, no problem I can click on the next stroke. However this seems awkward with SPD-SL's when my foot slips off, if I don't look down!
     
  2. buggi

    buggi Bird Saviour

    Location:
    Solihull
    if you think about it, it never works.
     
  3. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    get double-sided SPDs, they're better.
     
  4. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Just keep practising and it'll come eventually, I still look down if I need to be sure I won't miss though.
     
  5. buggi

    buggi Bird Saviour

    Location:
    Solihull
    i find that pushing my foot forward in a sharp motion as i put my foot on the pedal helps sometimes.
     
  6. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

    Bit like sex really :blush:

     
  7. skwerl

    skwerl New Member

    Location:
    London
    hmm. how does that figure?
    better for short commutes maybe but SLs are much better for long distance, comfort, secure fit, etc.
     
  8. piedwagtail91

    piedwagtail91 Über Member

    i've used double sided spd's for geared rides up to 320 miles and 210 on fixed and not had any problems, clipping in or otherwise.
    i used looks but got fed up of sliding around in cafes and walking to the bike, getting left behind at junctions is a common problem with looks and spd-sl, while everyone tries to clip in, they're not as easy as ds spd's at first .it does take time to get the knack, sliding the foot forwards seemed to be the best method, as opposed to the pressing down of ds spd.
    having said that they did fell more "connected" the time i did use them. though thats not to say double sided spds feel bad.
     
  9. skwerl

    skwerl New Member

    Location:
    London
    hmm. I switched from egg-beaters on my fixed to SPD-SL. I've been using them on my road bike for a while too. egg-beaters were easier to clip into but SPD-SL aren't much harder. they're easy to walk in with their rubber tips. Looks are a different story.
    Main reason I switched was that I've had Cycle Fit set up my shoes and I want to keep the same fit on both bikes. egg-beaters can't use wedges but ATACs can I believe. not sure about SPD.
    I may switch back to off-road pedals for my fixed, probably for winter.
    Anyway - I don't think SPDs are "better". there's lots to it.
     
  10. piedwagtail91

    piedwagtail91 Über Member

    theres a lot to choosing pedals. if i didn't want to walk normally or if i wanted to ride non stop i'd probably consider the looks or spd sl again as the walking problem doesn't arise. though i'm not brave enough to use single sided anything on fixed as i'd probably never get clipped in.:smile:
     
  11. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    I use SPD-SL on all my bikes including my fixie and do not have problems and neither am I particularly brave.
     
  12. skwerl

    skwerl New Member

    Location:
    London
    interesting you say that. I switched on Monday, from egg-beaters after my CycleFit session on Saturday. On the way to CF I managed to miss clip twice and lightly bounced off a car one of those times.
    That made me really apprehensive about switching to SPD-SL on my fixed.
    It turns out that i find it easier on my fixed because I can pedal along with just my right foot and therefore not worry about holding people up. On the other bike I freewheel until I'm clipped in and this means I'm slower away from the lights.
    The release tension on SPD-SLs is much higher than egg beaters and there's little float so there's less manoeuvrability when filtering through stationary traffic