Problems with clipless pedals

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  1. R.White

    R.White Guest

    "Trentus" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > > What are these clipless pedals that some speak of?
    >
    > Pedals that have a locking mechanism that grips a metal cleat on the bottom of a shoe specially
    > designed for it. This way you can turn both pedals through a full circle applying force through
    > the whole rotation, rather than just alternately pushing down with left, down with right, down
    > with left, etc. etc.

    I was just kidding.

    > The problem is that with the pedal having a hold on the bottom of your shoe, it is a knack to
    > learn how to disengage them quickly. I fell over four times on a single short ride because I'd
    > stop, go to put my foot down, and not be able to get my foot off the pedal.

    > They are invaluable, especially on climbs,

    I don't think so.

    >but take a lot of getting used to.

    Got used to them, felt they weren't needed, went back to platforms.
     


  2. Shaun Rimmer

    Shaun Rimmer Guest

    Bill Wheeler <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > On Sat, 30 Nov 2002 18:55:47 -0500, "Martees" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > [snip]
    > >The bottomline is this... riding with your feet attached to the bike is a recipe for disaster no
    > >matter how you describe it.
    >
    > I must respectfully disagree completely. In fact I will say the opposite. Riding with you feet
    > attached is much safer due to greater control of the bike as a whole.

    Learn to control the bike through ability, instead of through the use of roadie gadgets.

    > Learn to ride clipless at all cost

    And don't bother with disc brakes, because they are no better than V's.

    > and wear a helmet.

    Indeed, but only when you are going to bang your head - the rest of the time, don't bother.

    Shaun aRe
     
  3. Martees <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    >
    > "Cinder Girl" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]...
    > >
    > > "x" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > > > I seem to have problems riding in rough territory using clipless
    pedals,
    > > and
    > > > even when I ride my road bike in town I have problems with them. Is
    > there
    > > > any brand that is easier to use? I have spd shimono type now. If I
    > > loosened
    > > > the tension would that be better? I hate having to bail off the bike
    > > because
    > > > I can't unclip fast enough...
    > > >
    > > > X
    > > >
    > > >
    > > I've been following this post because I've though I might try going
    > clipless
    > > at some point. I'm worried about not being able to get "unstuck" from my bike before I
    > end
    > > up on the ground. Since I took a skills clinic and got over my fear of speeding downhill, I've
    > > been taking hills faster and faster. But
    > sometimes
    > > on rocky terrain with the flat pedals I feel like my feet are getting bounced off the pedals and
    > > slipping towards the outside edge of the
    pedal.
    > > I haven't had a spill yet but I feel like if my foot slips off that
    pedal
    > > that I'm going down hard. Any advice?

    You've definately reached the point where you either need the really grippy platforms (and the shin
    pad and skills to go with them) or spd's - Get them - run them at really loose tension and you'll
    get used to them. (tighten them up as you get more confident with them) I used to worry but I've
    never had a spill where a good tug didn't get me free, had a few embarassing horizontal track stands
    but in an emergencyt I've always got free without any problems.

    Russ
     
  4. Michael Dart

    Michael Dart Guest

    "penny s" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    >
    > Any advice?
    > >
    > >
    > >
    >
    > go for it, you will never regret it.
    >
    > Penny S
    > >
    >
    >

    And here I am with "Blah, blah, blah, this pedal, blah, that pedal" and you go and sum it up
    perfectly. :)

    Mike - yes it's really just that easy.
     
  5. R.White wrote in message <[email protected]>...
    >"Trentus" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:<[email protected]>...
    >> > What are these clipless pedals that some speak of?
    >>
    >> Pedals that have a locking mechanism that grips a metal cleat on the
    bottom
    >> of a shoe specially designed for it. This way you can turn both pedals through a full circle
    >> applying force through the whole rotation, rather than just alternately pushing down with left,
    >> down with right, down with left, etc. etc.
    >
    >I was just kidding.
    >
    >
    > > The problem is that with the pedal having a hold on the bottom of your
    shoe,
    >> it is a knack to learn how to disengage them quickly. I fell over four times on a single short
    >> ride because I'd stop, go to put my foot down, and not be able to get my foot off the pedal.
    >
    >> They are invaluable, especially on climbs,
    >
    >I don't think so.
    >
    >>but take a lot of getting used to.
    >
    >Got used to them, felt they weren't needed, went back to platforms.

    Same here, I've nearly given up trying to impress on this lot the reasons why though.

    Steve E.
     
  6. Shaun Rimmer

    Shaun Rimmer Guest

    R.White <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > "Trentus" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:<[email protected]>...
    > > > What are these clipless pedals that some speak of?
    > >
    > > Pedals that have a locking mechanism that grips a metal cleat on the
    bottom
    > > of a shoe specially designed for it. This way you can turn both pedals through a full circle
    > > applying force through the whole rotation, rather than just alternately pushing down with left,
    > > down with right, down with left,
    etc.
    > > etc.
    >
    > I was just kidding.
    >
    >
    > > The problem is that with the pedal having a hold on the bottom of your
    shoe,
    > > it is a knack to learn how to disengage them quickly. I fell over four times on a single short
    > > ride because I'd stop, go to put my foot down, and not be able to get my foot off the pedal.
    >
    > > They are invaluable, especially on climbs,
    >
    > I don't think so.
    >
    > >but take a lot of getting used to.
    >
    > Got used to them, felt they weren't needed, went back to platforms.

    Wisdom is yours.

    Shaun aRe
     
  7. Shaun Rimmer

    Shaun Rimmer Guest

    Jonathan Harris <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > Shaun Rimmer wrote:
    >
    > > I never had a problem releasing.
    >
    > Isn't that why your last girlfriend dumped you?

    She dumped me for you, ya bastard, as well you know. Why exactly, do you feel the need to rub it in?

    Cunt.

    Shaun aRe - 'chickless' and sore about it ;-(
     
  8. Dennis Baker

    Dennis Baker Guest

    "Shaun Rimmer" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > > On Sat, 30 Nov 2002 18:55:47 -0500, "Martees" <[email protected]>

    > > [snip]
    > > >The bottomline is this... riding with your feet attached to the bike is a recipe for disaster
    > > >no matter how you describe it.
    > >
    > > I must respectfully disagree completely. In fact I will say the opposite. Riding with you feet
    > > attached is much safer due to greater control of the bike as a whole.
    >
    > Learn to control the bike through ability, instead of through the use of roadie gadgets.

    To each his own, I love my clipless pedals. I am particularly happy with them when I'm bombing
    through rock gardens or while working my way up steep rocky climbs. Obviously YMMV

    > > Learn to ride clipless at all cost

    I'm not certain about the "at all cost" aspect though.

    > And don't bother with disc brakes, because they are no better than V's.

    I've never ridden disk brakes but my V's haven't failed me yet.

    > > and wear a helmet.
    >
    > Indeed, but only when you are going to bang your head - the rest of the time, don't bother.

    ... the trick is knowing when you are going to smack your head. I don't have a good track record
    here and have only guessed correctly about 3 times. Twice when I neglected my helmet and didn't need
    it and once when I did wear it and banged my head. The other 150 or so times I guessed wrong and
    needlessly wasted energy dragging it around. I think that the wasted energy is worth avoiding that 1
    potential hospital visit though.

    -- The Ogre
     
  9. Bill Wheeler

    Bill Wheeler Guest

    On Mon, 2 Dec 2002 11:20:58 -0000, "Shaun Rimmer" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >> I must respectfully disagree completely. In fact I will say the opposite. Riding with you feet
    >> attached is much safer due to greater control of the bike as a whole.
    >
    >Learn to control the bike through ability, instead of through the use of roadie gadgets.
    Wise guy aren't ya? Roadie gadgets? Of course learn to control the bike through ability....and
    increase your ability to control the bike through clipless peds my friend.
    >
    >> Learn to ride clipless at all cost
    >
    >And don't bother with disc brakes, because they are no better than V's.
    Haven't I said I was WRONG. Why must you rub my face in it?

    >
    >> and wear a helmet.
    >
    >Indeed, but only when you are going to bang your head - the rest of the time, don't bother.

    D'oh!

    The mind serves properly as a window glass rather than as a reflector, that is, the mind should give
    an immediate view instead of an interpretation of the world.
    :-]
     
  10. Shaun Rimmer

    Shaun Rimmer Guest

    spademan o---[)* <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    >
    > R.White wrote in message
    <[email protected]>...
    > >"Trentus" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:<[email protected]>...
    > >> > What are these clipless pedals that some speak of?
    > >>
    > >> Pedals that have a locking mechanism that grips a metal cleat on the
    > bottom
    > >> of a shoe specially designed for it. This way you can turn both pedals through a full circle
    > >> applying force through the whole rotation, rather than just alternately pushing down with left,
    > >> down with right, down with left,
    etc.
    > >> etc.
    > >
    > >I was just kidding.
    > >
    > >
    > > > The problem is that with the pedal having a hold on the bottom of
    your
    > shoe,
    > >> it is a knack to learn how to disengage them quickly. I fell over four times on a single short
    > >> ride because I'd stop, go to put my foot down, and not be able to get my foot off the pedal.
    > >
    > >> They are invaluable, especially on climbs,
    > >
    > >I don't think so.
    > >
    > >>but take a lot of getting used to.
    > >
    > >Got used to them, felt they weren't needed, went back to platforms.
    >
    > Same here, I've nearly given up trying to impress on this lot the reasons why though.

    Each to their own Steve - the wise to flats, the stoopid to clipless.

    Tum-te-tum.

    Shaun aRe
     
  11. Shaun Rimmer wrote:

    >>>I never had a problem releasing.
    >>
    >>Isn't that why your last girlfriend dumped you?
    >
    >
    > She dumped me for you, ya bastard, as well you know.

    Can't blame her really ;)

    Why exactly, do you
    > feel the need to rub it in?

    Er, let me think about it...

    > Cunt.

    Yep. That's it.

    > Shaun aRe - 'chickless' and sore about it ;-(

    Try using a lubricant then.

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  12. Shaun Rimmer wrote:

    >>>Got used to them, felt they weren't needed, went back to platforms.
    >>
    >>Same here, I've nearly given up trying to impress on this lot the reasons why though.
    >
    >
    > Each to their own Steve - the wise to flats, the stoopid to clipless.

    How could we fail to take the wisdom of someone who's never used clipless?

    > Tum-te-tum.

    Quite. Troll.

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  13. G.T.

    G.T. Guest

    Shaun Rimmer wrote:
    >
    >
    > Each to their own Steve - the wise to flats, the stoopid to clipless.
    >

    Each to their own Shaunie Boy - the wise to clipless, those uninterested in efficient
    pedaling to flats.

    Greg

    --
    "Destroy your safe and happy lives before it is too late, the battles we fought were long and hard,
    just not to be consumed by rock n' roll..." - The Mekons
     
  14. Shaun Rimmer

    Shaun Rimmer Guest

    Jonathan Harris <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > Shaun Rimmer wrote:
    >
    > >>>Got used to them, felt they weren't needed, went back to platforms.
    > >>
    > >>Same here, I've nearly given up trying to impress on this lot the
    reasons
    > >>why though.
    > >
    > >
    > > Each to their own Steve - the wise to flats, the stoopid to clipless.
    >
    > How could we fail to take the wisdom of someone who's never used clipless?

    You couldn't fail to - it's compulsory.

    I've never poked myself in the eye with a darning needle, but I know I don't want to, you
    stoo-oopid fecker.

    > > Tum-te-tum.
    >
    > Quite. Troll.

    Not. Ogre.

    Everyone believes me, because I don't lie.

    Fol-de-rol.

    Shaun aRe - This post was brought to you courtesy of 'Common Sense'.
     
  15. Shaun Rimmer wrote:

    >>>She dumped me for you, ya bastard, as well you know.
    >>
    >>Can't blame her really ;)
    >
    >
    > No, I suppose it was bound to happen, what, with her recent mental troubles and all.

    That was one of the nicer names she called you...

    >>>Shaun aRe - 'chickless' and sore about it ;-(
    >>
    >>Try using a lubricant then.
    >
    >
    > Well, actually, cum to think about it, fucking a butter tub does sound entertaining.......

    Right...

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  16. G.T. wrote in message ...
    >Shaun Rimmer wrote:
    >>
    >>
    >> Each to their own Steve - the wise to flats, the stoopid to clipless.
    >>
    >
    >Each to their own Shaunie Boy - the wise to clipless, those uninterested in efficient pedaling
    >to flats.
    >
    >Greg

    Its a tradeoff, if efficient pedalling means everything to you then yes, you should probably (buy a
    road bike) ride clipless pedals. However, If you have the foresight to realise that mountain biking
    involves more than that, if you never want to worry about clipping in/out, if you want to be able to
    wear shoes that you can actually walk in if you need to without looking like an essex girl on a
    friday night, if you want to be able to control your bike through skill and not through being stuck
    to it, then yours is the flat pedal and everything that's not clipped in it and - which is more -
    you'll be a Man my son.

    Buy some flat pedals, you know it makes sense.

    Steve E.
     
  17. Muddy

    Muddy Guest

    "Cinder Girl" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:<[email protected]>...
    > "x" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > > I seem to have problems riding in rough territory using clipless pedals,
    > and
    > > even when I ride my road bike in town I have problems with them. Is there any brand that is
    > > easier to use? I have spd shimono type now. If I
    > loosened
    > > the tension would that be better? I hate having to bail off the bike
    > because
    > > I can't unclip fast enough...
    > >
    > > X
    > >
    > >
    > I've been following this post because I've though I might try going clipless at some point. I'm
    > worried about not being able to get "unstuck" from my bike before I end up on the ground. Since I
    > took a skills clinic and got over my fear of speeding downhill, I've been taking hills faster and
    > faster. But sometimes on rocky terrain with the flat pedals I feel like my feet are getting
    > bounced off the pedals and slipping towards the outside edge of the pedal. I haven't had a spill
    > yet but I feel like if my foot slips off that pedal that I'm going down hard. Any advice?

    Yeah, its hard going downhill without clipless, thats why downhillers take it easy going downhill.
    On TV they just speed it up so it look faster.

    Muddy - I'm on a roll today with great advise. Anyone else with a problem?
     
  18. Penny S

    Penny S Guest

    "Muddy" >

    Muddy - I'm on a roll today with great advise. Anyone else with a
    > problem?

    yes - there's a new guy on this newsgroup I read, and he really thinks he's the best thing to happen
    to it in a long time. Plus, he replies to a certain well known internet pest and crossposts. What do
    you think I should do?

    penny
     
  19. Muddy

    Muddy Guest

    "penny s" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    > "Muddy" >
    >
    > Muddy - I'm on a roll today with great advise. Anyone else with a
    > > problem?
    >
    > yes - there's a new guy on this newsgroup I read, and he really thinks he's the best thing to
    > happen to it in a long time. Plus, he replies to a certain well known internet pest and
    > crossposts. What do you think I should do?
    >
    > penny

    Yes, yes, I've heard them all before, everyone's talking about him. I'd love to meet him, I bet hes
    a great biker. So he's good looking, and rumored to have a 10" d*ck.

    He sounds nice doesn't he. But I don't fancy your chances with him, I think he's out of your
    league, sorry

    P.s. 1) What crossposting.
    2) There's nothing wrong with talking civilized to others. Notice, I might (admittedly) be
    one of the worse riders for laws, but he doesn't give me agro. Thats 'cos I argue and
    call him outragous name. Muddy - Come on everyone, lets hold hands and sing christmas
    carols round a log fire.
     
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