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Posted by Kate H in Girls on Bikes

Moving to clip on's...

Hi I received a Specialized Allez and a pair of Deodora cycling shoes... How long does it take to get used to clip on's? Should I try them at a Spinning class before heading out on the open road? I have seen my husband fall sideways when trying to get his feet unclipped (sudden stops don't help). Any tips greatly appreciated.. Kate

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When I first got mine I went out straight away with no practice, even worse it was icy. :) practice with them first, like, lean against a wall and practice clipping in and out. But no matter how much practice you do, there's still a high chance you'll fall. I've had mine a year now and I still fall occasionally. Try just going up and down your street with them, less people to watch you fall and gives you practice while moving. It's just a case of remembering you have them, but they are well worth it. Good luck. :)

Posted by Communicatorbronze Abbie T on 26 December 2011 at 3:51 PM

I practiced it around a park during quiet times, clipping and unclipping.  and its pretty easy to get used to, you just need to think about unclipping well ahead before you stop.

Posted by Communicatorbronze Emily C on 20 January 2012 at 2:17 PM

I agree with Abbie - best thing to do is sit on the bike and clip in and out - just get to know how they 'work'. I think going out on your own is also a good idea as there's also no pressure or other people to think about than yourself. Take a quiet route with as little junctions possible! I've become a bit of an expert at the 'roll' - falling with the bike with minimum impact - and it's not as bad as you'll think it is.  90% of the time has been stationary; unclipping with one foot and falling the other way - you have to laugh more than anything! Good luck but I'm sure you'll get the hang of it in no-time.

Posted by Hayley D on 20 January 2012 at 2:42 PM

The other thing is to get the tension set so you can pull your foot out easily when you start - it's pretty common not to remember to twist and this way if you forget you are clipped out and have a panic moment you can get your foot out and down.

Posted by Communicatorbronze Kat S on 12 February 2012 at 10:33 PM

Hey Kate - how've you got on with the cleats??? Are you a pro now? ;)

Posted by Hayley D on 10 April 2012 at 3:42 PM

Lol yes I think falling with your cleats the first time is part of the experience. I still thou think mine are too load or I do t have the same drive thru.

Posted by Communicatorbronze Callie C on 14 April 2012 at 10:23 AM

Try & borrow a turbo - then you can practice clipping in & out without fear of failing off! Mind you you probably still will fall off a few times to start with. Finding out which foot to clip in first / release first is individual - my hubbie tried to get me use the same side as him - but it didn't work - i was the opposite side. And don't try to unclip both together - wait until you have unclipped on your 'best' side first & stopped before unclipping on the otherside.

Posted by Susan T on 29 May 2012 at 7:59 AM

I have had my clipless for over a year and I still fall once in a while. I would never go back to regular pedals though. The clipless makes it so much better! You can scale them hill so fast with them. :) Have fun and good luck!

Posted by Communicatorbronze April W on 10 June 2012 at 1:19 AM

Remember to just turn your heel outwards to unclip and you shouldn't have problems. Everyone has a couple of spills when they're getting used to them, but once you get it, it becomes second nature. If you're ever feeling a bit nervous, uncllp just one shoe so you can put your foot down if you need to.....this gives you a safety net. The more comfortable you get, the less you'll feel the need to do this.

Posted by Mike S on 6 September 2012 at 9:24 PM

Honestly one ride...make it a reasonably long ride and go somewhere quiet, practice clicking in and out on the will never go back.  Enjoy and best of luck...

Posted by Communicatorbronze Paul S on 5 January 2013 at 1:14 AM

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