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    Went clipless...

    So I took the plunge this morning...

    I figured I'd start out simple with Shimano pdm520's and a pair of Lake mx160's.

    I read so many horror stories of people tipping over, so I was literally sweating before my ride on the c&o towpath today. I mean sections are overlooking 30 foot drop-offs into the Potomac so I didn't really know what to expect.

    Anyway, when I first started pedaling, after making sure I knew how to unclip, I couldn't really believe it. I felt like I was moving at such a faster pace than I was used to and was able to keep the cadence so much higher than normal.

    Slight uphill sections felt level all of a sudden. And bigger uphill sections were not bad.

    I focused a lot on pulling up, on the upstroke, when I could, and when I'd have to climb, my quads were well rested to push hard up the hills.

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    Anyway, I just wanted to throw in my two cents and a recommendation for the pdm 520's and the lake mx160 shoes. I didn't see a lot of reviews on the Lake shoes, so I knew I was taking a chance...but I wanted something with a firm sole (road-usable), and still walkable when I'm out biking with my son.

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    So yeah...I highly recommend clipless to any new riders, but, there's one catch. I recommend putting in like at least 300 miles before you get them...that way you get used to cycling and your bike, and you actually realize what you were missing.

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    Cool-blue Rhythm

    A friend gave me a set of spd's, am hunting shoes,

    It's time,,, I need that extra 30% power output..

    I ain't sceered, I crash well :P

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    Yes, I just started and got 20 miles out of them so far. My Shimano pedals are amazing. I try to explain to my friends (some who bike or some who don't) and they all think it's dumb. But it's a really neat idea.

    For one, you get almost double the power (once you get used to it) and you also get more control.

    But yes, I did fall on my first ride with them on Saturday (I only used them in the neighborhood prior), and got a scrape on my hand as a tried to catch my self, and once on my knee. It will just get some getting used to but it's all worth the gain,

    I just make sure I unclip them in the right spots, and unfortunately, on really steep hills, it's just not practical to use them, since you'll never get enough momentum to unclip before you go to slow.
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    I got used to wearing SPDs on my trainer at home where the bike wouldn't fall over. It's worked pretty well. I also got the Shimano SH-56 cleats so they come out easier when I fall on trails. They are great for climbing though for sure!

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    We ride a full suspension tandem and use Frog pedals and love them. Sometimes we don't get out during crashes (like last night) but we wear hard elbow and knee pads and my stoker wears a hockey shirt with built in pads and hip pads as well. Sometimes, staying with the bike isn't all bad (though last night was ) but there is no doubt that clipless offers advantages.

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    I have a barely 1 month used 520's if anyone is interested in buying. $30 shipped

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    After a while you forget you are even riding clipless and unclipping becomes second nature. Any complaints I read today just seem unfounded and ridiculous (XC riding only).
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    The best free advice from a random stranger on the internet - Put them on the bike, set them to a fairly low release point, and find a nice open section of grass (preferably with limited amounts of dog poop) and pedal slowly in circles, figure 8's, come to stops. Make no doubt about it - you will get caught up in them and fall. Learn how to fall on soft grass.

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    Re: Went clipless...

    Glad you like em. My bike came with shimano xtrs. Took those bastards off and sold em to some chump.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSearchVT View Post
    The best free advice from a random stranger on the internet - Put them on the bike, set them to a fairly low release point, and find a nice open section of grass (preferably with limited amounts of dog poop) and pedal slowly in circles, figure 8's, come to stops. Make no doubt about it - you will get caught up in them and fall. Learn how to fall on soft grass.
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    From another stranger on the internet, it will fell much better to fall on grass than in does to go down in gravel. I know this now.....
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    Clipless are good although I've never ridden with platforms. Be aware however that the slower you go, the more chance you have of falling so pay special attention on technical sections of climbs.

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    I'm at that point where I have them here and want to start using them but in 2 weeks we have a riding trip. I'm going to wait till after the trip to start using them.
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    Had them for 140 miles and haven't feel once.

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    Re: Went clipless...

    Quote Originally Posted by dirtrider76 View Post
    I'm at that point where I have them here and want to start using them but in 2 weeks we have a riding trip. I'm going to wait till after the trip to start using them.
    Just use them. It's really not a big deal but really make the rider feel one with the bike.

    If you get a few rides on before your trip you'll be good to go.

    Take your platforms and a pedal wrench with you just on case.

    Enjoy your trip either way!

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    Just remember to give yourself some time to build muscle memory on getting unclipped, and building up your brain to remember to get out naturally. It will become easier.

    Also I like to back off the tension 2 notches on my SPDs as they seem a bit excessively strong from the factory.
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