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    Clipping in and out?

    I'm just starting to use my Shimano M520 SPD clipless pedals, and I'm having a hard time figuring out the best way to clip out when I want to. I know it's something that's going to take some practice, but I didn't know if there was a certain way to move my foot that made things any easier to get out when I need to. Is it best to turn my foot to get out, or try to just pop the front out, and then the back? Just trying to figure these things out!
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    So Clipping In jam the front in and step down...

    To get out twist the heel out and down....

    Note when people get "stuck in the pedal" they are usually pulling up to get the foot out...

    Wear gloves and go practice on a nice soft lawn about ten times...

    Remember heel out and down.

    I havn't thought about clicking out for oh three years now.

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    you need to swing your heel outwards.

    inwards works as well, but outwards makes more sense.

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    try and pivot your heel to the outside and just practice against a wall till you get the feel of it
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    It's ok to unclip both feet in the beginning if you are not sure. First foot you unclip usually the dominant one. Do it early when the bike roll to stop, if it stop and you are still clip in when you haven't figure out which foot to take out, you'll panic and could be in a world of hurt.

    When I started I follow experienced riders, most clip out when the bike stop. I did the same not a good idea. After falling off the bike a few times I unclip both feet 10-20sec before I roll to stop then in no time I don't think about it any more. Once you build up muscle memory it becomes second nature. Practice on the soft grass is always a good insurance.

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    You may consider using the multirelease cleats. I've used them and really like the added confidence. If you set the tension right, you won't have a problem with coming out unintentionally.

    You'll find riders in favor and those that disagree. To each his own.

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    I haven't heard of those. Do you have a link to some?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cdattaway
    I haven't heard of those. Do you have a link to some?




    www.rei.com/product/738015

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    I use old road cleats on my mountain shoes as they release quicker. That is just me though. I have been doing this for years now.
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