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    Help!

    Hi all,

    i've just bought myself some Shimano M520 pedals and Sidi Giau shoes but im having problems.

    having real difficulty unclipping from pedals when i need to stop or quickly put a foot down resulting in me landing on my backside several times

    i've tried reducing the spring tension to its lowest level but it still seems too tight. i heard that your food should be practically falling out of the system when the spring tension has been reduced that far.

    so is their any suggestions from anyone before i sent them back and revert to my old flats??

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    learning curve. Practice with them for a while and it will become second nature. You will be glad you didn't give up on them once you get accustomed to them. Make sure the shoe rubber is not rubbing or getting in the way of unclipping. don't give up.

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    /\ Dont give up on them , just takes a little getting used to .

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    buy these:

    http://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._400002_400048

    they make a huge difference for beginners. they are multi-release cleats which makes getting out of the pedals more natural. for me, they are way too easy to get out. i tried them and fell out of the pedals all the time. gave them to my wimpy girlfriend and suddenly she wasn't terrified of her clipless pedals.

    get them. you won't regret it.
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