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    I got clipless pedals on my bike now!

    I got a pair of mallet c's and I tried them on with my sandals. they worked fine, so I guess the platform/clipless deal proved ok for me. Then I tried clipless for the first time. I fell twice and got 3 ugly cuts near my heel. Anyways the hard part for me is getting out of the pedals in slow speed. On both occassions I was nearing to a stop and then I was about to get off but I realized that I was still connected. With no speed and balance I toppled over. But I love the feeling of cranking and doing hops. The control really does increase. Anyways I am looking for tips and techinque for improving my clipping in and out. The right heel is pretty easy to clip in, but the left one is harder for me for some reason.

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    practice practice practice!
    the more you ride them the more you'll get used to them.
    i dont know if your pedals have a tension adjustment but make sure that they are both the same in case the left one is turned up a little more.

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    double post

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    Having seen a toe that had gone into the spokes, I will never ride in sandals...
    Quote Originally Posted by Ingleside
    practice practice practice!
    For clipping out, I seem to do a big move with big muscles, instead of wrigling my toes.

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    make sure the cleat with the 2 dots on it is on your right shoe. it lets it release at 15 degrees. if you have it on the other shoe, then they both release at 20 degrees. i'm pretty sure on that--can check the crank bros website.

    also just clip and unclip a ton of times. that's basically what it comes down to. you'll get the hang of it.

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    I īve got clipless pedals on my new bike. I īve been riding for the whole week and i like it, I didnī t crash, yet. I really like the pedals, i was pretty sceptic about them but now i canī t ride without them.

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    I just ordered a pair of mallet c's and can't wait til I get them. What kind of shoes are you using? What kind of shoes is everyone else here using? And what should I look for in a shoe? I was thinking of getting a skate style shoe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mace2
    make sure the cleat with the 2 dots on it is on your right shoe. it lets it release at 15 degrees. if you have it on the other shoe, then they both release at 20 degrees. i'm pretty sure on that--can check the crank bros website.

    also just clip and unclip a ton of times. that's basically what it comes down to. you'll get the hang of it.
    mace2 is correct...having the 2 dots cleat on the right shoe will give u an earlier release angle (15 degrees) on both feet

    fisherdude4eva - it's all about practice though...find a grassy field and ride while unclipping several times...then do it again and again...some people will set up in a door way and just unclip over and over, that way the door frame is there for support

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    Quote Originally Posted by The TamMeeH
    I just ordered a pair of mallet c's and can't wait til I get them. What kind of shoes are you using? What kind of shoes is everyone else here using? And what should I look for in a shoe? I was thinking of getting a skate style shoe.
    i have a pair of mallet m's and am using adidas minrett shoe...shoe works fine for me....they are regular $65 but i think they are on for $30 at nashbar

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    Quote Originally Posted by The TamMeeH
    I just ordered a pair of mallet c's and can't wait til I get them. What kind of shoes are you using? What kind of shoes is everyone else here using? And what should I look for in a shoe? I was thinking of getting a skate style shoe.

    I have mallet c's on my bike, and I have been wearing Shimano M038's with them.
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    Yeah, I ride mallet c's also and love the platform aspect, but like fisher i ALWAYS fall to the left when clipped in. Ive been using them for awhile and can usually get in and out well but when i cant, its my left. The two dots are on the right shoe.

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    Yeah, I ride mallet c's also and love the platform aspect, but like fisher i ALWAYS fall to the left when clipped in. Ive been using them for awhile and can usually get in and out well but when i cant, its my left. The two dots are on the right shoe.

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    I use answer Palisades they have two of em and I have the cheaper one. Also, my right foot is harder to get clipped in for some reason. I am going to try a shim tonight. Does anyone know how to install it?

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