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    Up grade

    Well I did my first upgrade on my Scott aspect .I put a set of clipless pedals on it.not sure if it was a good idea being a rookie rider and all.haven't had a chance to go on the trail yet just the yard and drive way.

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    good luck learning clips is an adventure.

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    Practice stopping and starting on the grass. Make sure someone videos it for some great laughter now and through the years!
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    Start with the tension on the loosest setting.

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    Ha,yea there will be some cuts and bruises for sure.

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    Its all about muscle memory. A good tip is to just put yourself in a doorway, so that you can hold yourself up so that you can just practice clipping in and out. When I first started on clipless pedals, I use to spend about 20 minutes a day just doing that while I watched TV. After just a week of that, it was much easier. After a month or two, it seems like second nature.

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    I was doing that out in the garage,and then I would take off and unclip real quick. I know it will take awhile to get used too.

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    You're probably gonna fall a couple of times but it's no big deal. Most of us fell over a few times before we completely go used to them. It happens at first because you just forget you are clipped in and by the time it dawns on you it is too late. Once you get past those first few falls you'll be fine and it will become second nature to unclip as you are slowing down to stop. As other's have said, set them loose at first, practice some where in the grass and clip/unclip a bunch and you'll be fine.

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    Keep at it, things will get better. Commitment. Here's my story, got my clipless on a Thursday put them on Friday night fell a couple of times in the yard and raced Saturday morning. Only fell twice during race been riding clipless ever since. Definitely helps with climbing...

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    Clipping out become natural pretty quickly. After the doorway and lawn steps, you wanna spend a little time riding some less challenging terrain while making a point of keeping in mind the fact that you're riding clipless. Do a 'training ride' with a bunch of random stopping and starting to give yourself a chance to get comfortable with action. Start out doing plenty of planning ahead and making sure you're fully clipped out before you come to a stop. Do this deliberately 40 times or so and it should start feeling natural.

    Tip for clipping in that works for me, if you're having any trouble with it - just start pedaling. Concentrate more on getting the pedals spinning than on lining your cleat up. Your foot will usually just find it's way to the right spot after a few revolutions.
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    "Upgrade," or "Upgrayedd?"



    Sorry for the sidetrack Keep at it, riding with clipless becomes second nature after a while.
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    As someone already said, it's about commitment! When I switched, I just went straight ahead and hit the trails full bore after about 10 minutes of playing around in the parking lot with clipless for the first time. I didn't have a fall until about a week later riding around on some round logs in the back yard You'll definitely have a fall or two, and you may have some in the future, too, but keep at it. You'll appreciate the benefits of riding clipped in, or you'll find out very quickly that it's not for you.
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