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    1st Day Clip-In = Crash, Roll, Ouch, Whose Idea Was This Anyway?

    So I let my buddy talk me into this clip-in craze. I was not impressed. I couldn't remember when I fell before this, but I fell at least 5 times this day. Went back to my car bleeding from my body in several different places........lol! My wife thought I was crazy when I got home. She was like ".....and you like this?". Lol! I didn't even know how to answer. Any who, my friend asked me to keep at it for awhile, because I was planning on searching for some good platform pedals IMMEDIATELY!!! I've gotten better, BUT I'm still not the hugest fan of being clipped in. I may move on to platform pedals anyway. Think I'll give it the full month of January before I make my decision.

    Enjoy the spills............music included to make the video more interesting...

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    haha..stick with it---youll get to the point where riding without being clipped will scare you to death.. go out and practice on flat surfaces clipping in and out--in--out--in --out..to the point you dont even think about it...you just naturally get in and out subconciously...also be sure to set the pedals on the easiest setting to get out..that will help..

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    Quote Originally Posted by SB Trails View Post
    haha..stick with it---youll get to the point where riding without being clipped will scare you to death.. go out and practice on flat surfaces clipping in and out--in--out--in --out..to the point you dont even think about it...you just naturally get in and out subconciously...also be sure to set the pedals on the easiest setting to get out..that will help..
    Well, I ride enough to get the practice in. I will work with them for all of January. Hopefully by then I will love them. I'll surprise myself if there is ever a day I'd be scared to ride w/o them, but at this point I hope to see that day. Thanks for the support!

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    Quote Originally Posted by uneek78 View Post
    So I let my buddy talk me into this clip-in craze. I was not impressed. I couldn't remember when I fell before this, but I fell at least 5 times this day. Went back to my car bleeding from my body in several different places........lol! My wife thought I was crazy when I got home. She was like ".....and you like this?". Lol! I didn't even know how to answer. Any who, my friend asked me to keep at it for awhile, because I was planning on searching for some good platform pedals IMMEDIATELY!!! I've gotten better, BUT I'm still not the hugest fan of being clipped in. I may move on to platform pedals anyway. Think I'll give it the full month of January before I make my decision.

    Enjoy the spills............music included to make the video more interesting...

    Singletrack Mountain Biking - Harris Lake - YouTube
    First, it's not a "craze"... it's the norm.

    Second, we ALL went through that process, despite how good you ride. I found myself upside down, under my bike I don't know how many times the first month or so I had my clipless. To the point I had to take my stupid shoes off to get the pedals free from the bike!! So, don't worry about that and don't give up, either! They really are worth the learning curve.

    Finally, if you don't like the pedals you're learning on, investigate others. I started on SPDs. After a season on them, I decided I hated them - I just could not get out. I could clip in just fine, but the springs holding me in place just was just something I couldn't get over, for some reason. I wound up going to Frogs, that have no springs at all. They work for me.

    You'll get the hang of it eventually, and then, as someone else said, you won't want to get on your bike without them!
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    Quote Originally Posted by skiahh View Post
    First, it's not a "craze"... it's the norm.

    Second, we ALL went through that process, despite how good you ride. I found myself upside down, under my bike I don't know how many times the first month or so I had my clipless. To the point I had to take my stupid shoes off to get the pedals free from the bike!! So, don't worry about that and don't give up, either! They really are worth the learning curve.

    Finally, if you don't like the pedals you're learning on, investigate others. I started on SPDs. After a season on them, I decided I hated them - I just could not get out. I could clip in just fine, but the springs holding me in place just was just something I couldn't get over, for some reason. I wound up going to Frogs, that have no springs at all. They work for me.

    You'll get the hang of it eventually, and then, as someone else said, you won't want to get on your bike without them!
    It can only get better, because it isn't getting any worse. Lol! Lately, I've been getting out of the pedals much quicker and have been falling less. Guess I just enjoyed the comfort of my feet being free.

    Oh well, we will see...

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