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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 9:45 pm 
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So I ordered myself some Shimano 520 clipless pedals and cheap muddyfox SPD compatible shoes. Let me first say... I'm NOT an experienced cyclist.

The feeling of not being in control... oh my gosh. I had them at the default settings and couldn't get a shoe out.. and fell to the wrong side. Oh man.. I could only laugh on the floor. The second time (15 mins later) I got cocky and tried to turn too tight.... cue me hitting the deck with a few cuts. And of course.. I laughed out loud again :-D

Suffice to say.. I have put all four springs in 'panic' mode (the loosest setting)... and that little thought in my head is saying "Were they necessary?"

All I can say is thank goodness the other day when I came off at about 15mph that I DIDN'T have these on! (luckily cyfa has serviced the bike since then ;-) )


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 10:07 pm 
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never tried SPDs never want to try them either!


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 10:11 pm 
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i think they are great, once you get used to them you wont ride without them.

best to practice getting out of them before you head outside


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 10:31 pm 
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bigmick wrote:
...once you get used to them you wont ride without them...

Not necessarily...! I have only ever used clipless until I got my modern FS and have switched to flats... ;)


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 10:55 pm 
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Once clipless, always clipless...unless you were dropped on your head as a child.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 11:10 pm 
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I did actually fall out of a tree in Cyprus as a child whilst hanging upside down from it.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 11:11 pm 
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It's not long before you get used to the 'twisting heel of panic' that saves your neck in those situations. :)

Always flats for tricks though. :)


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 12:20 am 
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Always clipless back in the day, then a few years off the bike during which time my knees got even worse so onto flats. I tried clipless again last year, still sore on the inside of the knees.

So of course I have just bought some Time clipless to see if I can get on with them.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 12:52 am 
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I haven't been using clipless that long but I really like them and you get used to them very quickly. Try using 'multi release' SH 56 cleats as well, they might help.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 1:35 am 
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Just checked, mine are single release. SH51.

Btw... looking at the design of the pedals.. I've definately put them on LEft and Right correctly.. but they 'look' like they should be on the otherside... as it looks like you should more easily get them out the other side.

btw.. why do they damage your knees?


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