Clipping in…

A few weeks ago my spin buddy Emma turned up at class with a pair of cycling shoes with cleats and all. She had a bit of trouble getting clipped in and struggled badly getting them out – in fact she had to take her foot out of the shoe and then try and get them off the pedal!

She wasn’t a great advert for them, but since then she’s got into the swing of things. She says she’s getting her foot into a better position for spinning: more flat footed rather than pointing her toe – something I’m guilty of too.

So I thought I’d take the plunge. Up to now I’ve resisted using cleat shoes on the road, frankly for fear of falling off my bike spectacularly (if you don’t know what I mean or just want a giggle/ cringe check this out). But when we visited Evans cycles recently I tried on these beauties:

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They are comfortable and I think look a bit more casual than full on road shoes.

Mr SheSpoke (also know as HeSpoke) fitted on the cleats and I was ready to go.

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So this morning I wore them to spin  and I loved them! They clipped in easily and actually I got them out fine. Did they make me spin faster? Possibly; pedalling felt easier, my foot was in a better position on the pedals, my right calf was straining a bit more than usual, so maybe that cleat needs adjusting and repositioning slightly?

Anyway, I think practicing on a stationary bike is going to be great before I take the plunge and use them out on the road. Hopefully, then I won’t keel over when I come to a stop!

 

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15 Comments

  1. Everybody, almost everybody, falls once. I didn’t. If you forget to unclip, remember this one tip that’ll save you some embarrassment: Lead with your heel to the ground. It’ll automatically unclip you.

    Also, practice in the grass.

    My wife went ass over apple cart twice, and it was hard not to chuckle.

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  2. You will be smiling at your hesitation of using clipless shoes withing a few hours. Have your bike shop show you how to adjust the tension on your pedal for these shoes. It’s childishly simple once someone shows you.

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  3. Hey, I read this post again and I got to thinking…. Cleats are very funny things. Your mountain bike cleats should offer you a little more play than most road cleats, but be mindful of any odd twinges or pains that begin after a short time on the bike then stop after you’re done. This would likely indicate a poor foot position and should be dealt with by adjusting the cleats (a pro at a bike shop can handle that for $20 or $30). The more and faster you ride, the more necessary it is to have your cleats properly adjusted to get your feet, ankles, knees and hips to work together. Also, if your legs have an odd hitch anywhere in the pedal stroke, this is another sure sign you need some adjustment. Ride on! And enjoy those shoes!

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  4. I know I’m a bit late for this post but it’s very apt for me, as I’m currently considering trying clipless pedals but I’m worried about all the falls I’m bound to make (that video was hilarious and terrifying)!

    Also I never would have thought of taking clipless shoes to spinning! Do you know if all/most stationary bikes have cleats for this? Sounds like a great way to get used to them without being on the road!

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    1. Hi I think it’s a brilliant way to get used to clip in shoes, even just the getting your foot into the pedals and out quickly. All the bikes at spin where I go have clip in bits(?) not sure about other stationary bikes but I presume so… just flip over the pedal and have a look. I’ve not ventured onto the road yet though with clip ins!!

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      1. I’ve got spinning tomorrow so I’m going to investigate – I’m feeling really inspired to get on with it now!

        Good luck for when you do venture out on the road, I’m looking forward to reading about your experience!

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