What are clipless pedals supposed to do, and what do they consist of? Are 'cleats' supposed to attach to your shoes?
Like the first ride ever with clipless pedals and i fell off the bridge at six mile and there was a cute blonde watching me climb out of the stream? That wasnt embarrassing at all. Nope.they help you embarrassingly fall over in front of all your buddies or better yet, complete strangers, when you come to a stop.
they actually drastically improve your efficiency and help keep your feet on the pedals on bumpy terrain. takes a few rides to get used to them though.
Anrother said it .. efficiency and consistant pedaling.What are clipless pedals supposed to do, and what do they consist of? Are 'cleats' supposed to attach to your shoes?
I actually have not done it in a while... You get the hang of unclipping after a while.I wonder how many Flat pedal riders are here? With all those stories of falling over without unclipping I doubt any newbies reading this post are going to run out and purchase a pair.
Don't let the stories scare you. I know the Shimano SPD system allows you to adjust the clip tension and you can "break loose" with little force if you have to.I think I'll just stick with my platform pedals, I do a lot of trail/pit riding and like to be able to move my feet around, thanks for all the info!
Good post. I try to run my SPDs at the perfect "break point". If you make them completely loose you will unclip by virtue of pulling out hard, as in "oh shit I'm falling over" hard. This is what I want. On the other hand, if it's too loose you pop out too easily when you clip a rock, etc. So I try to find the right spot where I can get the "oh shit" pullout but without clipping out randomly.Don't let the stories scare you. I know the Shimano SPD system allows you to adjust the clip tension and you can "break loose" with little force if you have to.
A good alternative are the platform/clip pedals and it gives you the benefit of both worlds. I have a pair of them on my Singlespeed because they give you a little more platform if you have difficulty clipping in while starting on a hill.
Once you get used to clipless, it is hard going back.