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Old 06-13-2008, 09:13 PM
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Default Romancing with the Cleats

At last! I was convinced by my riding buddies to get a cleats. On my way home from Paulina's, I started engaging and disengaging the cleats. It seems that I was able to adjust right away. As I was about to pass Taft cor Buendia the traffic suddenly stopped. I panicked and I wasn't able to unclip. In short I fell down with a car behind me and lots of pedestrians walking.

I heard a lot of funny stories from people starting riding with cleats... what is your story?
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Old 06-13-2008, 10:15 PM
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Default Re: Romancing with the Cleats

good decision. it's just a matter of training your mind to use it.

plus, play around with the tensioner on the pedal and adjust it to your liking. i also would suggest a multi release cleat.

i've had a couple of falls (with the regular cleats). but after moving to the multi one, i've always manage to save myself. the multi is for beginners but i've grown to like it..... to each his own, i guess...

good luck and keep on practicing with it.
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Old 06-23-2008, 12:06 AM
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Default Re: Romancing with the Cleats

I'm now using a multi release cleats to be safe, but my first time was very memorable everything was in slow motion after stopping the bike good thing there is a nearest light post that i can lean on.
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Old 06-23-2008, 07:08 AM
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Default Re: Romancing with the Cleats

after a long non stop ride in san rafael trail i forgot i got clits on and since we were about to cross a stream i stopped and forgot i got cleats. people in the stream were thinking bakit di nya tinukod paa nya. they did not know i got cleats on then.
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Old 06-23-2008, 08:06 AM
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Default Re: Romancing with the Cleats

years ago when i still have my roadie and during sudden traffic
stop, i fell like a newly chopped timber with people either amazed
or laughing at me.
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Old 06-26-2008, 01:27 PM
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Well, maybe we can't really escape the embarassment on using cleats after all.. I was on full stop and my left foot is on the ground but my right was still clipped. I was about to push a gate open when my weight shifted to my right. There you go.. Engotski
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Old 06-26-2008, 06:25 PM
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its best to tune the springs of your pedals to your desired higpit in reference to how quickly you can uncleat when needed.it is also best to uncleat when approaching traffic or mataong areas,para prepared ka na just in case may bumulaga sa iyo. nga lang, you must also learn to pedal without engaging the cleats. and the way to do this is to "feel" the cleats.and the way to perfect this is through ridetime and practice.
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Old 06-26-2008, 09:13 PM
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Hi CGX - Congrats
I hope my riding buddies can convince me too to go clipless
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Old 06-27-2008, 07:59 AM
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oi adrenalin,

i'm your riding buddy and i am convincing you to go clipless

kukulitin kita everytime we ride
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Default Re: Romancing with the Cleats

I ride down south and I started using cleats about 9 mos ago. I remember on my first day, I was practicing clipping and unclipping from westgate to the pulis station in daang hari where we would all meet up. Everything was fine until we hit the intersection of Molino and Daang Hari. A darn passenger jeep in front of me and abruptly stopped.

True enough.. all that practice went kapoot! I actually fell right smack in the middle of molino-daang hari intersection to the great amusement of my ride buddies. Little did I know... there's actually such a thing as "multi release" cleats.

Fast forward to today, I can't actually imagine myself not having one. I actually get peeved when I suddenly get unclipped. I actually prefer single release over multi release cleats

I've spent thousands on upgrading of parts. But the best upgrade by far was the 350 peso investment on cleats.

Congrats on your first fall. Welcome to +30% pedalling efficiency
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Old 06-27-2008, 03:03 PM
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Memorable was when I crashed in a race I joined (TLBF). I was on the ground and the bike was over me. hehehe couldn't move, had to ask for help as in HELP HELP HELP
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Default Re: Romancing with the Cleats

had my own experience with cleats, and twice at MOA too. once i was trying to trackstand, i always set my tension springs to low, the bike stopped. then i cleats clipped in. i saw the whole world turn 90 degrees, ha ha ha.

since i normally ride in MOA and bike commuting on the side. i use my cleats about 30% of the time in bike commuting, riding in the city streets with all those drivers can well....he he he, you be the judge. but climbing bridges and flyovers.....no problem
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Old 06-27-2008, 09:23 PM
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Default Re: Romancing with the Cleats

The first time I used cleats on our local trail I fell 5 times! I thought I set a record of sorts. The next week my biking buddy ericterte got his new clipless set up and he fell 7 times! Eric's record has stood the test of time as no other clipless pedal first time user ever broke his record.
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Old 06-30-2008, 06:11 AM
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Default Cleats in MTBiking

Do you really need cleats in MTBiking? Especially in an all mountain setup? In sticky situations, we tend to disengage and use platform.

Can you share your thoughts please? Thanks.
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Old 06-30-2008, 06:54 AM
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Default Re: Cleats in MTBiking

I guess it would boil down to your preference and confidence.

Cleats (or clipless pedals) help you stick your foot to the pedals which
is critical in technical areas and fast bumpy descents. It helps a lot in climbing because it divides pedal-stroke load to both your legs.

The only reason that I think that would make me uncleat is that I don't have confidence (or experience) in tackling a technical area.
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i updgraded to clipless about 3 mos. ago and never tasted semplang, that is until yesterday. and it's not the fault of the cleats but my misjudging the half embedded 2" diameter black PE water pipe running parallel the fire road i was traversing. you see, i thought that i can run over the pipe at a 45 deg. angle. but the pipe was a bit wet bec. of the rain a few hrs. before and when my front tire hit the pipe it moved a bit and my front tire slid along the pipe's length and then bamm... i was thrown out of the bike. good thing i was traveling slow that time.

it was a nice experience though bec. i learned that if you semplang, your feet will disengage due to your efforts to stabilize your fall. i have a five-peso sized road rash on my knee to show for it, but most importantly, i am now confident that cleats will not nail my feet to the pedals in case i need to eject pronto. but falling down while coming to a dead stop is another matter though... presence of mind and constant practice will prevent this one i think. me, i try to anticipate coming to a stop or a slomo travel (say bec. of traffic). in this situations, i would immediately unclip both feet (w/ pedals at 3 o'clock position) simultaneously just to be sure. same goes also for very technical downhills...

and as what others have posted, i'll never go back to platforms... if you want to be a better rider, go clipless
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Old 06-30-2008, 09:15 PM
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Default Re: Cleats in MTBiking

I have more confidence using cleats than platform pedals. It's easy to get in and out of and power transfer is greater. When I get to an unfamiliar situation and I washout, my cleats easily unclip from the pedals and I really do not notice that it has. I make it a point, though, to adjust the pedal so that it would not be so tight or so loose. It's also important to practice clipping and unclipping before going on trails.
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Old 06-30-2008, 10:30 PM
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It was nice to hear your Cleat stories. Hindi pala ako nag iisa sa cleat experience ko. Last week i changed to crank brothers candy pedals. I was amazed on how it works. You can actually clip your shoes 3 ways...going forward, backward or simply stepping at the lock. Im just wondering why it is more easy to unclip the left side compared to the right side. is this really the design? I also find the pedals very comfortable to use even if it is unclipped specially when bike commuting.
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It was about the first week I had my cleats. Arriving home after a bike ride, I saw some neighborhood kids at the back of our house. I wondered what they were doing, they were so busy (I think they were catching spiders) they did not notice me as I silently approached them on my bike. I was planning to surprise them with a " hoy anu ginagawa nya dyan! " As I stopped behind them…there it happened: feet locked on the pedals, mind trying to place feet down on the ground, but nothing happening; ground approaching; In slow motion - I came came down with a loud crash. The startled children scampered away …. Not one even looked back. Well, good thing they just ran away otherwise if they had realized what happened… I would be their laughing stock for days
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I too had a "timber" moment in 24hr track in Daang Hari. There was a climb section w/c i knew i didnt have the energy for. After being egged on, I went for it. True enough near the top of the climb I just lost power and started to stop. As a habit I unclip my left foot first. With my left foot on the top of the stroke and found it impossible to detach from my cleats. After a quick struggle I gave up and took a quick glance at the immediate side of trail to see if there were any obstacles that could injure me. After confirming it was all clear I just relaxed on my bike and waited for the inevitable crash. My friends didnt even rush to my aid, they were busy laughing cause of the time it took for me to fall. For some reason i hit a sweat spot in my balance w/c prolonged my fall.
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