Your are viewing a read-only archive of the old DiS boards. Please hit the Community button above to engage with the DiS !
Anyone use these?
Easy to learn?
Any humiliating fally-over stories?
some new fangled footwear?
but i think you can get some cream from the local chemist that'll clear it right up
The girlfriend got me these shoes for my birthday: http://www.primera-sports.com/products/shoes-road-578/specialized-2012-elite-road-shoes-8241.aspx
Don't know too much about the pedals though, so will be keeping an eye on this thread.
Seems to me that I will *definitely* fall off a few times before I get the hang of it!
at the weekend. Don't want to have to go in the car and then practice in the garden as that would be lame.
But I also don't want to be crying on the shop floor because I've fallen over and I'm stuck to the bike.
and I fell over in the road at some traffic lights and a lorry almost ran over my head. It was very scary. I didn't cry though. You'll be fine.
a lorry runs over his head and he cries, you mean.
*about boring cycling shoes
one time in front a van at some lights. the other time on the pavement surrounded by loads of 5 year olds.
Once at a busy junction and once at a - thankfully quiet - roundabout. Stick with them though - nothing has improved my cycling more than clipless pedals.
I use these shoes http://www.stefanoboggia.it/232-7209-large/scarpe-gaerne-gcoste-rosse.jpg
with Look Keo pedals. All very easy to use once you get used to them. Just practise clipping in and out a few times while you have something to hold on to... it'll soon become second nature.
especially if you're spending any serious amount of time cycling.
Should get one of these helmets as well
Special shoes for riding a bike? It's because of things like this that the developing world hates us (specifically special shoes-related things)
Just get some DMR V12s.
Not so keen on them, although I don't hate them. Apart from anything else, they've completely shredded my shins/calves to pieces - they're so sharp!
Still grippy without them.
I know what you mean though, it's not much fun when you get a shin/pedal interface. Lovely pedals though.
Good work, virgins.
does this mean that youre a racer zxcvbnm?
how fast can you go exactly?
any pics of you on your bike?
do you also have 'special shorts'?
and do you shave your legs?
this is a whole new world for me, i never knew there were specialist cycling shoes, (OK maybe for the olympics or world records)
but if they are that specialist, and ordinary trainers just wont do, then what on earth do you do when you get off your bike to walk? do you change shoes?
By the way, it might sound like Im taking the p*** but Im not.
I once had a special pair of tug-of-war boots.
About 100 mph on the flat I reckon
Impossible to take pictures of yourself when on a bike doing a tonne
Nah. Might get some but they make you look like you've filled yerself
Never for cycling reasons
Specialist shoes quite common these days, more efficient. You can get nice ones that you can also walk in, the cleat locks into a hole in the sole.
'"the cleat locks into a hole in the sole"' I think that I can now gather what is probably going on with them now
I have them on my hybrid. They are really good but even having used them for a couple of years I still have them on their loosest setting. You get used to anticipating when you need unclip but there will be moments when you either struggle to or just forget.
When I eventually managed to clip my feet in for the first time I made sure that I only cycled where I knew I wouldn't have to stop and that when I had to that I would be near things that I could lean against!
Just put a deposit on a carbon road bike and I shall most definitely be putting SPDs on it.
Side note: I've test-ridden a lot of road bikes recently. Some shops made me use cages, which I did not like at all, but some shops fitted V12s or similar, which felt great! SPDs will make you more efficient, though.
Of all the specialist cycling gear you can get, clipless pedals are the only ones that really make a massive difference to your ride. You end up pedalling circles (not the same as pulling up on the pedals) instead of mashing on them. I don't know if these are the correct terms but I don't care.
I got SPDs for my road bike so I could walk in the shoes and they come double-sided. I now have the same for my hybrid too. I just spent an evening cycling round my estate before I braved the road. Unclipping became second nature to me.
Not being clipped-in feels weird to me now. The only embarassing moment I've had was when I tried to ride my wife's bike and my feet came flying off her regular pedals.
So yeah. Get some.
Seems to be 'well worth having but you are going to fall off a bit.'
As I tended to panic a bit.
They make such a huge difference though. The first time I used them I cycled from London - Paris and it was amazing how much more power I seemed to have and also how much more comfortable it made riding.
The only time I wouldn't wear them (on the road) would be going through central London as when it's that start-stop it's more hassle than it's worth.
I rode from London to Paris and back but I used my mountain bike to get in and out of London. Very glad I did because I kept getting stuck behind buses.
Still got it
Also, any recommendations for a decent first set, in to region of about £40 - £50?
if you're going to be doing any walking off the bike then SPD's are probably what you're looking for. If it's racing / long cycling SPD SL or Look type pedals might be better...
i got hot spots on one foot when first using them (used the look system, rahter than spd system, as more float for the knees)
so make sure you set the cleats up properly.
this is on my road bike, have spds on the mountain bike as more likely to use that for trips to pub etc when dont want to be walking around like a duck
you can get clip in platforms to turn them into normal pedals when you dont want to use the shoes, better that getting the single side spd/ single side normal pedal imo
first time i used them i spent ages practising clipping in & out & consequently have never fallen off.
95% plus of people who convert have a falling off story (see dara o'brieieieins routine on it)
Why oh why don't they bring back that programme?