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Discussion: Clipped in

in: Samantha; Samantha > 2016-05-06

May 6, 2016 9:58 PM # 
Totally get that, especially on such a great day for a ride. I somehow manage to do all of my falling over with an audience, though. Bonus points to Ross for the ice cream, I love that!
May 6, 2016 10:46 PM # 
I feel as though I did not train you rode without a patch kit or extra tube and a pump? And really, put some mats down and practice unclipping until you do it automatically, falling off a bike can get you seriously injured, even if you are not moving.
May 7, 2016 5:15 AM # 
I did ride without a patch kit, because I wasn't going " too far." And it was ok last time! I did practice a few times in front of the house and up and back on the street, and I know how to unclip easily. I remembered more times than I forgot while riding. It's not a matter of being able to do it, it's a matter of remember every time. It's hard to make it automatic when I bike daily and don't have to unclip.
May 7, 2016 4:06 PM # 
I´m (almost) always riding with a patch kit but have never needed it (so far).
So what happens today? The gear wire snapped right off and of course I don´t bring a spare - not that I could have fixed it anyway since I´m not very handy...
Had to do the last 5 KM on only the lowest gear since I couldn´t switch up.

Oh, and I´m too much of a chicken to even try clips and ride with just my trainers.

PS. I could have used an ice cream at that very moment too and surely would have gotten one since all this happened right at the golf club house - only I didn´t bring any money this time :(
May 7, 2016 4:57 PM # 
Sam, that sounds hilarious! I think I would have got Ross to put the bike in the bus and drive me home though! I once tore three ligaments in my ankle in a similar way so you've done well!
May 8, 2016 6:59 AM # 
I did want to take the van home, but Ross told me I couldn't be afraid of biking :) I've only biked once before with clips and that time I unclipped properly, so hopefully this was just an off day!
May 8, 2016 9:38 PM # 
It happened to me the first time I biked MTB with clips. I stopped to look at a big sign with a map of all the biking trails and forgot to unclip. I was lying on the ground under the sign and had a really hard time unclipping my feet. Luckily no one saw me! Haha!
May 8, 2016 10:14 PM # 
Can the clipping force be adjusted ?
May 8, 2016 10:27 PM # 
Yes it can (at least on most pedals I think). You just unscrew a screw on the pedal a little.
May 9, 2016 1:30 AM # 
Unscrew them as much as possible. Should be able to come with barely thinking about it. You won't come out when properly pedaling but will when necessary.
May 9, 2016 1:45 AM # 
My first clip less pedals had something wrong with them. I fell a couple times and I complained to Nadim, because I did *not* like that, but he thought it was just user error. Finally he took a look and determined they didn't work right and we got new ones. But now I mostly ride my hybrid bike with old-style pedals.

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