bura wrote:Hi all,
Cycling from Camberwell to the city (and back), hopefully four days a week. I've just bought Shimano shoes and am getting used to clipping in and out. Love the feeling while powering along but it also feels dangerous, particularly when a car swings out of a parking space, blocking everything but the tram lines etc..
Notice very few people using clipped in cycling shoes - wondering if it is worth it safety-wise? How many people here commute clipping in and out at every set of lights?
Any advice for someone starting out?
I've been riding with SPD or Eggbeaters for six or eight years now. Clipping and unclipping has become second nature, like some of the other folks said.
I really like the sound you hear when you first clip in to start a ride. That signals to me that good times are going to start. Like the old proverb, "A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step."
Stuff I learned along the way:
1. Decide which foot your going to unclip and stay with it. I live the U.S., so I unclip my right foot.
2. To make SURE I got in the habit of unclipping for stops signs and lights, would unclip and hold my right leg out at about a 45-degree angle when I slowed down. It looked funny, but made me more conscious of what I was doing. It also had the side effect of signaling to motorists at the intersection that I was going to stop. I don't swing out as far as I once did, but I've kept the exaggerated move.
3. Don't worry about staying attached to the bike if you go down. The one endo I did proved that you and the bike WILL come apart.
4. I've taught several folks how to get used to them. We go out on a road without much traffic and I'll holler, "STOP!" or "UNCLIP" from time to time until they get the hang of it.