6 Beginner's Tips for Clipless Pedals

Many beginners struggle to adapt from a standard pedal to a clip-in, or clipless-pedal system. If this is you, you're not alone. You can ask any serious cyclist and they'll be happy to give you their own first-time horror story.

Mark Orton, a certified USAC coach at SpeedWorks Cycling, had an experience most cyclists can relate to. "I got home from work and my new pedals and shoes were waiting for me," he says. "I couldn't wait to get them on. I installed the pedals, put the cleats on the shoes and went out in front of my condo to give them a try. They were awesome. I could pull up and my feet didn't slip on the pedals. I was sold."

"Then I tried to get off the bike," Orton says. "I rolled to a stop, and when I tried to pull my feet off the pedals, I toppled over. There were people watching everywhere, and it was embarrassing. I didn't even take my hands off the bars. I just fell over to the side. I was so focused on pulling my feet off the pedals that I stopped doing everything else."

If you're thinking of switching to clipless pedals to improve your speed, efficiency and comfort, you shouldn't be worried. All it takes is a little practice and a few good tips to avoid a beginner's blunder like this one.

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