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I have an SPD question. I am wondering about the release. Does it only release by swinging the feet sideways? OR does it release if you fall forward, backward like skis? I'm kinda hesitant to use it in the crazy trails fearing I'll roll down the hill with my bike. Thanks.

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The SPD normally only release sideways, or else you could really trust them to keep your feet on the bike when you are going over rough terrain or spinning to get some extra power. However I can tell you from personal experience that when you crash they will release. I have endoed with mt SPD and they came free with no delay at all. Just make sure you adjust the tension so that they don't come off too easily.
SPD are the way to go, they make spinning easy, they help get some serious height on bunny hops and generally help your technique as you have to find your way through the obstacles without putting your feet down. ;-)
 

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PumbaaDpig said:
Hello,
I have an SPD question. I am wondering about the release. Does it only release by swinging the feet sideways? OR does it release if you fall forward, backward like skis? I'm kinda hesitant to use it in the crazy trails fearing I'll roll down the hill with my bike. Thanks.

Radley
Go to you local bike shope and get the silver Shimano easy release cleats...about $20. They release much easier and are a great way to get used to clipless pedals. I've had many falls and they've always popped out very easily.

You can also reduce the tension on the pedal and put a little bit of wax lube on the cleat, both of which make it easier to clip in/out.
 

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Or you can just take the time to learn properly and receive the full benefit of using clipin pedals. Take your time BEFORE you hit the trails to get used to them. It may take a few days/weeks to get to the point where you feel comfortable and even the most seasoned rider falls on occassion. It's usually due to pulling up once the feet don't just easily come off the pedal. The more you pull up the stronger they remain clipped in. Like the other person says it's useless to use cleats that are multiple release as they can/will release when you don't want them to(ie: really bumpy trail sections).
 
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