Last year I bought a Specialized Stumpjumper on Craigslist. It came with strap in pedals, and I hate them, so I am looking to upgrade. I am leaning towards the Crank Brothers Candy SL, but have never used clipless pedals before. Any advice or recommendations on pedals? Also, I don't have any preference to a shoe yet. Obviously, I need to go to a bike store and try some on, but any advice on where to start and a good brand for the money. I am a woman, so women's specific would be nice.
Great read. There is a lot of "friendly advice" from my friends. And I Thank them for their words of encouragement. But, this read is the best explanation yet. I may yet get over my fear of being "tied" to my bike.
I used to use the clip in method religously until about 2005 when I went to clipless, what a revelation. I used to fear the clip in method as getting out of them was harder than clipless so usded to cramp my style a lot as I was a lot more cautious riding. not now.
Most important thing to pay attention to in those threads is the matter of "float". That's how much your foot can move on the pedal. Times and Crank Bros have more float, you can move side to side more. I use Times, but many people prefer the more "locked in" feel of Shimanos and their designs. Release angle is a must look at too. Typically, a pedal with more float also has a wider release angle........you need to kick your heel out farther to unclip. Some are adjustable for tension, it'll take a harder twist to pop out.
Either way, don't worry about being locked in. When you start to fall, you're going to naturally yank hard on the pedal to get your foot on the ground. All good pedals will release under high pressure, even straight up. I can only think of one time where I didn't unclip in a crash.
"If your brain isn't connected to your foot, then your gonna fall" is the money quote. The mechanics of using clipless pedals is simple. It takes about 5 minutes to learn and if you pay the slightest bit of attention to what you are doing, you will have no problems.
I've been riding clipless since the late 80's and have never been unable to unclip and fallen. The benefits of these pedals are so much greater than the false fear that has been built up. Just buy a set, put them on your bike and ride the heck out of them.
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