How to get out of SPD’s
Following on from the conversation abotu Flats/SPD.
I used to ride flat for a very long time and I really like them
I changed over to SPD about 7 years ago, and to be fair im still not as confident in them.
For instance I’ll try the tree / plank on follow the dog with flat but not SPDs.
quick question which way do people twist their foot to get out of spd’s?
To get out of SPD I’ve always twisted it in. Ie the heels go in.
So theres 2 movements 1 to twist the foot in then 1 to move it back out and put my foot on the ground.
I’ve never understood “there’s plenty of time to unclip” because there isnt for me.
So do most people unclip by moving their heel outwards? This would enable one movement to put your foot on the floor.
I’ve tried this but I dont seem to have the muscles in my leg to accomplish this movement. esp in my left leg. I twist and nothing really happens.
I managed to get my right foot out by twisting outwards at the weekend but I had to change the angle of the cleat to make it easier for me which would obviously decrease the float and be bad for my knees on longer rides.Posted 9 years ago40mpgSubscriber
Actually thinking about it, I think it stems from when I used to race cyclocross, so would unclip the right foot inwards on the up pedal stroke abd swing it over the back of the seat, through between left leg and frame and down so I was running before the left foor was unclipped (if that makes sense)Posted 9 years agonickcSubscriber
I can release either way, also by pulling straight up if you pull hard enough. I must say, I’ve never not got my foot out quick enough when it all goes pear shaped. The only time I ever fell over was when the bolts came loose in the shoe, and the cleat was twisting rather than popping out. And come on, 7 years and you’re still not happy? My missus was confident after 10 minutes…Posted 9 years agoPeterPoddyMember
I never knew people even thought like this. I started on SPDs in about 1992 and only fell off once at first. Since then I can honestly say it’s been instincive. I’ll attempt pretty much anything I’m capable of in SPDs and I’ve NEVER been stuck in them in a crash, either. If I want my feet free, then they’re free instantly, no thinking, nothing….
Is that normal?Posted 9 years agomudsharkMember
I have my Shimano pedals set pretty lightly; never come out by accident but easy to get out when needed – even managed to pull out by going straight up in my early days of using them. Did try egg beaters which I found great for rding in but definitely harder to get out of though that wouldn’t stop me using them.Posted 9 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
ok, slight twist (pun intended) on the original topic
any other SPD riders crashed becasue they couldnt clip back in?
picture the scene:
bamford clough racing your mates
quick pedal turn round the corner and over the drainage ditch.
pedal clips a rock
your now stuck at the 6 o’clock position, unable to shift any weight back, and thus un-able to do any meaningfull braking. and unable to rest on the pedal as its a nice grippy subber sole on 2 meatal rails!
speed picks up
your on the floor, watching bits of your helmet flying past your face and someone runs you over but your blacked out so dont notice.Posted 9 years ago
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