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Strange feeling

Postby Rad2474 » Sun Nov 03, 2013 22:40 pm

Had my first ride out on my new spd's today not far just around the streets. Strange feeling been attached to the bike i can feel my feet move a little but not slipping gonna take a bit of getting used to. Don't think i'll be taking them off road or to the trail centres for a little while watch this space for tales of falling off lol.

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Re: Strange feeling

Postby lawman » Sun Nov 03, 2013 22:42 pm

I switched to SPD's in january after 8 years on flats and I'm never going back for general trail riding. So much better than flats, even with FiveTen's. Give it a few weeks and it'll be like you've never used anything else.

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Re: Strange feeling

Postby welshkev » Mon Nov 04, 2013 12:50 pm

I use spd's for everything, trail, DH riding, whatever.

as said above, once you get used to them it just feels 'normal'
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Re: Strange feeling

Postby RockmonkeySC » Mon Nov 04, 2013 13:19 pm

Just go for a long xc ride in them. After 20 miles you won't want to go back to flats.
I only ever use flats now for particularly loose or wet dh riding.

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Re: Strange feeling

Postby Mojo_666 » Mon Nov 04, 2013 15:46 pm

welshkev wrote:I use spd's for everything, trail, DH riding, whatever.

as said above, once you get used to them it just feels 'normal'


So do flat pedals oddly enough, btw next time I see you im going to push you over and prove u wrong.

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Re: Strange feeling

Postby francis666 » Mon Nov 04, 2013 15:57 pm

Use spds for everything.
Did a 12 hr XC in them.
Fell off twice cos of them in same place - stop at top of bomb hole where I had to stop to change direction (10 hrs in)

Funny part was trying to kick the bike off me in disgust at myself, still clipped in!

Wouldn't wear them in really severe mud (back to really grippy pedals for that DMV8's).

Absolutely love them!
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Re: Strange feeling

Postby welshkev » Mon Nov 04, 2013 18:55 pm

Mojo_666 wrote:
welshkev wrote:I use spd's for everything, trail, DH riding, whatever.

as said above, once you get used to them it just feels 'normal'


So do flat pedals oddly enough, btw next time I see you im going to push you over and prove u wrong.


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Re: Strange feeling

Postby Big_Wheels » Mon Nov 04, 2013 22:25 pm

I've used them for years and they're second nature. I have flats for messing around, test rides etc. but otherwise use SPDs (Time Atacs) all the time. The only time I get a bit jittery is with unexpected steep climbs. Oh, and when I wheelie my road bike when clipped into super tight Look pedals!

Once you've got a setup you're happy with, you'll soon get the hang of it. You're doing the right thing by starting with gentle rides though; I gave a pair of Eggbeaters their first outing at Coed y Brenin once. I had so many standstill-going-going-gone offs I had a real battering, not to mention the humiliation! I just couldn't get on with them.

You'll also start to appreciate the benefit of being able to fully rotate the cranks with both feet for really efficient pedalling.
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Re: Strange feeling

Postby blinddrew » Tue Nov 05, 2013 13:54 pm

Did one ride on flats when I'd left my clipped shoes in the wrong car, never again. I know it's all about technique (which plainly I don't have) but I just couldn't keep my feet on the pedals, I was descending at about half my usual speed. SPDs all the way for me.
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Re: Strange feeling

Postby Northwind » Tue Nov 05, 2013 20:54 pm

Course, the techniques that keep your feet on flats are also useful for SPD riders, since they're all about moving with and working with the bike rather than relying on being bolted on or you fly off. Nothing particularily wrong with using hardware to fix a software fault but there's better ways.
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Re: Strange feeling

Postby Step83 » Tue Nov 05, 2013 22:06 pm

Ive a set of SPD's im waiting to try should be amusing to say the least. tensions very low on them so far knocked up a couple of miles on the turbo trainer can certainly feel the difference being able to use the full rotation of the crank is a bit odd.
Looking forward to getting a bit of air and not loosing the pedals from under me though

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Re: Strange feeling

Postby Mojo_666 » Tue Nov 05, 2013 22:07 pm

Step83 wrote:Looking forward to getting a bit of air and not loosing the pedals from under me though


You could have done that with practice :/

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Re: Strange feeling

Postby Kowalski675 » Tue Nov 05, 2013 23:07 pm

Mojo_666 wrote:
Step83 wrote:Looking forward to getting a bit of air and not loosing the pedals from under me though


You could have done that with practice :/


Yup. Sounds like you'd be better off sticking with the flats and learning technique, rather than just relying on your pedals to make up for doing it wrong.

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Re: Strange feeling

Postby Step83 » Wed Nov 06, 2013 18:59 pm

im always doing it wrong :P i can deal with the feet going light to be honest they are more for the winter trainer.

Ill happily admit my technique is terrible though

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Re: Strange feeling

Postby Kowalski675 » Wed Nov 06, 2013 19:02 pm

Step83 wrote:im always doing it wrong :P i can deal with the feet going light to be honest they are more for the winter trainer.

Ill happily admit my technique is terrible though


I have zero MTB skillz, but I've not had an issue with feet parting with pedals when getting off yon ground. Maybe it's down to my love of launching my BMX off anything suitable (and quite a few things unsuitable) as a kid (many years ago).

Admittedly this barely counts as getting air, but I'm not as young and stupid as I used to be, lol...

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Re: Strange feeling

Postby cooldad » Wed Nov 06, 2013 20:33 pm

Kelly McGarry is quaking in his boots.

Although that's higher than I go.

Wheels are meant to be on the ground.
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Re: Strange feeling

Postby Kowalski675 » Wed Nov 06, 2013 21:17 pm

cooldad wrote:Kelly McGarry is quaking in his boots.


I have no idea who he is, lol.

Although that's higher than I go.

Wheels are meant to be on the ground.


Nah, getting 'em off the floor saves on tyre wear:

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Which means you can do more of this kind of thing, lol:

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:lol:

In my defence, it was the first time I'd ridden the 29er in the above pics too. Might've been a whole couple of inches higher after a couple more times out on it, lol... :lol:

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Re: Strange feeling

Postby Northwind » Wed Nov 06, 2013 23:36 pm

That's so environmentally unfriendly- you must have caused earthquakes in peru when you landed that thing.
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Re: Strange feeling

Postby Kowalski675 » Wed Nov 06, 2013 23:42 pm

Northwind wrote:That's so environmentally unfriendly- you must have caused earthquakes in peru when you landed that thing.


:lol: Aye there's the best part of 250kg of lard there, not including my whippet like frame, lol (I'm presuming you don't mean the Trek Rumblefish :wink: ). She was getting a wee bit bouncy on the landings, lol (must've done about 20 or so passes, at around 40mph - you can see some of the tyre marks on the tarmac, and the approach side of the bridge was steeper than the landing side). I'm told there was around three feet of air under the back wheel at peak height on the best passes, lol. My rear shock died a few days later. Can't think why...

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Re: Strange feeling

Postby francis666 » Thu Nov 07, 2013 07:56 am

Uh, u just belittled this post
Hope thing blows up and saves the world another few breaths of fresh air.
Your pics display everything I hate about motorised vehicles
Loud noise
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