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Offline StonePony

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Clipless question
« on: August 07, 2009, 09:45:51 AM »
So for the 2nd time in a year, I smashed my left knee cap into the handlebar.  In the exact same spot.  Had to do the one-legged pedal out of Boyette last night as a result.  Was heading up a climb about 2/3 of the way through South Abyss, and hit one of the rooted sections that were slicked up from the rain a bit, and the back tire spun as I was out of the saddle and pulling on the up-stroke.  Foot came un-clipped and the knee just rocketed into the handlebar.  I thought I was going to pass out.  Can hardly walk today.
Ever happen to you?  How best to prevent this?  Increase the clip-out tension on the SPD's?  Wear some knee armor?  Both?  Some other technique?

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Re: Clipless question
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2009, 09:56:17 AM »
What pedals?
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Re: Clipless question
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2009, 10:04:33 AM »
What pedals?
Shimano SPD's -- PD-M520's.

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Re: Clipless question
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2009, 10:11:55 AM »
Sounds like tension problems

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Re: Clipless question
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2009, 10:14:46 AM »
I get that issue when my cleats are dying, are yours fresh?  If you find yourself popping out alot, they are probably the culprit.  Crank the tension down or replace the cleats. 

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Re: Clipless question
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2009, 10:17:21 AM »
Sounds like tension problems
Very well could be -- I don't have the tension very high on them -- they aren't on the loosest setting, but probably only a few notches away from that.  Probably time for me to increase it a bit.

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Re: Clipless question
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2009, 10:18:15 AM »
I get that issue when my cleats are dying, are yours fresh?  If you find yourself popping out alot, they are probably the culprit.  Crank the tension down or replace the cleats.
Very good point.  The pedals are only about 6 months old, but the cleats are very old.  In fact, so old that I can't remember how old they are...

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Re: Clipless question
« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2009, 10:26:10 AM »
Actually, another question comes to mind here now that I'm talking about clips/pedals etc -- It's probably about time I picked up a new pair of shoes as well, and I'm wondering if it isn't time to re-evaluate the entire system I'm using.  Anybody have an opinion about whether SPD's are the best system for what we ride around here, and suggest an alternative combination?  Anything out there that's a better way to go?  The main thing I look for is low-maintenance, and reliability.  I don't like to "tinker" with stuff all the time in order for it to work properly.

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Re: Clipless question
« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2009, 10:28:36 AM »
IME I love SPDs. I love not being able to get out of my pedal mid-air/climbing. That being said, I have the tension at the highest and it means I go down with the ship.
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Re: Clipless question
« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2009, 10:29:33 AM »
Get new cleats if you plan on staying with SPD's, otherwise I would tell you to get a set of Time's.  The only time I ever experienced an inadvertant release from my Time's were with very worn cleats while kicking the rear end of my bike out while in the air.
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Re: Clipless question
« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2009, 10:31:44 AM »
Get new cleats if you plan on staying with SPD's, otherwise I would tell you to get a set of Time's.  The only time I ever experienced an inadvertant release from my Time's were with very worn cleats while kicking the rear end of my bike out while in the air.
What do you feel makes the Time's a better setup than SPD's?

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Re: Clipless question
« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2009, 10:32:17 AM »
I love the Times... used spd's, crank bros and speed play frogs, times are the best for what I ride...
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Re: Clipless question
« Reply #12 on: August 07, 2009, 10:34:07 AM »
Get new cleats if you plan on staying with SPD's, otherwise I would tell you to get a set of Time's.  The only time I ever experienced an inadvertant release from my Time's were with very worn cleats while kicking the rear end of my bike out while in the air.
What do you feel makes the Time's a better setup than SPD's?

They stay clipped when  i want them too, but are also easier to get out off then the others. they can be adjusted, but you do not need to play with them all the time. nice amount of float for my bad knee, but the best thing is what I said 1st. reliable clipping.....

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Re: Clipless question
« Reply #13 on: August 07, 2009, 10:36:25 AM »
IME I love SPDs. I love not being able to get out of my pedal mid-air/climbing. That being said, I have the tension at the highest and it means I go down with the ship.
Lol...yeah, that is the trade-off isn't it.  I'm kind of in the middle - I like em to stick well, but I also like to be able to get out fast as I do a lot of slow-speed climbing stuff just to give myself the extra cardio and skills work.

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Re: Clipless question
« Reply #14 on: August 07, 2009, 10:37:09 AM »
It sounds like the exact same place I had a problem. Only I went down with the ship as Krunch says....I like to stay clipped in. It cost me 2 ribs. I had problems coming unclipped unexpectedly in my shimano's on steep decents so went to the Crank Bros. I get more float which helps my knees and still stay clipped in.......Pedals can get expensive to swap out, but the Crank Bros. work for me.

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