Transition from flat pedals to cleats

Posted by Paul​ Walton on January 03, 2009 0 comments

A lot of cyclists are still using flat pedals, and for good reason! The transition from flat pedals to cleats can cause beginners a lot of painful problems, and be dangerous for people who don't know what they are doing. Take some time practising clipping in and out whilst you lean against a wall sat on your bike.

My top tip 1 is to (back the tension adjustment screw off to starting point so you can clip in and out with less effort).

Give it a week or so before venturing out on your bike, and watch clipping in and out become second nature.

My top tip 2 is to (heel kick OUTWARDS).

One of the benefits of having cleats is that you are getting power through 360o as opposed to 180o on flats. When hill climbing, this can make a huge improvement in how efficiently and quickly you are able to climb. Because now your not only pushing down on the pedals, you are also pulling up on them too. Cleats are great for road use but require you to have a lot more self confidence off road. Which is why I think you should take more time out practising clipping in and out.

Whilst on trails, man made mainly! You need be able to ride like you are using flat pedals but still have the efficiency I mentioned earlier. A lot of man made trails have berms that require a free leg for balance to get around them.

My top tip 3 is to (back the tension adjustment screw off to starting point so you can clip in and out with less effort).


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