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How To Use Clip-In Pedals & Cleats | Clipless Tips For Beginners

How To Use Clip-In Pedals & Cleats | Clipless Tips For Beginners

– If you’re new to cycling and wanna take the next step
to using clip-in pedals, then this is the video for you. – That’s right. Ask any experienced cyclist out there, and they will tell you that one of the best investments you can make if you’re new to cycling is
a pair of clip in pedals. But, they have the power to strike fear into anyone who uses
them for the first time. – But fear not, because this video will
give you the skills, techniques, and tips to make that seamless transition from your regular flat pedals, to clip in. – And hopefully not fall
off at traffic lights. – Hopefully. – This first thing you need to consider is which kind of pedals
you’re gonna go for. Now there are lots of different types, so this can be a little bit confusing, but they broadly fall into
two distinct categories: Off road pedals, for sort of, mountain bike use, and on road pedals for road use. – So Ollie here has adopted the more mountain bike specific SBD pedal, and I, on the other hand, have gone for the more
road specific Look pedal. Which is pretty popular actually. – Yeah. Now although both these pedal systems look completely different, they actually work in
pretty much the same way. So you have a cleat that fixes
to the bottom of your shoe, and then this cleat slides into the pedal, or the front of the pedal and engages and then clips in at the back. And then to un-clip, it’s really simple. Doesn’t matter which pedal system you use, you just simply twist your ankle out, and out it pops. – Let’s start first with the SPD cleat. Now these are mostly designed
to work with urban shoes and mountain bike shoes. And one of the great things about them is that you can walk
relatively normally in them, because the cleat is recessed. – Hey Ollie, where’s your bike? – Just walkin’. Don’t need it. I got SPD’s on. – Alright, mate. See you later. So it is worth pointing
out that SPD pedals are found in gyms and on spin bikes. So if you are used to
going on spinning classes, then these are the cleats you use. – Yeah, and they’re often double sided, which makes clipping in easier. If you’re gonna be clipping
in for the first time, then it’s important to know
which is your leading leg. But if you don’t know, we’re gonna do a little test to show you how you can find out. – So the first thing you need
to do is jump off you’re bike. – I am off. – No, but off your bike. And put your bike down. – Alright. Oh, for (beep) sake. (laughs) – So you’re then so you then
stand shoulder width apart, and he shouldn’t really
know when I’m pushing him. So when I push him, his leading leg is gonna be
the one that comes out first. (grunts) (laughter) – So you found your leading leg. So the next thing is to actually
do it for real on the bike. Now, if your confident, you may wanna do this on a piece of road. Now, we’d recommend a quiet piece of road with minimal cars or
traffic to distract you, but if you’re a bit less confident, then you can do it on an indoor trainer, or against a wall, or in this case, a tree. So, just gonna clip in and
use the tree to steady myself, and then practice clipping
in and clipping out. (jazzy music) – Right. So you found your location of choice. Now, lets put it into practice. – That’s right. So the
first thing to do is to move the crank with your foot into the 2 O’clock position, like so, and then clip in with your preferred leg, which in my case is my right, and then push off, and as you get some momentum and get going you put your other leg in. It’s not a race, mate. – Now it is worth pointing out that you might wanna put it in a slightly bigger gear, as this will make the
pedal go around slower. So, easier to clip in really. How do you find that? – Ah, like a boss mate. – You nailed it. So, I’ve adopted for the Look pedal, the Look pedal is one sided, but it is weighted at the back, which actually helps you clip in. So my right leg is my leading leg, clip my first leading leg in, push off, locate the second pedal, off I go. So there you have it. Now go out and practice, and we hope that this video has helped you make the transition from normal pedals to clip in a lot less daunting. – If you found it useful and you like it, and give it a thumbs up and if you wanna see more videos about cleats and pedals, then click here.
– Alright, let’s go shall we? – Let’s go. – Race you to (mumbles) – Oh my gosh, head start. – Oh, we’re in.

91 comments on “How To Use Clip-In Pedals & Cleats | Clipless Tips For Beginners

  1. I fell two times on my first 200km with look pedals.
    unfortunately the second and last time i fell, i fell on my gear (which i didnt realize) and the next time i changed to my highest gear (in the back) i completly destroyed my gear because the chain got tangled up in my backwheel ….

  2. The biggest thing I can recommend when starting out (from first-hand, embarrassing experience) is to unclip one foot when approaching a cross street or other area where you may need to come to a complete stop. That way if you do need to suddenly stop, you can easily put a foot down without thinking about it. If you aren't used to clipless pedals and suddenly stop, it's likely you might end up on the ground with your bike still attached to you!

  3. Worth adding that, if you hunt around, there are a fair few shoes that come with holes for both MTB cleats and road cleats. Meaning, if you’re worried, you could start out with MTB pedals and cleats and then move on to road ones when your confidence is up later on.

  4. Good video. It would have been nice to hear specifically about the multi-release Shimano cleat that one of the boys was using as they are particularly good for beginners.

  5. What do you recommend shoes,cleats attachment and pedals for beginner and budget friendly price?
    From Philippines😊

  6. Isn't it better to also show how to clip out for safety reasons? Especially making shore that people don't forget there wearing clipless, that's how i made my first crashes…

  7. The fact that you need a video tutorial to explain the technique of using clip-IN pedals should raise the question, is there a better solution? Yes there is a better pedal system. Use SPEEDPLAY pedals and forget all that clip-IN hassle…there is no TOP-BOTTOM OR FRONT-BACK to the pedal…can't understand why everyone doesn't ride SPEEDPLAY pedal system…you'll never go back to the dark ages of clip-IN pedals. SPEEDPLAY is to clip-IN what clip-INs were to toe-clips and straps. I switched six years ago…should have done it sooner.

  8. I actually love the idea of this video as I'm currently trying to convince myself to switch to clip-ins. But as an avid viewer of GCN, I think you cut things a bit short this time around. I would love to know what you think of double-sided pedals for beginners which would give you the option to pedal clipped out if you feel the need. Or how to make the transition into traffic, e.g. when to clip out etc.

  9. Shimano SPD pedals for over 20 yrs. multi release cleats for beginners is recommended. Plus you can walk normally with spd shoes and not sound like robocop walking to get a coffee.

  10. I would have added that before you change to clipless you should practice riding slowly to a stop and keeping your balance, putting your foot down as late as possible. no need to track stand but you must have good balance. likewise starting up, putting the second foot on at the last moment. And anyone /everyonewho has used clipless for the first time WILL fall over – in the first few times and then a few weeks later when it is almost natural but you get distracted coming to a stop. After that it is like breathing.

  11. You guys always fail to mention road spd pedals like the Shimano Pd 520 & 600 or Ritchey V2 or welgo MG8 etc. also that there are sport touring shoes designed for road spd use.

  12. That's a very rookie mistake to puncture your shin against the chainring when laying your bike Ollie.

    Suggestion for next video : How to Lay Your Bike (like a Pro)

  13. I'm using SPD on all my bikes (including the road bike). Only my commuting bike got Shimano PD-T8000 SPD / Platform Combo Pedals. I actually feel uncomfortable riding without SPD. However, SPD-SL is not an option, I always want to be able to walk around comfortably.

  14. With SPD cleats you should have mentioned you can get a multi release cleat that allows you to clip out in more than the one direction of rotation. I use them and I'm pretty sure they have saved me from hitting the deck!

  15. Hate clipless, it's cycling for God's sake, not skiing! If you can't keep your feet on the pedals at all times, put stabilizers back on your bike!!

  16. I don't use clipless pedals for my riding. I do use Cagers though and can do 90% to 98% of a clipped pedal. That is the Toe Clip or Strapped on at the toe type. I can ride with boat shoes, tennis shoes (trainers for you Brits) as well as my regular bike shoes (without clips). I make them just snug enough to easily slip foot in and out while riding or stopping. I can pull or push and if ankling properly can do a full 360. I can also get off the bike and walk around with no problem, with either my full on bike shoes or any other type of shoe.

    I can go for a full bike ride or just a cruise and wear the appropriate shoe, whereas the clips require a full riding shoe at all times, even to visiting a friend.

    You need to do a comparison between toes and clips then you can talk about the differences.

    I don't even put in the flats. That's for other types of riders.

    Specialized Roubaix Comp

  17. I’m considering my first pair of clip ins. Are there any negatives to go with the mountain bike style clips on a road bike?

  18. When I first switched over I had small piece of red electrical tape on my handlebars a a 'visual mental jog' to not forget to unclip when slowing to a stop. Worked a treat and its second nature now. Double sided flat / spd pedals are also worth a look if you sometimes want to ride in non cycling specific footwear. Also don't be embarrassed about using spd pedals on a road bike – nobody can tell when you are actually pedalling, and yes mtb/leisure type shoes are much easier to walk in.

  19. For the "road-style" (Look, SPD-SL, etc.), you really should talk about getting the pedal right side up for clipping in. You briefly showed it when clipping in the leading foot, but don't go into any detail on it. It's a bit more tricky on the move, with the second foot, especially without looking – and for safety's sake, you don't want to be looking down at your pedals when starting off in an intersection.

  20. Guys, you forgot the most important info for beginners: when you're coming to a real or potential stop, clip out with the leading foot before you get there! You can rest your foot on the pedal, and if the light changes, click back in and take off. But if you come to a stop and then decide to clip out, it will likely be too late.

  21. When I got my first road bike, I removed the SPD pedals and put some standard platforms on there because I was terrified of the idea of locking myself to my bike. When I got a new bike, I opted to get Forte Boulevard pedals that are platform on one side and SPD on the other. Within 2 days of riding, I regretted every single mile I've spent on a platform pedal in my life. Sometimes I feel like I should have just gotten dual-entry SPD pedals, but those couple of times I just needed to run up to the store and didn't want to put my cycling shoes on, I've appreciated the platforms (except I kept taking my feet off the pedals because I forget I can't pull up on them in the back)

  22. Are there different clear sizes? I ask because I bought a used road bike with clip pedals and my cleats don’t fit in there and I don’t want to destroy anything… ( please excuse my bad English I am from Germany)

  23. When starting out remember, If your cleat is to far forward on your shoe, it is much harder to unclip as you have to move your ankle a greater distance. get your LBS to help you position them.

  24. Anybody using 3 hole road shoes and two hole mtb cleats?
    What adapter are you using and did you need to readjust everything?
    Why you ask? Because those Fizik R1 knit shoes in Petrol Blue and yellow are sexy! I could change to a "Road" pedal but well… Matt

  25. Clipping in is easy. But how do i clip out mate. I'm standing with half my legs on the bike searching for videos to clip out…

  26. Thank you for the video.
    For me as a beginner its a bit scary, clip in OK, but clip out and specially when something suddenly jumps out in front of you, thats what I am afraid of

  27. Poor boys…
    On the green bike I saw a change Shimano Tiagra

    Like to support their effort because of the change of s**t

  28. My friend gave me some pedals and now I know what they are. They are off road pedals. I didn't know what shoes to buy for them. This gives me a relative idea of what to look for. Thanks.

  29. 2:24 he scratches his leg
    3:05 you can see where he got cut

    Bikes don't like being laid down on the cassette side

  30. Used clipless pedals for the first time today. Fell off when I stopped for the first time. Injured my wrist and elbow.

    Wish I had seen this useful video first.

  31. I always think this is a hazard for me due to the fact that sometimes drivers will cross me and I won’t be able to react fast enough to the point that it will make things worse because I’ll be launched w my bike attached to me.

  32. Why are they called "Clipless" when they are "clip-in". Doesn't that mean they have clips and by definition are not clipless?

  33. Tried a clipless pedal for the first time last week. Road pedal. I’ve always used flat pedals before, even on mtb. And to avoid being too intimidated by it, i practiced one road shoe at a time, with the other foot wearing a rubber shoe, first getting the feel of clipping in and out. Then i rode in front of the house and practiced clipping in and out and landing as smoothly as i can. I did this a few times then when i’m satisfied, practiced with the other foot. I did all this in just 20 to 25 minutes, then i put in both road shoes and rode around the village, making sure i always clip one foot out on every intersection and corner just to be safe. Thankfully i did not fall. I’d be nervous for sure if i started with both feet clipped and locked in.

    I read this very helpful tip from a comment somewhere here on youtube, i forgot which vid. So thank you whoever you are.

  34. The video was good and helpful but that is the first time i have seen camel toe on a guy and i don't like it!

  35. Pro-tip. Take a pair of cheap and foldable trainers with you, like those little black plimsolls. When you get off to go for a coffee or whatever, change into them. It makes life much easier.

  36. Using a good set of clip-in pedals and cleated shoes makes your pedaling more efficient, as you can pull up on the cranks as well as push down on them.

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