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Clipless pedals and shoes connect together with a special cleat, as opposed to using traditional flat pedals with toe clips.

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Falling over on carbon frame bike — likely to cause damage?

As per my last post, I'm learning how to use clipless shoes. First 3 days of practice went fine, but on the 4th I came to a stop and couldn't get my foot out in time -- in truth, I got one foot out, ...
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Connecting and disconnecting clipless bike shoes from Shimano pedals

I bought my first pair of clipless bike shoes (Northwave MTB) and pedals (Shimano 8100). The connection is SPD, since they're MTB shoes. I had them show me in the store how to connect and disconnect ...
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Recommendations on how to buy clipless bike shoes

Edit: everyone who's answered has been very helpful -- I tried to select all 3 answers as "the" answer but in the end it only let me choose one. Thanks to all! I'm interested in purchasing ...
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Clicking Left Pedal on Bowflex C6

I have a one month old Bowflex C6 spin bike. I am having a problem where the left pedal (SPD one side and toe cage on the other) clicks a lot when I am riding. I have verified that the crank arm is ...
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Mountain Biking And Clipless Pedals

I have never been seriously off-road on a trail with a mountain bike. I am curious; for any mountain bikers, do you ride clipped in on trails, and when if ever do you proactively clip out (e.g. like ...
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How practical are clipless pedal shoes on a long bike tour?

In the last years I did a couple of long bike tours. So far, I always had platform pedals with pins on my bike and I've worn "normal" shoes. For my next tour I'm considering clipless pedals. ...
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Can I use mountain biking cleats on a road shoe…?

I have an older pair of road shoes that appear to support both two-hole and three-hole cleat systems. I've attached a two-hole Shimano mountain bike cleat to them and gone for a very short ride to ...
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Bolt came out of both clipless cleats

I recently got clipless pedals and the LBS i bought the shoes at set up the cleats for me. After practicing to make sure i felt good about unclipping, today i did my first ride with the system 25-30 ...
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Shimano EX Crankset Pedals Compatibility [duplicate]

I recently bought an old Shimano EX crankset, which I'd like to mount new clip-on pedals to (Shimano Dura-Ace PD-R9100). Does anyone have any experience with using new clip-on pedals on vintage cranks?...
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How tight should cycling shoes be?

Ski boots are notoriously difficult to fit. The fitters will advise to go one and often two sizes down from what would at first seem like a comfortable fit. Do you find any performance advantages from ...
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Can I mix LOOK pedals+cleats with SPD-SL shoes?

The pedals and the cleats pictured arrived in one box. Hence they must be "compatible". The shoes arrived in a separate box. The system used by the pedals/cleats is Look "Keo-style" cleats. The red/...
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Can I setup my road bike, mountain bike, and fat bike with the same set of shoes with MTB SPD cleats?

Can I setup my road bike, mountain bike, and fat bike with the same set of MTB SPD cleats? Basically I have 3 bikes with VERY different cranksets and Q-factors that range from 148mm to 164mm to ...
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Cleat problem, stuck in a shoe

I put the right shoe into the left SPD pedal. (I know, you don't even need to say it.) It was not even attached to the bike at this time. Just took both out of their boxes and thought to self, 'how ...
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SPD SL Cleat Cover, are they supposed to be attached all the time or removed on rides?

I've always assumed you put them once and forget it, and still clip in with them, but then I read somewhere that Speedplay covers needs to be re-attached when you're walking. Is Shimano the same? If ...
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Function of colored tabs on SPD-SL Cleats

What are the function of the colored tabs on the SPD-SL cleats? If they wear through to the black, Shimano recommends their replacement. In my own case, the outboard side of the colored pads are ...
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Clipless pedals (safety release)

Is there a safety feature in any brand of clipless pedals which allows the mechanism to release in the event of an accident? For example, being hit by a car in traffic while commuting, I would hope ...
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Are quick-change pedals a thing?

I'm considering buying clipless pedals for riding my bike on the weekend, but they might not be the best choice for a 15 minute ride to work during the week—I'd need to drag along my regular shoes in ...
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Seal Cleat opening on Clipless Waterproof / Winter Cycling shoes?

I own some Shimano MW7 waterproof cycling shoes I use for wet riding and 45Nrth Wolvhammer boots for deep winter riding. Should I be concerned about water entering my shoe via the cleat opening? If ...
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SPD pedal float becomes restricted

I have a strange problem with my clipless pedal float becoming restricted. I recently installed Shimano M520 SPD pedals on my bike, with SM-SH51 cleats on SixSixOne Expert MTB shoes. A few weeks after ...
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Accidentally clipped into Shimano PD-A530 BACKWARDS — won't release!

OK, I'll bet I'm the first person to do this boneheaded move: while waiting for a pedal wrench to remove old pedals and install new Shimano PD-A530, someone asked me to demonstrate how the shoe clips ...
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How much float do the Speedplay Zero pedals have?

I was reading up that the "Speedplay zero" has a unique float and a wide range, but when reading up on the page dedicated to the "Speedplay zero" it mentions thatit is for Rider who prefers a fixed (...
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Looking for cleats to match my vintage Mavic pedals

Which type of current cleat would match these vintage Mavic pedals (Mavic 646 LMS SSC I believe)? Thanks in advance.
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Look PP75 overhaul

How to make a complete overhaul of Look PP75 clipless pedals? I already removed the plastic cap but I cannot remove the bearings. Does someone know how? Also, where to get replacement bearings?
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What are the advantages/Disadvantages to clip and clipless pedals? [duplicate]

I`m fairly new to the sport and I see the people in my town half have clips and the other clipless pedals. Is there any advantage to using clipless competitively or recreationally?
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Can't identify pedals or find cleats

These pedals were on a used bike I purchased a year ago or so. I just switched them out for some old pedals I had because I didn't have cleats or shoes. Now I want to buy cleats and shoes, but I ...
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Clipless Pedals Brand Identification

I purchased a set of used clipless pedals. They are somewhat unique in that they do not use a spring mechanism, but instead have a rubber block / set screw to provide tension. The problem is even with ...
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Cycling without clipless pedals and groin weakness

I've been cycling long-term in hills and over the last few years without clipless pedals. Over time I have found the hills to be easier to climb, but have noticed a dramatic decrease in my running ...
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What is the benefit of Shimano Click'R technology?

Im looking into making the switch from platforms to clip-less and just saw SPD pedals with "Click'R" technology ( Example ) Im not sure if its worth the extra money to buy that opposed to SPD pedals ...
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Can I use “normal” shoes/trainers with clipless pedals?

Is it possible to use regular trainers/shoes (i.e., withou cleats) with clipless pedals? A friend of mine mentioned he does this all the time. However, I cannot imagine how this would work. Surely ...
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Still confused about clipless, walkable shoes and dual-purpose pedals

I've read everything at What should I look for in clipless pedals and shoes? and I'm still not sure I can have what I want. I mainly use the bike for commuting (which will be bike-train-walk) and ...
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Pain in the toes while cycling using clipless shoes

I am not sure why I get a pain in my toes. After some 75 km of cycling, I don't find it right. The blood starts to clot in the tip of the toes. After I lift my legs while lying down, it gets alright. ...
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Foot Tingling with Clipless Pedals

I bought a new commuter bike (Marin Muir Woods 29er) and some clipless shoes that are "walkable" DZR Shoes 'Midnight' so I don't have to carry bike cleats around with me. However, when I ride I often ...
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Which dual-platform clipless pedals allow for the least amount of movement between the pedal and sneaker [closed]

I am trying to decide between the A530 or PD-M324. I am interested in hearing from folks who have used both. Weight isn't the most important factor in my decision, so I would go with whichever model ...
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Push off with left or right leg

I'm about to teach my daughter how to use clipless pedals and got wondering if there were any advantages of pushing off from a start with the left leg or right leg. Is there any difference? To add a ...
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Changing '75 international to clip in pedals and shoes

I have developed foot issues because my stiff insoles don't do me much good on the bike, especially if I stand to go up hills. So I think I need to switch to clip ins with good stiff shoes (Bont ...
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Where can I get U.S. size 15B SPD clipless shoes?

I want to get some large clipless shoes for an indoor stationary cycle at my gym, which I presume uses SPD. I wear a U.S. size 15B and it is difficult to find shoes that long, let alone with a narrow ...
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Why are my Shimano R540 SPD SL Road Pedals incredibly stiff to clip out of?

I'm new to clip less riding. I just purchased and installed Shimano R540 SPD SL Road Pedals for my bike. I also got Shimano R064 SPD SL Road Shoes. I have been practising clipping in and out indoors ...
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Loose pedal bent under pressure

I was riding home today (with clipless pedals; SPD) and noticed my ankle was twisting strangely with each rotation of my legs. I had just gotten to the top of a massive hill. I pulled off to the ...
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Are there any cleats (for SPD-SL) that convert the pedal to a regular flat platform for regular shoes?

I have a road bike that use Shimano 105 PD-5800 SPD-SL pedals and they are wonderful when exercising. However I would like to be able to use the bike with regular shoes for more casual use of the bike,...
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Clipless pedals: Why clipping in so darn difficult?

I do understand that this question been asked million times, and million people have million different opinions and it's all down to personal preferences, yet I am struggling and need to find a ...
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Pain on the 5th Metatarcel and Cuboid

I have got a new set of clipless pedals and shoes. Hardly used it for some 15 rides. Whenever I use it I feel a pain on my left foot's 5th Metatarcel and Cuboid bones. There is no pain whatsoever on ...
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My SPD shoes + cleats won't clip in to my SPD pedals

I purchased some touring shoes (Giro Republic) that support a two bolt cleat. I opted for a standard, popular Shimano M520L pedal with matching cleats. I installed the pedals, loosened the tension on ...
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I'm a bit confused on bike shoe terminology. Particularly regarding Look KEO Plus Pedals - what is required to use them?

I'm a bit confused on terminology. Clipless pedals are the clip-in style pedals. Correct? Then the cleat are the shoes you wear? Or are cleats just bottom attachments for any cycling shoe? A used ...
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Recessing Look Cleats

A lot of SPD shoes (not SPD-SL) have the cleat recessed into the shoe so you can walk with it. Has anyone found a way to get Look Keo cleats to be recessed so they are better for walking? I suspect ...
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Clipless shoes & pedals and long distance

For the past few months, I have been thinking about clipless pedals. I am mostly a long distance rider. I go for the randonneuring and long distance triathlons. From various sources, I am informed ...
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Which clipless mountain bike pedals have free float (i.e. no spring recentering)? [closed]

The only mountain bike pedal I've found that doesn't have spring recentering are Speedplay Frog Pedals. I've tried Shimano SPD pedals and Crank Bros Eggbeaters/Candy and both have spring recentering ...
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Replace SPD pedals for road pedals… which system to choose?

I ride mostly two bikes: one for commuting/touring, one for training (and soon racing). I ride SPD on the commuter and installed SPDs on the racing bike that I bought a bit later so I did not have to ...
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Is it possible to drop a foot in corners while using clipless pedals?

My friends convinced me to try clipless pedals, that I never trusted too much (BMX background). Now while I'm getting used to them and experience very funny falls, I try to figure out, can a used-to-...
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Learning to ride fixed gear: Clipless or not?

Which strategy is better for learning to ride fixed gear, if you're already comfortable with clipless pedals: Flat pedals at first, clipless after you're comfortable with being unable to coast. ...
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Are there pedals that are both flat and cleated on each side?

I use the same bike for commuting, fast lunch-time rides, and not-very-fast weekend touring. I recently switched from flat pedals to clipless (Shimano PD-M520) but am finding them impractical on my ...