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2012-06-18 12:53 PM
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Subject: RE: Which side do you clip in on first?
Left goes in first here, because it goes in on a bit of an angle and the right clips in a lot easier as well so it goes in last.


2012-06-18 1:05 PM
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Subject: RE: Which side do you clip in on first?
I use Speedplays so it doesn't matter which side
2012-06-18 1:11 PM
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Subject: RE: Which side do you clip in on first?
Clip right first, unclip left first.
2012-06-18 1:27 PM
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Subject: RE: Which side do you clip in on first?

I clip in on the right first and only unclip the right when I get off the bike...

I have also found that with the SPD-SL clips that it is VERY easy to pivot the cleat on the ground while waiting for a light and fall over (I have lots of experience in this area Tongue out)...to correct this I just leave the left foot on the ground and lean the bike into my left leg...this forces you to keep the left foot planted to support the bike...works perfect

2012-06-18 1:35 PM
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I clip in on the down hill side first.

I un-clip from the uphill side first.

I get on and off the bike from the uphill side.

If there is no hill than I get on and off whichever side I am closest to at the time.

I clip into the opposite side that I get on from.

I sometimes just hop on the seat and clip in both sides at once...

I sometimes un-clip both feet at once and jump clear of the bike, usually while crashing...

I once rode for over an hour with a turtle strapped to my head because I forgot a helmet.

2012-06-18 1:42 PM
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Subject: RE: Which side do you clip in on first?

I always clip the left foot in first when mounting and unclip the right first to dismount.  I don't think I have ever even experimented doing it any other way.  I think it goes back to the way I mounted a bike as a child.  I started standing on the left side of the bike and stepped down on the left pedal to get the bike rolling then swung the right leg over the seat, like mounting a horse.

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2012-06-18 1:46 PM
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Subject: RE: Which side do you clip in on first?
I always clip in my right first... just something I started doing when I was a kid and have just continued.... I think it might have something to do with that I'm right handed, and right leg is the dominant leg, so I probably just left more natural pushing off with the right first... Coming to a stop, I unclip left for the same unknown reason...
2012-06-18 1:49 PM
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Subject: RE: Which side do you clip in on first?

I don't have a preference but I rarely unclip just one(anymore) when stopped )

I visualize "Whirled Peas"

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2012-06-18 2:00 PM
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Subject: RE: Which side do you clip in on first?

I clip in right first. When I stop, I put my left foot down. So when I start pedaling again, I am already half clipped in, and starting out a ride, it feels more natural to ride with my right foot already engaged.

Like others said, I would ignore the bike shop. Just pay attention to which foot you favor on the ground at a stop, and clip the other side first. The idea that you would fall to the clipped side is kind of silly. The only times I fallen, it's been because I was fully clipped in and too slow to realize I was stopping and then falling.

2012-06-18 2:11 PM
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Subject: RE: Which side do you clip in on first?
oufly - 2012-06-18 11:04 AM

right side b/c I'm right handed.....at a light/stop left gets unclipped


Ditto. I also tend to fall to the right when it is a clip-related fall. Subconsciously, I seem to prefer to fall to the left when going full speed.
2012-06-18 2:15 PM
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Subject: RE: Which side do you clip in on first?
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2012-06-18 2:45 PM
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A worthy knight always mounts his steed from the left...
2012-06-18 3:15 PM
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Subject: RE: Which side do you clip in on first?
Neither. Shoes are always attached to the pedals so I can practice putting on/taking off shoes while riding on every ride.  (probably breaking one of those cycling rules) But if forced to wear shoes before mounting - left first.

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2012-06-18 3:34 PM
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Subject: RE: Which side do you clip in on first?

 To the left, to the left
To the left, to the left
Mmmm...
To the left, to the left

2012-06-18 4:44 PM
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Subject: RE: Which side do you clip in on first?
Clip right first (I'm very right handed/footed) and unclip left first, because I'm a Scorpio and I can then use my left claw to attack the stupid drivers trying to cut me off on the road!
2012-06-18 4:51 PM
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Subject: RE: Which side do you clip in on first?
Right side, but I pedal a few strokes before clipping in, I don't clip in when stopped.  I unclip with the left if I need to stop at lights and stay one foot clipped in, then pedal with the left a bit and clip in again when restarting.  If I need to stop permanently (i.e. end of the workout) I unclip whichever comes out first before I freak out too much and pedal a bit without being clipped in (5-10 strokes).  I'm right-handed.  I tried unclipping the right side instead of the left at lights for that same reason as falling to the side of the road.  I fell, my only time.  Now I unclip left again.


2012-06-18 5:07 PM
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Subject: RE: Which side do you clip in on first?
When mounting, left side.  At stops, right side.
2012-06-18 5:48 PM
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Subject: RE: Which side do you clip in on first?

Always left side.

2012-06-18 6:03 PM
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Subject: RE: Which side do you clip in on first?

Right side-

because I follow the calvary method of always mounting from the left side of the horse, throwing your right leg over and putting it in first.

 

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