Mountain biking is one of the most enjoyable and challenging sports. You can have great fun when biking as well as improving your health and building many necessary soft skills. T
Of course if you want to be a good biker, the first thing you should need is a good bike. And onr of the most important features of a mountain bike is the pedals.
It may come as a surprise for you to know that there are many types of pedals and they all have very unique characteristics, hence their own pros and cons.
One of the most common and favorite pedals are the clipless mountain pedals. Many people reviewed that with clipless mountain pedals, they can now bike with more power and better control. Also bikers can bike with more stable position as the pedals stay very connected to your feet through many rough and bumpy surfaces. Therefore, they are a good choice to use for the mountainous trails.
So you may wonder what clipless mountain bike pedals are:
There are 3 main types of clipless mountain bike pedals, which are:
- Double Side Pedals: whose cleats are on both sides of the pedals. These pedals are the safest, especially when you go up and down hill.
- Half Pedals: whose cleats are on either side of the pedals. They are harder to get off than with the double side pedals.
- Platform Pedals: whose cleats are on the middle of the pedals. They are the hardest to use. if you are a beginner in biking or in using clipless mountain bike pedals, you should avoid them.
Although they have a lot of advantages, you should know a few tips to use these pedals effectively. Here are some of them that I hope could help you:
- Make Sure You Know How to Get In And Out Of Clipless Pedals:
It may sound simple but knowing how to get in and out of your clipless pedals does take some certain tries, especially if you are used to clip mountain bike pedals.
Take it slow and push one of your feet down until you rest all of your weight in. You will get a click, which is when you get into the clipless mountain pedals. You can create a rhyme like click in click out to get you into the track.
You can practice with a bike trainer and in some places that have some soft landing surfaces such as park and on grass so that if you fall, you will not get hurt. You can also take your bike to your rooms where you can fall into the carpets.
You also should avoid biking on rough surfaces as well as going uphill and downhill when you first use the clipless mountain bike.
Remember that you should not go into your bike immediately after you have the clipless mountain bike pedal. If you stop improperly, you will fall and get hurt.
- Do Not Tighten Your CLipess Pedals Much
Remember to adjust your clipless pedals to make sure you feel comfortable riding your bike. Also when you first ride your bike with the new clipless pedals, don’t tight your spring of your pedals too much so that when you get out, it will be easier.
I think you should set your spring to the softest and easiest settings.
- Wear Appropriate Clothing
In general, there are 2 most common types of shoes that will go perfectly with the mountain bike clipless pedals, which are shoes for racing and shoes for recreational activities.
Shoes for recreational activities will require the maximum level of comfort. Therefore, they need to be lightweight shoes, preferably hiking or training shoes with laces for a secure fit on your feet.
Biking shoes for racing will have at least 3 velcro to hold tight to your feet. Racing shoes do not need to be comfortable when walking but need to have a specific design of stiff shoes to be able to transfer the maximum energy from your feet to your pedals for maximum speed.
It is worth remembering that comfortable shoes like shoes for recreation activities will make waking as well as hiking easy and fun but make biking less effective. On the other hand, shoes for racing are not made for walking but ideal for biking. Put in in another way, you can never expect a pair of shoes to be good at both biking and waking. Therefore, you should base on your needs to choose the pair of shoes that are most suitable for you.
If you want to take part in biking for a long time or want to enter some kinds of competitions, you should buy a mountain racing shoes. They help you to have the maximum speed. Not to mention, a high quality racing shoes will be durable and very supportive.
Here are some general information about clipless mountain bike pedals and how to use them safely. Overall, there are 3 main types of clipess pedals with the double side pedals are the safest and easiest to use, especially for beginners.
For the tips of using clipless mountain bike pedals safely and efficiently, you should always remember to practice and make sure you know how to get in and out the pedals properly. Also remember to set the setting of the spring to the softest and easiest.
I hope that with all of the practice along with proper equipment and clothing, you will soon be able to use the pedals effectively hence improve your overall performance in biking.