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SPD Clips

Post by NigelP » Sun May 15, 2005 18:17

Does anyone have a set of Shimano SPD Clips type 55 (for beginners) that they would be willing to sell/lend/exchange for type 51's.

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Re: SPD Clips

Post by Viv Powell » Mon May 16, 2005 12:42

NigelP wrote:Does anyone have a set of Shimano SPD Clips type 55 (for beginners) that they would be willing to sell/lend/exchange for type 51's.
Er no, but I do have two sets of type 51!! a pair with each pair of pedals. I bought some 55's for £10 at John's Bikes.
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Re: SPD Clips

Post by MartinF » Mon May 16, 2005 17:32

NigelP wrote:Does anyone have a set of Shimano SPD Clips type 55 (for beginners)
I'm not sure I would say they're for beginners; they're just different from the 51's in that you can also release them by lifting the heel rather than just swivelling the heel.

They're also available from Chain Reaction (link here), and I'm sure Andy @ Chain Life in Thornbury could get them for you, too.
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Post by NigelP » Mon May 16, 2005 18:12

Thanks Martin and Viv. I have ordered the clips from Chain reaction along with some armor plating. I have managed my first few yards and a fall already.

I assume the clips I have (51's) attach with the narrow end nearest the toe of the shoe? It seemed to work.

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Post by Ian Long » Mon May 16, 2005 18:32

Sounds like I am too late, however I have a spare pair if you need them.

What type of armour plating did you go for?

On Sunday I was very impressed with Al's ability to predict the future - when we set off on our Ridgeway ride, he decided to only put on his arm pads. Sure enough, early on in the ride he has a minor fall and catches his arm pads perfectly :D. How did he know he wasn't going to need the leg pads? :? May be he should have bought a lottery ticket before setting out.....
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Post by NigelP » Tue May 17, 2005 09:36

Thanks for the offer Ian, however the order is in now.

I have chosen the same arm protection as you, Brand X, but different leg protection, Roach Indi Leg. I found the brand X rubbed my delicate knees, but I wait to see if this other design is any better.

Based on my limited experience the best solution seems to be to pick a patch of soft grass (or in Al's case land on a bed of moss between the boulders). Failing that, the padding and easy exit clips may help.

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Post by Al Donald » Tue May 17, 2005 11:48

Yes, lucky wasn't it! Although I did get a slight bruise on my lower back in that tumble. At my current rate of falling off it won't be long before I need a pressure suit and full face helmet!!

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Post by NigelP » Tue May 17, 2005 12:29

In my blissful ignorance I put the mid air pirouette, with bike attached, down to skill.

However, I was quick to realise that the main benefit of the Camelback is to provide a soft landing; especially the soft Mars bar. This was followed shortly by the acquisition of a first aid kit after seeing Nerolli's show stopping loop, which totally overshot the Camelback landing zone. This was the full forward without pirouette. I am hoping the addition of arm and leg protection will make the targeting easier for a newbie.

A friend has just bruised a few ribs after a catapult on his board, so I guess its wet weather armor plating next. Ooops, sorry Martin, wrong forum.

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Post by Ian Long » Wed May 18, 2005 08:40

I find a Malt loaf far better than a Mars bar. It has a larger area, provides better deceleration characteristics and has the advantage that it looks and tastes exactly the same after someone has landed on it :lol:.

Neroli and I tried our legs pads without 3/4 length shorts protecting the back of our knees for the first time on Sunday. Both of us found they were prone to pinching and were getting sore by the end of the ride. I guess we will have to pay more attention to strap positioning next time.
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Post by NigelP » Wed May 18, 2005 10:01

The leggings arrived today. If nothing else my legs are are set up for a career in martial arts.

Is all this strap adjusting a special aide for newly weds?
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Post by Ian Long » Wed May 18, 2005 13:15

Is all this strap adjusting a special aide for newly weds?
Probably - if you want further details, may be I'd better send them offline :lol:, photos come at a price.
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