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It happens from time to time (mostly after an uphill) that I cannot get either foot out of the pedals. (Mtb Spd cleats and double sided clip less pedals). I think the cleats can also clip out in more than one way, as in heels outwards or inwards, if that helps.

 

Any advice as to what the problem could be ? Still working on my mechanical skills here ????

 

Thanks in advance

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Hi

 

It happens from time to time (mostly after an uphill) that I cannot get either foot out of the pedals. (Mtb Spd cleats and double sided clip less pedals). I think the cleats can also clip out in more than one way, as in heels outwards or inwards, if that helps.

 

Any advice as to what the problem could be ? Still working on my mechanical skills here

 

Thanks in advance

If you look closely at the cleat you should see a setting with a Plus and Minus sign. you can use an allen key to relax the cleat to the point where it is super easy to swing your heel to unclip.

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As others have said, adjust the cleat spring tension on the pedal, look for the plus and minus signs and use the allen key to adjust it to the easiest setting.

 

 

You can also change your cleats to Shimano's easy release cleats SM-SH56 https://road.cc/content/feature/182513-clipless-pedals-how-shimanos-multi-release-cleats-make-it-easy-get-started  you will be able to pull your foot out of the cleat easier

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No one jumping on the 'Get flats, learn to ride properly, THEN go back to cleats if you want to' bandwagon?

 

My how this place has changed!

 

OP, practice clipping in and out all the time. It becomes natural. Like learning an instrument, the first few months you have to 'place' your fingers, but after a while it happens faster and without thought.

 

Same same

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No one jumping on the 'Get flats, learn to ride properly, THEN go back to cleats if you want to' bandwagon?

 

My how this place has changed!

 

OP, practice clipping in and out all the time. It becomes natural. Like learning an instrument, the first few months you have to 'place' your fingers, but after a while it happens faster and without thought.

 

Same same

I am very familiar with clipping in, not being able to clip out is a recent problem, hence I asked if there could be mechanical problem.

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I am very familiar with clipping in, not being able to clip out is a recent problem, hence I asked if there could be mechanical problem.

Oh.... In that case, check that the cleat isn't loose on the shoe. Sometimes the bolts work loose and then when you twist your foot, the cleat stays 'straight' and doesn't clip out..... 

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How old are your cleats? I find the older and more worn they get the harder it is to willingly disengage and the easier it is to 'slip' out of them unintentionally....!

I also once a month or so give the pedals a good spray with some Q20 (or equivalent), clean off the excess and everything stays working fine...

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