5 Clipless Pedal & Shoe Mistakes | How To Switch To Clipless Pedals

5 Clipless Pedal & Shoe Mistakes | How To Switch To Clipless Pedals

Clipless pedals can transform the way you ride your mountain bike. But, being attached to your bike can be a little daunting and it is easy to make mistakes when getting them set up. Here are Rich’s tips to help you avoid making clipless mistakes!

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Do your research before purchasing, make sure you choose the right shoe for the riding you will be doing in the right shoe size, and experiment with your cleat position as this will be different for everyone!

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50 Comments

  1. Francis Peña on August 11, 2022 at 12:03 am

    Loving the POLE TAIVAL 🤘❤️



  2. So Nick Crew on August 11, 2022 at 12:03 am

    Haha saw you there when you were filming this and said hi. Class vid as always!



  3. charlie9ine on August 11, 2022 at 12:04 am

    What about bike specific insoles?



  4. Alexander Britanico on August 11, 2022 at 12:06 am

    Nice tips bro…👍🚴‍♂️🙂🙏



  5. BRISTOL BICYLE RIDER on August 11, 2022 at 12:07 am

    Really don’t know what to get crank brothers seem quicker to clip into on the start gate



  6. КИТАЙ ВЕЛИК on August 11, 2022 at 12:08 am

    I regret not having tried the contact pedals before)



  7. Solar Noon on August 11, 2022 at 12:08 am

    yeah im not about to loctite 400$ cycling shoes .



  8. Rob Walker on August 11, 2022 at 12:09 am

    For me, on a mountain bike you can’t be flat pedals with a really good pair of flat shoes that can grip. There’s been tests done that prove the power benefits from being clipped in aren’t as big as people think. The truth is the down stroke is just so much more powerful than your upstroke. Plus for me there’s much more feel in your riding when using flats.



  9. Uras Tus on August 11, 2022 at 12:10 am

    re shoe tightness – it is the opposite for me and always has been. I do my shoes up reasonably tight at the start of a ride – I always have to do them tighter in the ride.



  10. Bob Stevens on August 11, 2022 at 12:11 am

    Not tried clipless yet? Where have you been for the last 25/ 30 years? Living in a barrel on the hillside?



  11. charlie9ine on August 11, 2022 at 12:12 am

    How about Shimano’s cleat selection?



  12. Shaquille Oatmeal on August 11, 2022 at 12:13 am

    Going for my first clipless system I do a lot of trail riding but nothing too crazy and want clipless for the efficiency and control does anyone recommend a good pedal and shoe combo for around $150 us



  13. mountaintruth1 deeds on August 11, 2022 at 12:14 am

    Not hard to do, did it 25 years before the internet.



  14. Tim Smedinga on August 11, 2022 at 12:15 am

    🤔Here is a thing I don’t get;
    Clueless: without a clue
    Careless: without care
    Clipless: WITH clips
    🤣🤪



  15. Dougie Graham on August 11, 2022 at 12:18 am

    I got so many pb’s, top tens and kom’s after putting xt pedals on my xc bike. Fly through that chatter, without the worry of bouncing off the pedals



  16. Mike Pluto on August 11, 2022 at 12:19 am

    Time ATACs FTW.



  17. Foxtrot on August 11, 2022 at 12:20 am

    I got Lucky when I splurged into a 20$Cad pair of clipless shoes, they fit well, and will be great, that is when I buy a set of pedals, since I no matter how much I searched, I seem to only be able to find the right pedal from the set I previously got!



  18. Sepehr Lotfi on August 11, 2022 at 12:20 am

    What do I do if my shoes squeak? I tried using lubrication at contact point but it still came back. I tested out that it wasn’t my crank nor pedals since I’m running Shimano SPD/flat so on flat side no problem. Any suggestions?



  19. David Pavely on August 11, 2022 at 12:21 am

    Nothing to do with this but I hit a bird and a squirrel this year on my bike, could have hit a turtle several greese and deer and turkey, oh yeah and snakes. That’s how you know you ride bikes



  20. Addison Everett Simple Cycling on August 11, 2022 at 12:23 am

    Of all the Clipless pedals I have ever used, Times by far are the best one. They are a perfect blend between the feeling of Crank Bros and Shimanos, I would recommend them for every body



  21. Billy Steenson on August 11, 2022 at 12:24 am

    All your vids are the best I have learnt so much



  22. Robert , on August 11, 2022 at 12:25 am

    Honestly I find you much more enjoyable than Blake. I don’t want to be rude to him but I just like your style on camera better..



  23. Area 51z on August 11, 2022 at 12:25 am

    What a clown, clipless shoes with clips. Stupid is as stupid does



  24. Global Mountain Bike Network on August 11, 2022 at 12:25 am

    Did you find these tips helpful?



  25. Aleksey Malyshev on August 11, 2022 at 12:27 am

    What about thermoformable shoes, like Bont? Are they any good?



  26. al stuart on August 11, 2022 at 12:29 am

    you also need proper insoles which any decent bike fitter will recommend G8 are superb



  27. LV pheno702 on August 11, 2022 at 12:30 am

    been riding clipless pedals for almost 20 years. started racing bmx at 7 and I’m turning 33. ALWAYS LOCKTIGHT CLEATS!!!!!!!



  28. Stephen Mitchum on August 11, 2022 at 12:34 am

    Why are pedals with clips called clipless 🥴



  29. Tim Tibbitts on August 11, 2022 at 12:35 am

    Please stop stop STOP! calling these “clipless pedals.” These are Clip-In pedals. The fact that you can CLIP your shoe into the pedal is the whole point. These types of pedals have more clippiness about them than any other kinds of pedals. Flat pedals have no clips. What used to be called “toe clips” didn’t/don’t really have any clips. They are toe-cage pedals. Or toe-holster pedals. They might have a cinch strap, but that isn’t a clip. The pedals that we definitively CLIP INTO are the type in this video. Calling these “clipless pedals” is like calling bicycles “wheelless vehicles.” Please save humanity and stop calling these “clipless.”



  30. steven durham on August 11, 2022 at 12:37 am

    It would help if real wide shoes are made for bike shoes. I have got a few and not good.



  31. Shaquille Oatmeal on August 11, 2022 at 12:38 am

    Yeah I agree with the online stuff, I’ve got some eggbeaters for my first pair of clipless pedals ever. I heard on reddit that they were hard to clip in and that they won’t last and that they are terrible I love the way they feel and clip in I love the four entry system you just hook on one wing with your cleat and roll forward and it clips in perfectly every time within my first couple minutes using them I can’t say much about durability because I haven’t even taken them for a trail ride since by back break needs maintenance and I only rode on the road with my front brake. I am only using my dads old mid 90’s specialized xc shoes and I’m happy you shouldn’t just believe everyone on the internet my friend likes his spd but I loved the look and idea of the egg beater and I really like them so far. If anyone would like me to update incase you are in the market for the eggbeaters just like the comment and I will come back to it and give like a one month update.



  32. stop619 on August 11, 2022 at 12:39 am

    +1 for "disco slipper" haha =)



  33. gazzervw on August 11, 2022 at 12:40 am

    i use shimano and have had no issues ever. i recently picked up some egg beaters which ive yet to try but the idea of the clearance would help with cross and xc this time of year.
    shoe wise ive always used sidi and fins i need a size up as italian sizing is tiny.
    great video



  34. hillbillyroy on August 11, 2022 at 12:41 am

    Super nice Pole hardtail in the background 👍



  35. James Marsden on August 11, 2022 at 12:43 am

    That Pole hardtail looks sweet. Can we have a bike check/review of it.



  36. James Duxbury on August 11, 2022 at 12:44 am

    "5 Clipless Pedal & Shoe Mistakes"…first should be using them. #flatpedalmanifesto



  37. waveyLP on August 11, 2022 at 12:46 am

    So has an experienced road cyclist and my first pair of MTB shoes. Yes, I done just that.. Put the MTB cleats upside down and was like what is going on?!?!?! thanks for this video! ahahaha



  38. Gary Carlson on August 11, 2022 at 12:46 am

    Ended up having to add blue locktite to my Gyro shoes as one bolt kept backing out causing some embarrassing falls not being able to unclip. 😒 My regular falls are bad enough.



  39. Rupert Wenn on August 11, 2022 at 12:47 am

    Don’t use any locktite! Grease the bolts…otherwise the wet and mud will rust/seize the bolts into the shoe nut plate



  40. Simon Roebuck on August 11, 2022 at 12:49 am

    Definitely not speaking from experiance here, but the when Crank Bros claim that their cleats are SPD compatible, they are most definitely not. its that their cleats will fit into the holes in the sole of the shimano shoes. Again, im not speaking from experiance!



  41. Bastian Kram on August 11, 2022 at 12:50 am

    Shoesizie 15 here, have considered switching to clipless, but there are almost no shoes manufactured in that size, let alone in stock.

    FiveTens for life i guess.



  42. T dog Thomas on August 11, 2022 at 12:50 am

    Literally just bought some clipless shoes as this video came out, nice



  43. Isaac Savir on August 11, 2022 at 12:51 am

    I don’t even ride clipless and yet this vid is AWESOME!!



  44. Fabio Brugiolo on August 11, 2022 at 12:54 am

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  45. Ignacio Carvajal on August 11, 2022 at 12:55 am

    GMBN is so good that they have 1.3k likes and only 15 dislikes keep uo the good work



  46. Lisa Rogers on August 11, 2022 at 12:56 am

    I have used Shimano, Time and Crank Brothers clipless pedals. I do keep gravitating to the Crank Brothers pedals. I do use the Mallet 2 pedals on my mountain bike. I use the Crank Brothers Candy pedals on my hybrid and to wind up GCN. I also use the Candy pedals on my road bike. I use the Five Ten Kestrel lace shoes on my mountain bike. I also use Shimano ME7 on my hybrid and road bike. I have use 3 bolt road shoes using Crank Brothers road cleat for the Eggbeater and Candy pedals. When I did use look road pedals on my road bike. I turned in to Matt Stevens.



  47. joppek77 on August 11, 2022 at 12:57 am

    Here’s my top clipless tip:
    * Don’t go too cheap when buying your first clipless pedals! The mechanism on some (cheap) pedals work poorly and will leave a bad impression if those are your first pedals.

    On my MTB, I’m running a pair of Shimano PD-M8120 and they are like a dream clipping in and out. So smooth and easy to get in and out of that I almost forget that I’m doing it. On my commuter bike, on the other hand, I’m running a cheap pair of XLC branded hybrid clipless pedals, and they are _not_ great. Even on the easiest setting, they are kinda hard to get out of and I’ve managed to "get stuck" and fall over with them, even though I have 20 years of experience riding clipless. So, yeah, get some _decent_ pedals for your first set.



  48. tonphungnem valte on August 11, 2022 at 12:59 am

    Hey can you give me one of your bike please because my parents can’t afford it so please can you give me,i jave a dream of mtb



  49. uwhotm8 really? on August 11, 2022 at 1:01 am

    that was a long shimano advert



  50. Rich K on August 11, 2022 at 1:01 am

    9:13 Is me pretending that I’m working when the boss walks in.