How to clip into your pedals Want to get more out of your ride? Clipping in helps you pedal more efficiently.
Using a clipless pedal system gives you a more balanced, powerful pedal stroke that uses energy more efficiently so you can ride stronger and faster for longer. We’ll run through the general process of clipping into 2-bolt and 3-bolt clipless systems, and you can follow along step-by-step by watching the videos below. 2-bolt systems are most commonly used for mountain biking, and 3-bolt systems are typically used for road riding.
How to clip into 2-bolt systems
To clip in, slide your toe towards the front lip of the pedal until you feel the front of the cleat catch. Then, shift your weight back towards your heel, and press down with your body weight until you hear a click and feel the back of the cleat catch in the pedal.
To unclip, swiftly twist your heel outward, away from the bike to release the clipping mechanism and free you from the pedal.
How to clip into 3-bolt systems
To clip in, push the pedal parallel to the ground with your toe as you hook the front of your cleat into the front of the pedal. Then, shift your weight back towards your heel to hook the back of the cleat to the back of the pedal. You’ll hear a click when the pedal is secure.
To unclip, twist your heel outwards, away from the bike. This will release the clipping mechanism and free you from the pedal.
Pro tips for clipping in:
1) Practise clipping into your pedals while your bike is stationary. You can put it on a trainer, or set your bike up next to a wall so you can reach out for support.
2) Clip in with your dominant leg before pedalling so you can get enough momentum from your first pedal stroke to keep you stable while you clip in your second foot.
3) It’s easier to clip your second foot in and out when your pedal is at the top of your pedal stroke, in the 12 o’clock position.
4) Once you’ve got the hang of it, practise clipping in and out in an empty car park or along a quiet road before heading onto busier streets or trails.
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