// //

Monday, June 26, 2017 - Welcome, guest user!

I got the Shimano M647 clipless pedals mounted & made my shoe choice.

Saturday, July 30, 2011 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

July
30
2011
Shimano PD-M647 Clipless Pedals mounted to my Fuel.

Shimano PD-M647 Clipless Pedals mounted to my Fuel.

As you can see in the photos, the Shimano PD-M647 clipless mountain bike pedals have arrived and are mounted to my bike!

I talked about bike maintenance and repair in my July 27, 2011 blog, and swapping the pedals out is one of the easiest “Level I” bike repairs one can perform. While the procedure for removing/mounting pedals to a bike is very simple, the one caveat is that (like many bike repairs) the job is made much easier with a specialized tool. Most open end box wrenches are too thick to fit between the pedal and the crank, so a thin pedal wrench is what you need for the job. A long handle also helps, as some pedals (especially those that have been mounted for a long time) can be tough to break. I use the Park Tools PW-3 Pedal Wrench. It’s got a nice vinyl coated handle and gives you the leverage you need with its 14″ length.

Another view of the Shimano M647 Clipless Pedals on my Trek Fuel EX 8.

Another view of the Shimano M647 Clipless Pedals on my Trek Fuel EX 8.

I don’t have my clipless mountain biking shoes yet (more on that below), but after installing the new pedals I took the bike for a quick spin while wearing my Five Ten Impact Mids (flats). I was able to pedal just fine, and barely noticed the bindings under my feet.

While most of my riding will be spent clipped in, it’s nice to know I can unclip and still ride. This will really come in handy when I’m riding through technical areas where the risk of falling is greater. Of course as I become more experienced with quickly unclipping this will not be necessary, but until then the cages on these pedals will really come in handy. Eventually I’ll almost certainly move to a smaller clipless pedal without cages. It occurred to me that if a thief tried a quick “grab and ride” theft of a bike equipped with Eggbeater-style clipless pedals it would be pretty amusing. I wonder if that’s ever happened? 😆

Pearl iZUMi X-Alp Enduro II Mountain Bike Shoe.

Pearl iZUMi X-Alp Enduro II Mountain Bike Shoe.

In yesterday’s blog I talked about clipless shoes, and at the time I had narrowed my choice down to two shoes: the Shimano M161 and the Bontrager RL Mountain. Forum member “craigstr” (a very experienced and talented mountain biker) posted a comment recommending the Pearl iZUMi X-Alp Enduro II Mountain Bike Shoes. This shoe looked like an excellent choice for me because the cleat is recessed (Pearl calls this their “Ride & Run plate”), so when I’m off the bike walking around taking pictures it feels like a normal athletic shoe! I also like that the shoe is quick drying, highly breathable and that it uses a ratchet buckle system instead of laces (I hate laces). Thanks to Amazon Prime (seriously one of the best bargains ever), I was able to have the shoes sent overnight (yes, Saturday delivery) for $3.99. They will be here this morning, and I’ll be taking my first clipless ride later today. 🙂

I want to thank everyone who encouraged me to make the switch to clipless and then took the time to help me make the equipment choices. You guys rock.

John Stone Fitness Comments

2 Responses to “I got the Shimano M647 clipless pedals mounted & made my shoe choice.”
  1. Just take it easy on your first ride, make sure you have the release tension set at minimum on both sides of each pedal (full counterclockwise)and remember to twist your heal out to get out. Have fun.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
    • Craig, shoes fit perfectly. I LOVE the ratchet that’s used to tighten them up. Very comfortable, but stiff enough to get good power transfer. Great shoe, thanks for the recommendation. I found clipping in and out to be very easy. I had a great first ride, and was especially amazed by how much faster I was able to climb. No falls, but I came close a couple times. Unclipping is easy, but the problem is I’m still not in the habit of remembering to do it when I stop. 😀

      GD Star Rating
      loading...

Speak Your Mind

Tell us what you're thinking...

You must be logged in to post a comment. Not yet a member? Registration is fast and free!