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Clipless pedals get their name from the absence of toe clips, which were normal until the French company Look introduced a ski-binding-esque design in the 1980s. They offer more control and efficiency, but take a little getting used to. Once you’ve done a few rides in flats and feel you’re ready, we suggest going to a park to practice clipping in and out on the grass with the pedals at their minimum release tension. Remember to clip out before you stop. And remember that everyone—from national champions to novices—fell over at least once when they first learned to clip out!