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I've never messed about with the tension on the release mechanism.
Forget practicing on a quiet road, do it stationary against a wall. If you can, then bring the bike into the house, and sit in the lounge and spend half an hour whislt watching tv, just clipping in and out. This will also get you into the habit of doing it whilst only half concentrating on it.
As mentioned, then everyone falls off at least once when learning, even ponces. It's jsut like learning to ride a bike as a kid, or walking. You fall over, look a berk, then get back up and try again.
D74 - Your approach is my kind of thing. I better get practising then. I've put my flats on for the time being.
Eccentric - It sounds like speedplays might be worth a look.
FB - Your method sounds effective, but for braver men than me.