I am a newer rider. I bought my bike in August of last year and have been consistently putting 20+ miles a week on it since. In the last two months, I have begun upping the mileage so I could prepare for the TOSRV event in my state. I had been riding in my regular tennis shoes (with the exception of some really cold January/February days when I opted for snow boots!) for most of these rides with the standard bike peddles. A few weeks ago, one of my riding friends suggested that I look into getting riding shoes and peddles. I was leery, as I wasn't sure if I could clip in and out without killing myself. After a particularly long ride where my quads were shot and my hamstrings and glutes were hardly used, I realized if I was going to be a long distance rider, I better bite the bullet. Last week was my first ride in the new gear.
We rode 35 miles that day and I successfully clipped in and out multiple times on the ride. Stop signs, intersections, a break for granola bars, etc. I felt so great!! I was relieved that I could handle it with no problems! At the end of my road, my riding buddies dropped me off so they could continue to their own homes. I rode the last mile feeling pumped about my success! When I got home, I began the trip up the 600 foot hill that is my driveway. It is steep enough that I have to shift to the small derailleur. I spun my way to the top of the driveway, concentrating on making it to the crest. In that 600 feet, I totally forgot about my feet being clipped onto my peddles. When I got to the top of the driveway, I squeezed the brakes and attempted to dismount the bike. It wasn't until I was half-way to the ground that I realized I couldn't get my feet off the peddles!
I didn't hurt myself except for a small bruise on my left calf and a huge bruise on my ego! Nobody saw me fall, but I stayed on the ground for a minute just laughing at myself! I am sure I will have more falls than this one, but I think it was good that it happened on my first ride with the new gear. First, I know I didn't really hurt anything. (Of course I was going very slow at that point, too!) Second, I will NEVER forget that my feet are clipped at the top of the driveway again!
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