My bike is a Trek 7300 Hybrid bike with an aluminum frame, straight handle bars and grip shifters. When I bought it the tires were chunky trail/road type tires and it had BMX pedals on it. I also had a spiffy rack on the back for which I bought a bag. Can you spell N-E-R-D? However, I was okay with that because I had very little experience biking so it was easy for me to get started and I rather liked having all that cargo space. The fact that I had to haul all that weight over hill and dale didn’t really occurrto me until I’d done for a while.
When I rode my first metric century last March I was able to ride a high end, all carbon demo bike – a Specialized Ruby Pro.
Suweet! That thing weighs about as much a couple of breaths of hot air and it has great components on it. I still needed straight pedals on the thing because I didn’t have bike shoes and didn’t know how to use clipless pedals. I sort of felt like I defiled the bike but I really enjoyed riding it (as much as you can enjoy a ride in 30 mph headwinds and rain).
A couple of weeks ago I put skinny slicks on my bike and took the rack off the back. Nice! It weighed a little less and moved a little faster.
which is a much nicer bike than mine. She has clipless pedals and rather than take them off the bike and replace them with my stupid BMX pedals I am trying to learn to use these things. People – it is scary.
I bought some bike shoes and some Shimano pedals for my bike, intsalled them, put the bike in the trainer and practiced getting in and out of the not clips (which feel a lot like clips to me!). Not bad. I tried friend’s bike and it was even easier. Then I decided to road test my ability to actually ride a bike with these things but I wanted to use my bike in case I fell because I don’t want to trash my friend’s bike.
Did I mention how frightened I am of these things? I managed to get one foot in the pedal, push off and much to my surprise I got the other foot clipped pretty quick. Then I headed for a hill because I wanted to see if I could get out of the pedal in time to catch myself as I slowed to a crawl and started to fall over. Once I started up that hill there was no way I could do anything but pump harder – I was terrified. I got up the hill huffing and puffing and then decided to try to clip out. Twist, twist, pull AHHHHH!!! I’m STUCK! WTF???!!! Pop! I came out. Not good – not good at all. So I popped my left foot out with about the same degree of difficulty and tried getting back in. That didn’t go so well either. Crap. I practiced getting in and out as I rode home and managed not to fall off but I can’t say as my confidence is at an all time high.
This afternoon I will try road testing E’s bike. Hopefully I can get the hang of this real soon because tomorrow I’m going for a long ride and I really prefer not to do it on skinned knees from getting stuck in my pedals. Any helpful suggestions for how I can come up the clipless pedal ramp in a hurry?
I need help, people!!
I figured it out!
I loosened up my clips and they are much easier to get out of. Then I got on my friend’s bike for a little road test dressed in rolled up jeans, a t-shirt and socks that have little bugs and kisses all over them and say ‘Love Bug’ over and over. Hot-a? Not-a! Look-a like-a Dork-a! But it was a successful test and I am going to ride my friend’s bike tomorrow. Please wish me luck because I’m still scared witless!