Riding with my new pedals and shoes for a few weeks now, I knew a fall was inevitable . . .
I was initially scared to death to try this … I mean who wants their feet actually attached to their bike … it feels so counter-intuitive! But, with Jon’s help, my first try was a breeze … easy and very natural, like riding a bike! I’ve been on a few long rides now and definitely understand the draw to clipless pedals … more power and speed!
So, coming back from a long ride Saturday morning, just a few blocks from home (where most accidents happen), I would get my first taste of the inevitable! Coming to the intersection, I needed to commit … either clip out or cross the street. It was a bit of a blind intersection, so hard to see, especially to the right, until you are right upon it. I didn’t hear any taffic, so I was confident I could safely jet across . . . until I took my final glance to the right … no way … too many cars. I would have to stop. But I’m already upon the intersection, feet tightly locked into my pedal … too late to clip out … too slow to be still moving forward maintaining balance … here it goes … the inevitable fall. Hopefully just the few passing cars saw my pitiful tip to the left, me and my bike, falling together on the lovely pavement.
Here’s what I have to show for it … bruised knee and bruised pride.
I did jump back on and ride home my final 6 blocks … with a bit of pain on my face … it was inevitable!