I purchased a set of Sidi Bullet 2's and a pair of Time Alium's to put on my current bike (2003 GT Palomar) so I could get used to clipless pedals before my new bike arrives (Giant Trace 2 - 28 days and counting). I didn't want to feel like I was starting all over again when I got my new bike, so I decided to bite the bullet (pun intended) and learn ahead of time.
I threw them on the bike last Friday night and rode around the neighborhood for a couple of hours. I immediately wondered what all the fuss was about... not in terms of increasing power transfer or providing greater control, that was very apparent... I simply didn't understand what all the fuss was about in terms of people having issues clipping out. I was clipping in and out without any trouble at all.
I then went for a longer ride on Sunday afternoon around the neighborhood. Again, I was having no issues getting into and out of the pedals during normal stops and starts, and even during times when I had to get out quickly. What's the big deal? Why does everyone have problems getting used to these things? They felt GREAT!
Today after work I hit the local trail system in the town I work - this trail system is known to have some of the best riding in the state. I was a little timid at first, unclipping on tough technical sections and walking them because I didn't feel I could get out in time. I also was unclipping on shot steep uphills because I was afraid I would stall half way up and go over backwards and down the hill still attached to my bike. I eventually got over both of these fears and rode the sections, still a little nervous, but successfully. I quickly realized just how beneficial clipless pedals are on looooong climbs jumps. I was loving it! A friend called me on my cell phone (yeah, I carry it with me on the trails, safety) and asked if I had fallen down yet (he's a fellow mountain biker). I laughed and said no! I must be a natural at this whole clipless pedal thing.
I've been at it for two-and-a-half hours at this point and was getting pretty worn out. I jumped on a connecting trail and headed back to the parking lot of the park I was riding in. Upon entering the parking lot I was shocked at how much it had filled up. There are a bunch of softball and soccer fields and they were all full. It was nice to see people out enjoying the day. I zip over to my car and promptly plummet to the ground not able to get my right foot unclipped. After I land, I look to my right and see a group of softball players standing there looking at me. I look to my left and see a group of hot chicks standing there looking at me. I crack a smile and start to get up as I hear one of the softball players say, "Man, that dude just hit the DIRT."
Now that I've gotten THAT out of the way, watch out, here I come!
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