Whoops, I did it again. I think this makes the 4th fall on my bike since I started seriously biking in October of 2016.
I am currently sporting a bandaid on my knee and a few miscellaneous bruises.
All the falls have something in common. Clips.
This is a bike clips. It’s installed on the bottom of your shoe.
Sorry for the stock photo – I’m currently visiting my parents and brought neither my bike nor my shoes.
The clips fit into the weird bike pedals like ski boots fit on skis. They have little magnets to help riders clip in. The first time I fell in my own driveway onto a concrete step – that was unexpected – was because I had taken my feet out of the clips but the left one had drifted a little too close back to the pedal.
Unfortunately, once you start to fall when you’re clipped in, there is no changing the natural law of gravity.
So, you may ask: Why, exactly, do you use those stupid clips?
The answer is simple: They make me go faster when they’re working and I’m learning and some day I’ll stop falling.
The clips allow you to use your leg muscles as much on the back half of the circle and the front half. I think they increase my speed by as much as 25%. Dave just bought me a speedometer and cadence meter that has yet to be installed and I look forward to knowing exactly how much they help.
Sometimes a few hard knocks are worth it when you want to be more successful.
Maybe it’s really learning to use a spreadsheet tool like my nemesis VLOOKUP.
Perhaps it’s walking a little further, jogging a little more of your walk next time.
What are you risking for right now?
Where is the sense of danger that you used to have as a kid going off the high dive in your life?
Are you willing to risk a fall to get the most out of life?
Random Shellie Note: In the 10 months since we started biking, I’ve worked up from huffing and puffing to cruising from Benbrook to Max’s Wine Dive on 7th Street in Fort Worth which is about 13 miles, stopping for a quick bite and a beverage and biking back all in the same afternoon. It’s very cool. I highly suggest you find your closest local bike trail and give it a try.
Get the shoes and pedals with clips.