I was always against the idea of being clipped onto my bike, but I am now converted! I had the shoes and would look at them and other cyclists on the road and think it’s just not for me. Connie and Stephanie nagged me to sort it out. They insisted I would find it easier, still I went on with my normal shoes or sandals. I even took my sandals to wear on our Yosemite to San Francisco bike ride.
I have to say, if you don’t clip in it’s fine and actually quite nice as your feet don’t get hot! Anyway, I finally gave in towards the end of last year (great time to start in minus 5 conditions), and well how many times can you fall off in one week at main junctions. I had people staring at me on the floor not knowing what had happened, OMG the bruises, I still am one constant bruise, I now know how a banana feels.
Bruised or not, I highly recommend people try them, there’s plenty of time to get used to them in time for our Yosemite to San Francisco bike ride (2013). The Yosemite to San Francisco bike ride is unique to Ultimate Challenges, and is one of the most exciting bike rides I’ve been on. We cycle 5 days starting in Yosemite National Park ending in San Francisco – en-route experiencing the Napa Valley region, what more could someone want!? If you are interested in buying a pair of SPD (clip-in) pedals, shoes etc. there are some reasonably priced sites such as Wiggle, Chain Reaction, Evans Cycles to name but a few.
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