Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Bike Clips

I’ve been considering buying bike clips and pedals for some time now. Specifically for use in spinning class, but also to try out on my regular bike as well. The scary part: biting it on the trail. Clay has bitten it a few times. A woman that I spin with has also bitten it a bit. Fact is every person I know who has bike clips has bitten it at some point. Remember that rattlesnake I saw on the trail last summer? What if I bite it right on top of him?

I bruise easily. I don’t want to bite it. I was hoping to get these clips and have them over the winter so I could practice clipping in and out of them while on a stationary bike. It’s hard to bite anything while on a stationary bike. The pedals they use at work come from a bike store close to work, and the last thing I want to do at lunch or at the end of the day is fight my way through South Hills to a bike store and drop down $100 for some clips and pedals. But I really want to give them a go. I also think it will help with the numbness I get while biking. After about 45 minutes of pedaling I can’t feel a thing in my feet. Everyone who has clips has told me that they help with the numbness by forcing your feet into proper placement on the pedals. (#1 – is “has” the correct verb tense for the previous sentence? #2 – check out that alliteration: “proper placement on the pedals!”)

A massage was going to be my next reward once I hit my mini goal – which is only .5 pounds away! – but I think instead I will buy the bike clips and pedals. So here’s to not biting it. Oh boy.


  1. The only time I've ever hurt myself cycling was on a spinning bike. I wrecked my ankle on the crank arm. It's still embarrassing.

    Riding clipless is effortless once you get over the learning curve. I put them on my bike and forced myself to learn by riding through traffic. If I fell I would get run over - so I opted not to bite it. It's been years now and when I fall it's never my pedal's fault.

  2. Yeah, I've had a few mishaps in spinning classes as well. Once, during sprints, my foot flew out of the strap and off the pedal while my other foot kept going. It caused quite a ruckus.

    You said riding clipless is effortless? As in riding without clips?

  3. Clipless pedals are the pedals that you clip into. Confusing right?

    I think they're called clipless because they are really strapless so you don't need to strap yourself in to remain clipped in.

  4. Ahh! So glad I found this out before I made a complete ass out of myself at the bike store. Thanks!