Sunday, October 29, 2006

Bicycle Shoe Update

Well, I finally got up the nerve to try out my new bicycle shoes and clips. I made a couple of circles around the backyard before I braved the street (and the eyes of our neighbors). I fell over once, on the grass, but both Chris and Bailey came to my rescue and I wasn't any the worse for wear. Bailey seems to get a lot of pleasure out of chasing me around the yard when I'm on my bike. So I guess it's exercise for both of us. We're going to venture out next weekend on a "proper" ride since it's dark by the time either of us get home from work in the evening. Gosh, I miss summer.


  1. What causes you to fall over specifically with these shoes? I didn't even know there were bicycle shoes. I love to learn new things!!!

  2. Hi Amanda,
    Well, the talented bike riders among us don't really fall over, it's just the newbies that tend to have difficulties. Bike shoes clip onto the pedal so when you're riding you can push down and pull up on the pedal instead of just pushing down. This is helpful on long rides when your "pushing" muscles get a bit tired. So, since your shoes are actually attached to the pedal, it can be rather difficult if you need to put your foot down really quickly. My shoes require that you kick your heel out sideways before your shoe is free. I was still lacking the sideways kick when I fell over. Thankfully, the falling down part usually happens when you're slowing down or almost at a complete stop. I think I've got the hang of it now so hopefully I'll limit my falls in the future. :)

  3. Very cool, and thank you for explaining. :) You could have a second career in the education field!