I'm always amused to say that my return to cycling was not unlike the awakening of Rip van Winkle - believe me, when I dropped out of the sport, I dropped out completely. Didn't bother walking into a bicycle shop for 28 years, didn't follow anything about what was happening to the industry, etc.
Got it driven home today that I've still got a bit of adjusting to do.
Since I rebuilt that Raleigh Seneca as a local errand runner/commuter bike/and improved-path-only off-roader, I decided that this was the bike that was going to finally start me messing with clipless pedals. I picked up a set of SPD heavy mtb pedals, bought the cleats, and, to get used to them, put the cleats on a pair of road shoes. Having heard all those stories about the inevitable falls, I limited my initial use of the setup to evenings when I had the Raleigh hooked up into my trainer.
I had real mixed feelings about the setup. They worked, but weren't the easiest jobs to get in and out. Just the same, I finally started going out on the road once I was feeling relatively comfortable with them. Mixed results - the day the dog surprised me, I went down hard, retwisting the healing broken wrist and re-bloodying the torn knee. I soldiered on.
For Christmas, my in-laws got me a set of Shimano mtb shoes. Tonight I finally decided to move the cleats to the new shoes, and opened up the Shimano instruction sheet.
I discovered I had the cleats mounted backwards!
Properly installed and adjusted, of course they work fine. I pulled the heavy mtb pedals and installed a spare light pair I'd had sitting in the spares box. Ditto. They're now mounted on the Rossin, the heavies are back on the Raleigh, and I'll drop by the re-cycle shop Saturday to find a nice used set for the Fuji.
Slowly, I learn. Bloody modern technology . . . . . . .