I'm Back Been off the bike for 7 weeks with, first Pneumonia, and then and now excess fluid around my right knee. I have made 6 trips to the Dr., 4 trips to the Rx. and 1 weekend in the hospital.
This week, I fired my old Dr. (long story), got a new one who does crazy novel stuff like "TESTS!" My lungs are clear again (though a cough nags), from Tom Stormcrowe's RICE advice, I have gotten my knee back to a point where I feel comfortable and my new Doc feels good about me getting back on the bike.
So, I tell you that to really get to the good stuff. While I was down, I started researching and shopping for Mtn Bike shoes and Clipless Pedals, as a reward to myself for surviving
I ended up getting a pair of Shimano MT-31 shoes on eBay. I could not tell that they were not new. Paid $26.99 + $8.00 shipping. Ordered and received a pair of Nashbar Highlander Off-Road Pedals. On sale 50% @ $34.95 + Shipping. Clip on one side, platform on the other. Shoes + Pedals $77.69 in total SWEET!
So, I have never used clipless in my life. Put the new pedals on at 10:30 last night. Laced up the shoes, went out in the dark, hopped on and took off. These pedals seem to float to the clip side up. I clipped in and took off. Clipped in and out about 25 times and actually had a couple of "had to unclip" circumstances (jackass on a cell phone ran a stop sign at an intersection where I did not have to stop).
So far I am delighted with clipless. I am sure I will get distracted and go through the initiation. I was so stoked by the difference that clipless makes on an up hill spin, that I came in at 11:30 pm and called my local riding buddy and woke him up (night before a masters program exam) to gush about my new found clipless lifestyle.
Thanks for letting me share. I owe a lot of the success to this forum and the chatter that goes back and forth about the good bad and ugly of topics like "clipless".
Should be back to riding this weekend.