So I have the SPD peddles and shoes which I like very much. But, dang it, when I stop and unclip the left, I lean to the right or the other way around. This is three times in three weeks. Today I fell at a stop sign. I have to admit it was purely my fault. I was thinking about floating the stop but had unclipped on the left. Then I see a car speeding towards the intersection (it's a four way stop) with little indication that they intended to stop. So I naturally stopped at the stop sign but it was almost a panicky kind of stop although I was in no danger. I had plenty of room to stop. But when I stopped I just toppled over to the right narrowly missing hitting my helmeted head on the curb, by the way. So, the bike is laying on my right leg which is still clipped to the peddle. I could not get unclipped and I couldn't get the bike off me!!! The car by this time had stopped and the female passenger came running over, "are you alright, are you alright". Meanwhile, there I am like a junebug on its' back completely immobilized by my bike. The car lady had to lift the bike up enough so that I could get unclipped. Very small amount of road rash--not worthy of a picture. I finally was able to tell her that I was fine just really, really embarrassed. She, of course, reassured me that there was nothing to be embarrassed about. I got up, dusted myself off and went on my way.
My coworker tonight after hearing the story and laughing appropriately said I should just give up the clipless pedals until I'm really able to go on long rides. Her feeling is that they are just not conducive to in town, stop and go riding. I think she is right. I'm going to kill myself with these blasted things! So, tomorrow I begin the search for new cranks and pedals. I don't really have to change out the cranks but I'm insanely involved in "pimping my ride". No response is necessary. I just had to share my calamity with you guys.