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Old 01-24-09, 01:51 PM   #1
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A memo to my idiotic self

Dear Self,

To start with the positive - you did a number of things right in order to prepare for today's 45-mile group ride:

- You printed out and doubled checked your "bike ride check list"
- You printed out the map and cue sheet, and looked up the address of the meeting place
- You brought exactly the right clothing for a ride that started at 30 degrees F
- You set two alarms, woke up at 6 a.m., and double checked the club website to make sure that the ride was still on (it was)
- You lubed the chain, cleaned it, and ran the bike through all the gears before packing it in the car
- You brought a map in case you got dropped by the group (a "no regroup" ride)
- You left in plenty of time, and arrived at the ride start (40 minutes from home!) in enough time to grab a cup of coffee to stay warm

Only one thing you did wrong:

- You brought your SPD shoes for a bike with Look pedals

And that, self, is why you are at home doing yard work instead of enjoying a group ride.

Please re-read next Saturday morning, 6 a.m.

Yours,
Self

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Old 01-24-09, 02:22 PM   #2
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Nothing I could say would help at this point. But I will ask, can you kick yourself when something like that happens?
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Old 01-24-09, 02:27 PM   #3
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Nothing I could say would help at this point. But I will ask, can you kick yourself when something like that happens?
You can if you're wearing your special kicking shoes.
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I'm sure I would do the same, if I didn't always use platform pedals.
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I'm sure I would do the same, if I didn't always use platform pedals.
My plan, if I can hold myself to it, is to always use the same kind of pedal on my bikes. So far that isn't a problem as only the road bike uses Time pedals. The Haro, Trek and Revive are platform. But I am considering turning the Trek into a project bike changing the tires and bars and adding racks to make it more of a town cruiser. If that works I will simply add Time pedals after I finish it.
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Nothing I could say would help at this point. But I will ask, can you kick yourself when something like that happens?
You can for having different pedals on different bikes. At least my "Extra" pair of shoes have the same cleats on as the others
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Old 01-24-09, 03:52 PM   #7
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Those folks who own only one bike are trying not to giggle. Sometimes the N+1 theory turns around and bites us in the ass.
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One reason why I've gradually over the years converted my fleet to same shoe/pedal system.
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One reason why I've gradually over the years converted my fleet to same shoe/pedal system.
I think that's the only way to go. In my case, it means traditional toeclips and straps, but for you "clipless" folks, I see no argument against standardizing on a single system.
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Stuff happens. You could give up the advantages of different pedal types for different types of riding in order to prevent this occurrence and then something else could go wrong. Too high a price to pay with no certainty of avoiding having something go wrong. When it is your time for a "Doh!" moment, it will happen.
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I have the same type pedals on all of my bikes. That said I have arrived at group rides with only one shoe In the car.
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This is why I ride from my house. Can't forget stuff when it's all right there.
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Only one thing you did wrong:-You brought your SPD shoes for a bike with Look pedals
And that, self, is why you are at home doing yard work instead of enjoy a group ride.
Please re-read next Saturday morning, 6 a.m.Yours, Self
BengeBoy I feel your pain!

Here's my fleet of shoes/pedals:
1. Crank Bros. cleats on really old Lake shoes for the fixed gear.
2. Look cleats on really old Shimano shoes for the 853 GT w/Triple.
3. SPD cleats on Answer mountain bike shoes for the Mercian Vincitore and GT Zaskar Mountain bike.
4. SPD-L cleats on both my (kinda new) Lake shoes and my Sidi shoes for both my Ti GT SRAM bike and my Calfee.
5. My Hercules 3-Speed has platform pedals . . . now where did I put my "normal" shoes?

Looking on the bright side, I am so aware of my foolishness that I pay extra attention to having the right shoes for the bike on any given day or ride.

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Hey Bengeboy--this might make you feel better. I once:

1) Took the front wheel off of a brand new bike and leaned the wheel against the rear bumper of my car.
2) Placed the bike in the car.
3) Forgot to put the front wheel in the car.
3) Backed up.

The sickening crunch I heard was that of a bike wheel I'd never ridden being crushed by a car driven by an idiot who bore a remarkable resemblance to my own self.
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At least you backed over the front wheel. Imagine taking out a new rear wheel and cassette!
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This is why I ride from my house. Can't forget stuff when it's all right there.
What if you can't find your house?
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This is why I ride from my house. Can't forget stuff when it's all right there.
But you can be 10 - 20 miles from home when you find that you forgot things.
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So........what is the advice for the best shoes for yard work? Would they have lugs like MTB shoes for traction, or would they be smooth like Road shoes so as not to bruise the grass? Should I worry about carbon? Will I need aero booties when I'm working really fast?

What if I just forgot my yard shoes and went for a ride?
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At least you backed over the front wheel. Imagine taking out a new rear wheel and cassette!

. . . and having the bike wheel axle puncture one of the car's tires!
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So........what is the advice for the best shoes for yard work? Would they have lugs like MTB shoes for traction, or would they be smooth like Road shoes so as not to bruise the grass? Should I worry about carbon? Will I need aero booties when I'm working really fast?

What if I just forgot my yard shoes and went for a ride?
MTD SPD's are obviously best. Waterproof- Treaded sole for the mud and the way my cleats collect mud- it makes for less marks on the parquet flooring when you walk inside to get a coffee.
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So........what is the advice for the best shoes for yard work? Would they have lugs like MTB shoes for traction, or would they be smooth like Road shoes so as not to bruise the grass? Should I worry about carbon? Will I need aero booties when I'm working really fast?
Try these
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That must be how all the neighbors get all those little holes in the lawn every spring. Your right, I'm in over my head when it comes to yard work. I' just going to try to hire a gardeer with a pair of those. Then I can go riding.
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I told this one to my gf. She enjoyed it as much as I do. She said "Do what I do, I keep both pairs of shoes in the trunk of my car". Smart girl.
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Dear Self,

To start with the positive - you did a number of things right in order to prepare for today's 45-mile group ride:

- You printed out and doubled checked your "bike ride check list"

[clip...]

Only one thing you did wrong:

- You brought your SPD shoes for a bike with Look pedals

And that, self, is why you are at home doing yard work instead of enjoying a group ride.

Please re-read next Saturday morning, 6 a.m.

Yours,
Self
Time to update that pre-ride checklist:

[X] Make sure shoes match pedals!

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I always carry an extra pair of bunny slippers!!!
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