On a group ride last week we had a lady show up for her first ride on a slow 22 mile ride. She finished the ride but was hurting by the end of the ride.
Some of the things I and a few other noticed.
She mentioned that this was her first ride ever of more than 5 miles.
The bike was a comfort hybrid with suspension fork and the handlebars had her elbows sticking almost straight out from her body.
She had one of those thick plush saddles.
Her saddle was low enough that she could put both feet flat on the ground.
After the ride one of the ladies on the ride and I were talking to her about the ride. We mentioned that raising the saddle and possibly replacing it with one that had less padding would make for a less painful ride.
While talking with her, two other people came up and told her that if she had clipless pedals the ride would have been much easier for her and completely ignored the bike fit issues.
Shouldn't thinking about clipless wait until the bike fit issues and soe general conditioning are taken care of?