Joining a club I wanted no part of
Being a Clyde as well as over 50 I have been reluctant to go the clipless route for fear of falling having been through several orthopedic problems. I was finally talked into it by some friends. I was determined to do everything right and prevent a fall. Went to LBS and he set up pedals. He let practice their on a trainer for about an hour clipping in and out. Seemed to do okay. He gave trainer to take home for some additional practice which I did. Feeling confident I went to a deserted parking lot and practiced start and stops for quite awhile. I had my form down. Always unclipped left foot,( foot I usually put down first) whenever I thought I needed to stop.
Went for first ride today confident that I would not become a member of Club Tombay. Halfway through ride with several stops and starts ride leader decides to turn into a Sonic to use the bathroom. Pull into parking lot and unclip left foot and begin coasting. Group decides to turn right and them somebody stop short and down I went. Left foot unclipped and leaning to right does not work. So there I am 6'4 and 275 lbs. floundering in driveway to get unclipped and up in front of a family that was parked there eating lunch.
I gave everyone a good laugh and only sustained a skinned elbow. Hopefully this is my "not a matter of if you fall but when" moment.