Praise be to Crankbrothers
I know this is dorky, and many people have said this in the past, but I love my eggbeaters. Today was my first ride using clipless pedals, and I will never go back. Im thinking of building an altar to the gods of clipless pedals in my living room.
Seriously, I did fall twice. One time there was a thick metal mesh fence that caught me, the second time I fell on gravel getting started on an incline, but only one scratch.
I did my first 20 miles with a teenage kid that can't average much more than 11 miles an hour, so I got to practic clipping in and out, and it was big help. On the way back, on my own, I decided to let it hang out and I took off. There were certain stretchs on a dirt and gravel path where I was running at between 18-19 mph on my mountain bike, and was going a little faster on the paved areas.
My cadence is normally between 80-90, but I was usually between 90-110. Before using the clipless, I would bob up and down a bit when I got close to 100. I dont know why my improvements seemed so dramatic, compared to other accounts of having a slight improvement, but they were.
With the beaters, I reached speeds faster, sustained them longer with less effort, had higher cadence and little or no bouncing most of the time, but had a little from my front fork when my cadence broke 130 going down hill and at a couple other times.
Sorry to bother everyone with this, but I was enjoying cycling before, but this has just taken it to another level. I felt more confident and stable during the entire ride, except for when I fell over and looked like a turtle trying to flip himself over.
For anyone that is worried about trying the clipless route, give it a shot. I am a very anxious person and was nervous as can be, but once I clipped in, I could tell immediately how cool it really was. Thanks for letting me babble on, and I hope I didnt bore you too much.
P.S. Im still looking for someone to tell me how to fix my riding bib.