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Old 07-03-06, 03:56 PM   #1
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So long, and thanks for all the... Hey!

I don't know how many of you have done this, but I don't think I'll ever do it again. I pulled into the Barrier Lake parking lot this morning with my lovely wife. I had packed the car the night before so we wouldn't forget anything in the morning. Anyway, I've got my bike together, helmet on, bug spray, water, gel, sunglasses... Wait, I'm missing something. WTF?!?! No shoes! I tore the car apart. My cycling shoes were at home. I had a choice at that point. I could ride in my lovely Chet Thomas IV skate shoes, or I could sit this one out. If I went home to retrieve my biking shoes, I wouldn't be back for almost 2 hours. I rode.

My pedals are the 959 SPD's, and have pretty much no gripping surface. Paired with my zero-tread-having skate shoes, it was going to be a challenge. The Jewell Pass ride is an up, over and down affair. Normally, I just spin my way to the top of the 5 km climb, but I couldn't do that today. I grunted my way through the umpteen switchbacks to the top, the pedals poking into the balls of my feet through my trashed footwear. Of our group, I made it up first, which was unusual to say the least. My wife totally schooled Ryan [ha - you've been named! ], but the best was yet to come. What goes up, must come down. The descent is a dream on a trail bike - lots of twisting singletrack, loose babyheads, steps, trees and rain ruts. I found out quickly that having both feet slip off the pedals resulted in a hard groin-seat interaction that was not pleasant. I totally cut my speed and rode the brakes the entire time. Still, I kept sliding off the pedals and doing unintentional groin slams. Sigh.

I vow to never again forget my shoes. I think that I will keep them in a special box in the back of the car, or maybe clip them into my pedals at the end of every ride.
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haha it's not so bad. However I ride a lot on my SPD's without proper shoes out of sheer laziness/didn't want to bring another pair to switch shoes when I reached my destination.

but yes slipping off them is infuriating and usually painful
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That is why you use platforms...

kidding , yeah better not forget your clipless next time... or just wear really aggressive treaded shoes lol for when you do forget.
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Oh hey - 2 months ago my son forgot his FRONT WHEEL! Now he has a printed checklist....
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Platforms = Not having that problems which is why I<3 Platforms.
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I rode a 2 hour hammer fest with Teva's on spd's, somehow...............
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I kept forgetting stuff and leaving stuff on the car and driving off (damn, now I'm littering too!!!) SO many times, (even thought of clipping the shoes to the pedals too...

I used a milk crate for a while while worked well, every thing out of the crate must go immediately back into the crate after riding... alas, one crate turned into two... ok, this was beyond living simply... so I bought an organized bag with a compartment for helmet, shoes, gu's, first aid kit, tubes, tools and even an insulated section... So far, so good, or I'm just getting used to checkin' my list 2, 3 times and a full mental checklist as I drive to the trail... I think as I retire stuff, like with my running shoes, I'll just start leaving them in the car... just in case....
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I don't think I could ever were cycling shoes, cuase when I have to bail I need to jump right off my pedals and tuck and roll.
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Platforms = Not having that problems which is why I<3 Platforms.
Platforms = not being able to spin, which is teh suk on the vast majority of my rides.

I used to keep all my gear in a small duffle bag, including spare tubes, powerbars, shock pump, etc. I'll have to start that again. Riding in to work today was so nice, being properly attached to my bike...
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I have a feeling that you probably won't ever forget the shoes again!
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Ok at first i thought you had platforms and i was like why the hell would he do that..but at least you got to ride!
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I haven't used platforms since I was 15 or 16. Anyone who thinks clipless pedals are tricky should try mtn biking with toe clips. That isn't dirt on my legs, it's scar tissue...
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Toe clips suck so much... I keep telling my friends to either remove the clips or just go to clipless pedals but they insist, toe clips are hella dangerous and they don't have the benefits of clipless, pedaling efficiency? hmm no, your feet will still bounce all over the place on bumpy sections AND as far as using them to jump stuff... well that is easy to do on platforms and less dangerous.
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I like my half clipless and half platform Forte Campus pedals, good deal at Performance for like $32 bucks, had a 20% coupon on top of that too. Clipless is great, I hope I never forget my shoes when I go for a long ride!
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My uncleinlaw uses those toe straps....you would be hard pressed to tell him he could spin better considering he has been one of the top 5 racers for the last 20 years in bc even moving into the elderly class
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I will agree with Maelstrom on the spinning thing - toe clips work just as well for a good spin as clipless. It's when you're racing technical XC that things can get painful.
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