I have a question about clipless pedals…. First let me say that I'm 58 years old and been riding bikes for the past 52 years, no racing or anything competitive, just ride for fun & fitness. About 2 months ago I bought a new bike, a Specialized Carbon Epic, great bike, like it a lot, very different from anything I’ve ridden in the past.
Now comes my problem, I’ve ridden for 52 years with flat pedals, put flats on the new bike and no problems. Been hearing so much about clipless pedals that I figured it couldn’t hurt to switch so I put Crank Bros 4Ti’s on it, even bought my first pair of dedicated biking shoes. This is where my problems start.
I don’t think I’ve wiped out 5 times in the past year, since I put the clipless pedals on I’ve wiped out 5 times in one month, all slow speed crashes (more like tipping over) nothing major, just a bruised ego and some scraped up bike parts. I feel like I’m a stronger pedaler with the clipless stuff but I just can’t seem to get used to having my feet held in place. Lately I’ve started unclipping myself in advance when I think I may need a foot plant in the near future. This starts a whole new set of problems, like going down a technical section and trying to reclip or keep going without loosing momentum.
Any suggestions about clipless or is the problem that after 52 years of flats that I may never get used to clipless???? People tell me that I’m not giving them enough of a chance, but how many times do I have to crash and ruin bike parts?? I'm starting to get really disgusted with myself and the clipless stuff. Something just seems unnatural about having my feet attached to the pedals and having to always think about unclipping and reclipping. Also I like riding with a good pair of Montrail Hardrock sneakers, I like the flexibility of wearing normal shoes and not feel like I'm wearing ski boots when I'm walking. Hope someone has some words of advice!! Soon as I post this I'm going to remove the clipless pedals and put the flats back on.
Am I giving up too soon on the clipless? I sorta feel like a quitter.