Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: 16 Powers Street
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We second the time Zs for for platform clipless pedals.
Were your pedals new? Try lubricating all the metal to metals contact points on your pedal, and make sure your release tension (if equipped) isn't too high.
Also, if the pedals are new they may need to be clipped into and out of a few dozen times for the cleats and moving parts to break in and operate smoothly.
Finally, practice practice practice. Go to a grassy field or an empty parking lot and focus on one foot at at time. Try unclipping before some small obstacle in front of you at various speeds, try unclipping at the 12-o-clock position then clicking back in before you reach the 6-o-clock position while pedaling. Practic unclipping at various point in the rotation as wel (3,6,9,12).
After a few sessions you should be much more comfortable on the trail.
Good luck. Glad you're having fun.
As for the horseflies, try taking a leafless switch and swatting them out of the air like King-kong whacking biplanes.