Hi all, have been lurking since Nov. when I put a bike on layaway. Got it in Feb. and have been getting to know it some as weather permits on MUP in town where I live.
Fortunately where I work out of town four days a week they have some MTB trails and have got to try and wrap myself around some rocks and trees the last two weeks. WOW.
Was going to get some clipless pedals, but don't know if I should be in a big rush since I can't make it around the 4 mile track without getting off the bike about ten times.
Sometimes fly or hop off when trying to jump some piled up log pyramids, sometimes when braking to avoid crashing into trees and mostly when turning out of switchbacks and then going into steep climbs. (really working on reading the course and getting the right gear)
I have made some progress and actually stay on the bike on some sections where I first thought it would never happen, that feels good, so there is hope I will develop some skills.
Should I just get them and learn or die, or should I wait untill I can at least clean the track without an unplanned dismount?
Concerning pedals, I am down to Shimano 520's or Candy 2 or 3. Can't try either one before buying, so was hoping for some kind of logic or reasoning to get one or the other. You know, like easier to clip or having some platform to help on uphill mounts/starts. Going to go ahead and get the shoes this weekend without the cleats (they have the cover thingy) and start using them.
When I was a kid we used to ride our bikes on trails in the woods, now 50+ yo and find I still love it.