Thursday, March 9, 2017

First Time: Road Cycling!

I have to admit that I have an aversion to road bikes. I don't see myself donning Lycra shorts and fitting jerseys. However, when somebody offered me the chance to ride his road bike, I immediately said yes to the opportunity.

First time to try clip-less pedals!

The first time riding a bike with clip-less pedals feels unusual. You hear horror stories of riders falling sideways because of improper dismounting. To allay fears, here are some tips given by a seasoned road bike rider (Robert):

  • Mounting: straddle your bike. Using your strong dominant leg, move the crank to the 2 o'clock position. Lock your dominant leg to the pedal. Pedal your bike and lock the other leg into position.
  • Anticipate the road ahead. Look out for obstacles and situations where you have to slow down.
  • When your speed goes below 3kph, unlock your dominant foot from the pedal and be ready to plant your foot to the ground as you come to a complete stop.
  • Remember, the clip-less shoes have limited grip on ground. Be careful where you step.
  • Practice a few hundred meters dismounting and mounting your bike.

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Riding a road bike is fun and exhilarating, just practice situational awareness and enjoy the ride!