What does that mean?
Our road bikes are now equipped with new pedals, clipless pedals. In order to use these clipless pedals we had to get some new fancy shoes!
Using clipless pedals means that we will now be clipping in and out of our bikes during rides and races. The term "clipless" is a little bit confusing, but it really refers to the fact that the newer pedals don't have toe clips on them like older pedals. Our shoes have cleats on the bottom that allow us to clip in and out of our pedals.
We both got Bontrager RXL Hilo
The only scary part about going clipless is that our chances of falling have increased. Not really while we are riding, but while we come to a stop. In order to stop we need to unclip one of our shoes and place that foot on the ground while the other foot remains clipped in. Typically people fall when they are first using clipless pedals because it is a big change from the regular pedals on a bike.
For that reason we are getting used to our new pedals on the trainer, but really the weather still isn't reliable enough to ride outside in Western New York anyway.
Mike riding while I wrote this post
We have our first multi-sport race of the season on April 27th, the Flower City Duathlon. That will be a great practice run for tri season and our first time racing clipless.
I just have to say that our experience buying our clipless pedals and shoes was great! We went to Towpath Bike and they really took care of us. The first guy we worked with asked us what kind of riding we do, and when we told him that we are triathletes he steered us in the right direction for shoes. Our shoes are tri specific, so that is perfect!
While our pedals were being installed on our bikes, the other guy who helped us fit our bikes as best as possible for our bodies. Unfortunately, my bike isn't the best (and neither is Mike's) and my handlebars are about 2 inches too far apart for me, and also not women specific which is weird since it is a women's bike. Other than lowering my stem post (where the handlebars are) my bike was fit appropriately for me.
You've been good to us bikes, but you'll be getting replaced soon
Mike just needed to have his seat post raised a bit and then he was all set. The guy noticed Mike's cadence sensor and when we told him it wouldn't pair with his Garmin, he fixed the problem!
I would definitely recommend that anyone local check out Towpath Bike, they were great! They gave us our RATS (Rochester Area Triathletes) discount even though we forgot our member cards.
We were told we should seriously consider getting new bikes and we will definitely be returning there soon to buy them!
For all my cyclists out there, do you ride clipless?