I decided to take the plunge and get clipless pedals instead of trying the clips (I call them cages, whatever) and getting into that habit then having to change my habit. I have small feet so had to order my Shimano shoes from Zappos to get my size. They arrived in a day and fit perfectly! I wanted to support local so I got my pedals and cleats at Bike World West where they installed them for me.
I was so excited to get home and put my bike on the trainer to figure them out. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to clip in and out, nothing like I’d expected. But, my feet were stuck (pretty much) to the pedals. I assumed maybe since I seemed apprehensive at the shop they loosened up the setting quite a bit. I played around for awhile and got confident, then I went to get Matty J’s allen wrench and tighten them up a bit.
So, fast forward to a few hours later when MJ got home from work and I raced to show him how well I was learning and that I even changed the settings myself. He said “Oh, you aren’t clipped all the way in.” I said, “Yes I am, look! The pedal is stuck to my shoe!” Then he showed me how to clip in and after about a minute of trying to push my toe forward and heel down I heard “CLICK!”
OH MY GAWD! I was doing it wrong. Way wrong. Then he said, “okay, try to clip out” and it took me forever! I told him that I think it is because I tightened the setting. So he grabbed his allen wrench sets and realized none of them actually fit the pedals since they require a metric wrench. I didn’t actually tighten the setting either. Whoops.
So…I’m off to the hardware store today for a metric allen wrench and to loosen the setting and try again. To his credit, Matty J was super supportive and did not laugh at me…even though he totally should have! I think I’ll be on the trainer for at least one more workout. ha.