It was finally time to take my bike off the indoor trainer after putting it off a few extra weeks. It was too cold, too wet, too snowy…yeah snow in May; there seemed always to be an excuse.
I bit the bullet last Friday afternoon in a bit of a step by step process. One – get the bike off the trainer which is the easy part. Check ✔.
Step two – take the trainer tire off the bike. Sounds simple but I’m still new to all of this. Deflated the tire, tools in hand, a few swear words later and I got it off. Success, check ✔.
Step three – take a break. Seriously, I left it for an hour or so and came back to it. Eventually, I got the tire on but wasn’t convinced I did it right. I cautiously pumped up the tire, deflated it and pumped it up again. I was worried the inner tube would be caught and I’d mess it all up. I got it done, check ✔. Next step was to put the tire back on the bike….a few more swear words later (and no, my girls weren’t near by).
This part I suck at and literally couldn’t get it on the right way even though I felt I was doing everything right. I really wanted to be able to do this on my own and feel confident in doing so. No confidence was built….well, maybe a little bit. Later that night, I asked my husband for help as I just couldn’t sort out the chain, derailleur and mounting the tire. I wasn’t that far off and learned that I can move the derailleur more than I had previously (I didn’t want to break it).
Saturday afternoon I went on my first clipped in ride. Not going to lie, I was scared shitless. Would I fall, crash or burn? Would I be fine? I just went for it and went slowly. I road down to the local trail where I’d feel most safe and off I went. Stopping occasionally at crossings, I’d unclip one foot way in advance. Clipping back in was pretty easy and my confidence grew a little more each time.
It was really nice to be out on my bike and on the trails but I also wanted to test out riding on the road. On my way back home, I took the main road and felt really good cycling by cars for the first time this year. They gave me a good amount of space and I felt confident on my bike….slightly uncomfortable with my clipped in shoes. Eventually, I made it home safely with no issues which felt great. However…..
On Sunday, we went for a family bike ride on the same trail. It was beautiful outside and our girls are loving their bikes this spring. It was going well and I decided to go off the trail a little into the woods but on another path.
Well, that path had a different plan for me as I began to return back to the main trail and suddently, I fell over clipped it. It all happened extremely fast and I remember thinking my bike should not be in the air and me on the ground right now.
I managed to get my feet unclipped, popped up and had to dust off dirt, leaves and branches from the right side of my body. Luckily, it was somewhat of a soft landing as opposed to the road or gravel we were on. A few bruses and one cut on my leg. Slightly shaken and embarrassed I peddled on ahead and tried to shake off the fall.
So, I survived my ride ride clipped in and I survived my first fall on my biked clipped in. And yes, I’m ready to do it all over again.
Have you ever fallen off your bike clipped in?
How are you spending your spring being active?