So I was talking about the “clip-in” pedals and cycling shoes in my last post and I got a few comments from friends on facebook (where I sometimes link to my blog posts) wondering what on earth I was talking about. Why special cycling shoes? Aren’t these pedals that you’re stuck to dangerous? So I thought I’ll explain it all here
These are my cycling shoes. There a whole load of different versions, some for road cycling, some for mountain biking, some for triathletes, etc. I’m not that into my cycling so I just got these that are fairly basic, the guy in the shop basically told me that this is what I need.
This is what they look like underneath. As you can see you can’t run in them as they’re very stiff and do not have a sole, as such. Even just walking to your bike in them is hard work! That little black bit in the middle is the cleat that clips into the pedal. There are many different ones and many different clip-in pedals and the cleats have to be screwed onto your cycling shoes.
This is what the clip-in pedal looks like. When you clip in your shoes you’re kind of stuck to the pedal. To get off the bike you pull your foot slightly to the side and it comes out. In the beginning it is a bit hard to get used to and if you fall over, the first time you probably will fall over still being stuck to the bike (at least I did!). But over time you will get used to it and will pull your foot to the side as soon as you feel that you’re falling over, hopefully that won’t be too many times!