Hawes Trail 23FEB08

Hawes Trail InjurySo last week I tried to ride a mountain bike with clipless pedals. If you don’t know what those are it is where your foot is actually attached to your bike. It helps you pedal and helps you to stay in control of your bike more.

However, as you can see, when you are attached to your bike, and you are too much of a n00b to know how to get off, you crash. What can’t be seen is the multiple bruises on my legs, as well as my sore shoulder muscles from basically pile driving myself into rocks.

There was a few times during that ride that I was getting downright pissed off. It is frustrating to be falling and not be able to get off your bike. You just get to tip over and watch yourself – seemingly in slow motion – fall over onto an awaiting cactus or rock. And oh yeah, and I don’t do mountain biking like Cody defines it (down a paved path on a mountain bike).

Oh, and sorry for my severely white legs….


2 Responses to “Hawes Trail 23FEB08”

  1. 1 vicp
    15 January 2009 at 08:00

    Clipless pedals are very dangerous.
    I’ve been riding bicycles continuously since I was 5. Have even commuted to work year-round in suburb north of NYC, Had been using Shimno clipless pedals for about 10 years and had several occasions when I couldn’t release from the pedal and dumped over. The last time, at age 58, caused my right hip to fracture. I needed 2 surgeries and 6 months of rehab. After the accident I found out about two other cyclists who suffered hip fractures because they couldn’t release from their pedals.
    Needless to say I took them off my Trek and will never use them again.
    The Pain was not worth the gain.

  2. 15 January 2009 at 08:50

    @vicp: Lots of things are dangerous. That is why we have the freedom to choose whether to do something or not.

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