Rainy day and listening to Chet Baker - Almost Blue. The rain pairs up almost too perfectly.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
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Thursday, August 11, 2011
This is the pedal for my bicycle. A clipless pedal.
You need a special shoe to ride using this pedal. This is how my special shoe looks like.
I'm special - Ralph Wiggum.
This is the sole of the shoe. The metal cleat clips into the pedal.
An advantage of using a clipless pedal is it allows you to transfer more power and makes you go faster; instead of just pushing down on one side you will also be pulling up on the other side of the pedal. Making you less tyred. (That was lazy I have to admit)
A disadvantage of this system is you need to remember to clip in and out before you stop to avoid falling down. Once you get used to it, clipping in and out will be second nature.
Every cyclist has a story about falling down the first few times using a clipless system, but once you fall down you will always remember to clip out.
So far I have been really lucky as I have encountered no such problems. There were a few close calls but I have always managed to clip out just in time.
Until this morning.
I stopped at a busy intersection on the way to uni, clipped out with my left foot with my right foot clipped in.
Waiting on the sidewalk; just as the light turn green I suddenly lost my balance. I can see the ground coming up slowly to me on my right. I struggled to clip my right foot free clumsily, and the fall was less than graceful.
This happened at around 8am when the intersection was busy with traffic. I freed myself from the tangle on the ground and laughed out loud as I continued on riding to uni.
I didn't even have a scratch, the bike is fine, I fell on my shoulders and nothing is broken.
Except my pride.