Wednesday, April 4, 2012
EPIC FAIL: Power Grips edition
Complain as I may about the whole concept of Going Clipless(tm), I never fell off the bike while just practicing. In fact, I had managed to not fall of the bike at all until I welcomed these straps into my biking life.
Basically, what happened was: I practiced putting the feet in and out of the strap-equipped pedals for a few minutes in the alley, while holding on to the side of the building for support. Then I ventured out onto my shady little neighborhood street with my left foot in the strap and the right foot trying desperately to do the flip-up/slide-in motion - which is apparently more coordination that I can handle. I'm sure I was quite the graceful figure gliding down the street, especially when I gave a yelp and a bit of a wobble as my foot finally made it in the straps. Then I (wisely) decided to practice stopping long before I got to the intersection, and my right foot just would not come out.
Aaaand I fell. The end. It's funny how it happens in slow-ish motion, yet really doesn't afford you much time/opportunity to do anything about the situation. I mean, aside from shout "Timber!" Okay, well really I just kept trying to pull my foot out at different angles. Didn't work. Fortunately, it didn't hurt. Unfortunately, a guy watched the entire performance from across the street. Fortunately, he did not laugh and asked me if I was okay.
So then I got up and tried again. And fell. I returned to the alley so that my embarrassment might be less public. And then I fell again. "Third time's the charm!" I thought, as I climbed back on the bike - and fell again. (Side note: great news, you guys! I learned how to fall on a bike at super slow speeds without getting too hurt! GO TEAM!) Then I gave up, because four times is enough and I needed to get to work. Screw that whole "once more unto the breach, dear friends" jazz - this girl knows when she's beaten.
On my ride home from work last night, I stopped by the bike shop and had them put my old pedals back on. There are no words for the massive relief I felt, riding home on pedals I once again could understand.
I don't get it, Power Grips - how are you so hard to learn? HOW? It's just a strap. I have been defeated by a STRAP, for godsakes. Well, and the whole thing where you have to flip the pedal and slide the foot in, that's hard. You might as well ask me to do origami with my toes, sheesh.
Right so, I still have them. I didn't bother to try to return them at the shop last night because it was cold and I just wanted to get home. (I think they'll let me return them, but if you are a biking type and interested in trying them, I'd be happy to loan them out.) Now I will dedicate myself to trying harder with the clipless pedals.
So long, Power Grips, it was (not) nice knowing you.