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    not exactly new

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    As you can see by post count/join date, I was a member here long ago. I mostly have a road bike for triathlons, although my last one was 4 years ago. I ride my hybrid a lot but have been looking at my road bike gathering dust and decided to take it out. The tires are pumped up, I dusted it off, but for the first time I am feeling intimidated about riding it. It is a Specialized Ruby with Keo pedals and for some reason it is making me nervous. I never felt this way before and in fact only once fell, and that was at a stop light when I unclipped right and tipped left. I have campus pedals on my hybrid and occasionally ride with my spd shoes and took those shoes and pedals on a Backroads trip 2 years ago.

    I guess I just need somebody to shove me out the door.
    Brina

    "Truth goes through three stages: first it is ridiculed; then violently opposed; finally, itís accepted as being self-evident." Schopenhauer

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    SHOVE! There you go.

    I was in a similar position a few years ago--just very insecure on the bike, especially in traffic. I pedaled out of my comfort zone and found a bike club to ride with. Maybe that would help you? Both with motivation and confidence?

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    Swapping pedals is easy. Put some cheap flats on until you get your "sea legs" and then you can go back to the Looks. Now get out there!
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    I put these XLC BMX/SPD pedals on one of my back-up road bikes so I could use either my mountain bike shoes or regular shoes depending on where I was going. (Read, coffee-time while wearing a skirt riding an old-school Le Mond).

    They are cheap, lightweight, and both the SPD and non-SPD sides grip your shoes. A lot of complaints people have with the dual-sided pedals is that the SPD side doesn't work without cleats. Not a problem with these. Plus, they are very easy to use and provide a nice, wide platform.

    My regular road bike has SPD-SL's on it, and my Cross uses plain SPD's.

    When I was off the bike awhile back for 4 months due to an injury, I used the Take-a-look mirror that attaches to your cycling glasses at first. Made me much more confident in dealing with traffic until I felt more secure. (The injury itself was causing a lot of anxiety, still, though I wasn't off for nearly as long as you. The first ride post-injury without the mirror was 4.25 miles in almost no traffic on a military base, and it freaked me out to hear all the cars around me, even though there weren't actually that many). Take-a-look is the only mirror I've found that works well and doesn't interfere with my ability to handle my bike. I stopped using it after a couple of months.
    Last edited by Muirenn; 08-13-2014 at 11:30 AM.
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    And welcome back...
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

    Battswebb

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    start with 1 mile in your local neighborhood where you know the traffic and the streets. Slowly lengthen the ride until you feel sure. It can be done.
    marni
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    I did it. I forced myself out the door and I did it. 6.68 miles on a multi-use trail. Managed not to fall. Although i did hit a small steep up hill at the entrance to the trail in too high of a gear and came damn close to sliding back down. The Looks are a lot harder to pull out of than my campus pedals. Need to remember that. I also forgot my riding gloves, which I realized about a mile and a half into the ride. My elbow and shoulder and complaining to me about that one. I now have the gloves and the shoes sitting on a shelf together so I won't make that mistake a second time.

    Thank you for the encouragement
    Brina

    "Truth goes through three stages: first it is ridiculed; then violently opposed; finally, itís accepted as being self-evident." Schopenhauer

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    Good for you! Glad you made it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brina View Post
    I now have the gloves and the shoes sitting on a shelf together so I won't make that mistake a second time.

    Thank you for the encouragement
    Good reminder - and I should put mine by my helmet -as I can usually remember to grab that. We did a ride a fews weeks ago that required 100 miles of driving and I managed to forget my shoes...
    Fortunately was my Surly ECR that has power grip pedals so I could ride with my chaco's and my "urban" merrills
    You will be zooming around in no time
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