By the time we got home it was after 5 and we were losing sunlight. Plus, it was cold and windy! We couldn't wait to get our bikes out on the road so we decided to head to the local park to practice with the new clipless pedals. If you know me you probably know I that everything makes me nervous and biking is no exception. I was nervous about the new handle bars, riding outside, dodging cars and using new brakes/shifters. But none of these compared to how nervous I was about using clipless pedals. Not sure what clipless pedals are? Neither was I until about 2 weeks ago. Essentially you have special cycle shoes that have cleat attached to the sole. Special pedals are attached to the bike that match the cleat on the shoe. You are then able to attach and detach your shoe to your pedals just by moving your ankle (instead of reaching down). The advantage to this system is that you can go faster and use more muscles because instead of just "pushing down/forward" you can also "pull up/back" on the pedal. If that doesn't make sense read this - it's very helpful!
Thursday morning we are heading to Central Park for our first real ride!