There was a time when I knew every nut and bolt on my bike. As I got older and busier I spent less time concerned about every detail of my ride and more interested in finding time to ride. Thats why over the last two weeks I spent some frustrated moments trying to clip into my Speedplays and wondering what the hell I did wrong installing some new clips. I just couldn’t get clipped in with any consistency. Time for a visit to my local bike shop. After closer inspection of my shoes, my mechanic told me I in fact was not as smart as I looked and had installed the wrong clips. So, I told him that he was in fact as dumb as he looked, because he had sold them to me. We swapped out my x series clips for the correct “zero” series clips and all was right with the world again.
And, what a difference it makes. having a good pedal-shoe-cleat system that is working properly can change your ride experience from a tolerable one to an enjoyable one. I have let go of trying to know how everything works and every detail of technology. I depend more and more on my local shop and mechanics. It’s not the mechanics fault that I grabbed the wrong cleats off the shelf. It’s mine. It’s a good idea to read the instructions or at least bring your bike or shoes with you and get the right part the first time. That way you can spend more time enjoying your ride .
I recommend the Speedplay Zero pedals, easy to get in and out when you want (as long as you have the right clips), float adjustment, light weight and low maintenance. Read more about them here >