Thursday, February 5, 2009

Stop Lights are the Devil

Tannon got me a road bike for Christmas. I was so excited to try it out, but since Christmas falls in December, that wasn't gonna happen anytime soon. January came and went and since the temperatures are pretty warm for February and the snow is mostly gone in the valley, I couldn't resist. I decided to hop on my new road bike and ride to work. Since only mountain bikes were allowed in my house until now, I have never worn clip-in shoes. *I think clipping in while mountain biking is absolute suicide*

Tannon was really worried (so was I, but pretending to be confident) so he decided to come out front and watch me ride off. I got my first food clipped in, but while I was trying to get my second foot clipped in, I just fell over with the bike landing on top of me (Berger's, I hope you were looking out your window... If not, you really missed out on some comic relief). Tannon was laughing hysterically and we were both just shaking our heads even at the thought of me riding this to work. But, I was determined.

Off I go. I'm getting really confident, thinking this is a breeze. I come to my first stop light and clip out and put my foot down. SUCCESS! Now I'm really feeling good. Until the next stop light. I can tell that I'm going to have to stop, so I clip my foot out before I come to a stop so that I'll be ready in time. So, I put my foot down and the dang clip was so slippery that my leg slipped out from under me, and all of a sudden... here I am laying on the street with my bike on top of me.... again. This time was worse, though, because no one was there to laugh about it with! The cars who were stopped next to me, I'm sure were really worried about me but I wasn't about to make eye contact with them. So, I pick myself back up and try to clip both feet in again and start petaling, realizing I'm not going anywhere. My dang chain had come off! Good thing I hurried and clipped out before falling in the same freaking spot.

I finally made it to work and now I'm seriously dreading getting back on that weapon to go home. Maybe I'll sleep here tonight.

14 comments:

Maren said...

What the heck kind of bike is this?

Shaylynn.. said...

Thank you for making my life so much better today my love. :)

stace said...

gotta love the clips. i have them on my mountain bike from when i trained for the triathlon i did last year...i'm pretty sure i'm gonna be switching them out once it gets warm enough to ride in the mountains again because it is suicide! my dad mountain bikes with clips and he is insane.

C and MC said...

Just have Blair give you a ride home.

Amber said...

I got my first road bike this summer and that was the first time that I had experienced clip-ins. My experience was much like yours and so I took them off and I don't think I will ever use them again!

Ashley said...

I can't stop laughing and I can't get the image of you pedaling in place with no chain out of my head! Hilarious. Can't wait to see you tomorrow!

Shaun - Jillian said...

Too bad you don't live close by, we could ride together! I have only fallen over once and it is the worst feeling ever and the more you panic the worse it is trying to get out. I definitely feel your pain but I am sure that it was hilarious for the people driving by. :) I cried when I fell over so at least you didn't do that and I am glad that you were able to clip out after your chain fell off. Good times! I do love road biking though. Shaun and I have so much fun together.

Cami and Dustin said...

Did you make it home? Poor McCall! But I still loved your Facebook status about this!

Mike & Kim said...

That is so funny, but I'm glad you're ok :) Mike is WAY into mountain biking. He just loves it, so me being a good wife I decide to go with him. It was a complete disaster for me! I know how you feel, but hang in there you will get it and I'm sure you'll love it.

Chris & Missy said...

Ha Ha Ha Ha!!! I can just see you falling and Tannon laughing. I also hope that you wern't riding to work in your work attire, although, it would make the story a bit more comical having you tip your bike over in a skirt in front of all of the cars!! Clips are quite hard to get used to. Good luck and I love you!

P.S. I know why the car rental place gave you the mustang for no extra charge.. (They are horrible in the snow).

Chris & Missy said...

Ha Ha Ha Ha!!! I can just see you falling and Tannon laughing. I also hope that you wern't riding to work in your work attire, although, it would make the story a bit more comical having you tip your bike over in a skirt in front of all of the cars!! Clips are quite hard to get used to. Good luck and I love you!

P.S. I know why the car rental place gave you the mustang for no extra charge.. (They are horrible in the snow).

Caitlin & Brinton said...

HAHA, I feel evil for saying this but I kind of wish I was an innocent bystander to this. It's only funny because you're okay :)
I give you so much credit for biking to work in the first place, let alone with clip in pedals.

dave and catie said...

awww, poor thing! i'm sure you'll be awesome in no time though.

Chelsey & Dave said...

Wish I could have seen this! LOL!