Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Goodbye, Ruby Slippers

A couple of weeks ago I got off my bike mid-ride to adjust a cleat on one of my cycling shoes and stripped out the screw hole. Since I was already down to two screws on that particular shoe, it meant I had to pedal home with the cleat attached by only one screw. The problem with this arrangement, as I quickly discovered, is that a cleat attached with only one screw will allow the shoe to rotate when you want to clip out from the pedal, instead of remaining fixed. And thus it is that foot is more or less permanently attached to the pedal unless you unbuckle and leave the shoe behind...

So it was new Sidis for me, this time in plain Jane, old-school black. The Rubys, those stylish, comfortable old friends, have now officially retired.

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