” You’ll look back on this and laugh” is an expression that is true but always delivered at the most inappropriate time. I had such a laugh while working in the basement this morning. After doing some pre holiday assembly, I cleaned up the trash from my project. That led to cleaning off my little work bench of various items that once had some useful purpose. Out went some old cleat parts, shims, and several retired toothbrushes that served well as surrogate chain brushes.
Finally, I opened a few boxes to look at the contents for possible disposal. There they were forgotten for many years. An old pair of Look pedals. These pedals probably weigh more than most bikes these days. These pedals have a story that can now be told.
One day many, many years ago, my wife made a comment that she might like to take a ride with me sometime. So excited was I that I immediately took her bike out, cleaned the dust off, cleaned and re-lubed everything. I even replaced the tires which had begun to dry rot. When buying the tires at the shop, I saw a pair of Look pedals on clearance. I bought those too with some shoes also on sale. I mean, she wants to ride, right? Clipless pedals enhance the riding experience? Right?
I mapped out the flattest course I could so we could enjoy our couple’s ride. Mimimal traffic, trees, singing birds, right out of a Disney movie. Since we had skied a few times, I figured clipping in and out would be a natural movement for her to learn. A quick lesson confirmed that and off we went.
We chatted as we began to roll out of our development. We came to the stop sign at the end and I saw it all in slow motion. The wobble, the tipping, the fall. A neighbor leaving the development just happened to arrive at the worst moment possible. “Are you all right?” “Yes” was the response and the neighbor sped away. I can’t describe the look I was given. Maybe Stephen King can. “Get these #*^%&#@ things off my bike.”
I tried to explain that getting used to clipless pedals took a little time. No response. I tried to encourage her to push on and finish the ride. Nope. On the way back, I said she would look back on this and laugh. Another Stephen King look. I replaced the pedals and put the bike back in storage. We have since had kids and have gone out with them a few times but no more husband and wife outings.
Do you think she’d like a Tandem?