Ride Like A Girl Cycling

Learn ~ Laugh ~ Love it!

Ditch the Toe Clips

2 Comments

My toe clips and straps are headed for the garbage can. I’ve used them on my mountain bike for years but yesterday I could not get out of them quickly enough and sustained a foot sprain on what should have been a painless fall.

toe clips image

Toe clips with straps are an older style pedal system

I didn’t have enough momentum riding uphill through a rocky trail. When I stopped my wheel suddenly turned left and I began to fall right. I tried to slide my foot out of the straps but my foot was trapped. Down I went.

With Clipless pedals you can adjust the release so your feet are always able to unclip  (Similar to ski bindings). But with toe clips I was strapped in with only one release option: pull foot backwards. There is no side escape.

Clipless pedal systems gave an adjustable release. like a ski binding, the tension can be adjusted for quick release

It’s my second day on the sofa. I am treating my foot to Ice, Advil and elevation. I am thankful it’s not serious and expect to be up and mobile soon. But one thing is clear; no more toe clip systems for this girlfriend.

Author: Carolyn @ RideLikeAGirlPortland.com

I am an avid cyclist, passionate about training and encouraging other women to discover the joys of cycling. I believe that if women have a learning environment that feels safe, is fun and includes the support of other women, they will naturally Learn, Laugh and Love it!

2 thoughts on “Ditch the Toe Clips

  1. Hope you are on the mend.

  2. Heal quickly!

What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s