Sometimes the best way to learn something new is to just do it. So I did it. I rode Eggbeaters for the first time.
Sounds kinky, eh? Don’t worry, it’s not, but there are those who read this who now might need to wash their brain. Eggbeaters are a product name for a mountain bike pedal made by a company called Crank Bros. Oh geez, that sounds kinky too. Maybe I am in one of those moods and should be taking a cold shower right now instead of writing a blog.
ANY WAY, Eggbeater pedals are called as such for an obvious reason — they really do look like an eggbeater. They were recommended to me for mountain biking because the design is not susceptible to clogging from mud like other off road pedals. The pedals are a simple four sided spring loaded design. A cleat is attached to the bottom of the rider’s shoe. That cleat engages with the pedal as the rider steps on the pedal and holds the shoe to the pedal. It’s efficient and easy to use once you get used to clipping in and out of the pedals.
The key phrase is ‘once you get used to it’. Until you get used to it, especially learning to disengage the cleat from the pedal quickly, you have a tendency to fall. You don’t necessarily crash, but you fall. I did that a few times tonight, coming to the top of a knob without enough momentum to clear the knob, barely having enough time to exclaim “Oh crap!” before tipping over. Also, learning to pop the cleat in is not all that easy at first. Try doing that when you are standing at the top of a ravine on a narrow dirt trail. Oops. That makes the descent even more scary as you struggle to pop the pedals as you scream towards the bottom of a ravine at 30 mph or more.
Trust me, it’s fun. It took a while, probably two hours, but I got used to clicking in and out of the pedals, enough that I kicked up some muck by the time I was done tonight. Geez, that sounds dirty too.
Time for that cold shower.