This past weekend was dry and not too cold (8C). I decided to ride my usual training ride of 16km round trip to UBC and back to my apartment.
After the previous weekend’s experience with the clipless pedals, I decided to pedal the first few km with at least one foot unclipped. I was surprised that I could pedal at about 16km/h on the flat with both feet unclipped. I navigated through many intersections with confidence that I would not fall, and would be able to start moving from a stop pedalling unclipped.
I had my Garmin 500 with me, and was comparing myself against my previous benchmark that I had set with my hybrid bike last fall. Even though the R3 is about 8 pounds lighter, I was actually going slower (out of shape, cold temps). However, when I got to the hill to go to UBC, I clipped in both pedals and went up the hill with a lot less effort than I remember doing last fall. this was definitely going to be easier over the long haul. I ended up doing the 16km out and back a few minutes slower than my previous benchmark, but was gaining more confidence in the clipless pedals and my ability to change gears, and get my feet unclipped when necessary