May 16, 2008
With the cruiser in the shop I've been riding the road bike a lot. Not that I'm complaining, I love how fast and light it is! It is harder to accommodate style-wise, however. The handlebars don't take very well to shoulder bags and I don't have a back rack. I could wear my bike bag, but that's more utilitarian. I'm going to experiment with a smaller market bag today and see if that is better for my balance.
The main point of contention was riding those road bike egg beater pedals (beautiful) without bike shoes. More specifically, with pretty high heels. It works! So far. I wouldn't recommend it for the faint of heart or for those who are working on their coordination. Or riders who are otherwise wobbly. If you practice in your neighborhood first you should be alright. I have a feeling that I might be an anomaly in this respect, and not many other women will see the need to potentially tempt the fates of safety like I have.
Make sure to use the groove between the heel and shoe for pushing off, once you get going you can reposition. And always be aware of where the pedals are in relation to the ball of your foot.
In the photo I haven't mounted the bike, but if you look closely by my right ankle you can see how tiny and shiny that pedal is.