As planned, I was able to do my long bike ride today. It was a 36 mile ride out to Grand Haven. Usually an uneventful ride, I had a bit of an equipment malfunction along the way. I was about 20 miles into the ride as I approached a red light. As I slowed down, I twisted my right foot to unclip from my pedal. Except my foot didn’t come free. I tried again and realized it was stuck. Thankfully, I was able to quickly unclip my left foot and avoid tipping over at a standstill in the middle of traffic. That would have been embarrassing. Despite unclipping, I still almost tipped over because I am so used to balancing on my right foot at a stop; leaning left, instead of right, just seemed awkward.
After I got through the light, I pulled over to inspect my bike. I found that the cleat on my right shoe was missing a bolt and the second bolt was loose. I ended up taking a bolt from the left shoe so that my primary foot for stopping had both bolts. I tightened everything down and was back on my way. I still had 15 miles to go and was slightly worried about the left shoe only having the one bolt, but there was nothing I could about it at that time.
I ended up making it to Grand Haven without further incident. Once I got there, I loaded up my bike for the ride home with Jennifer. As soon as we got home, I dropped off Jennifer and took the car into the repair shop for some scheduled work. At the shop, I pulled my bike out and biked the 4 miles back home.
As for my shoes, I am hoping to find a replacement bolt at the hardware store so that I don’t have to order a whole new set of cleats.
Stats: 36.19 miles in 1:47:27 (20.2 mph)