Fifty Plus (50+) - Club Tombay today
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05-04-12, 03:17 PM
I hate to admit it, but today I fell for the 2nd time since I got clipless pedals. This time on the right side instead of the left. I stopped to pickup something from the side of the road, unclipped my left foot, but somehow fell to the right, couldn't get my right foot unclipped in time, panic for sure. At least I had almost come to a stop, and did get my roadside prize after I dusted myself off. Worst part is my derailleur seems bent a bit, won't shift properly, and scraped the right pedal, bar end and tore the pad. I rode the hour home, and I'll see if I can adjust the derailleur later. Only damage to me is a skinned elbow, sore hip, and a bruised ego.
05-04-12, 03:58 PM
Could almost say fail as the bike has a lot of damage for a "Little" fall but pics if the elbow does show that you took enough damage to say that the brain was probably in a state of bewilderment and like a true Tombay you had enough time to panic- which probably marred your thought process- before the inevitable came
I say yes but others still to comment.
With luck it will be the hanger and not the Dr that is bent so hope it has a replaceable hanger on it.
05-04-12, 04:22 PM
So what was the prize and was it worth it?
05-04-12, 04:34 PM
I wish it was a gold watch, but not. Just a nice reflector for my mailbox post, definitely not worth it. After a shower, found out it's not my hip, but my thigh that hurts. Looks like I can replace the hanger, doesn't look bent though, hope I can just adjust it.
05-04-12, 06:47 PM
Well we learn something every day, turns out the little adjuster at the end of the cable must have turned in the fall, didn't even know what it was until today. Made some adjustments, and looks like the shifting is all good.
05-04-12, 07:02 PM
I think this was staged.
05-05-12, 09:37 AM
What kind of bike? I can't tell from the pictures.
You almost surely have a bent derailleur hanger. If you have 9 or 10 cogs on the back it will almost surely take a gauge to realign the hanger precisely enough for the index shifting to work.
Next time, if you keep a firm grasp on your bar end, it won't scuff up your handwrap. Bikes have to be fixed, bodies heal on their own. Of course, keep in mind that this advice is coming from a fellow who's had a couple of extended periods of body healing following bike upsets.
05-05-12, 03:22 PM
As you have learnt- Even if you do not think about saving the bike from damage- You are still going to get a few Bruises and abrasions when a Tombay Occurs. So next time you are Going over- grab hold of the bars firmly and as you pass the point of no return- take the Inevitable on the cheek by moving it to the side of the saddle so that it makes first contact with the ground. It will hurt but could save a few bills later. You will heal--Eventually-- but the bike is all important and must be protected at all times.
05-05-12, 04:04 PM
It looks like you have a set of traditionally road bike pedals (Ultegra) on what seems to be a mountain bike?
May I suggest that SPD types would be much easier to get in and out of? Those SPD-SL....much harder to release, particularly if new.
With a multi-release cleat, the SPD will release by right twist, left twist, or pull up at the heel. Very easy and very quick to release.
05-06-12, 06:16 AM
Looks cool, I'll have to print that out. I guess I'm now an official member.
I lucked out, the derailleur seems all OK, after adjusting it, I went for a 36 mile ride yesterday and it shifts great, maybe a bit better.
My plan is to get a road bike when I lose some weight, and with the SPD-SL pedals now, it's one less thing to adapt to. I'm a bit of a hard head and have to learn things the hard way. I thought of the SPD's for the shoes, but I don't do much walking around when out riding. I just need to practice unclipping both feet.
05-06-12, 07:56 AM
Welcome. Welcome brother Okie.
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