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View Poll Results: Have you handed in your application to the 0mph Clipless Fall Club?
Yes 93 64.14%
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Wouldn't like to say in public 3 2.07%
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Old 08-04-08, 06:59 PM   #1
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Have you...

...handed in your application to the 0mph Clipless Fall Club A.K.A. "Oh, Sugar!"
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Old 08-04-08, 07:08 PM   #2
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Well I bought the bike and the clipless business at the end of May - and finally my knees are not scabby! One fall was as I was stopping in front of the ladies room door at the Silver Comet Trail . Bam fell down! These 2 women were looking at me and were quite shocked.


Edited - I guess i better say I fell like 5 times - once in front of a car that thank goodness stopped instead of hitting me... Buthave been fall free for a number of rides now...but am always aware of the way i am leaning and standing at traffic lights...and still feel so excited when I clip in after the light.

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Old 08-04-08, 07:09 PM   #3
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I guess I belong..I fell once...luck I was near some grass.....Hard to get those shoes out the first few rides...I think I have it down now...well I hope or I'll be down again....
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Old 08-04-08, 07:12 PM   #4
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Count me in! I bought my shoes on Saturday and Sunday I was in the club. In my driveway no less! I'm glad I'm not the only one.
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Old 08-04-08, 08:09 PM   #5
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...handed in your application to the 0mph Clipless Fall Club A.K.A. "Oh, Sugar!"
I voted no, then again it's not an option at the moment, no clipless pedals.....
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Old 08-04-08, 08:56 PM   #6
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Yep, my 0mph fall happened on a group ride, of course, in front of only 50 other cyclists. My only consolation is the guy that laughed the hardest slipped on his road cleat and did 0 MPH fall while standing over his bike with both pedals already unclipped and did the splits......until his top tube stopped him, whereupon he let out this little squeak and fell over like Artie Johnson on the tricycle from the Laugh In days.

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Old 08-04-08, 08:58 PM   #7
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not yet because luckily there have been a car next to me the few times ive almost tipped over haha
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Old 08-04-08, 10:34 PM   #8
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Is this a good place for me to tell the story of my knocking Uncadan off his bike when we first met?
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Old 08-04-08, 10:36 PM   #9
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...handed in your application to the 0mph Clipless Fall Club A.K.A. "Oh, Sugar!"
I wrote about my clipless fall back in April of last year. I gave up clipless three months later for unrelated reasons.
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Old 08-04-08, 10:43 PM   #10
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Yes, the very first time I clipped-in.
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Ditto here, a buddy of mine and the instructions never mentioned that they came fully tensioned. Went out for a ride with no tools to make this rather important adjustment. Fell like six times on that ride. After the sixth time I started looking for trees to cling to just to be able to wrench my foot out. My hips were bruised for weeks.
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I use clipless, and yes the learning curve will get you when you least expect it, I was at a stop light track standing and the next thing I know I am flat on my back, hands still on the bar feet still clipped in, wheels pointing straight up in the air.
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I've been running clipless for a few months now and have yet to preform the 0mph fall. I have done the panic giggle at a stop once but thankfully I have my tension set really low and was able to get my foot out and down before falling completly over.

Course I type this now and tomorrow there will be a thread about my first clipless fall
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Yep, my 0mph fall happened on a group ride, of course, in front of only 50 other cyclists. My only consolation is the guy that laughed the hardest slipped on his road cleat and did 0 MPH fall while standing over his bike with both pedals already unclipped and did the splits......until his top tube stopped him, whereupon he let out this little squeak and fell over like Artie Johnson on the tricycle from the Laugh In days.

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Old 08-05-08, 06:50 AM   #16
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0mph fall - the clipless right of passage.

For me it didn't happen first couple of times I tried clipless, but out on an organized ride. I pulled into a rest stop, unclipped, and took a rest. When I went to get back on, I clipped in one foot, pushed off, and then realized that I was going up a slight grade in way too high a gear. Couldn't shift or clip out fast enough and down I went...ouch.
Now it's like second nature. You know you cycle too much when you think you need to unclip from your gas pedal. LOL
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Old 08-05-08, 08:06 AM   #17
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My application must have been excepted. I did my one and only 0 mph fall on the second ride on my new road bike. I unclipped rolling up to a stop light and made the mistake of putting my foot back on the pedal. I clicked back in and did not even know it. I fell right in front of a car. Fortunately, the driver was alert and avoided hitting me. He asked if I was all right then went on his way. The only thing that I hurt was my pride and couple of small dings on my bike.
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Old 08-05-08, 08:41 AM   #18
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When i first got clipless like 10 years go i had a couple falls, then i stopped riding for like 8 years. I had no probs getting right back into clipless though and haven't fallen yet.
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Old 08-05-08, 08:59 AM   #19
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I qualify twice over- the first time on grass, the second on a paved trail while attempting to cross the street..............
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Leaving my tarred driveway going about 10 mph onto the dirt road that they just graded that day. Bike just went from 10 to o and over I went. My knee is all banged up. Luckly no one was looking. Its funny how you dont really look at the bike or yourself to see if all is ok, You just immediately get up and look around to see if anyone saw ya. It was my second day and I thought I was doing so good with these pedals.
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Guilty! I fell while not even on the bike. I was in the garage with road shoes on and went to piviot around to get something and rolled off the clip onto the side of the shoe and into the wall. Nothing major just felt like a dope.
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Old 08-05-08, 10:16 AM   #22
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Yes I did!!!

Hurt myself pretty bad too.

I was taking the bus home , took my bike off the bus to ride the rest of the way home.

the bus started on its way so I quickly clipped in and started to ride (more like track stand speed)

anyway the bus stopped suddenly to pick up a person running to catch it I tried to unclip with my left but after a few times went down.

besides the pedals being clipless my crank was un knowingly loose as I tried to move my foot off the pedal the crank moved instead.

Mucho bruising and torn Lig OUCH!!!


I also fell once on rollers in the winter (ruined a wheel)

I still ride clipless but am experimenting with platforms with/without powergrips for my day to day riding/commutes with very favorable results , I just need to ween myself of the idea that unless I ride clipless pedals Ill be a fred.

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Old 08-05-08, 10:26 AM   #23
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Mine was about 6 months after I got them last year. Pulled up to a stop and zoned out and went over. Lots of people walking the trail at the time.
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busy intersection at night so traffic was light. unclipped right, leaned left. put a hole in my new winter tights.
also fell clipped in 1st time. test riding new bike and completely forgot when I stopped at the porch to dismount. fell onto dirt that time.
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I joined at the first stop of my first ride on my new (then) bike with my first set of clipless pedals. I've got two scars on the back of my right ankle to remind me of it (gored myself on the chain ring, they're sharp when they are new).

Recently, I got my Mom into a set of clipless pedals as well. She is on bike patrol for the metro park system where she lives. We spend at least 15 minutes teaching her how to get into and out of them, and then went for a 22 mile ride. As I was teaching her how to get in and out, she asked "What happens if I don't get out of them at a stop?"
"Well, gravity will get real thick right where you are, and you'll fall on your face."
"I don't want to do that."
"So don't forget to clip out then." Ain't I a great and supporting son. "Besides, you'll only make that mistake once."
"Well I don't want to make that mistake at all."
"Like I said, don't forget to clip out and you'll be just fine."
About a 3 weeks later, Mom told me that she had taken her one fall due to the new pedals. I re-assured her that she was now in the club, and wouldn't probably ever have that one happen again.
We've both been fine since.
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