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Old 10-04-08, 08:42 PM   #1
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2nd Clipless Fall

Well, I was told it would happen and I just could not imagine it. I have been riding about every other day since going clipless and have been amazed how second nature clipping in and out has become.

This morning I took a 21 mile ride in and around Cape Girardeau, MO. Perfect temp at about 60 degrees, the hills seemed to not even exist (and Cape is nothing but a hill). I even used a four story hospital parking garage to change streets.

So anyway, I watched the computer fall over 20 miles and decided to end the ride. I called my wife and told her where I was, and where I would meet her in about 15 minutes. I decided that on my way to meet her, I would stop at one of my favorite coffee shops that has a killer lemonade. I pulled up in front, unclipped the right foot and LEANED LEFT With all my might I tried to unclip as I fell, but nothing. I fell over on my left side.

I Got up, leaned my bike against the shop, walked inside, walked up to the folks sitting in the window watching, pulled out my wallet and said "How much will it take for you to forget that you saw that?"

Wow! How humbling

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Old 10-04-08, 09:03 PM   #2
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Not nearly as bad as the day I left for work and did not notice that my left cleat had worked loose. I pulled up to the stop outside my place and unclipped the right and then tried the left, no luck with the left. Of course I hit the deck in front of a line of cars at the light but it was worse than usual, I couldn't get my left foot unclipped no matter what I tried, and I was on my left side with the bike pinning me down. I managed to pull some matrix/karate kid move and get to my feet with the bike still attached, and remove my foot from the shoe, yep the shoe. Had to hobble over to the curb shoeless and break out the tool kit to pry the shoe loose and then retighten the damn cleat.

I think the guy I fell in front of thought I was having a seizure or something when I hit the ground because I was flailing around trying to get back up before he ran me over when the light turned green.

Just remember it can always get worse.
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Old 10-04-08, 09:51 PM   #3
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LOL funny stuff. I went clipless last spring for the first time and decided to do a local organized ride after only a week. We were decending a hill and all decided to regroup at the bottom. Seven or eight of us made it to the bottom at the same time and I rolled slowley up right in the middle of everyone and couldnt unclip. I almost went down, but I managed my very first trackstand! Lots of laughs and good advice on clipless pedals.
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Old 10-04-08, 09:55 PM   #4
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Always remember to turn away from the direction you want to put your foot down. Right foot down, turn left, etc.

Now that you've done it twice, you should be over the hump....... so to speak.
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Old 10-05-08, 05:20 AM   #5
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^^^^ I'm gonna disagree with the last part of that statement, because I've fallen over TWICE in one day and I'm still not done yet

They were both about as embarassing as can be that's for sure!

So I'm geared up, sitting at the starting line of my first charity event (MS150) I'm in my dad's "Top 100 riders" jersey from last year (it never fit him to begin with so it was a freebie). He handed me the jersey right before the ride and I felt privelidged. He said mark my words, that jersey is hard to get, so get out there and earn it. No problem pops, I'll do my best! So as the riders start to head off from the starting line, I was in the back of the pack (I woulda got mowed over had I been infront) I clip in and pedal maybe 3 times just to get some momentum. There's a "starting gate" that you have to go through and I was heading towards it when my dad says let's just go this way around it (it was closer lol) so just as he says that I'm right infront of the gate with nowhere to go and my dad on my right. As soon as I look to the left I stop and attempt to click out (can't trackstand for s***) and BLAM!!!! I fall down RIGHT ON THE FRIGGIN STARTING LINE.

What a wonderful way to start a 150 mile ride :-/
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Old 10-05-08, 06:17 AM   #6
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ROFLMAO!!! Join the club. Actually when it happens to me, I kick out the left foot and go to the right.

Maybe we could do a little research here, what is your prefered side to unclip?
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Old 10-05-08, 06:19 AM   #7
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Actually what's really funny is I clip out on the right...but that one day I fell on my right first, then on my left after that. So I guess I just suck period lol
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Old 10-07-08, 12:42 PM   #8
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Two aint bad

I ve fallen several time in a few month's, always when I stop , I too have experienced the loose cleat thing, I now put that blue lock tight on my bolts to help prevent any chance of that again.
I don't mind the falling except when I am in front of cars I have a little phobia about being road kill.
I saw a crate aim at Canidian goose once it was a sincer act of murder, and the goose wasn't ridding a bike.
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Old 10-10-08, 01:37 PM   #9
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Tryed clipless twice and then stopped. Ride with the dog alot. and dog + clipless = no good.

It is winter, dark, snow. I am on studded tyres, MTB with "male type" frame. The dog suddenly stop to pee, he was new to this bike thing. He stopped so hard and fast I did not manage to get loose and the bike fell over w me on it, both legs clipped inn. Lots of heavy chlotes kept me trapped. Also I was locked in the situation, impossible to get loose. Dog just about saved his life jumping out off the danger area (he know I can not be trusted so he is fast..).

gave it up. Can not be bothered with two types of pedals / shoes at the moment. Might put them on my sons bike after buying shoes for him.
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Old 10-10-08, 01:54 PM   #10
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I tend to unclip my right foot and my wife unclips her left foot which is odd when we pull up to a stopsign side by side and unclip then lean into eachother. I have to make sure to give her enough room or one of us is going to go down.

I always learned to unclip my right foot due to the road being lower toward the right side that way the road helps instead of hurts your attempt to stay up. My usual falls/drops are when I fail to remember I can't trackstand or go so slow on my recumbent as I do on my roadbike and am heading down to fast before I realize I should unclip.

I did have a loose cleat on my speedplays once but thankfully I realized it before I needed to stop and it was my left foot too. I only had one of four screws left when I got it off and had to split the screws between the two shoes to make it to the bikeshop and get them fixed.
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Old 10-10-08, 03:08 PM   #11
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Don't worry about it, anyone that has ridden for a long time has done that at some point, and if they say they haven't they're probably lying.
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