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Old 03-14-09, 02:30 PM   #1
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Well crap - Tombayed.

At least it wasn't in front of a soroity house or something. Embarrassing enough as it was. Pulled up to a red light, unclipped right, fell left. Heard it many times and couldn't figure out how anyone could do that. Now I know.

Damage? Pride mostly, a scraped shin and wrist is a little sore. Oh, the brand new Brooks got a scrape too.
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Rub a little butter on that Brooks...Oh, and ice your shin.
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Embarrassing enough as it was. Pulled up to a red light, unclipped right, fell left. Heard it many times and couldn't figure out how anyone could do that. Now I know.
Surprisingly easy isn't it. Welcome to the club! How do you like the pedal set up aside from the fall?
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Been there and done that. Feels like slow motion until the very end doesn't it.

Anyone know where the term tombayed comes from?
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Been there and done that. Feels like slow motion until the very end doesn't it.

Anyone know where the term tombayed comes from?
It's Franglish. It comes from the French word "tombeau", which literally translated means "tomb." However, its musical meaning is where the Bike Forums term comes from. A "tombeau" is a musical work in honor of someone who died. Maurice Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin is a 20th century work in honor of friends who were killed - "the fallen" - in WWI.

As far as I can tell, that's the history of the term.
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How do you like the pedal set up aside from the fall?
I like them very much. Was never going to go clipless, just didn't comprehend the need. Then I bought a bike off of Craigslist that came with the pedals and the shoes that fit. I am convinced.

I like the security of being attached, and I like the ability to power the entire pedal revolution. Especially against a stiff head wind, up an incline, or when just plain trying to put a new top speed on my computer!
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At least it wasn't in front of a soroity house or something. Embarrassing enough as it was. Pulled up to a red light, unclipped right, fell left. Heard it many times and couldn't figure out how anyone could do that. Now I know.

Damage? Pride mostly, a scraped shin and wrist is a little sore. Oh, the brand new Brooks got a scrape too.
Just curious as I have done the same thing... Unclip right and fall left.

Were you front braking with your left hand when you fell?
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Were you front braking with your left hand when you fell?
As an ex motorcycle racer, and having spent many years of my younger days on motorcycles, I have to have my front brake on the right. My brain always defaults in a crisis to "front brake, right hand."

Long story short, not to mention I am not ever sure exactly what did happen, I was trying to dodge some pieces of broken glass and stop leaning against a light pole that had the cross walk button on it.
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Never heard the term, but I HAVE performed the flailing, slo-mo, clipped in fall at 0mph. Had a pretty good audience as well but managed to ride away with my hide intact. Couldn't say the same thing about my pride, which was smartin' just a wee bit.

But, I do luv ridin' clipless. Sooo, welcome to da club!
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I said it before, "I am a clipless wiener". First of last month, I had my 3rd clipless fall in 7 months. All at 0 mph. I used to be the ruler of the world. I could balance swords on my chin while tap dancing (ok, not really, but you get the drift......I was awesome Here I am at 51 and can't seem to get the clipless thing down. I go a couple of months with no problems, then fall The last fall took out two ribs and has made me rethink the clipless.

Today, I got a pair of Power Grips attached to High Performance cage pedals. I guess the crazy fear of re-breaking the bones will have the best of me for a while. I really tried to like the Power Grips, but I had to take them off and am going to send them back.

Good luck with your clipless. you will be fine. I will be the guy with big fat platforms and pins, draggin on the back pedal.

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In the of road motorycle racing world this is affectionatly known as the "Stop and Flop".
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The last fall took out two ribs and has made me rethink the clipless.

I really tried to like the Power Grips, but I had to take them off and am going to send them back.



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Dang, sorry about those ribs. That would be enough to make anyone have second thoughts.

So what about the power grips did you not like? I have been thinking about a pair for my Mtn bike.
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Dang, sorry about those ribs. That would be enough to make anyone have second thoughts.

So what about the power grips did you not like? I have been thinking about a pair for my Mtn bike.
I spent about two hours with the Power Grips (several adjustments). They are great. They do exactly what they claim. Exiting them is much easier then clips. The problem right now, is that even though you are not clipped in with them, you have the same need to pull out on one side and lean to that side and then pull the other, just like clips. So, the outcome can be the same as clips if you don't pay attention.......OUCH! I just can not mentally handle it right now. Because of these broken ribs, I have not slept laying down in 7 weeks.

If I decide to go back, I will repurchase the Power Grips, but I have decided that I am willing to give up some efficiency this year to be able to just hop on and off of bike without any concerns. It is just my personal choice. I will be using platforms with pins and learning the "back drag" for added efficiency. They say if you use pins and drag on the pedal as it is coming up, like wiping dog poop from your shoe, it assists with pedal efficiency. We will see.
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At least it wasn't in front of a soroity house or something. Embarrassing enough as it was. Pulled up to a red light, unclipped right, fell left. Heard it many times and couldn't figure out how anyone could do that. Now I know.

Damage? Pride mostly, a scraped shin and wrist is a little sore. Oh, the brand new Brooks got a scrape too.
I came so close to doing the same thing last weekend. I finally got the wifey out to ride and we came up to a stop light and were turning left, so we got in the turn lane and she short-stopped, so as I was trying to get just to the side of her, I unclipped on my left, but tried to put my right foot down... lol.. doesn't work that way, ya know =) So I grabbed the the top of her trunk and was able to catch myself.

Close call.... and there was a car beside us. It was just kinda funny to me (only because I didn't biff it there).
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It's Franglish. It comes from the French word "tombeau", which literally translated means "tomb." However, its musical meaning is where the Bike Forums term comes from. A "tombeau" is a musical work in honor of someone who died. Maurice Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin is a 20th century work in honor of friends who were killed - "the fallen" - in WWI.

As far as I can tell, that's the history of the term.
???

It's the past tense of 'tomber', which means to fall.
Seems likely to me, anyway...I'm not all too familiar with the English usage of that, I guess...
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It's the past tense of 'tomber', which means to fall.
Seems likely to me, anyway...I'm not all too familiar with the English usage of that, I guess...
Your explanation is much better than mine. I was stretching a bit there.
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Yeah those falls at 0mph are great. I experienced it for the first time a week and half ago. I have only used my clipless setup for about 3 or 4 rides now. Luckily my fall was only seen by a passing truck and my brother in law.

I will be getting some power grips for my single speed I used to commute, because I do not want to be carrying around two sets of shoes.
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