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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 06-06-11, 08:52 PM   #1
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Ouch! Don't forget to unclip... :)

...or how I'm a creature of habit and when I decided to unclip the opposite foot when approaching a light and then going for the pedestrian button on the pole, disaster struck... Lol! I got mixed up and plop!!



7.2 miles, going to Lowes the long way... And this happened less than .5 miles into the ride. Just got in and am enjoying a cold bottle of water... You have any ouchie pics? Post 'em up!
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Old 06-06-11, 09:08 PM   #2
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How's your bike? hopefully the seven isn't damaged.

yeah that happens a lot. after a fall or two it doesn't happen any more.
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Old 06-06-11, 09:13 PM   #3
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I was on a ride the other day, had a steep grade down to a low-water crossing, level across it, then a steep grade up out of it. I downshifted too much at once, dropped the chain, and when I did, I was almost stopped and couldn't unclip in time. I didn't forget, just wasn't prepared in the first place. Skinned my knee, wounded my pride, but otherwise okay.
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My latest wasn't an unclipping failure, it was even dumber... I was going up a really steep part of my driveway and goofing off zig zagging... had a shifting problem, yadda yadda, next thing you know I had my right foot on the ground and 4 gouges from the chainring.

That was barely 500 FEET into my ride, but I kept going anyway. No pictures, unfortunately. Still have the scars.
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I plopped over today myself. I pulled up to a stop sign in a park here in Corpus, no one around, and was messing with my GPS, unclipped my right foot and my left got hung. I plopped over onto my left side in the middle of the street. I laid there and laughed for about 20 seconds then got up, some minor scratches on my lower left leg but no other damage to me or the bike. It happens to me on occasion when I am doing something else or thinking about something else and my foot gets hung. I guess adjusting my tension would help.
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Thank goodness I'm not the only one it's happened to. I had another mishap, on my Globe. I was trying to get to the Burke-Gilman trail from street level in Seattle (it's higher than the street along some points) and instead of taking the stairs, I tried to ride a nice little trail it in the grass. Well, it was steep, and wet, and my Globe is on slicks...and I was in the wrong gear... Well, right there in front of everyone, I slipped and slid, failed to unclick from the SPD's in time, and fell right there in front of EVERYONE. Yup, even in front of my wife. From hero to zero just like that... LOL!
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How's your bike? hopefully the seven isn't damaged.

yeah that happens a lot. after a fall or two it doesn't happen any more.
The bike's fine--just a little scratch on the crank. Believe me when I tell you that i was more worried about the bike, and examined it first, then had a look at my knee...
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Wheww, thats good, I hate to hear about a nice bike getting dinged.
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Wheww, thats good, I hate to hear about a nice bike getting dinged.
Amen to that! I would have cried if the Ti or carbon were damaged... LOL!

Anyone else have "ouch!" pics?
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Old 06-09-11, 12:24 AM   #10
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Switching over to road bike clips and shoes, most of my clipped stories came after a ride or while coming to a stop,lol. Scratches and bruises, cracked ribs, bike always came out fine.
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i bonked going up a hill. wife didn't and ran into me.

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Hopefully it looks worse than it felt!
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i bonked going up a hill. wife didn't and ran into me.

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This was about a month ago. I'm feeling much better now.

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THIS is exactly why I will not ride with clip in's or toe straps!

They pose a very real danger to the rider ranging from simple scrapes to death.
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THIS is exactly why I will not ride with clip in's or toe straps!

They pose a very real danger to the rider ranging from simple scrapes to death.
I think death might be a little overstatement of the risk. (Although, when you are in the middle of failing a clip-out you may wish you were dead.) The risk vs. reward ratio is way in their favor. I think we all are WAY more in danger of being killed by simply riding in the proximity of cars than we are being clipped into pedals.

My only fail was shortly after converting over. I was finishing my ride and coming up to my van to load the bike up. I was conscious that I needed to unclip--just waited it a bit too long. . .It was all in slow motion. . .As I gathered my wits about me a uber skinny full-kit roadie came rolling through on some CF wunderbike and looked back to ask if I was okay. In my mind I wanted to tell him to ride away and leave me in my shame. It came out of my mouth as a meek/dejected "Yeah, I'm fine. . ."

Thankfully no pics
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I think death might be a little overstatement of the risk. (Although, when you are in the middle of failing a clip-out you may wish you were dead.) The risk vs. reward ratio is way in their favor. I think we all are WAY more in danger of being killed by simply riding in the proximity of cars than we are being clipped into pedals.
Hold that thought when you fall next time and hope your helmet will protect you.

I know that for the racer boy, or the wanna be racer boy, clips are part of the game. However, there is nothing that say they have to be. Tell me why a sane person would display photos of an injury due to a piece of equipment on their bike that they KNOW did/can cause them injury?? In my book admitting you know why you got hurt and still left that piece of equipment on your bike is...well...dumb!

Platform pedals are safer by a wide margin since you can get away from the bike much easier.

That said, you pays your money and you takes your chances...............
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Hold that thought when you fall next time and hope your helmet will protect you.

I know that for the racer boy, or the wanna be racer boy, clips are part of the game. However, there is nothing that say they have to be. Tell me why a sane person would display photos of an injury due to a piece of equipment on their bike that they KNOW did/can cause them injury?? In my book admitting you know why you got hurt and still left that piece of equipment on your bike is...well...dumb!

Platform pedals are safer by a wide margin since you can get away from the bike much easier.

That said, you pays your money and you takes your chances...............
Might as well hang up the bike in the garage and watch old Tour de France videos then. Life is risky. Clip-less pedals aren't, unless poorly adjusted or the operator has a momentary brain fart.
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Hold that thought when you fall next time and hope your helmet will protect you.

I know that for the racer boy, or the wanna be racer boy, clips are part of the game. However, there is nothing that say they have to be. Tell me why a sane person would display photos of an injury due to a piece of equipment on their bike that they KNOW did/can cause them injury?? In my book admitting you know why you got hurt and still left that piece of equipment on your bike is...well...dumb!

Platform pedals are safer by a wide margin since you can get away from the bike much easier.

That said, you pays your money and you takes your chances...............
The clipless pedal didn't cause that injury, any more than riding the bike did. It was falling that did it. Could the fall have been prevented by not being clipped in? Probably. Could it have been prevented by not riding? Certainly.
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You know, I really love these type of threads.

I mean last night I just ordered my first pair of clipless pedals, and shoes from Nashbar (No tax, no shipping fees). Now I see these threads here a good amount of the time, but right after I ordered, gee thanks...




Pics should be coming in a few weeks.
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she's still a bit mad at me. lol
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she's still a bit mad at me. lol
A gender difference, for sure. My wife stopped suddenly in front of me on a ride last season, and I nearly hit her, and then nearly fell, but it went without saying getting or staying mad at her wasn't going to be a good idea.
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THIS is exactly why I will not ride with clip in's or toe straps!

They pose a very real danger to the rider ranging from simple scrapes to death.

I went down in a corner this past Wednesday. Doing about 18mph and the front tire blew out. I couldnt unclip - it happened too fast.

I'm glad I couldnt unclip. 1) At that speed, and me weighing 290, it would have probably broken my leg, or at least required some kind of surgery on my knee. I dont know about you, but I cant run as fast as I can ride. 2) Had I unclipped, I would have layed the bike down on the pavement - being clipped in, the only thing that touched the road was the bars and the brake/shifter lever - I was the buffer. This saved me about 4 grand on having to replace my carbon frame.

To each his own, but I will always ride clipless.
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The clipless pedal didn't cause that injury, any more than riding the bike did. It was falling that did it. Could the fall have been prevented by not being clipped in? Probably. Could it have been prevented by not riding? Certainly.
You'd make a great politician since you could find ways to blame nothing for something!
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You'd make a great politician since you could find ways to blame nothing for something!
I'd rather be a pundit. Engaging in a little reductio ad absurdum is one of my favorite pastimes. Especially when it works.
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Hold that thought when you fall next time and hope your helmet will protect you.

I know that for the racer boy, or the wanna be racer boy, clips are part of the game. However, there is nothing that say they have to be. Tell me why a sane person would display photos of an injury due to a piece of equipment on their bike that they KNOW did/can cause them injury?? In my book admitting you know why you got hurt and still left that piece of equipment on your bike is...well...dumb!

Platform pedals are safer by a wide margin since you can get away from the bike much easier.

That said, you pays your money and you takes your chances...............
In my case(s), it certainly wasn't the pedals fault--or the style of pedal. It was a dumb move. Like forgetting to put your kickstand down on a motorcycle... or forgetting to set the parking brake on a car... or forgetting to unbuckle your seat belt as you try to step out of a car (all things I've done, BTW--it's a wonder I'm still alive! LOL!!)... It happens when we're distracted or otherwise being not-focused or doing something dumb.

Blaming the pedals is ridiculous.

Now that I've ridden on clipless pedals, I'll never go back to "just" platforms (though dual-sided platform/SPD pedals for my commuter/fun bike are on the list--especially for rides with my kids).
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