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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 10-27-11, 03:23 PM   #1
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Is there a right of passage with Clipless?

You know...As a car salesman, when you sell your first car, they cut your tie in half. As a deer hunter and you kill your first deer, they smear the blood on your face. Is there a clipless right of passage for when you bust your ass? If so, i want mine NOW!

Was just under a mile into my first clipless ride when I slowed for a stop sign and forgot I was clipped in. Down I went...and HARD! Busted up my knee and my elbow was smashed pretty good. Bike was fine, though. Im the only one that got scratched. Had to limp back home.
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Old 10-27-11, 03:35 PM   #2
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yup, you got yours. Fell over! I bet we all do at one time or another.

The trick is to unclip before you stop. For example, when I stop, I put my left leg down so before I stop, I clip out of the left. And when you clip out it is like a side kick if you will. It will snap the connection out.
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Old 10-27-11, 04:43 PM   #3
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Allen -

Welcome to the club. I got my fall over with in the parking lot of the LBS I got my pedals at.

Like chef said, you'll develop your own routine quickly, then you'll just do it without thinking. I always unclip the leg at the top of my pedal stroke when I am almost stopped, 80% right foot, 20 left.

Easy peasy.
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Old 10-27-11, 04:44 PM   #4
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yeah...it didn't take me long to get mine out of the way.
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Yikes, that was quick.
Hope you're OK.
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Im fine...just knee and elbow banged up.
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Busted up my knee and my elbow was smashed pretty good.
There you go.
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Twice! ..Both at busy intersections!! Nice slow fall... First fall made a rookie mistake and put my hand out.. Big mistake... !! Hands..legs, etc...cuts everywhere... Second fall kept my hands on the bar and fell on my shoulder and side.. A little dirt..but got up and rode away....
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Twice! ..Both at busy intersections!! Nice slow fall... First fall made a rookie mistake and put my hand out.. Big mistake... !! Hands..legs, etc...cuts everywhere... Second fall kept my hands on the bar and fell on my shoulder and side.. A little dirt..but got up and rode away....
Sounds like you need some gloves
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You will fall at least one more time. Your not done until you fall in front of an audience. Remember to keep your hands on the bars. If you try to catch yourself with a hand you'll wreck your wrist.
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You know...As a car salesman, when you sell your first car, they cut your tie in half. As a deer hunter and you kill your first deer, they smear the blood on your face. Is there a clipless right of passage for when you bust your ass? If so, i want mine NOW!

Was just under a mile into my first clipless ride when I slowed for a stop sign and forgot I was clipped in. Down I went...and HARD! Busted up my knee and my elbow was smashed pretty good. Bike was fine, though. Im the only one that got scratched. Had to limp back home.
Hmmmmmmm
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Everyone falls over, just learn over time to make quick escapes on both sides.. Most people develop a preference to clip out at stop signs on the right or left, just don't panic when you need to clip out fast..
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Also remember to turn your wheel the opposite direction of the side you clip out of. At low speed this will cause your bike to tip towards your outed foot (motorcycle trick I learned). I have not had any accidents due to the clips but I have had some spectacular saves. It will become second nature in a short time and you will learn quickly that riding without them will suck.
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On these forums the Rite of passage includes starting a contemplation/before riding clipless thread, a received the pedals and putting them on, any tips thread, and a rode my clipless and fell/didn't fall thread. I'd say your tracking on target by those standards.
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Clipless rites of passage=torn cycle clothing and smeared blood from abrasions. I was riding to meet my wife, and this was 2 months into clipless, in a parking lot. She was in the SUV. I rode up to the door and fell sideways. One second I'm there, now I'm gone. But she heard me cussing so she knew I was close by.
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Welcome to the club.

You could say you were working on your track stand, but. . .
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I was going to say falling over, too. Actually, I did my first clipless ride the other day, and I went over, but I got my foot out and didn't actually go down--only the bike fell, and I just looked ridiculous hopping around with my feet spread out wide.
My concern is obvious: does that even count, or am I going to have to fall over a construction barrier or something to make up for wimping out and putting my foot down?
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Spend some time practicing clipping in and out. Put your bike next to a table, fence, car, or whatever to give you some support. The practice clipping in and out 100 times with each foot. And practice at all spots of the pedal stroke - some at the bottom, some at the top, at all points in between, etc.

Oh, and on this board, the rite of passage is having a certain member post in your clipless pedals thread about how dangerous they are and how you are destined to perish in a firey ball of death if you even look at clipless pedals...
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Old 10-28-11, 09:41 AM   #20
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Just ignore him ...

and yes ... WELCOME to the club!
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THe "club" everyone is referring to is Club Toombay... (Toombay is faux-French, meaning "for the fallen.")

And , Welcome.

Seriously, practice gettting out in a hurry. You'll thank me later.
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After about your 20th fall you should be good to go. The day I went clipless is the same day I started mountaing biking. In the first mile which was uphill I went down about 20 times because I coulnd't unclip quick enough. Hit a rock, bike stopped, down I went. Hit a large root, bike stopped, down I went. Hit a tree, bike stopped, down I went. I could go on and on Don't fight the fall, embrace it, it's enevitable. Just remember to hit and roll. It lessens the impact.

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Not everyone falls. I haven't (not yet, anyway, and it's been seven months). And very few people actually get hurt, so yes, ignore the one-note solo above.
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You seem to be enjoying a fellow rider's accident. Even for a troll, that's bad karma.
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Not everyone falls. I haven't (not yet, anyway, and it's been seven months). And very few people actually get hurt, so yes, ignore the one-note solo above.
I'm actually at least minus one for falls. Never fallen because of being clipped in and once the girl next to me started to fall because of this and had the good fortune to fall in my direction. 230 is hard ot knock over.

I've had more than one close call riding where being clipped in most likely prevented a fall, situations where if my foot came off the pedals I would very likely gone down.

I credit my lack of falls to the fact that the motion to clip out for SPDs is the same as for snow skis. That meant it was a motion I had already learned.
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