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View Poll Results: How badly injured have you been from falling when using clipless pedals?
Seriously injured 2 1.43%
Minor injuries 26 18.57%
Never been injured 64 45.71%
Never fallen 27 19.29%
Don't use clipless 21 15.00%
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Old 04-06-07, 01:19 AM   #1
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Injuries from clipless pedals

What's the worst injury you have ever sustained from being unable to unclip in time from clipless pedals?

(Yes, this is to win an argument with a partner who worries too much about me riding )
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Old 04-06-07, 02:20 AM   #2
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Please inform your partner not to worry. The cleats from clipless pedals have better traction on wood flooring and you will be less likely to slip and fall than you would with conventional footware.
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Old 04-06-07, 03:25 AM   #3
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Irreversable and painful injury to my pride. I can tell you, once you fall over in public, at a stop sign, or in front of your garage, you carry that weight your whole life. Think... and choose wisely.
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Old 04-06-07, 03:41 AM   #4
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I believe that clipless pedals are the best improvement in bicycling since gears were added.

Biggest misconception about clipless pedals: Problems with unclipping makes them dangerous. Actually if you add up all the moments you had a bit of trouble clipping into the pedals and campare it to the amount of trouble you may have had unclipping, clipping in is more of an issue.
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I voted "never been injured," but I have been injured while riding on clipless in the past year. The reason I voted that option though is because it had nothing whatsoever to do with the pedals.
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Irreversable and painful injury to my pride. I can tell you, once you fall over in public, at a stop sign, or in front of your garage, you carry that weight your whole life. Think... and choose wisely.
Another poll improperly formed - as you can see from this comment - it is the injury to pride that is often the most serious, all others come in a distant second.
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Only got clipless pedals a week or so ago, and I haven't fallen yet (contrary to what the bikeshop guy told me). I hafta say that I do get a chuckle whenever I see someone slowing to a near standstill at a stoplight or sign and then fall over because they couldn't unclip. I just hope that never turns out to be me.
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I've only fallen once that I could attribute to the clipless pedals. I was going about 2 MPH in my driveway, riding over very rutted ice and the wheel caught in a rut while I was turning, and I went over in the snow. When I'm going at any reasonable speed it's a lot easier to maintain control.
At this point my pedals are so loose I'm hardly clipped in. I suppose it's about time for a new set of cleats.
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I just hope that never turns out to be me.
It will. You don't have to forget to fall over. Sometimes the laws of physics will dump you on your side.
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What's the worst injury you have ever sustained from being unable to unclip in time from clipless pedals?

(Yes, this is to win an argument with a partner who worries too much about me riding )
The best way to convince them is to let them try it. With some people you can present arguments until universe cools down, and they still will think it's dangerous.
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Old 04-06-07, 08:09 AM   #11
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I used clipless pedals on my road bike for about a year before trying them on my mtn bike. I had the tension set too high and fell over in a mtn bike race, scraping my knee. That was in 1993 ['94?].
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I practiced on my clipless pedals before I ever left the garage and I don't keep my pedals super tight, so I have never fallen. Now I am probably going down like a bag of hammers on my next ride because I posted this....
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I've fallen over at stoplights exactly twice. Once in my driveway. All three times were my fault. I simply forgot to unclip and lost my balance. The looks from the gal in the car I nearly fell on were priceless. I must have looked like a monkey faced martian clown to her judging by her look in my direction. The one time I got right hooked bad enough to hit the car in front of me, I was riding clipless and it was not a factor.
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Old 04-06-07, 08:37 AM   #14
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I've fallen 4 times i think. All low or no speed falls. No injuries except for a scrape or two.
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Old 04-06-07, 09:56 AM   #15
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i have the spdsl shoe also known as the look pattern and im a beginner looking for a pedal that is very easy to unclip
thank you in advance
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Old 04-06-07, 10:04 AM   #16
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I've fallen a few times from clipless - injuries are extremely minor: a slight bruise on the hip and a minor scrape or two on various parts of your body. You get used to it really quick (the pedal release, not the falling part).

If you want a pedal recommendation, go with eggbeaters, simply on the fact that they control the release angle independent of the tension, so they can go with a wide release angle and low tension, making clipping out easier, and they use a brass cleat which is self lubricating when placed against the steel clip, so you never have to worry about lubricating the cleat like you do with SPD style pedals.
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It occured to me that you might be wanting to know about how the clipless pedals release the feet when falling for a different reason. Every time I've fallen, I've gone over the handlebars once and slid out on a couple of occasions, my feet have always released from the pedals; I've never finished falling and had my bike still attached to my feet. If you are worried about this though, get pedals that can release both to the outside and the inside. Some, I believe speedplays are one, only release to the outside. These types won't always release in a fall.
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I've fallen twice at stop lights/signs. Nothing injured but my pride, thankfully. Once, someone shouted from their car: "Are you OK?" "Yes! *grumble* *brushing barkdust off*".
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I'm sorry but I just don't get it. The continuing mystery and angst that seems to surround clipless pedals is baffling to me.

I've been riding clipless on all my bikes for 10 years, Commuter/Road/MTB. I set the tension properly, I maintain them, and I've never had a fall due to not being able to unclip. They are far easier to get out of than toe clips or powergrips, and I just can't imagine my riding experience without the benefit of being clipped in.

Am I missing something?
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Yea, you are not absent minded and/or uncoordinated . It's not the release tension or maintainence which causes people to fall over, it's the difference between pulling up and out on clips, and twisting on clipless.
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I'm sorry but I just don't get it. The continuing mystery and angst that seems to surround clipless pedals is baffling to me.

I've been riding clipless on all my bikes for 10 years, Commuter/Road/MTB. I set the tension properly, I maintain them, and I've never had a fall due to not being able to unclip....
I made a similar comment in a similar thread some time ago. One of the other participants in the discussion came back with, "Well, aren't you special." I didn't think so then and I don't think so now. Atleast not with regard to riding with clippless pedals. After two years and a few thousand miles, I have still never fallen because of clipless pedals.
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I haven't fallen yet, nor have I changed the tension preset on my Nashbar Rodeo pedals. I have had a couple times where I forgot I was clipped in and probably looked like I was having a seizure while standing on my bike track standing because I was panicing, but no falls yet. My feel always seem to pop out when needed.
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I've never used clipless, but I use clips'n'straps (loose, not so tight that you have to pull straps etc. to release the foot) which many people say are worse than clipless in terms of ease of getting a foot out of them. I can't compare them due to the lack of clipless experience, but, if that helps, I've never fallen with them.
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I went down once about 8 miles from work. Got nasty strawberry on my knee. When I arrived at work people were giving me horrified looks because of the blood all over my leg.

My pride hurt more than anything because I did it right in front of about 50 cars at a busy intersection.
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