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    I crashed this morning.

    My second clipless crash happened this morning on my way to work. I was a mere quarter mile away from the door when I remembered that I haven't reset my computer for the trip. So I unclipped my left foot and braked with my left hand while fiddling with the cpu located near the center of the bar. As I stopped I guess my right hand being near the center of the bar threw off my balance. As I was putting my left foot down I noticed that I was leaning to the right instead. As I was falling I saw Jesus in front of me. He held out his hand, pointed and said "Ha-hA!".

    Luckily I used my shoulder this time and the only thing bruised was my bike. Tore the right bar tape, placed a hole on my saddle and broke my rear blinkie. I went home to fix the blinkie and proceeded to blow through every stop sign and red light in fear of stopping and crashing again.
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    Ten more dumps like that any you'll be able to join the **** club. I am the president and founder.
    My first clipless error was a stop for a train where I failed to unclip either side, went down and thinking only of not scratching the bike, I contorted myself to lift it above me. This garnered the appreciation of the train engineer (the only witness) and got me a nice long blast from his horn coupled with a "nice save" thumbs up.
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    I had my frist fall yesterday on the way home with my clipless pedals to. I only had a small scratch on my right knee and I knocked the cap off of the right side of bars. I got up quickly and replaced the cap and looked for any other damage to my bike.

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    I love these clipless fall stories
    Misery loves company.

    I have not fallen in awhile, but I still remember the 'Ohhhh nooo' on the way down like it was yesterday.
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    Platforms baby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elyone View Post
    I love these clipless fall stories
    Misery loves company.

    I have not fallen in awhile, but I still remember the 'Ohhhh nooo' on the way down like it was yesterday.


    The way you described it makes it sound so epic. Too bad it looks anything BUT epic. I've always wondered what onlookers who don't know about clipless pedals think as someone slowly falls as they come to a complete stop.

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    Have you seen pedals like these?

    http://bike.shimano.com/publish/cont..._mountain.html

    I've been pretty happy with these for commuting.... I click in when convenient and stay on the platform side for stop and go, often one clicked in/one not clicked in. But hey, with a bit more practice and hopefully less mistakes, you'll not even think about your clipless pedals, it will just be second nature to twist out when removing your foot from the pedal.

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    To the platform supporters, I'm with you. I was a big platform user until I started using clipless pedals. Both have their advantages, I just prefer clipless nowadays. I strongly believe this fall was mainly due to inattentiveness and fatigue. I guess I've been too complacent with my clipless setup.
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    I just got my shoes last week and managed to fall twice in the last 80 miles. The first one was at the movie store. I was going to park my bike in the bike rack so I unclipped both feet before I stopped but I accidentally clipped my left foot back in. When I stopped I tried to lean right but instead I went to the left. I did a slow fall while uttering profanities and being watched by the guy next to me in his car.
    The second and god willing my last was during the MARR organized ride this weekend. I decided to stop to get an energy bar out of my backpack and completely forgot that I was clipped in. When I stopped I tried to put my foot down and realized I couldn’t. Again I fell to my left into the middle of the street, no one was coming fortunately, and I just laid there for a minute trying to collect my self.

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    This was not a clipless accident, it was a dinking with the damned computer accident.
    I outta....WHIZ BANG, TO THE MOON ALICE!!!!
    In the grand scheme of things, your time, average speed and such mean NOTHING!
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    Quote Originally Posted by chipcom View Post
    This was not a clipless accident, it was a dinking with the damned computer accident.
    I outta....WHIZ BANG, TO THE MOON ALICE!!!!
    In the grand scheme of things, your time, average speed and such mean NOTHING!
    yep. a crash doesn't do wonders for average speed.

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    BTW, friendly advice: "CPU" and "computer" are not synonymous. A computer is an entire system but a CPU is one core component of a computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peabodypride View Post
    BTW, friendly advice: "CPU" and "computer" are not synonymous. A computer is an entire system but a CPU is one core component of a computer.
    When he said he was fiddling with his cpu, he meant he was adjusting his package....which is where his personal CPU resides.
    "Let us hope our weapons are never needed --but do not forget what the common people knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government -- and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws" - Edward Abbey

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    Quote Originally Posted by chipcom View Post
    When he said he was fiddling with his cpu, he meant he was adjusting his package....which is where his personal CPU resides.
    Better to reset the CPU the night before a ride instead of while riding - especially if the reset requires lots of fiddling.

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    Wait until you tip over in front of a car coming up to the intersection.

    You will probably decide that the 18 nano seconds and the uber cool points you gain by using the clipless pedals aren't worth dying for. I did.

    Alive... and uncool !

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    Quote Originally Posted by chipcom View Post
    When he said he was fiddling with his cpu, he meant he was adjusting his package....which is where his personal CPU resides.
    on that note, don't you hate when you feel your chamois has moved and you need to either pull your ass-end up or play around by your crotch to get it centered again?

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    BTW, friendly advice: "CPU" and "computer" are not synonymous. A computer is an entire system but a CPU is one core component of a computer.
    I'm not sure how this applies to bike "computers" or "cyclometers". However, it was very common to refer to computers as CPU's until fairly recently (last 10-15 years). Somewhere I even have some old computer textbooks that do so. As such, I generally don't correct people when they use that terminology. It used to be widely accepted.

    I guess I was grandfathered out of the clipless fall. I used toe clips for about 15 years before finally switching to clipless a few years ago. I got all my falls out of the way back then (***knocks on wood***).

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    Quote Originally Posted by UprightJoe View Post
    I'm not sure how this applies to bike "computers" or "cyclometers". However, it was very common to refer to computers as CPU's until fairly recently (last 10-15 years). Somewhere I even have some old computer textbooks that do so. As such, I generally don't correct people when they use that terminology. It used to be widely accepted.

    I guess I was grandfathered out of the clipless fall. I used toe clips for about 15 years before finally switching to clipless a few years ago. I got all my falls out of the way back then (***knocks on wood***).
    There is no need for a debate since this is a very relaxed forum, but it follows that a cyclocomputer really is a complete system, of course. There is a I/O system, a small amount of flash memory, and a CPU to do the actual calculations and make sense of what the magnet and transmitter are telling the computer. You, of course, know this, but it would be interesting if the OP really were fidgeting with the actual CPU!! I know everyone means well, but this terminology is a bit dated.

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    He was fiddling with the CPU via the I/O system of the computer. OK?

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    For those who are new to clipless...there is a tension screw on the pedal. Loosen that up as much as possible for a while until you get use to them.

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    Not much of a multi-tasker are ya?!
    BTW was your jesus on a bicycle when you saw him . . . clipless, toeclips or platforms?
    Live and learn (again?!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by MyPC8MyBrain View Post
    Wait until you tip over in front of a car coming up to the intersection.

    You will probably decide that the 18 nano seconds and the uber cool points you gain by using the clipless pedals aren't worth dying for. I did.

    Alive... and uncool !
    Which is why i'll never use clipless pedals. Maybe if I lived in the boonies.. but in L.A., too much traffic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnwalker View Post
    My second clipless crash happened this morning on my way to work. I was a mere quarter mile away from the door when I remembered that I haven't reset my computer for the trip. So I unclipped my left foot and braked with my left hand while fiddling with the cpu located near the center of the bar. As I stopped I guess my right hand being near the center of the bar threw off my balance. As I was putting my left foot down I noticed that I was leaning to the right instead. As I was falling I saw Jesus in front of me. He held out his hand, pointed and said "Ha-hA!".

    Luckily I used my shoulder this time and the only thing bruised was my bike. Tore the right bar tape, placed a hole on my saddle and broke my rear blinkie. I went home to fix the blinkie and proceeded to blow through every stop sign and red light in fear of stopping and crashing again.

    I can feel your pain!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3bikes View Post
    Have you seen pedals like these?

    http://bike.shimano.com/publish/cont..._mountain.html

    I've been pretty happy with these for commuting.... I click in when convenient and stay on the platform side for stop and go, often one clicked in/one not clicked in. But hey, with a bit more practice and hopefully less mistakes, you'll not even think about your clipless pedals, it will just be second nature to twist out when removing your foot from the pedal.

    This is the type of pedal I use now. I fell yesterday as I already stated. I use both sides of the pedal like you do. You can still fall when you do not get both feet out and change your balance to the side that is still clipped in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuffyMan View Post
    Ten more dumps like that any you'll be able to join the **** club. I am the president and founder.
    My first clipless error was a stop for a train where I failed to unclip either side, went down and thinking only of not scratching the bike, I contorted myself to lift it above me. This garnered the appreciation of the train engineer (the only witness) and got me a nice long blast from his horn coupled with a "nice save" thumbs up.
    Wait a minute you're president!? I felt sure I won more votes than you at the last election? I demand a recount!


    sorry to here of your trouble Walker but a good crash is one with little damage. I bought one of these after going through my recent clipless troubles with new peddles and new cleats!


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