I've officially had my second commuting 'crash' and this one wasn't nearly as fun as the first.
This past week commuting has been my first experience using clipless pedals (egg beaters). I thought I was getting the hang of things prett well. As I was leaving work yesterday, it was really hard to engage my left foot but I didn't really think much about it. Early on in my ride, I have to cross traffic and go over a tall curb to get to the MUP I ride home. As I'm approaching the curb I try to get my left foot out to plant as I lift my front wheel over the curb. Only I can't. I literally turn my heel 90 degrees but It won't come out. I slow down even more and fall hard to my right. By this point cars are coming and I'm laying in the middle of the road clipped in. I get my right foot out fine and am able to finally hobble off to the side. I still can't get my left foot out so I take off the shoe. One of the screws is missing from my cleat and the other is loose, allowing the whole cleat to pivot with the pedal. All my tools are with my other bike. I call the wife and she picks me up on her way home.
I share this for two reasons. First, I like laughing at myself in silly situations and maybe some will get a laugh at imagining my misfortune. Second, is there anything I should know about my cleats and pedals? I'm guessing I simply didn't screw my cleats in tight enough? I've only had them for about a week but both cleats show signs of wear that I wouldn't expect at this stage. Any thoughts?