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Old 09-03-09, 01:06 PM   #1
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I just fell over on my bike

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Old 09-03-09, 01:09 PM   #2
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get rid of the "special" pedals and wear regular shoes. I never fall over.
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I have Time MTB pedals and Keen Commuter sandals. I've fallen a few times. This time I was making a sharp turn and just ... stopped moving. I don't know why. Next thing I knew I was on my side. Best part is it was between classes in front of my office building and no fewer than 582 people saw this happen.
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Because:

a) dog
b) car
c) pedestrian
d) crappy wally world bike
e) all of the above?
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Old 09-03-09, 02:15 PM   #6
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I have Time MTB pedals and Keen Commuter sandals. I've fallen a few times. This time I was making a sharp turn and just ... stopped moving. I don't know why. Next thing I knew I was on my side. Best part is it was between classes in front of my office building and no fewer than 582 people saw this happen.
Pedal strike?
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Old 09-03-09, 02:20 PM   #7
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If you need regular shoes to prevent falling over.....
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I call that the flop of fame. I did the flop at an intersection in the spring. I was coasting up to a red light and had already unclipped, but what I didn't realize was that when I rested my cleat on the pedal l it had been a perfect shot and I had clipped back in. Unfortunately for me, I didn't realize it until I had come to a complete stop.

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I have Time MTB pedals and Keen Commuter sandals. I've fallen a few times. This time I was making a sharp turn and just ... stopped moving. I don't know why. Next thing I knew I was on my side. Best part is it was between classes in front of my office building and no fewer than 582 people saw this happen.
The best way to handle that situation is to spring to your feet, raise your arms like you're signaling a touchdown, yell Ta-dah!, and finish with a bow. Don't forget the bow, it's crucial.
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Old 09-03-09, 02:32 PM   #9
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jbarham,

Don't say you fell over, it's so wimpy. Say that you CRASHED!

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Old 09-03-09, 04:07 PM   #10
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LOL, Flop of Fame! I almost did it in my Keens a few weeks ago, they don't snap out of the pedal like my MTB shoes, a little too flexy....
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LOL, Flop of Fame! I almost did it in my Keens a few weeks ago, they don't snap out of the pedal like my MTB shoes, a little too flexy....
That's exactly what I wear, and you're right ... it takes a little more to get them out of the pedal.

In this case, I think I just tried to turn too sharply and came to an unexpected stop.
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Old 09-03-09, 04:14 PM   #12
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Because:

a) dog
b) car
c) pedestrian
d) crappy wally world bike
e) all of the above?
None of those.
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Old 09-03-09, 04:33 PM   #13
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Lol. I'll join this club! I can't remember the last time I 'crashed' other than the stupid stunt last week. Mine was a last minute decision to change direction, going really slow at a stop light (slightly moving track stand), hit a pebble in the road. Down she goes! No worries. Nary a scratch...except my bar tape. There's $12 I get to spend.

Oh well, I was due.

jbarham wrote..."In this case, I think I just tried to turn too sharply and came to an unexpected stop."

Yep. That'll do it.

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I call that the flop of fame. I did the flop at an intersection in the spring. I was coasting up to a red light and had already unclipped, but what I didn't realize was that when I rested my cleat on the pedal l it had been a perfect shot and I had clipped back in. Unfortunately for me, I didn't realize it until I had come to a complete stop.



The best way to handle that situation is to spring to your feet, raise your arms like you're signaling a touchdown, yell Ta-dah!, and finish with a bow. Don't forget the bow, it's crucial.
LOL, that's precious!!! LOL
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Did the same thing yesterday. New LHT with Big Earl pedals. Just got a milkshake from the ice cream stand and was turning R onto the MUP. Had to watch my right turn, as pedal strikes are an issue. As a result, I swung too wide and clipped a wooden pole on my L with the other pedal. Went down a$$ over teakettle, scratched my frame, elbow and worst of all, lost my ice cream. I did manage the tuck, roll, jump up and 'Ta-Da' move, though. I've had a lot of practice over the years...

Those dam big pedals are coming OFF.
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...Just got a milkshake from the ice cream stand and was turning R onto the MUP...and worst of all, lost my ice cream.
careful, there's a beverage involved
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get rid of the "special" pedals and wear regular shoes. I never fall over.
I won't say never, but I have yet to fall over riding with platform peddles. No worries about clipping/unclipping, and I'm just a commuter.
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Was booze involved? If not, +25 shame. If yes, +50 for not being able to hold one's drink
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the other day, I was sprinting to make it through a left turn light before it could turn red with pedestrians everywhere, but as I went screaming around the corner I hit a patch of sand and started to fall. As a result of the falling sensation I overcorrected, pointed directly at the sidewalk, jumped the curb and went through a crowd of pedestrians right to a fence where I managed to wedge my front wheel between a fence and a fence post. I couldn't fall over because my bike was stuck standing upright.

A few people asked if I was ok, but most were laughing under their breath. But I didn't crash because I was still upright!
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That is awesome. Good story to tell your friends.
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Or at least prevent pregnancy?
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Cool story bro.
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...I couldn't fall over because my bike was stuck standing upright.

A few people asked if I was ok, but most were laughing under their breath. But I didn't crash because I was still upright!
That's awesome! So, did you hop off the bike, cool as a cucumber, lock up and go into the nearest shop?
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the other day, I was sprinting to make it through a left turn light before it could turn red with pedestrians everywhere, but as I went screaming around the corner I hit a patch of sand and started to fall. As a result of the falling sensation I overcorrected, pointed directly at the sidewalk, jumped the curb and went through a crowd of pedestrians right to a fence where I managed to wedge my front wheel between a fence and a fence post. I couldn't fall over because my bike was stuck standing upright.

A few people asked if I was ok, but most were laughing under their breath. But I didn't crash because I was still upright!
LOL

That's awesome.

Wish mine could have been that smooth.

Instead, my fall was all angular and thrashing and flailing elbows and knees.

It must have looked something like a horse falling from a chair into a ditch.
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