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Old 06-14-06, 05:01 PM   #1
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If you fall over from not unclipping...

If you fall over from not unclipping...and no one's around to see it, do you tell anyone else about it?
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Old 06-14-06, 05:36 PM   #2
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Oh yeah. We want to hear all about it.
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If you fall over from not unclipping...and no one's around to see it, do you tell anyone else about it?
Yes, You must post it on the world wide internet or the warranty on your clipless cleats is null and void. (it's in the fine print, honest!)
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It's something of a right of passage and as such you must report it here to us.
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I don't have a clue what I was thinking. Fact is, if I was thinking, I would have unclipped first. There's a sidewalk that runs along the side of the house, and I typically cost back that sidewalk and unclip as I'm moving when I'm returning from a ride. There's a fence with a gate at the end of the sidewalk and I like to coast right up to let my front tire gently touch the gate.... it's a little game I play. This time, for reasons unknown to me, I forget to unclip, glide up to the gate; the front wheel touches the gate as the bike comes to a stop, and I fall over into a bed of roses. I'm still trying to figure out what to tell my wife about the busted up rose bushes... I'm thinking of blaming it on the dog.
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Old 06-14-06, 08:00 PM   #7
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I don't have a clue what I was thinking. Fact is, if I was thinking, I would have unclipped first. There's a sidewalk that runs along the side of the house, and I typically cost back that sidewalk and unclip as I'm moving when I'm returning from a ride. There's a fence with a gate at the end of the sidewalk and I like to coast right up to let my front tire gently touch the gate.... it's a little game I play. This time, for reasons unknown to me, I forget to unclip, glide up to the gate; the front wheel touches the gate as the bike comes to a stop, and I fall over into a bed of roses. I'm still trying to figure out what to tell my wife about the busted up rose bushes... I'm thinking of blaming it on the dog.
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Old 06-14-06, 08:47 PM   #8
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If you fall over from not unclipping...and no one's around to see it, do you tell anyone else about it?
If no one sees it...... it didn't happen. It helps if someone laughs at you too.....
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This reminds me of a running gag in our house:

If a man says something in the woods with no women around to hear him, is he still wrong?
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Old 06-14-06, 11:37 PM   #10
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This reminds me of a running gag in our house:

If a man says something in the woods with no women around to hear him, is he still wrong?
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This reminds me of a running gag in our house: If a man says something in the woods with no women around to hear him, is he still wrong?
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My first time falling was before clipless pedals hit town.

I was securely straped into my quill pedals when I spotted a soft drink vending machine at a nicely landscaped strip mall. While twenty or so bystanders admired my cycling finesse as I approached, I forgot to loosen the toe strap, came to a stop and fell into a bed of fresh wood chips. While thrashing around in the wood chips trying to get unclipped from the bicycle my wool shorts and wool jersey were busy snagging most of the chips. I finally broke free, managed to get on my feet and went about my business like this was something I do every day, lest my audience think me a showoff. Of course my coins for the vending machine had all fallen out of my jersey pocket and were lost somewhere in the remaining wood chips.

Not wanting to risk yet more embarrassment by searching for the money I quickly re-mounted and rode away as if nothing happened, wood chips flying in my wake.
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I figure its like the proverbial tree falling in the forrest which no one hears. Its an enigma.
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Its an enigma.

Man, I haven't had an enigma since I started eating fiber!

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I tell everyone and have a good hearty laugh at myself. We all know that lifes too short.....
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"...and I fall over into a bed of roses."

Ouch....

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Old 06-15-06, 12:59 PM   #17
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It depends. Is this the first time, or the two hundred and sixty third time? This week. While checking out in WalMart. Buying Bates tires and a red woowoo thingy for your Roubaix. And a thong.

Me? I've learned that humiliation tends to find me wherever I am--I don't need to go advertise for it.

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Happened once to me; no need to tell, the scars were obvious! Went clipless; first week, very careful/no problems/was really getting the hang of it. You can guess the next bit!; over-confident/coffee shop parking lot (patrons in picture window looking on); me (Mr. Cyclist) rolls up/stops in semi-trackstand/forgot I was using clipless/begins the slo-mo topple/down I go. Instinctively stuck out a knee to protect the bike of all things >> one b_gg__rd knee for about 3 weeks. No probs since.
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Old 06-15-06, 03:02 PM   #19
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Can't say it is a long time since I fell, as that will be tempting fate- But I honestly cannot remember the last Time I fell off through not unclipping- Fallen off yes but no fault of the pedals.
Mind you in the last week, I have come very close on numerous occasions- I have put the Spare SPD's on my new road bike- and they have a cage around the cleats- I cannot get used to them and have nearly come off several times- Those feet will not unclip- Newness of the pedal or that surround- I do not know but I have now learnt to trackstand while I panic and try to get the foot out.
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Falling over from forgetting to unclip a foot I have not accomplished yet. Falling over from not having enough time to unclip, or falling in the direction of the still attached foot has happened. And yes, I do tell on myself.

I would ask if anyone has had their leg fall off after unclipping, but I am probably the only one on this thread who has experienced this.

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As I used to tell my girlfriend in high school:

"If you don't tell anyone about it, it didn't happen."
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ah yes, this reminds me of my first experience-Atala-with toe clips-straps down tight. I guess I was 15 years old at the time. Looking cool, a car load of girls stops to say hello, I ride right up to the side of the car, I'm desparately trying to put one foot down, going really slow now, palming my way to the front of the car, and,.... no more car, down I went, fell right over. Forgot that I was strapped in.
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OK since none of you know who I really am... I can share this little bit of embarassment.

A whole bunch of years ago, the RAAM started from Huntingtion Beach. I rode over to the start with a group of friends. Our plan was to ride with the RAAM riders for the first 15 miles or so. Anyway, while waiting for the start, I was cruising up and down Main Street. I heard my name, turned to look around and forgot I was sitting on a bike. The wheel turned with my head and arms, and BAM! I was down before I could even think of unclipping. There I laid in front of oh.... about 100,000 people. And I could not get out of my cleat and get up and walk away. I had to wait from someone to come out and give me some assistance. And all my friends... somehow they disappeared into the crowd. I can't imagine why????
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It was with a canondale and the shoes from the person I bought it from were a half size
larger, and the cleats were moving about! My first time ever with shoes like that, a lot
more power in riding! BUT when it came to unsnap, my foot just rotated and didn't release
I was at a stop sign and this car next to me, I wobbled a great deal and finally reached out
at about a 45 degree angle to keep from falling over, my hand thumped down hard on his
hood, scared him, he asked "are you ok buddy?" lol
Since selling that bike and going back to my old Schwinn with half clip toes I like that a lot
better for in town riding which is all that I do, otherwise I'd go the route of finding shoes
and pedals that clip in...
it was pretty embarssing !
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As I used to tell my girlfriend in high school:

"If you don't tell anyone about it, it didn't happen."
That depends on what the definition of "it" is.
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