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View Poll Results: What name for the newcomers to clipless
Club of the fallen 5 18.52%
Club Tomber 3 11.11%
Club Tombay 6 22.22%
Tomber Club 0 0%
Tombay Club 2 7.41%
Bl**dy clips 3 11.11%
Don't bother 3 11.11%
Some other name 5 18.52%
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Old 04-04-07, 04:08 AM   #26
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As the worlds biggest clutz I am not even a little bit tempted to poke fun at people who fall while clipped into thier pedals.

I'm a bike commuter and I ride on weekends (both on road and off) even more, so I'm on a bike every day and just have not had this particular event happen to me (even while mountain biking) in over a decade of clipless usage.

I do from time to time find myself in the position of trying to sell people on the benifits of clipless pedals and of course I always have to deal with the "fear of falling if I can't get out of them" syndrome. Since I have never had this happen I am puzzeled by peoples' fear of this. I also find it hard to convince people to try these devices when they garner such a bad reputation.

Can you all please enlighten me as to why exactly you fall when you do. I can't believe you intentionally keep your feet on the pedals as you wouldn't do that with platform pedals. Are you tightening down the adjustment screw so you can't get unclipped? Are you trying to force your foot off the pedal without leading with your heel? Do you take the wrong foot off the lean to the opposite side?

I swear I'm not trolling, I'm actually puzzeled. I have put down my foot so fast while mountain biking that I couldn't possibly have given it any thought and it is just there. And as I have mentioned I am really not the least bit coordinated so I am really at a loss as to why so many people have this issue. Please help me understand what exactly causes you to fall.
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Old 04-04-07, 04:12 AM   #27
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What name does someone get if they unclip prior to stopping all the time?
Deserving of Canonization, however, in this case: I don't mean elevation to sainthood! I mean being shot out of a cannon!
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Oh; I also have a second question: did you go directly to clipless from platform pedals or did you use toe clips prior to using clipless?


I ask because I am wondering if the transition is easier if you already are in the habit of removing your foot from the pedal (toe clips) rather than just slipping it off the pedal (platform).
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I can give you an example of my last one.
At an intersection in Woods Hole where I intend to turn right up a hill into slow moving traffic and pedestrians. I am clipped in with the right foot and leaning toward the left foot.
After waiting patiently my turn it arrives. I look right , I look left I stomp down on the right foot and begin to clip in with the left while turning right and as I come around 2 Pedestrians with ice cream cones step out into traffic without even slowing down. All my weight is on my right foot and I am leaning into a right turn. The left foot even though still unclipped is of no use now, the peds look up like frightened deer. I grab the brakes and the give the right foot a mighty twist. It unclips but I'm already going down. Two hops on the right leg only slow the fall enough that I don't crash into the peds.

You know, they were so unclipped that they didn't even drop the ice cream. ('uh...uh...sorry mister")

I must have done something wrong but it just came at me too fast for a 50+ brain to deal with. (I've been riding clippless for about 5 years now.)
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Old 04-04-07, 06:34 AM   #30
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Please help me understand what exactly causes you to fall.
It's gravity, dude.
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Old 04-04-07, 06:37 AM   #31
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It's gravity, dude.

Oh I get it now; I can defy gravity. My childhood wish has finally come true.
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Club Turtle - because you end up lying on your back, still clipped in, with no good way to turn back over.

The Turtle Club is already taken.

I got my OFFICIAL Turtle Club certificate and hard hat about 1961 when I was driving a small forest service fire truck in the middle of a very smoky brush fire and I went off of the dirt road into a soft shoulder and completely flipped the truck.

Supposedly, the newly issued "hard hats" that had just been implemented by the FS saved my life or saved me from injury. I actually did break the window with my head as I tumbled around the cab of the truck.

Anyway, there was (is?) a "Turtle Club" for those whose life had been saved/injury prevented by a hard hat, and I received a special "Turtle Club" hard hat, a certificate and my picture in the paper.

Oh . . . . the fire truck received a very dented roof, damage all around. It was towed into the fire camp by a D-7 dozer. I was never reprimanded for the accident.

Fortunately no one else was in/on the truck.

So, we have to find something else besides "Turtle Club."

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The Turtle Club: For People Who Do Things Right!

Most news is made when things go wrong. But shouldn't employees get recognition for doing things right? That's the reason The Turtle Club was founded. This organization is dedicated to saving lives and preventing injuries by promoting the acceptance and use of hard hats. Industrial accidents can happen anytime, anywhere, and wearing required head protection can reduce the risk of serious injury. The Turtle Club honors men and women who escaped injury because they were wearing hard hats at the time of industrial accidents.

A Different Kind of Safety Incentive
Safety professionals are always looking for new ways to promote safety both on and off the job. While incentives and awards programs are excellent, most focus on accident prevention. The Turtle Club is a participatory program for workers that have proven to be a valuable adjunct to traditional industry head protection safety efforts.

Over 50 Years and Still Going Strong
The Turtle Club was founded in 1946 by C. R. "Rusty" Rustemeyer, Safety Director at Canadian Forest Products, Ltd. In 1950, Mr. Edward W. Bullard, Sr., was then appointed the Turtle Club sponsor. This appointment was particularly appropriate since, in 1919, Mr. Bullard developed the industries' first universally accepted hard hat, the original "Hard Boiled" hat. Today the club's international sponsor is Mr. E. D. "Jed" Bullard, grandson of E. W. Bullard. Because of Jed Bullard's commitment and efforts, interest in the club remains active, and membership continues
to grow.

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The Turtle Club is already taken...
So, we could still use Team Turtle, right?
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Is Club Tortue available?

Or Club Tartaruga? (Italian)
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I'm bringing forward this thread to show the origins of Club Tombay.
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What name does someone get if they unclip prior to stopping all the time?
A liar?
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I'm steeling myself for the Rite of Initiation. Brought home the new bike yesterday and it's waiting to hit the road.
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I'm steeling myself for the Rite of Initiation. Brought home the new bike yesterday and it's waiting to hit the road.
Oh.........what an unfortunate turn of phrase
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Tomber is the French for fall or falling and it is pronounced TOMBAY. Hence the alternative phonetic spelling in Tombay.
French is such a beautiful language. It's much more beautiful than English and we won't even talk about German. In French, even falling down sounds beautiful.

So how do you say "dog poop" in French? I'm betting it's a beautiful sounding word.

I'm thinking that might be an appropriate name for the club since most riders shout "poop" (or a synonym) as they start to fall.
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les dejections canines!
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I love it when y'all speak French.
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Its a bit too long to yell as an explitive- but "Merde de Chien" But In Anglo French it is "Chien Sh*t" Wrong turn of phrase for mountain bikers- but rolls off the tongue better.
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Remember, now that you have that beautiful new bike......................no matter whether your bleading or hurt or stunned.......................the first thing you check when you get up is the bike.

Le velo est ok?
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Ah, so I was soooo right!
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I'm bringing forward this thread to show the origins of Club Tombay.
Thank you!!!! Makes sense for us newer-comers now.
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Thank you!!!! Makes sense for us newer-comers now.
It does??
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Just call me Tombay Fred!

I seem to find opportunities to crash, burn, fall, impale, slide, wipe out or Tombay!
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Is Club Tortue available?

Or Club Tartaruga? (Italian)
Did you mean "Tortuga"?
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