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    Clipless Fall

    I have been riding with clipless pedals since I first discovered them in the '80s. I have never fallen . . . NOT ONCE . . . but I did today. I rode up to a stoplight, unclipped my left foot and promptly fell on my RIGHT side. Of course there were a dozen cars at the light watching me. I can find no damage to the bike and only my knee and elbow are scrapped but it was embarrassing. Of course I'll be sore tomorrow.

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    Sometimes the inevitable initiation takes longer. Glad you didn't fall into the path of one of those dozen cars.
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    I fall at least once a year. Usually because I can't get out of the pedals fast enough. I just take it in and say to myself, "at least I got that over with.

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    I just fell for my first time, but it was due to the mud. My bike just STOPPED and i topppled over.
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    I fell with my eggbeaters this winter. I was on uneven snow and when I stopped and unclipped on the right, I couldn't put my foot down far enough to lean that way and I slowly went over to the left. At about 45% I realized I was falling but it was too late to get my left foot out. Youch!

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    I no longer wonder "if" I'll fall again. I just wonder when it will be
    "The problem with America is stupidity. I'm not saying there should be a capital punishment for stupidity, but why don't we just take the safety labels off of everything and let the problem solve itself?"

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    From your description it doesn't sound like you did it right.

    You're supposed to yell "Tombaaay" as you go down.

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    Welcome my friends to the show that never ends.


    And congratulations to all for your latest Club Tombay excursion. We always enjoy the stories.

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    If I fall and it's only me who knows about, well , it didn't happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allegheny Jet View Post
    If I fall and it's only me who knows about, well , it didn't happen.
    Is that like the old brainteaser, "if a tree falls in the forest but no one is around to hear it, does it make a noise?"
    Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, "WOW! WHAT A RIDE!"

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    I'm just way overdue for a clipless fall. Hasn't happened in over 20 years, since I had Sampson pedals (anybody remember those?). Bound to happne again, just don't know when.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allegheny Jet View Post
    If I fall and it's only me who knows about, well , it didn't happen.
    I once posted in a thread that there are three types of clipless riders.

    Those who have fallen.

    Those who will fall.

    Those who have fallen but won't "fess" up to it.

    I took a considerabe amount of grief over the third one.
    "The problem with America is stupidity. I'm not saying there should be a capital punishment for stupidity, but why don't we just take the safety labels off of everything and let the problem solve itself?"

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    Had my "First" fall on a road bike yesterday- but this was a "Non" clipless fall and was due to me not being clipped in.

    Falls happen- just make certain that before the next you you have had plenty of practice at falling- Or rather landing.
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    I fall with clips!!! So there.......
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    the first of many falls was with sampsons. A friend and I were just finishin up our very first century. We stopped at a stoplight,with a line of cars behind us and I just forgot to unclip. Down I went. The first thing I saw after I got up was this older woman withblue hair and a look of fright on her face that was indescribable. Wonder as I write this some twenty-odd years later if she thought she had hit me. As soon as I got up I did aquick look 'round to see if any one I knew had seen me fall. The light changed and we rode off. That was my favorite fall.

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    I NEVER fall when riding clipless including riding on MTB trails.
    However the ground frequently comes up and slaps me one.
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    Did anyone see me fall?

    HI,
    I usally land on my ars and my feet still clipped are in the air with a bike attached, very funny I am sure.
    I usally get up really fast dust my bum off and try to leave ASAP
    Jeeze that was DUMB!!
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    There is nothing like being unable to unclip in front of 14 other riders and slowly crash to the gravel,as I did on Sat. Happens to everyone. As one rider said now you have your one allowed crash for the season out of the way.

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    The falling over is bad enough. Scratches on the paintwork, well it just doesn't heal
    over like skin. That's the worst bit

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    Just for the record, you would have fallen the same way with toe clips.

    As always, it's not clipless vs toe clips, because both serve the same purpose.

    It's clipless OR toe clips vs no foot restraint.

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    Last fall I fell in my driveway the same way,,,,unclipped my left foot (as usual for me) and the bike fell on the right...i just laughed......

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    I made a classic clipless fall at the very end of my MTB ride Sunday. We had ridden a pretty hard 10 miles of trail with lots of little rises and technical turns and I was pretty well worn out. At the very end of the ride is a quick 4 foot rise up to parking lot level and I simply had no strength left to make the effort required. I pushed as hard as I could, hoping to keep a tiny bit of momentum going to keep me upright and moving, but alas, the bike stopped and I tumbled to the right side. Without enough energy left to disengage the pedal, I lay there on the ground for what seemed an eternity, unable to twist my right foot enough to make the cleat come away from the pedal. It would have been hilarious if it hadn't been so painful and embarassing. I'm still limping a little bit today from the bruise on my hip and from an earlier incident where I did manage to unclip but took a solid pedal strike to my left shin. Ah, the joys of mountain biking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
    I made a classic clipless fall at the very end of my MTB ride Sunday. We had ridden a pretty hard 10 miles of trail with lots of little rises and technical turns and I was pretty well worn out. At the very end of the ride is a quick 4 foot rise up to parking lot level and I simply had no strength left to make the effort required. I pushed as hard as I could, hoping to keep a tiny bit of momentum going to keep me upright and moving, but alas, the bike stopped and I tumbled to the right side. Without enough energy left to disengage the pedal, I lay there on the ground for what seemed an eternity, unable to twist my right foot enough to make the cleat come away from the pedal. It would have been hilarious if it hadn't been so painful and embarassing. I'm still limping a little bit today from the bruise on my hip and from an earlier incident where I did manage to unclip but took a solid pedal strike to my left shin. Ah, the joys of mountain biking.
    I feel better now. For all of the funny stories, I had never heard another besides one of mine where I fell over because I was too exhausted to unclip. I got to lay there on the soft stuff beside the trail till I stopped laughing (and shaking).

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    Actually, that is probably my most common type of fall while MTBing. It is such a fine line between powering your way through a tough climbing situation and being stopped by lack of momentum and falling over, unable to remove the cleat from the pedal before falling. I call it the "nomogo" fall. This kind of slow motion fall can be very entertaining as it often involves a slow motion tumble backwards or sideways down a ledge. Just a few degrees of rotation is the difference between an admirable accomplishment or an embarrassing failure. You rarely know which it will be until it is too late to bail out. Never falling means you aren't trying hard enough.
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