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Old 03-27-12, 01:41 PM   #26
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Didn't Lance Armstrong crash during one stage of his last TDF when a pedal clipped the curb on a roundabout ?
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Old 03-27-12, 08:13 PM   #27
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Never used them....never will.....
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Old 03-28-12, 09:14 AM   #28
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Is there a special category for those who've fallen over in front of witnesses because the crank broke, and the foot was clipped into the pedal on the other half of the crank?

The funny part is that when a pedal broke off, I stayed up...
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Old 05-23-14, 08:21 PM   #29
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Club Tombay application.

On the noble steel. Didn't even make it out our short driveway. I always clip in after I hit the street. Except this time, I accidentally clipped in my left foot. Out of the shadows to the right comes a black car. I stop. I reach the point of no return when I realize the spot I put myself into. However, just before I hit I get my left foot out of the clip and protect my handlebars.


It gets better. The black car was my neighbor's car, about to pull into their driveway. Walking up the street was another neighbor - a pediatrician. She runs up the street asking if I'm OK. Yeah, uninjured, just 50 shades of red.



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Old 05-23-14, 10:25 PM   #30
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First time riding with toestraps I pull up to a stoplight behind a car with two cute teen girls looking at me out the back window.......guess what I forgot to do. They seemed impressed alright.
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I even remember the place: W. Proctor Rd. and Rt. 4 in Vermont
balancing while waiting to make a left on Rt. 4, and a monster gust of wind blew me over like a cartoon.
Ive had it happen on a motorcycle too. Very unpleasant.
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Old 05-24-14, 03:18 PM   #32
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First time for me was on a mup. I was stopping, clicked out with my left foot but somehow leaned a bit to my right and fell over.

Second time was on another mup and I got jammed up behind some walkers that stopped, so I stopped in a hurry, didn't get clicked out and fell over in the middle of the mup.

Lots of witnesses for both.
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Two times, once in front of a bus stop with about 7 sweet little old ladies watching, who then proceeded to laugh like crazy. Second time was on a charity ride at the 3rd rest stop, in front of about 80 cyclists.
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Renewed membership yesterday.

Oh wait! I have a LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP, so I guess I just checked in again to see if there are any new perks.
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Old 05-25-14, 07:58 AM   #35
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I am reminded of an old adage: there are two types of cyclists. Those who have fallen and those who will.
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Old 05-25-14, 11:21 AM   #36
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There should be a Tombay Gold club for people who've been photographed sprawling on the road still clipped in.



Hi Gary!
A notorious fake grab at the brass ring of fame. No doubt it was a "digital" still. It still holds a place of shame in the annals of Club Tombay.
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Old 07-29-14, 08:33 PM   #37
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Proof you can Tombay with lots of wheels.

I think this will work since it's "public" privilege.

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I have heard it said, "If there's no blood, it doesn't count." Anything to that?

Clipless: On tour, Czech Republic, loaded tandem. Came down a little hill to a T intersection, didn't know which way to turn. Stopped, but somehow screwed it up and the whole shebang toppled over, right in front of a crowd of people just getting out of church. Oh well.

Not clipless: Once on a loaded motorcycle tour with a pillion, stopped at a French toll booth, and again somehow screwed it up and the whole shebang toppled over right in front of the rather startled officer in the booth and in front of a line of cars. Oh well.

But no blood either time.

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Old 07-29-14, 10:16 PM   #39
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When I stop on my Terratrike, I stay clipped in, and just do a track stand. I have never fallen over.
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Old 07-30-14, 05:47 AM   #40
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When I stop on my Terratrike, I stay clipped in, and just do a track stand. I have never fallen over.
Mrs. Grouch and I haven't rolled the Kett-train yet either. We have, however, been in a couple of situations that have convinced me to continue wearing a helmet.
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A fall with platform pedals may qualify you for Club Clums-ay.
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Old 07-30-14, 10:03 AM   #42
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Renewed membership yesterday.

Oh wait! I have a LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP, so I guess I just checked in again to see if there are any new perks.


I joined a while ago but was not aware of the lifetime membership option. Least I think I was seen...I'm not 100% sure about that. It was at the end of a long hard climb that I was exhausted at the top so unclipped to take a rest...not noticing that the road still had a significant camber to the right (I always unclip on the left). No blood but a massive bruise on the right leg...and 30 miles to go before I could get home and ice it. It was not a busy road but there was a couple guys just behind me so I'm not sure if they saw the fall but they did see me lying on the side of the road..maybe they thought I was resting
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There should be a Tombay Gold club for people who've been photographed sprawling on the road still clipped in.



Hi Gary!
I don't have photographic proof but there should also be a premium membership level for being clipped in lying in a cold Ozarks creek in April on one's very first ride on a brand new 29'er.
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I didn't know that particular cycling feat had a name. I can now proudly claim membership to an elite and ever expanding group of cyclists. I bought one of the very first pairs of Look pedals when they began producing clipless pedals. It didn't take long to clip out of the left and fall right. My town then had only one signal, at the intersection of the two busiest streets, and that's where I applied for membership.
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Mid '80s, Centurion Ironman (red/white), trying out the Shimano (IIRC) copy of the Look clipless pedals for the first time. Rode out of the bike shop parking lot onto a road paralleling the Interstate and had gone about a block when some a-hole in a car cut me off. As I hard braked to a stop so's I could continue cussing him out...yep forgot to unclip, fell over and he drove away laughing. Luckily I was at the side of the road and landed in the grass.
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Old 06-09-15, 01:47 PM   #47
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I have heard it said, "If there's no blood, it doesn't count."
Definitely not! My worst crash ever was when I broke my femur. No blood, no road rash, just a broken bone in my hip that required surgery and my longest hospital stay ever.
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Definitely not! My worst crash ever was when I broke my femur. No blood, no road rash, just a broken bone in my hip that required surgery and my longest hospital stay ever.
Likewise here regarding no outwardly signs of an incident having occurred. C6 crack, C5-C6-C7 compressed with slippage, right clavicle crack, long thoracic nerve injury, not even grass stains on clothing since it resulted from an upward ejection from bike with a flat thud landing, meaning zero movement once contact was made. The cracking noises heard upon landing had me take a systems check after making sure breathing was no problem. Wiggle fingers-good not paralyzed then wiggle toes-good not paralyzed, remain motionless and wait for ambulance with trip to ER to follow.

Ambulance trip #1 was to local ER but no neurosurgeon so ambulance trip #2 to ER 2 and hospital stay.
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I spoz that since I ride a trike, I cant join.
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