Why junior? Well, I don't use clipless (yet, at least), just toe clips. But I kinda had a Tombay-ish experience today.
A friend and I took a 35 mile round trip -- or I should say, out and back -- ride this morning. At the halfway point, we stopped for a few minutes in a church parking lot. Upon getting ready to leave, I put my right foot in its home and was about to do the same with the left as I pulled out.
My memory of exactly what transpired next, and in what order, is a bit fuzzy, but I remember tilting over to the left and thinking, "I should put my left foot down on that little curb" (one of those yellow concrete curbs at the head of a parking slot). Whether my left foot was actually in the clip and hung, or whether my leg just refused to submit to my brain's instructions is unclear, but next thing I know I'm hitting the concrete on my left side with the bike on top of me and my right foot still in the clip.
My friend had a quizzical look on his face, as if thinking, "Why did he do that?" (I was wondering the same thing!), but at least he didn't laugh. Of course, the moment I hit the pavement, my left (bottom) calf muscle decided to cramp up solid, so I was lying there with my bike on top of me, trying to extricate myself and stretch my leg out before it curled up like a dead spider's appendage.
All I have to show for this was a bit of dirt on the left drop, a tiny bit of rash on my ankle and a hip that's getting sorer by the hour (I've already taken Aleve).
Do I qualify for membership, or does my lack of cleats leave me out in the cold?
Other than that and a bit of wind at times, it was a pretty nice ride on country roads. I decided to let up on kidding my friend too much about riding a 'bent , since there was ample 'ammunition in his magazine', as it were, should he decide to use it.