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    Ever fall when you're not even on the bike yet?

    Just moved into a new condo on the 2nd floor. This morning I grabbed my bike and headed downstairs with my wife. I stepped in some water on the steps and since cleats offer about zero traction my foot basically flew away. If I hadn't been carrying my bike I probably could of caught myself but there was no chance of that happening this time so I landed on my back and ass. Let me tell you, stairs to the back don't feel good.
    Anyways I have learnt and important lesson: It's a good idea to wait on put your bike shoes on at the bottom of the stairs.
    Luckily I had my helmet on because I hit my head as well.
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    Gj
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    Disclaimer: I'm 425lb...I put unnormal loads on my bike. This should help you in answering any of my questions.

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    A friend once leaned up against a wall outside and then proceeded to slide down to the ground as his cleats slid out from under him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PWRDbyTRD
    Gj
    Pardon my lack of Internet Slang knowledge, does GJ stand for Good Job?

    I wish I had video of my wife looking up and asking "what the f happened?"
    Leave your treadmill power trip behind.

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    Hopefully your bike wasn't dinged up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cydewaze
    Hopefully your bike wasn't dinged up.
    Which is not to say that people on this forum have a one track mind, of course. Did anyone actually ask Larue how s(he) was feeling?
    Last edited by Boudicca; 06-15-05 at 08:36 PM.
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    I crashed walking a bike down some wooden steps while on a demo ride. I dusted the bike off before returning to the bike shop.

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    No the bike wasn't dinged up because fortunately the pedal got caught in the rail when I fell which kept it from sliding or tipping over, might of even kept me from sliding more than I did since I was still holding on to the bike on the ground.

    As far as me I actually have some bruising but nothing major.
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    Please forgive me, but I started laughing as soon as I saw the thread title. With all the posts about people falling over on their bikes because they forgot to unclip their pedals, I envisioned someone falling over while trying to get on their bike. Comical.

    After actually reading your post, I'm glad you are OK!
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    Yeah, I have. But I'm clumsy like that sometimes.

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    I did it once trying to get on the bike carrying a 44 oz soda... last time I try that (expecially in front of all my team mates.)
    Just your average club rider... :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JavaMan
    I envisioned someone falling over while trying to get on their bike.

    After actually reading your post, I'm glad you are OK!
    No that would actually be my wife's story, once she went to pedal off and she didn't actually engage the pedal and her cleat slipped off. Crotch hit the bar and head hit the handlebars......
    She was alright though, just a little embarrassed because it happened around a bunch of friends.

    And thanks!
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    All I can say is LOLWMHAMS.
    I have the coordination of a drunken goat, so I use regular pedals and toe clips.

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    It hasn't made me fall yet, but I have a homicidal screen door. It's always either the bike or me. We can never both make it through unscathed. I'm about ready to tear the lousy thing off the hinges, curb stomp it, and leave it in the street for dead.
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    Yeah, I fell getting on the bike a few days ago. Actually injured myself enough to have trouble walking for four days. I posted about it on my site:

    I did hop on the bike and road for a short distance. And I mean, a really short distance. Not only was the weather bad, but I don't think the tires were pumped up properly. When I got on the bike, it sank and felt like riding in jello. If I were to ride like that, the rims would destroy the tires and tubes quickly. It'll probably be another week before I'm able to safely ride it.

    So, I hoppped on the bike (without properly adjusting the seat, too) and the momentum of hopping onto that seat and uprighting the leaning bike sent me to the other side. Glasses fell off, I fell off, bike fell on me. Now my right calf is in a lot of pain. Tight, sore, hard to walk on. I think I won't be riding again until that pump (which I haven't yet picked out) arrives. And maybe my new seat, too.


    Around thirteen or fourteen, I had a mountain bike and would frequently jump off of it at while still moving fairly swiftly. The idea was that I'd keep running alongside the bike (holding the handlebars) and slow down with it, while walking toward the convenience store or whatever I may be heading to at the moment. I wasn't the only one to ever do it. Most of us did (yeah, stupid - I know).

    Anyway, one day I did this on the shoulder of a busy street as we neared an interesection. Only problem was that I was going faster than I planned for the dismount and won't up taking two steps and falling on my face while the bike kept rolling upright into the intersection by itself. I was so embarassed.


    As far as on-bike crashes, about the worst was probably when I was about fourteen and was riding a cheap used road bike. I was riding down a gravel road, out toward the main street. Some stupid b*tch in a mini-van came tearing down and almost side swiped me. I had to move off to the side and at the speed I was going, it caused the handlebars to turn 90 degrees, making the wheel completely perpendicular to the rest of the bike. It stopped instantly and we both fell to the ground. My left thigh got pressed between the handles, the seat and the frame and by the end of the day, I had a massive deep dark bruise from front to back and knee to groin (and almost up to belly). Even to this day, I lack some sensitivity in my left thigh. And damn did it ever hurt.


    I can guess you understand why now, much older and much fatter, I'm still not feeling good about the idea of riding to work (busy road, interesection, 4,000 person office complex with lots of people always around)... I just have this feeling something is going to go wrong and I'll be totally humiliated. I mean, it's one thing to screw up - it's another to be a big fat porker and screw up. Like you don't already look out of place riding a bike that practically disapears between your cheeks.

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    "I mean, it's one thing to screw up - it's another to be a big fat porker and screw up. Like you don't already look out of place riding a bike that practically disapears between your cheeks."

    306, and right with you. I donít commute, because if I do I will be run over. Way to many cars, way to small roads, way to big @$$. I love riding, and recently I purchased cycle pants. Thanks Nashbar, Monday shorts fit like a glove. Unfortunately for everyone around me they fit like a glove. Like I say, I ride for me, and if anyone wants to laugh, let them. From 372 to 306 in 6 months, I can laugh with them. I am hoping that I will need a smaller pair (of shorts) before the season is over.

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    I was going to the breakroom, late one evening at work, to get my H2O bottles filled. I was all suited up - lycra shorts, cycling jersey, and RB shoes with LOOK cleats/KOOL covers. I didn't realize the floor was already being waxed, fresh wax. I slipped and fell on my butt. The cleaning lady pretended like it was no big deal but I could tell she was all ready to burst out laughing as soon as I got out of her sight.

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    on my second or third ride ever with my roadbike, I stopped at a gas station/corner market (for those of you in DFW, the one at George Bush and Renner, east of 75). There I am, stradling the bike taking a sip, and I go to walk the bike in a circle to head out, and I promptly loose traction and do the splits -- bike underneath me. A nice wave to the van driving past me and I did what I could to regain composure and head on my merry way....

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    A friend of mine works at a hospital. As he was getting on his bike, about fifty feet from the front door of the ER, he lost his balance and fell into the street. He badly broke his right arm. He did not have health insurance (he WORKS at the hospital!!) and the bills came to over $14,000.

    Later, he and the hospital negotiated a monthly payment plan, and he was able to negotiate a "discount" down to about $8,000. Later, the billing clerk told him that IF he had health insurance, the insurance company would have been billed about $4,000 by the hospital.

    He asked why an insurance company gets billed $4,000 for treatment that costs an uninsured person $14,000. He was told: "The insurance companies negotiate better than you can".

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    I managed to fall down a flight of stairs with my bike, story here:
    I'm ok, the bike... not so much?
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    Once leaving work for my commute home, I was swinging my right leg over the saddle when the cleat on my left shoe slid out from under me! With all the grace of a cow on ice, I ended up on my side with the bike on top of me. Sore hip & elbow for a week or so but there were no witnesses. Don
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ubie
    I managed to fall down a flight of stairs with my bike, story here:
    I'm ok, the bike... not so much?
    I'm pretty lucky nothing happened to the bike. We've gotta be more careful around stairs
    Leave your treadmill power trip behind.

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    Another inept stair descender here!

    I had the Look cleats on and was walking down the stairs with my bike on the shoulder and helmet in hand when... WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE my foot slips out and I smashed into the stairs. Concrete. I had bruises on my lower back and a welt the size of Texas on my head. Too bad I wasn't wearing the helmet that was IN MY HANDS!

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    Wow, this thread is making me feel so much better about my own clumsiness. I have had a variety of falls, but my first fall was the most embarassing. I was standing at an intersection with one foot on the ground, and the other clipped in. I let my concentration slip for a second, and the wheel moved while my weight was on the clipped in foot. I lost my balance and toppled over from a complete standstill and gashed my knee open. It must be quite a strange sight to see someone just fall down for no apparent reason!

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    Get thee some recessed cleat shoes! Or learn to tap dance.

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