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Old 08-13-07, 01:42 PM   #1
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I fell over today

I recently picked up a new Cannondale Synapse. I had the LBS put on pedals with toe clips. My plan was to ride it wearing my running shoes. But every time I got out about 10 miles or so my the middle 3 toes on my left foot started to go numb.

I tried different shoes, thicker then thinner socks, more then less toe clip tightness. Nothing helped. After some research both online and at the LBS I picked up some clipless pedals and shoes.

On my first journey out of the neighborhood I was pulling up to a rural intersection with every intent on just rolling slowly to turn right w/o actually stopping. Glancing both left and right there were no oncoming cars.

But then I was startled by a pickup truck pulling up beside me. He had been behind me but I did not know he was there. I then attempted to stop without unclipping and promptly fell over going about 1 mph.

I quickly got up and looked the bike over and not a scratch. My water bottle didn't even fall out of its cage. I then continued on with my ride but I remembered to unclip early for the stop signs.
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Old 08-13-07, 02:03 PM   #2
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Well, you got that over with, we have all done it once.
Enjoy the ride.
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I recently picked up a new Cannondale Synapse. I had the LBS put on pedals with toe clips. My plan was to ride it wearing my running shoes. But every time I got out about 10 miles or so my the middle 3 toes on my left foot started to go numb.

I tried different shoes, thicker then thinner socks, more then less toe clip tightness. Nothing helped. After some research both online and at the LBS I picked up some clipless pedals and shoes.

On my first journey out of the neighborhood I was pulling up to a rural intersection with every intent on just rolling slowly to turn right w/o actually stopping. Glancing both left and right there were no oncoming cars.

But then I was startled by a pickup truck pulling up beside me. He had been behind me but I did not know he was there. I then attempted to stop without unclipping and promptly fell over going about 1 mph.

I quickly got up and looked the bike over and not a scratch. My water bottle didn't even fall out of its cage. I then continued on with my ride but I remembered to unclip early for the stop signs.
Rember my motto: "Free your feet or your ass will follow"
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Old 08-13-07, 03:22 PM   #4
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Well, you got that over with, we have all done it once.
Enjoy the ride.
Or more than once!
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it happens to everyone....
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It will happen again so get used to it.

Get yourself a proper pair of bike shoes and your feet won't go numb. You wouldn't run in bike shoes so why would you ride in running shoes?

Though I do find it strange that you had a problem after only 10 miles.
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Old 08-13-07, 07:21 PM   #7
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Even racers fall now and then. Don't worry about it.
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Did the same thing this afternoon. I just got into clipless pedals today and fell as I was stopping by my dad's woodworking shop to say hey since I was in the neighborhood. I managed to unclip one foot, then promptly, for some odd reason, shifted all of my weight to the side that was still clipped in. I felt pretty stupid.
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it happens to everyone....
That's what people who fall without unclipping say. The truth is that it doesn't happen to everyone.
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Old 08-14-07, 03:53 AM   #10
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First of all, using a mirror; tends to let you know at all times what is behind you. And, some think clipless makes you feel trapped. Platforms, I hate falling off the pedals and skinning my shins. Plus, cages- are you not strapped in? I find it easier to get in/out of clipless , compared to cages. I find clipless effortless; unless as in your case, some element of surprise causes you to be unprepared.
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Been there, done that. Of course, I had the added benefit of doing it in a big crowd to add to my embarrassment!
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Haven't fallen yet with the new clipless, but I have found I have to wait a little longer for traffic to clear because I am not yet skilled enough to lock in quickly.
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Old 08-14-07, 07:15 AM   #13
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Yep. I just went clipless as well and fell over in the driveway while trying to get a feel for them. I hadn't even gone anywhere yet. I had one foot on the ground and shifted my weight a little too much as I was about to unclip the other foot.
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Old 08-14-07, 09:56 AM   #14
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Haven't fallen yet with the new clipless, but I have found I have to wait a little longer for traffic to clear because I am not yet skilled enough to lock in quickly.
Same here, came close to falling over a couple of times but not yet (knock knock). But I did find when clipping in I can get my right foot clipped in faster, So I always clip in with my left first. But If I don't clip in by the end of the first downstroke, I reposition my foot at the top of the next. In any case I'm picking up speed and paying more attention to my suroundings than my foot.
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Many people fall over; it's not unusual. cyclists have been falling over while using toe clips for many decades. People using clipless sytems have been falling over for, what, twenty years? But, it's not inevitable. You're not doomed to fall over if you use a foot retention system. I've never fallen over. (toe clips, power grips, spd clipless.) (sound of my hand knocking on my wooden skull). If you think you're gonna fall, that will probably increase the odds that you will fall over.
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That's what people who fall without unclipping say. The truth is that it doesn't happen to everyone.
Correction - Everyone except gear.
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Unclipping is easy. Last (only) time I ran over a car, I was safely unclipped before either myself or the bike hit the ground.
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That's what people who fall without unclipping say. The truth is that it doesn't happen to everyone.
Technically this is correct. People who never ride don't ever have to worry about falling over on their bikes.

The 2 categories of riders are:

1. Those who have fallen.
2. Those who will fall.

There is no other category.
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Correction - Everyone except gear.
Well I am quite the exception, but apparently not the only one when it comes to this issue. Several polls have been taken on this site with the question "have you fallen because you didn't unclip from your pedals?" and the results seem to be that about 40% of the riders polled answered said yes. That's less than half the riders.
I know it would feel more comforting to think everyone falls right after you fell, but I think it does a disservice to people considering switching to clipless pedals if you promote a myth. The truth is most people don't fall.
If you did fall, I'm sorry about that, I hope you were not hurt and I hope it doesn't happen again.
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IMHO the best thing about clippless pedals was that they taught me to laugh at myself again. I mean what isn't funny about a grown slightly overweight man falling off the side of the road into a six inch deep mud puddle for (what to the drivers appeared to be) no apparent reason. I just lay in that stinky puddle and laughed for a good minute. Changed my life
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That's what people who fall without unclipping say. The truth is that it doesn't happen to everyone.
Yes it does, just a matter of time. It could take years, but eventually it will happen. There is no escape from it. Murphy's law makes no exceptions...
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New users usually fall because they forget to unclip period. At least that wasn't your case here. The event you described can happen to even those who are more familar. For long time users, clipping and unclipping becomes so automated that there is seldom an issue. But still i get in a sticky situation from time to time and end up on my side. Usually it involves mud or ruts, but it happens.
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Usually it involves mud or ruts, but it happens.
For me it's the well glacied sand in northern Minnesota. At least it's soft. happens all in slow motion, too. Hey, my rear wheel is turning awfully easy and I'm not moving forward hey the horizon is vertical guess I'll clip out oof.

It's camoflaged to look like all the rest of the sand, too. If a tractor has stirred any of it up in the last 10 years it's a deathtrap for me.
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