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    How was your first day with clipless?

    So how was it? On mine I just fell because I didnt knew how I could unclip my shoe.

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    I knew how to unclip, and fell off the first day, anyway. How ever I did it, I did exactly the same thing the second day. While steep, the learning curve was also short.

    Much later, I set up another bike with the same type pedal, and got on without checking the adjustment. Too tight, and I was afraid I was going to have to find something to lean upon till I could get someone to unfasten the shoe. Fortunately, I was able to break loose and avoid that particular embarassment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nermal View Post
    I knew how to unclip, and fell off the first day, anyway. How ever I did it, I did exactly the same thing the second day. While steep, the learning curve was also short.

    Much later, I set up another bike with the same type pedal, and got on without checking the adjustment. Too tight, and I was afraid I was going to have to find something to lean upon till I could get someone to unfasten the shoe. Fortunately, I was able to break loose and avoid that particular embarassment.
    Me too. 4 rides so far with clipless pedals and 2 falls!
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    I was going around the same block a lot of times until i could unclip it, luckily that time I didnt fall

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    i got mine last winter so I got used to them on the trainer before putting them into action on the street. That said, I have had a couple of close calls on the street but was much more comfortable having the practice while my bike was propped up on the trainer.

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    94 and I got mine. Had a couple of practice rides and no problem but first test was a 100 mile offroad ride. did fine till about 4 hours in and then stopped and just forgot to unclip. Slow motion fall followed.

    Learn to trackstand. Has got me out of a lot of embarrassing tumbles.
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    I just rode around a bit..and it was fine.

    i didn't crash for about 2 weeks/200 miles of riding...went up a hill, had problems shifting to small chainring, lost too much speed, slow motion fall on 15% grade with traffic.
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    First day with clipless was fine. Every ride was fine until one day I blacked out for a few seconds while on my bike and came to a stop without clipping out. I woke up very quickly, got up and clipped back in. Fortunately I have only fallen off my bike once since I was a teenager.
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    I went from the old toe clips and straps to clipless, then after some practice on a trainer. I have fallen twice, but once from a cramp that prevented my foot from twisting properly. That fall caused a Look cleat to break and a piece to fly over a few other cyclists head in the parking lot.
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    I'm just waiting for some idiot to claim that "everybody falls"



    +1 on trackstanding though, that helps.

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    My first ride was fine. I got my pedals in at work and decided to take them for a spin at lunch. Everything went swimmingly.

    When I was riding home at the end of the work day I fell though. I stopped to adjust one of the cleats and I pulled my foot back instead of twisting, as though I still had the PowerGrips on. Probably just tired and wasnt' thinking. I've fallen a few other times when I was really tired and forgot that I had to put my foot down at all! Hell, that's happened a couple of times with platforms, though I was able to get ground underfoot those times.

    Trackstanding is helpful, yeah. I'm still paranoid enough that I unclip my left foot and pedal with the arch of my foot at the stop light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DieselDan View Post
    once from a cramp that prevented my foot from twisting properly.
    Sure, sure, the old "cramp" excuse

    Hey umd...... everyone falls

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCrew View Post
    Hey umd...... everyone falls
    I preemptively called you an idiot to get around any issues of "personal attacks"

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    When I first got them, I sat on the bike, held onto a wall, clipped and unclipped a bunch oh times. Then closed my eye and did it a few more times. Then rode very slowly around a parking lot so I could get used to clipping in and out at near stopped speeds.

    After 2000 miles, I finally fell once. I was trying to do a skid on the fixed gear bike, in a warehouse, went down but I'm glad it happened there. The floor is so smooth.
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    Two rides, no falls yet.
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    I don't not remenber too many details of that day. I do remember thinking that 'clipless' pedals were the best invention since they put peanutbutter and jelly in the same jar!

    I just wish they still made Rivat shoes. they were fabulous.
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    Years ago. Did not fall. I grew up with clips and straps. In comparison, clipless is easy-peasy.
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    First day was fine. Been a couple years and I've yet to fall because of my pedals, although I've fallen many times thanks to snow and ice while using them.

    I don't see what the big deal is with clipping out, for me it's clipping in that involves practice and mistakes. Especially with my new road pedals.
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    No problem. Clipless was/is a lot easier to escape than cleats clips & straps, which I'd been using for 25+ years. Never looked back.
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    EVERYONE falls while learning to use clipless pedals. Anyone who says they didn't is a liar. The secret is that most clipless-related falls are not private, they occur when there is the biggest crowd of people standing around to see you tumble.

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    Everyone except those of us coming from old fashioned clips and straps. You had to reach down and release the strap by hand and then wiggle your foot out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HandsomeRyan View Post
    EVERYONE falls while learning to use clipless pedals. Anyone who says they didn't is a liar.
    I resent being called a liar. I didn't fall when learning. My one humiliating tumble came after riding through days of rain on the unpaved sections of the Stewart-Cassiar Highway, in northern BC.

    I swooped into a roadside pull-off, screeched to a halt in fron of a busload of tourists, and promptly tumbled on my side. The return springs on my SPDs had rusted and become clogged with grit and dreaded calcium chloride (used for dust control).
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    Quote Originally Posted by TromboneAl View Post
    Two rides, no falls yet.
    Three rides, one fall (into the freeway). Not worth it. When I got home I took off the clipless pedals and put old ones back on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HandsomeRyan View Post
    EVERYONE falls while learning to use clipless pedals. Anyone who says they didn't is a liar. The secret is that most clipless-related falls are not private, they occur when there is the biggest crowd of people standing around to see you tumble.
    Another idiot reveals himself.

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    First time I rode clipless...I fell over onto my neighbors lawn, the one who has a spotlight on his front lawn, as well as a camera, and every night runs a chain across the driveway...

    I never got up so fast in my life...
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