When was your first "spill" with clipless pedals?
I've had clipless pedals for about 3 weeks now and since I've had them, I've ridden about 60 miles total. Anyway, my wife and I went on our usual 15 mile ride and right around the 8 mile mark, I really had to do "number 1." Mind you, I've been holding it since 3 miles out.. and yes, I DID go before we left. Well, all I could think of was where I can go without being seen. And there it was... some sort of utilities plant that was fenced in. Part of the fence was recessed (about 15ft), so it was a good spot to park my bike and do what I had to do. So, I immediately slowed down but when I stopped, I forgot to clip out! The only thing on my mind at the time was the feeling of relief... so, needless to say, I took a spill. It wasn't too bad... I have the multi-directional cleats, so I was able to clip out at the very last minute, but I still ended up dropping my bike and the top tube hit my shin. :mad:
Beware the old skool toeclips
I've never had a spill with clipless pedals (that I can recall). However, my Trek 520 came with the good ol' 1980's vintage plastic toe clips, that I decided to leave on there and use. I've found that I can go just about as fast with them as I do SPDs (provided I have them adjusted right), and it saves me the time of not having to change shoes when I get to work and when I leave work.
Anyhow, it was a little after Christmas and I was just getting off work from my 7a-7p shift. I still wasn't entirely used to the toe clips (having sported SPDs on my other bikes for years), and I slowly eased the bike to a stop at a stoplight near the hospital. As my speed approached zero, I realized I was losing my balance and falling to one side. I was still kind of used to the SPDs, where you just rotate your ankle and unfasten your foot from the pedal with great speed and "catch" yourself on a dime; you can't do this with plastic toe clips. There wasn't enough time for me to back my toe out of the clip and catch myself, and so I gracelessly (and almost as if it were happening in slow motion) tumbled down onto my left side, my feet still attached to both pedals. Despite a dull ache in my left hip for the next few minutes, nothing was really hurt except for my pride, and I looked around; apparently, there had been no one there except me and the good Lord to witness this occurence.