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Old 01-05-05, 07:45 AM   #1
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My first fall....

and hopefully my last....

Just started road cycling a couple months ago. Just got clipless pedals a couple weeks ago. Do to weather and holidays, yesterday was my first ride. I remembered to unclick one foot for when I stopped to let several vehicles pass at a stop sign. What I didn't remember was when I started to go again that my other foot was still clipped.

Into the dirt I went. Hopefully that won't happen again for a while!

Only thing damaged was my ego
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Old 01-05-05, 07:51 AM   #2
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Bummer but all you can do is get right back on. Personally I prefer to only unclip one foot in the situation you were in (as you did) but I do bring the foot still clipped to the top of the pedal stroke so that I can push off and down pedal with that foot while I clip in with the other foot.
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Old 01-05-05, 10:20 AM   #3
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Hehe. For Christmas I got some mountian bike shoes, and then bought myself some eggbeaters. Since then I've fallen...three or four times, each time at a standstill. Twice in one day even. To me, thats part of the fun of riding clipless.
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Old 01-05-05, 10:45 AM   #4
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Welcome all to the world of clipless pedals. Embarrassing moments are experienced by most. But don't get frustrated. Eventually, using them will become as natural as breathing. And contrary to the naysayers, IMO, they are a wonderful performance enhancer to most any bike.
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Old 01-05-05, 10:10 PM   #5
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I have 3 times fallen due to still having my foot clipped in. It hasn't happened recently, but I loved to do it when I furst got em
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Old 01-05-05, 10:23 PM   #6
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You'll fall more, but the falls will get progressively farther apart. I still have moments of brain falure when I unclip the wrong foot or something like that and bite it. Just part of the game, really. At least now I can just laugh at it - embarrassment is miles behind me now!
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Old 01-05-05, 10:27 PM   #7
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I have only fallen once with my new speedplays. I was trying to clip in and could not get one foot in and forgot the other and down I went... right infront of the group... great!

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Old 01-06-05, 12:28 AM   #8
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2 Left turn lanes, I was in the right-most left turn lane. It was late at night and dark- no lights yet.. first day with clipless pedals.

So I come to an almost stop, unclip my left and [unfortunatly] slowly start to lean to the right. I freak, try to pull my right foot out and end up falling slightly out of my lane. A car passes what felt like a foot away from my head, honking.

Woo. I'm so much more careful now on clipless.

Btw, I usually can't clip in perfectly when starting up at a stoplight- I have to ride with the arch of my shoe over the pedal, then clip in when I"m running. I've heard you shouldn't fool with your pedals in the intersection if you can't clip in perfectly the first time...
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