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Old 09-24-05, 03:00 PM   #1
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tell me about pedal strike...

anyone suffered major calamity arising from the dreaded 'strike? Were you able to recover? Does occurrence of 'strike necessitate crash and pain, or only severe instances? Share your stories, help one prepare for the worst...
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Old 09-24-05, 03:03 PM   #2
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I've only had it happen when I got crowded over and my pedal came down on the curb. I guess I don't bank sharply enough normally for it to be a problem.
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Old 09-24-05, 03:09 PM   #3
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The few times I've struck a pedal was no big deal. Suprising, yes but usually have the momentum to just keep going.
Time ATAC pedals on 165mm cranks on a track frame taking a tight roundabout very fast, going through a light that just turned red with traffic taking off from the side. That's got to be my worst situation of pedal strike.

Making a quick U-turn on a narrow street was a 'suprising but no dire consequences' experience. That one actually intitiated a turning skid which was pretty fun. I've since learned to do it on purpose...
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Struck a few times, never fell. If you need to you can kind of "swoop" through tight turns. When your inside pedal is going through the upper half of the rotation you can remain at an angle close to the road. When the inside pedal goes through the lower part of its rotation bring the bike more upright so it doesn't strike. Repeat this each time the pedal comes down.
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Old 09-24-05, 04:18 PM   #5
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I had my first case of strike just last week. Making a tight turn while going down a ramp.
I heard a scraaaaaaaaaape, and that's it. Just kept on going.

I run 175's on a conversion.
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Old 09-24-05, 04:21 PM   #6
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I did have a small crash from a badly timed curb hop.
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I've bounced a bit before but nothing too serious. Just wouldn't wanna do it at high speed in a busy intersection
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Dang near taco'ed my rear wheel after grounding a pedal during a high speed u-turn. it pogo'ed the rear wheel off the road. My fault, but a good learning experience without loss of skin.
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i've been taking my turns faster and tighter since learning to skid more fluidly... haven't had any close calls... 170's on an iro... i think it's a big problem for conversions only.
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Old 09-24-05, 09:32 PM   #10
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Lifted the rear wheel right off the ground, mtb.
Went down onto my knees side on cement. Rode home, awoke to screaming -mine.

I NEED PAINKILLERS! OMG !OMG! OMG!

Bike was fine, I think it was snickering at me though.
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time atacs and 165s: i've been okay for a few years riding this combo. i'm sure it's a very different issue with conversions running longer cranks. only twice has pedal hit asphalt on a turn...scary, and it once lifted the rear wheel enough so i almost ate it (but thankfully recovered) and once just scuffed the sh*t oughtta my right shoe. both those times (and the time i skipped-out BAD in a crit on my road bike...lots 'o skin loss) were good reminders to not go too hard when cruisin' round town.
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i scuffed my riding shoes,had to repolished them
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OK, I'll admit to the humiliation here. Riding a conversion, 175 cranks, MKS road pedals & clips. This doesn't give me much clearance and I've nicked the pedals a few times -- exciting but no biggie. But four weeks ago I was in a big hurry and I went into a sharp turn waaay too aggressive. I dug the right pedal into the asphalt. It posted me up and lifted the rear wheel. For a second I thought I could ride through it, but I had too much sideways going, and when I came down I rolled the tire and tacoed the wheel. I did an immediate high-side over the left, bounced off the pavement and rolled end over end, more or less with the bike, cartoon style. The guy behind me was very impressed. Escaped with some relatively minor road rash (those new plasticy bandages are really excellent) and a sore wrist and elbow. My wrist and thumb still hurt and I hope nothing's broken. (Doc says no, but what's he know? He didn't bother to take x-rays.) Bike is ok, but for some scratches and the wheel which I can't quite get 100% true.

I'm thinking of changing my rig to shorter cranks, different pedals, or maybe a proper frame with a higher BB. But prolly wouldn't have made any difference this time because it was pilot error the whole way. After I dusted myself off I went back and looked at about a foot-long streak of aluminum that my pedal left on the asphalt. It was way before the real apex of the turn. What the **** was I thinking diving into the turn like that, I don't know.

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Making a quick U-turn on a narrow street was a 'suprising but no dire consequences' experience. That one actually intitiated a turning skid which was pretty fun. I've since learned to do it on purpose...
turning skids can come in handy in sticky situtations but if you don't watch it you'll lay the bike down. You can only skid for so long turning until the bike comes up from underneath you, i've come close a few times.
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Old 09-25-05, 12:41 PM   #15
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No problems since I switched to eggbeaters

Never went down because of it, but I have hit a few times with Primo BMX pedals... Never enough to even bring the rear wheel off the ground. Most times have been filtering slowly past cars and running into the curb...
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i almost ate it once from striking in 90* turn at about 40km/h when the coke truck in front of decided to stop.
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I was pedaling around a cobblestone square on a pursuit bike with 165's and spd's. (drunker than *****) I clipped my toe on a cobblestone and flipped 180 degrees onto my head, I lost a lot of blood and spent the night in the hospital. This was about a year ago, the scar is still there.

The best part is that I learned absolutely nothing, I still ride completely wasted with no helmet or brakes!
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Old 09-26-05, 02:21 AM   #18
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I had a pretty nasty crash turning onto a road where there's lots of traffic and they go fast as well. Was pretty lucky not to get hit. It actually happened on my 27-speed MTB Desinged for suspension+ridden with rigid fork= crazy low BB. The bike was new and I dug the pedal in so hard the rear wheel lifted up 4-5 inches. The bike was fine, and so was I, except that I respect tight corners more since then.
No such mishap on my ss/fix conversion so far.
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Yeah I'm on a conversion with 170s... I have like no clearance whatsoever. I need 160s like crazy and I'm not even sure if they will do it, I think I may just be in the market for a new frame. We'll see. I'm so sad though because I love this frame so much except for that.
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Yeah I'm on a conversion with 170s... I have like no clearance whatsoever. I need 160s like crazy and I'm not even sure if they will do it, I think I may just be in the market for a new frame. We'll see. I'm so sad though because I love this frame so much except for that.

Huh. I have 165s on my conversion, but the bb is so low, I'm just waiting for something bad to happen. This thread started off so reassuringly, then became somewhat ominous. I wasn't aware there are 160s, though; you have a link?

BTW, thanks for the shared knowledge, all.
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Huh. I have 165s on my conversion, but the bb is so low, I'm just waiting for something bad to happen. This thread started off so reassuringly, then became somewhat ominous. I wasn't aware there are 160s, though; you have a link?

BTW, thanks for the shared knowledge, all.
Harris Cyclery sells bmx cranks in sizes down to 145 (or lower), they aren't the prettiest things, and I don't know what sizes of chainrings you can get for them, but they use a 1/8 chain and are pretty inexpensive.
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Old 09-28-05, 02:47 AM   #22
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i pedal struck (i guess that's a proper term) right into the side of a mercury mountaineer once. the dude took a hard right in front of me and i had to follow him into the turn. i leaned into the corner a little more agressively than i normally do and popped the rear wheel off of the ground. luckily, i stayed up and maintained enough composure to just bounce off of the truck and stay upright. but yeah, not something i'd want to try again.
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Old 09-28-05, 09:15 AM   #23
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It sucks when it happens, you can recover, and it's funny as hell to others riding with you. Other than that, nothing much to add. I put old curb feelers on my front wheel axle to prevent it from happening again.
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I did it on a conversion with a freewheel singlespeed. Let me tell you, yah gotta be pretty dumb to pedal strike a freewheel but I managed. I stayed on my feet but the bike somehow rocketed out from under me (toe clips and all), bounced off a pole, and landed in the middle of traffic. They applauded. Sweet.
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I hit a speedbump once riding between it and the curb. It just startled me a bit, and scratched my pedal.
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