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Old 10-09-09, 05:25 PM
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First fall in clips

I have been riding clipless for about 2 years now without a fall. I read all the posts here about accepting the inevitable and vowed to beat the odds and for all this time I did. I have SPD pedals with a platform on one side so I routinely clip out on the right side before stopping and ride on the platform until I get back under way. Had a number of quick stops leading to close calls but never went down. Yesterday I felt a bump, bump, bump of something adhering to my tire or a dreaded embolism (or whatever we call a tube expanding thru a hole). I quickly stopped, unclipping on the right side and then, of course, leaning to the left to get a good view of the tire. Duh! Timber -- bam, smash! A slightly bloody leg but no serious injuries except to my ego. Oh, well, you all did say it was inevitable.
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Old 10-09-09, 05:33 PM
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Welcome to the club.

You failed to mention how many giggling young beautiful ladies were watching!
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Old 10-09-09, 05:44 PM
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You weren't used to leaning to view your tire so you fell, now you'll be prepared for the next time. We always have to learn everything at least once. I don't think I'll ever get used to them. Fortunately/unfortunately I've other bikes to fall back on.
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There's another post about falling, it's a poll, I hate polls.
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Old 10-09-09, 06:28 PM
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Originally Posted by donheff View Post
I have been riding clipless for about 2 years now without a fall. I read all the posts here about accepting the inevitable and vowed to beat the odds and for all this time I did. I have SPD pedals with a platform on one side so I routinely clip out on the right side before stopping and ride on the platform until I get back under way. Had a number of quick stops leading to close calls but never went down. Yesterday I felt a bump, bump, bump of something adhering to my tire or a dreaded embolism (or whatever we call a tube expanding thru a hole). I quickly stopped, unclipping on the right side and then, of course, leaning to the left to get a good view of the tire. Duh! Timber -- bam, smash! A slightly bloody leg but no serious injuries except to my ego. Oh, well, you all did say it was inevitable.
These come in 3's so this is the first of several! And we always wonder "what were we thinking"??
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Old 10-09-09, 06:52 PM
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Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends............................well, what did you want, Lucky Man?

Very glad you weren't injured. Welcome to club Tombay. Its like 50+, once you've arrived there is no going back.

Thanks for the story, we will add it to the library in the hopes that others will learn from your mistake. At least you no longer have to live with the pride that goeth............etc.
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Old 10-09-09, 07:21 PM
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Glad you're ok...did the tube blow?
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That's a tube aneurysm. Sorry to hear about your misfortune. Happened to me on a slight incline, at a stopsign, where I lowsided. I had unclipped the wrong foot. This was the first ride on my new bike. You learn quickly from such experiences.
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Old 10-09-09, 08:03 PM
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I have done almost the same thing twice in my driveway. The second time my grandaughter was watching it was the highlight of her life up to that point she had to tell everyone her papa fell off his bike.
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Old 10-09-09, 09:15 PM
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I did the same thing last weekend. Same style pedals, only I fell to the right.
Funny thing was , I had a group of ladies and their daughters riding by in the opposite direction. They all watched me fall over. This was my first time to fall. Does it always feel like it happens in slow motion?

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Old 10-09-09, 10:31 PM
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Hearing stories like these, just makes me appreciate my platforms that much more, and less likely to switch over to clips/clipless. I cannot afford to go down in urban traffic due to a momentary lapse of balance. There's been a few times that if I'd been clipped in, it would have turned out ugly.
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Old 10-09-09, 11:45 PM
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Originally Posted by dynodonn View Post
Hearing stories like these, just makes me appreciate my platforms that much more, and less likely to switch over to clips/clipless. I cannot afford to go down in urban traffic due to a momentary lapse of balance. There's been a few times that if I'd been clipped in, it would have turned out ugly.
I used to feel exactly the same way. And I joined Club Tombay soon after going clipless. And now I ride clipless on Ruby, and with platforms on the Globe. But having finally made the transition, I much prefer to be clipped in. YMMV!
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Old 10-10-09, 12:17 AM
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More skills needed- Practice falling- or rather landing, and learn to trackstand.
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Originally Posted by ironhorse3 View Post
That's a tube aneurysm.
That's right, embolism is a bubble inside something, not protruding.

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Glad you're ok...did the tube blow?
No. There was no aneurysm, maybe a stick briefly adhered to the tire or something.
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Old 10-10-09, 06:20 AM
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Glad you weren't hurt and welcome to the club.

I took a spill on the Katy Trail tour this year - my first in a couple years
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Originally Posted by Digital Gee View Post
I used to feel exactly the same way. And I joined Club Tombay soon after going clipless. And now I ride clipless on Ruby, and with platforms on the Globe. But having finally made the transition, I much prefer to be clipped in. YMMV!
I've toyed with the idea of going clipless in areas that have long periods of having to ride without uncliping, but that is usually in the more rural areas that I seldom travel unless I do it on a whim. With the bulk of my travels having to mix it up with urban traffic, the hassle of having to clip and unclip at intersections(poor track standing abilities),the thought of going clipless will have to wait for another day.
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Ah to clip or not to clip, that is the question...............never have gone clipless............keep saying I never will, but I keep reading articles and cycling books with passages singing the praises of clipless, haven't given in yet so why another comment like this one? Is it inevitable?
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Ah to clip or not to clip, that is the question...............never have gone clipless............keep saying I never will, but I keep reading articles and cycling books with passages singing the praises of clipless, haven't given in yet so why another comment like this one? Is it inevitable?
There are tradeoffs in most performance gains. The occasional near harmless clipless fall is in my opinion well worth the increase in performance. That performance increase, like all things, requires becoming good at a new technique. It isn't an automatic 10% magic bullet. Circling the feet in a good clipless stroke will make use of muscles that are not being used at the present time. That's where the power increase comes from. Bike stability is better if the feet stay attached to the bike at all times. (especially for MTB use where the rider is getting knocked around at speed).

Much as I like to put the flats back on for the occasional foray into tourist land, the clipless go right back on when I want performance back.
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Oh boy, here's the performance argument again. I ride one bike with toe clips and one with SPD's. I see no performance difference whatsoever. I like to ride the toe clipped bike, because I can wear any athletic-type shoe with those... but to be honest, I really love the look of traditional Christophe toe clips, and I don't have to worry about some mechanical contraption working right nor about the intricacies of cleat positioning. But other than that, foot back to get out of toe clips, foot sideways to get out of clipless pedals. There's even less difference if using the toe clips with cleated shoes, but that's going a little extreme for most riding that isn't actual racing.
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Old 10-10-09, 06:45 PM
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I'm new to this forum however, I am aware this subject has been beaten to death. Here's my take...
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Old 10-10-09, 07:04 PM
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The Earth Shoe thing......... I'm 10 years older than you with a host of spine issues. Just got back into Earth shoes last year (and MBT shoes) for the first time since college days. I can't tell you how much they help me make it through the day at my job running those 20 yard sprints all day on the concrete floor. And...clipped in is for me. You have different needs than some so do as you like and be safe.
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I've never fallen due to making an error when unclipping on a road bike. The only time I fell due to clipless pedals was a Wellgo pedal that would not let go of the cleat.
Notice I keep referring to falling riding a road bike. We won't go into how many times I fell on the MTB because I couldn't unclip (and counting)
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Originally Posted by Longfemur View Post
Oh boy, here's the performance argument again. I ride one bike with toe clips and one with SPD's. I see no performance difference whatsoever. I like to ride the toe clipped bike, because I can wear any athletic-type shoe with those... but to be honest, I really love the look of traditional Christophe toe clips, and I don't have to worry about some mechanical contraption working right nor about the intricacies of cleat positioning. But other than that, foot back to get out of toe clips, foot sideways to get out of clipless pedals. There's even less difference if using the toe clips with cleated shoes, but that's going a little extreme for most riding that isn't actual racing.
I don't think the performance argument is between toe clips and clipless, but rather between either of those and flats.
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Old 10-11-09, 10:14 AM
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I feel guilty.

I seldom go MTBing these days, so I went last week. My Wahoo has M520s set at low tensions. Super easy to get in and out of.

My road bike has A520s. They are much harder to get in and out of, and one of these days I'm going to fail to do so and hit the pavement.

BUT the A520s look so much cooler than the M520s (I guess) so I would never put M520s on my road bike.

Since I look like a bent rider in the first place, I fail to see what difference it makes.

Unless you're a bent rider.
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I've been clipless for 5 years - busted my arse 3-4 times (nothing bad) due to brain fart syndrome.
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