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Here is How to Fall off your Bike

Old 05-14-19, 11:04 AM
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Here is How to Fall off your Bike

I often combine a bike ride with local errands (informal goal is to put more miles on my bike than car each year). But I don't like dealing with cycling cleats (Keo in my case - Garmin Power Pedals). So I wear tennis shoes when I have errands to run. I have found a specific tread pattern that mates well with my pedals and I rarely encounter a slip when riding. However I am unlikely to get out of the saddle for a 20 second, full out sprint when not wearing my cleats. Probably would not be doing that anyway.

So I was out the other day for a ride and a grocery store stop (traditional 'NY style messenger bag' so I isn't like I am going to bring home anything big/bulky). I was going up a very short (couple hundred yards maybe) but steep (8-10%) grade and I hit the start of the 'climb' at maybe 25 mph off a downhill. I was close to the top so I popped up out of the saddle and kind of mashed it to avoid a small chain ring shift. Maybe I was cross chained but my chain slipped off the big to the small ring. My right foot went hard forward off the pedal and I kind of ended up leaning way over the handle bars.

Even though I was going kind of slowly at this point, I should have been able to recover. However I wear this big plastic and metal brace contraption on my right knee (the darn thing is about 15 to 16 inches long). And it got hung up in a bottle cage.

And THAT is how you properly fall off your bike.

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Old 05-14-19, 11:12 AM
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When I got my Di2 bike, I set it up so a front shift automatically comes with two rear shifts. First time I got to a big hill I went into the other chainring and expected it to work like every other bike I've ever been on. Didn't clip out in time and hit the road with my shoulder.
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Old 05-14-19, 11:40 AM
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I often combine a bike ride with local errands (informal goal is to put more miles on my bike than car each year). But I don't like dealing with cycling cleats (Keo in my case - Garmin Power Pedals). So I wear tennis shoes when I have errands to run. I have found a specific tread pattern that mates well with my pedals and I rarely encounter a slip when riding. However I am unlikely to get out of the saddle for a 20 second, full out sprint when not wearing my cleats. Probably would not be doing that anyway.

So I was out the other day for a ride and a grocery store stop (traditional 'NY style messenger bag' so I isn't like I am going to bring home anything big/bulky). I was going up a very short (couple hundred yards maybe) but steep (8-10%) grade and I hit the start of the 'climb' at maybe 25 mph off a downhill. I was close to the top so I popped up out of the saddle and kind of mashed it to avoid a small chain ring shift. Maybe I was cross chained but my chain slipped off the big to the small ring. My right foot went hard forward off the pedal and I kind of ended up leaning way over the handle bars.

Even though I was going kind of slowly at this point, I should have been able to recover. However I wear this big plastic and metal brace contraption on my right knee (the darn thing is about 15 to 16 inches long). And it got hung up in a bottle cage.

And THAT is how you properly fall off your bike.

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I did a little riding on a mountain bike for a few months about 25 years ago. I learned the hard way not to shift while mashing on the pedals particularly going up steep hills. My result sounds similar to what you describe.

I hope you feel better soon.

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I feel your pain. I have also been cross chained and standing, only to end up "taint punched". For me it was on a flat, slowed down for pedestrians and didn't want to down shift. I did not fall, but there was much, much pain.
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Old 05-14-19, 02:59 PM
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This is how I fall off a bike...

1) Make sure a pretty blonde lady is behind me
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