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Embarrassing moment

Old 10-13-04, 02:10 PM
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Embarrassing moment

We all have them. Those moments that define us as 'cyclists'. The ones that, well...don't include falling over on your bike while stopped at an intersection with one foot clipped in.

I don't know about the rest of you but that is one of the most embarrassing things I have ever done on my bike. Mainly because when it happens there are a lot of cars around and EVERYONE sees me fall like a clumsy fool. Anyway, last night after my regular tuesday group ride (which was the best one of the year because I finished second in the lead pack) I was heading home and came to a stop at and intersecton. While I was waiting for the traffic to clear a vehicle pulled up behind me. Being the curtious cyclists I am I moved as close to the shoulder and pulled my bike as close to me as possible. This caused me to be a little ustable. I tried to unclip but was unsuccessful and fell really hard breaking my thumb. I quickly recovered and stupidly waved to the person behind who was just smirking.

What a way to end a great ride...
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Old 10-13-04, 02:15 PM
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Ouch, but it's true we've all been there. Speedy recovery on the thumb.
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Old 10-13-04, 02:32 PM
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Mine happened just last week. I just bought my new bike and was trying it out when I turned to go back up the hill that I live on and accidentally up-shift causing all forward momentum to cease. As I start to fall over I am trying to click out of my pedals with no luck and take out my mailbox. I saved the bike but my side and ego were bruised since all my neighbors were outside including the 19-20 sumptin girls that live next door.

Too bad this isn’t a ski forum or would recount how I had to ride down Mammoth Mtn with the seat of my ski pants blown out.
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Old 10-13-04, 02:37 PM
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Warming up for the Greenville Classic, came around turn 3 of the Saturday course around 22-23, truck was in front of me setting the barriers down so I slammed on the brakes and fell over. Right in front of Nathan O'Neill.
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Old 10-13-04, 02:39 PM
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My bike, when brand new, blew the front tire after 15 miles. (I'm thinking tube was twisted). Anyway, happens in the middle of a large pack of riders. 3wide, climbing a gradual grade at 16-17. I yell flat and ride it out, not killing anyone in the process. Group is all waiting, brand new bike has front tire off resting on the forks, when bam, it of course falls over with 25 guys watching. /cry.

As far as stoplights, I havent clipped out in over 10 years. I told myself I would just fall over before cliping out. Funny how your balance improves instantly. =)
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Old 10-13-04, 02:44 PM
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Falling over while stopped, especially when you are with a group is not an embarrassment. It is more of a rite of passage because just about all experienced cyclists have done that!
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Old 10-13-04, 02:53 PM
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first ride home on my fixed gear and my shoe lace (i was using cheap platform pedals at the time) got into the crank and wound around extermely tightly and very fast. i tried to abandon the bike, but since i was attached to it i did a lame jump, fell over, and then stuggled to get my shoe lace unjammed from the crank. i couldn't get my shoe off because it was so tight and i needed to get out of the road, so i had to "scoot" my self along while dragging the bike with one foot to the side of the road.

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Old 10-13-04, 03:45 PM
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Earlier this year, as I was riding along (not that fast) I got passed by a couple of other rodies, and when they asked how I was doing I looked over and said something glib like "I'm not dead yet" then promptly road off into the ditch. Got back up and one of the last stop lights on the way home took the right foot out and leaned to the left. Started to fall over and did the I'm still clipped in dance and put a nice rookie slice up my right calf. Six stitches later I've got a great scar. Oh well.
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I was riding my cruiser to school one day wearing birkenstocks. The chain was a little old, and it slipped when I put a lot of torque on it while turning left across traffic, flinging off one of my sandals. I made it through the intersection, but there was the sandal in the middle of the road. Due to traffic I had to wait a second or two to run out and get it. In the meantime a school bus ran over it and it skipped along the road about 50 feet. Eventually I ran out into traffic (with one bare foot) and got it. No noticeable damage atleast, but still a little embarassing.
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Old 10-13-04, 04:00 PM
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Railroad tracks. Me going 10mph or so. My front tire lodged nicely into one of the deep rivets. One car behind me. One truck across the tracks in front of me.

Me somehow clipping out of my pedals. Over the bars. Big air. Ending about even with the truck on the other side. Wind knocked out, a deeply bruised right bicep (don't get that), and sore left shoulder. The bike was largely okay except for the stem being off center a good bit.

I no longer cross railroad tracks at more than 5mph.
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Old 10-13-04, 04:04 PM
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Originally Posted by timmhaan
first ride home on my fixed gear and my shoe lace (i was using cheap platform pedals at the time) got into the crank and wound around extermely tightly and very fast. i tried to abandon the bike, but since i was attached to it i did a lame jump, fell over, and then stuggled to get my shoe lace unjammed from the crank. i couldn't get my shoe off because it was so tight and i needed to get out of the road, so i had to "scoot" my self along while dragging the bike with one foot to the side of the road.
HA, I remember doing that one when I was a kid too.

-doing wheelies while wearing baggie sweatpants, I had just lightened my front end and well,... it came right off the ground, past like the point of no return, I tried to hop off the seat but the crotch of the sweatpants was hooked over the seat.

Got a wedgie and to kiss my bars in the same move.

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Old 10-13-04, 04:39 PM
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Way long time ago....went out for a ride at night. I was oh so proud of myself for getting out late.
I was just riding around the neighborhood, nothing huge. Had on my Walkman, just spacing out to some music. I was going around the park on the sidewalk...suddenly WHAM! WTF??

There was a 2 x 4 laying across the pavement. In my fuzz, I had mistaken it as just another late night shadow. Hit that baby, almost went over the bars, and ended up sideways with the headset flung to the grass.

2nd circuit around the park, I went realllly slowly!


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Old 10-13-04, 04:54 PM
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G'day,

I had spent the whole day climbing & decending different mountains in the area as part of my strength training regime. The decents were all 'white knuckled', just withinthe limits of adhesion, full gas, no brakes, type decents...really exhilerating.....I got back to the unit where we were staying...& promptly had the front wheel 'wash' out from under me in loose gravel at about 2kph.....result...split the new Giro helmet in half, $300, bent an STI lever, bent the front derailuer, scratch damage to the paint work & took a large chunk of 'bark' off myself...total bill $840......To make matters worse it was right in front of 2 'honies'......

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Old 10-13-04, 04:59 PM
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I've posted this story before but here it goes again...

A dozen years ago, I was on a night ride with this girl along an unlit trail (save for my meager Cateye 5W headlamp) that led around Fermi National Accelerator Labs in Batavia, IL where we both worked as college interns. She mentioned something about being able to see the stars (a rarity for the burbs of Chicago) and I started staring up and stargazing. By the time I heard her yell, "look out!", the big 4" diameter roadblock/gate was upon me. It was right at handlebar height. I didn't even have time to fully hit the brakes. I was doing maybe 16MPH when I contacted the bar. The bike came to a complete stop. I however, did not.

I went sailing over the bars (both my bike's and the gate's) and plunged headfirst onto the hard gravel. Luckily, my helmet which nobly sacrificed itself in favour of my noggin did its job and absorbed the impact while leaving me with a bit of a headache. My date was both amused and concerned. And I guess I sorta soaked it up... Hey, sympathy attention is better than none.

It was a total garage sale. We spent the next hour looking for all my gear. My bike computer took the brunt of the impact (the Cateye ATC CC-8000 were built like a tank!) nicely got ejected off into the bushes but came out with hardly a scratch on the housing. The bike came out relatively unscathed (some scratches on the brake levers and barends) but it took us both a good 45 minutes of beating around in the bush to locate my bike computer.

Since then, I've learned that no matter how pretty the girl or the scenery is one should always remain aware of what's directly ahead of them. In hindsight, I probably should have gone to the hospital and gotten checked out. Head injuries no matter how slight they seem are nothing to be taken lightly.
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As I was slowly pedaling back to my friends who had stopped for a brief break I ran over a Zot Dot and it knocked my hands off the tops and I came crashing down.
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Originally Posted by khuon
And I guess I sorta soaked it up... Hey, sympathy attention is better than none.
I've stooped to settling for pity attention, it just one notch below sympathy attention.
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Old 10-13-04, 06:33 PM
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I was trying to look cool arriving at work one morning. There were a bunch of my colleagues standing in front of the building as I swooped up in fine style on my bike. Called a cheery "good morning cagers" to them and went to hop the curb to where they were standing. Didn't lift the front wheel soon enough and did a total lip stand in front of them all.
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One day I went out wearing two different gloves! i have an old pair and a newer pair and both are blue. I mixed them up and didn't notice until i was miles from home. Now the 'newer' gloves are all worn out.

ANd of course, the falling over story: first day I got my new Look pedals, I fell over at a stoplight. I felt like a moron of course. It was the first time that had ever happened since I started wearing clipless! I was alone on the ride but of course, motorists stopped at the light could see the whole thing.
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Old 10-13-04, 07:09 PM
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Been there done that. For me it was the first day I was going to join a club ride. I fell right there in front of them. Life is funny like that sometimes.
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I've got a few...

One time i was riding with my friend on a bike path near where i live, and i was using his bike because mine was out of commision (undoubtedly because i crashed it at some point), and there were these cute girls coming at us on rollerblades, so we were about to slow down. My friend neglected to tell me that the back brakes didn't work....but the front ones worked really well! a split second later i was sprawled out on my back on the side of the trail, and everyone was laughing (including me....i figure you gotta have a sense of humour).

A few days later and i'm using the "bad brake bike" again, only this time i literally flew like superman through a bush....and the bike decided to keep coming after me. when i hit the ground and looked back, the bike was standing vertically on its front wheel.

Another time, i was waiting for this cute chick to come out of the video store, and i was just wasting time ripping around the parkinglot on a bike borrowed from a family member. I would've gone in with her but i didn't have a lock and it wasn't my bike. In the parking lot there were those long concrete dividers to separate the parking rows. as i was going full speed through a gap of about 6" (stupid me) the back wheel caught on one of the dividers and stopped dead. I was flung upwards, my entire body perched on the handlebars for about a second, and then i tumbled to the asphalt; there were probly 15 people staring at me by this point. When i got up, i looked at the back of the bike and the spokes were torn right out of the wheel....the wheel was now teardrop-shaped.
2.5 years later and the cute girl is still going out with me
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Of course I have the falling over story but that's not as good as this...(which has been posted before)

Bought a Campy equippped Bianchi at a yard sale and got it into shape enough to attempt a group ride. This was my FIRST group ride and also my FIRST attempt at any distance other than 2 miles since I was a kid. I went out slowly, hanging off the back praying that I wouldn't drop dead. I was past the halfway point for me getting home, about 9 miles in with 4-5 left if I kept going or 9 back from whence I came, so I kept going. About the 11-12 mile mark the group stopped at an intersection allowing me to catch up. We all stopped and I was hurting but determined not to be a sissy and drop off completely. Another shop ride went by and one of their dudes knew some of our dudes and he stopped to talk. I was thinking "great, more rest time." Then I started feeling queasy...dropped the bike and crawled out of the cages toward the grassy area. Revisited my dinner in front of everyone, well, at least I had my back turned so they couldn't see. Got back up, finished my portion of the ride- I turned off earlier than the rest of them.

Haven't puked since, and I still ride. But now I can keep up.

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My wife (but I was there and saw the whole thing) fell right in front of Christine Thorburn (2004 US TT Champ, 4th place Athens Olympics) and Ted Huang 2003 WInner Univest Gran Prix, former Olympian) of the Webcor team when she couldn't get out of her pedals.
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Don't know how embarassing this is, - could have been dangerous, but it sure was FUNNY - I'm on one of my regular loops, cruising through a nice neighborhood, making a few turns, but trying to keep up speed. Ahead of me, I spot a big Chocolate Lab, who has a habit of chasing me every time he gets the chance. I don't like it- it's a bit unnerving to have him chomping at my ankles, but I can outrun him. This time, though, the Chocolate Lab isn't alone - he's on a leash, and two 8 or 9 year old girls on rollerblades are letting him tow them up and down the middle of the street!

He isn't paying any attention to me, and I do my best to slide by him unnoticed. But...as soon as he spots me he takes off like a rocket after me. The girl who happens to be on the other end of the leash is introduced to the FASTEST, HAIRIEST bit of rolllerblading she'd ever imagined - just for a few seconds, though until she lets go of the dog's leash. (It's a bit of a miracle that she didn't face-plant in the process!) Of course the whole wild encounter is punctuated by the kinds of screams only 8 and 9 year old girls can make - and they're WORRIED about the DOG, not ME! Imagine that! (and WHERE were the dumb-butt parents of these kids - letting them play in the middle of the street, etc., etc.)

Anyhow, I cranked hard, yelled at the dog, sped off and never looked back. I ...um... haven't been back on that block since, either.
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Not mine - My brother once did a wheelie on a bike that had a loose quick release on the front wheel. He pulled up the front end, the wheel fell out, and he landed on the fork. He flew over the handlebars and landed on his chin. He needed a few stitches for that one.
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This didn't happen to me (thankfully), but a good one none the less.

A couple that I often road bike with was out on a mountain biking trip. The wife had a bike problem and fell in the middle of the trail. The husband, either too close or not paying attention, ran over her. I mean really ran over, her leaving very discernable tire tracks across her jersey. He crashed hard just a few yards away. No immediate severe injuries, but they both went to the hospital where they were given pain killers for the inevitable morning after soreness.
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