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2 weeks with clipless..fell at busy intersection...as predicted here.

Old 08-21-12, 03:59 PM
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2 weeks with clipless..fell at busy intersection...as predicted here.

After two weeks with clipless pedals on the road I fell for the first time at a busy intersection while slowing down. ( I fell once in my cul de sac while practicing).

Not sure why I couldn't get out of clip but down I went.

First thing I thought of as I picked myself up and wiped off the dirt and gravel was how I read here that this would happen.

At least the woman in the car i fell next to opened her window and asked if I was OK.

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Been there. Nothing is quite like the combination of fear and embarrassment that one experiences the first few weeks of clipless pedal use. I promise that soon you won't even think about them, disengagement will just happen naturally, as if you had ridden that way forever.
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I fell my first day at an inersection... I got my left foot unlipped and stopped, then I stretched my back and lost my balance and couldnt put my right foot down... oops.
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Originally Posted by Bradleykd
I fell my first day at an inersection... I got my left foot unlipped and stopped, then I stretched my back and lost my balance and couldnt put my right foot down... oops.
Something similar happened to me this weekend.
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Now you can cross that off your list
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Originally Posted by Mike F
Now you can cross that off your list
Agreed... everyone falls at least a few times.

Glad the only thing hurt was your pride.
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practiced at home, fell over in the garage first few times.
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Originally Posted by buckwheat987
I fell for the first time at a busy intersection while slowing down.

Everyone here has been there. Except me.
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I remember that happening once (or twice) I could imagine all the people in their cars thinking "oh look at mentally challenged person trying to ride a bike"
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It happened to me when with SPD-SL pedals but never with Speedplay. Getting in and out is just is just easier with Speedplay.
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Originally Posted by SCochiller
Everyone here has been there. Except me.
Everyone here is honest about it.... except you.
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Lol, I got 7 stitches in my ankle a week ago today from same thing.
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Originally Posted by MikeyBoyAz
Everyone here is honest about it.... except you.
Allow me to rephrase: Everyone here has been there. Except me. And Pcad.
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I haven't fallen because I couldn't unclip (yet, touch wood). I'll probably regret typing that. However, I did fall using toe clips and straps with regular tennis shoes. The problem wasn't the straps, the problem was that the tread on the bottom of the shoe caught on the pedal - so sliding my foot to the rear didn't work. Crap. I was in the driveway, and who needs a helmet in the driveway. Me, apparently. Concrete is hard when compared with your skull, trust me on this point.
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No shame at all...Its funny, both my falls were at intersections too.Just keep riding and those falls will be gone.
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It sure is!
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2
Agreed... everyone falls at least a few times.

Glad the only thing hurt was your pride.

Speak for yourself..
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Originally Posted by speedevil
I haven't fallen because I couldn't unclip (yet, touch wood). I'll probably regret typing that. However, I did fall using toe clips and straps with regular tennis shoes. The problem wasn't the straps, the problem was that the tread on the bottom of the shoe caught on the pedal - so sliding my foot to the rear didn't work. Crap. I was in the driveway, and who needs a helmet in the driveway. Me, apparently. Concrete is hard when compared with your skull, trust me on this point.
same issue here... the tennie's caused my clip fail... rock crawling with spd on a mtb was my clipless fail.
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Originally Posted by MegaTom
Speak for yourself..
Give it time.....

Might not be your fault, but it will happen. And i hope you don't get hurt.
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It happens, still occasionally happens to me 40 years later.
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Ha def been there. All kitted out, looking the part, and then tip over like a tree in front of a busy intersection. I just laugh it off and try to get very far away once the light turns green (⌒▽⌒)
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Went clipless this past weekend. Due to the falling horror stories on here, I was spooked. I ride my road bike in city traffic a lot, and my LBS suggested M520s.

From a technical standpoint, I needed more info on exactly what it feels like to clip in and out. They were kind enough to throw a bike in their trainer and taught me how.

I've ridden a few times, and don't fear falling at all. Unclipping is cake. I slow early at intersections so I don't have to stop completely, then accelerate when it makes sense. If it seems that I'm about to stop, I'll unclip just in case.

What nobody warned me about is how frickin' sore I would be from using new muscles from lifting my legs.
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The world is full of 2 kinds of people. Those that have tipped over with clipless and those that will tip over with clipless. No one escapes. I went 23 years between falls but it happened again recently. Third time since 1983.
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I have fallen twice now. The first time was in the driveway when I forgot what I was doing. The second time, I had a car right on my butt as I was approaching a car parked on the side of the street. I slowed down for him to pass but he just slowed down as well. The next thing I knew I had stopped without unclipping. Timber!
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