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Venture into the world of clipless pedals.(9 posts)

Venture into the world of clipless pedals.flyinbowlofmilk
Jan 13, 2002 5:11 PM
I have finally got my clipless pedal put on after a 1 year of road riding. My 1st leasson was to clip in and clip out. And then my next goal was to ride ,and try not to fall. Well I fell 3 times in the parking lot where I got the pedals put on. After that I decided to ride in my clipless pedals. I didn't fall on the ride home. And I didn't fall on my first ride with the LBS group ride. So I have learned how to clip in and clip out. So has anybody else had some disaster. I like to hear about them.
Waaait, aren't you the guy who posted the snobby thread below...jtolleson
Jan 13, 2002 6:04 PM
about being too inconvenienced to help the new cyclist? Sheesh.

Yes, everyone has probably fallen over on their first day clipless. The stories all sound about the same... often involving an audience or being in front of traffic.
Waaait, aren't you the guy who posted the snobby thread below...flyinbowlofmilk
Jan 13, 2002 6:23 PM
It's not about being incovienced. I just wanted to know wheather I should let him ride with the LBS group ride I do. The group I ride with average 17+mph. So my question to you is would you introduce him to cyling like that or would you introduce him to cycling by riding with him in a slower group ride. And I am not Snobby either.
First time on clipless pedals = fall downKerry Irons
Jan 13, 2002 6:10 PM
The only person I know who hasn't fallen several times in their first few days on clipless pedals is my wife. She switched from toe clips at the start of roller season, and so had 3-4 months of roller riding to learn how to get out of them while leaning against the wall. I had ridden toe clips for 23 years before switching to clippless, and had the "pull straight up" move down cold, which of course does not work at all on clipless. IIRC I fell 3 or 4 times that first week. Welcome to the human race!
1985, looked like trike guy on laugh in.... n.m.koala
Jan 13, 2002 6:23 PM
broke my hand first time...nmarty johnson
Jan 13, 2002 6:47 PM
well ...tarwheel
Jan 14, 2002 5:54 AM
I rode clipless pedals for several years and had never fallen down. Thought I was invincible. Then about two weeks ago I was riding with my regular group, we came to a stop sign, there was a truck coming down the road, I thought I could keep my balance until it passed, the truck slowed down and then just kept going slower and slower until --- you guessed it, I keeled over. Never happened before. Fortunately I didn't take anybody down with me. One of my friends consoled me, "If you're gonna fall down cycling, do it when you're stopped."
Only an idiot...Elefantino
Jan 13, 2002 10:02 PM
...would wait until the night before a century to install a new set of clipless.

Only an idiot would barely test them out, then start the century in the middle of a pack of several thousand cyclists.

Only an idiot would fall down as the gun sounds, thereby causing the adjoining cyclist to fall down, and so on, and so on, and so on, until it looked like a Monty Python routine.

You can guess who that idiot was.
Only an idiot...kyroadie
Jan 14, 2002 11:03 AM
Always remember to reach over and grab the guy next to you down too. Since he lands on you, it looks like his fault. Once the domino stops, you can jump up and blame the whole thing on him.