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I can't believe I did this...(15 posts)

I can't believe I did this...blakester
May 1, 2003 7:40 PM
I was slowly circling in a parking lot where there were some people racing skateboards, talking to them and such, but I slowed down too much, and bam, over I went. I am only about a 3-week veteran of clipless pedals, but it was still very embarassing and painful. I slightly scuffed the edge of the left derailer, but it still shifted perfect, so I don't think there was any type of permanent damage. What is the most embarassing thing you've seen or done on a bike, and any tips for nto falling over?
clown falls are funny - everybody does it - nmMJ
May 1, 2003 11:59 PM
clown falls are funny - everybody does it - nmaliensporebomb
Jun 4, 2003 7:12 AM
First time I tried clipless I spent at least an hour leaning
against a tree in my front yard clipping in and out until it
was automatic.

Then I decided to ride in a local cul de sac to see how it
would work. After pedaling in circles for 15 minutes I had
found I COULD NOT unclip. I kept going in circles over and
over again until I saw a neighbors cushy green lawn and
literally stopped next to the curb and fell over to the
right on my back pulling the bike up in the air on top of
me until I unclipped in mid-air upside down. No muss no

I loosened the pedals a bit and was then able to unclip.
I rode around, proud as a peacock for the next hour until
I went knee first into our rock garden when my wife (who
never rides clipless) suddenly stopped in fromt of me
before I could unclip.

I've had a few incidences like that.
welcome to the club...LDO
May 2, 2003 1:16 AM
I had this type of experiece a few times, in my early days of clipless pedals. I still remember once, while showing off my new MTB in the centre of the city where I live; a group of girls were on the side-walk chatting, and started looking at me/my bike. Well, confused by all this, I actually failed to unclip when stopping at a red traffic light just in front of the group of girls...No physical damage to the bike or myself. Fortunately I always carry a helmet, and with sun-glasses and all I doublt these girls would ever be able to recognise me, if I should walk by one of them !

One other time (again on my MTB; it seems that I grew wiser since I bought a road bike...) I stiffened the release spring of the clipless pedals while out for a ride in the hills...fortunately I was with a friend of mine, as I turned the screws of my ritchey pedals so much, that I could not unclip any longer !!! Very dangerous and very stupid of me. This friend of mine had to catch me, as wwe were at a point in the track where there were no trees or fences where I could lean on and stop without falling.

Then there is the time when (again MTB!) after finishing a MTB race I went directly toward the car parking lot, and as I stopped in front of my car, with a number of people again looking at my bike (one of the first FS around here in Belgium, at that time) I actually FORGOT to unclip after pulling hard the bakes...well, I guess you know the result ! Again, no physical damage, luckily.

I have more stories, of course...
Back in the day of toe clips and strapsdzrider
May 2, 2003 4:48 AM
I had just put a new set of cleats and they fit much tighter than the old ones I'd been used to. I came to a "stop" light intending to slow down and look but not stop. A police car pulled up alongside me and I decided I'd better stop after all. I couldn't get the new cleat out and down I went.
here's how not to fall overJS Haiku Shop
May 2, 2003 4:51 AM
keep pedaling.

we've all done it. my turn was due to loose cleats.

really, keep pedaling. and don't panic.
The intersection in front of me with 50 MPH cross traffic makes falling seem the better choice (nm)Scot_Gore
May 2, 2003 7:59 AM
Bowling at Hotter 'N Hell HundredAsphalt Addict
May 2, 2003 5:06 AM
A couple years ago I saw a guy fall waiting for the mass start(8000 people) in Wichita Falls, Texas. He knocked down at least 15 riders. That was the last ride that I started at the offical line and now begin a half mile down the road.
It happensKristin
May 2, 2003 5:35 AM
That's not too bad. I had owned my bike for 2 weeks and was riding along when I saw a pretty boy racer all decked out in logo's. His gams were pumping and my gaze settled on his gorgeous legs as I rolled directly into an 8 inch curb. I came off the bike and somehow managed to land on my feet without toppling--thank goodness I was wearing touring shoes with recessed cleats. In road shoes I would have looked like bambie on ice.
re: I can't believe I did this...clintb
May 2, 2003 6:02 AM
When clipless had just come out, I decided to try a pair. The first time out, while slowing for a red light, I got onto some wavy pavement. The front wheel cocked one way, my body started going the other and my feet just wouldn't cooperate. Sure was amusing to the folks in cars.
I do at least one of those a year. Keeps you humble. nmKG 361
May 2, 2003 6:14 AM
bud, comon...Steve_0
May 2, 2003 6:16 AM
i was nodding my head with the other posters thinking 'yep, been there'. But once per year? sheese.
Really.KG 361
May 2, 2003 6:34 AM
I'm a spaz. Maybe not once a year, but more times than I care to remember.....
re: I can't believe I did this...lonebikeroftheapocalypse
May 2, 2003 6:45 AM
Strange how it feels like its happening in slow motion. Once you start to go, there's no catching yourself. Did the same thing on my MTB while stopped on top of a 3ft high rock in front of some BMXers. You try to do your best Pee Wee Herman, "I meant to do that," and pretend it didn't hurt.
Mud and Speedplays don't mixSnyderman
May 2, 2003 7:33 AM
Last rest stop at the Davis double, there was a bunch of mud at the bottle refill station.

Well, I forgot about the mud, and about 25 miles later as I'm just getting into town and hit the stoplight by the freeway. I remember the mud, it's now dry and my cleat won't disengage. Oh crap, I try taking the straps off my shoe so I can get my foot out but it's too late and I fall over. This happened about 2 miles from the end of the ride!