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Attn New Riders - Learn from my crash(6 posts)

Attn New Riders - Learn from my crashJFR
Jul 24, 2003 10:06 AM
Lightly scraping a pedal while pedaling through a turn may seem fun/fast/thrilling to some. It did to me. After about 800 miles (in a lil over 2 months) on my new bike, I thought I had my lean angle dialed-in to where I absolutely knew when I'd scrape and that I could keep it light when I did. Two day's ago, at about 20mph, I touched a pedal to the ground just hard enough to lift my rear wheel and send me to the pavement pretty hard... nothing broken, but a lot of rash... on me and my levers/hoods/saddle.

If you're among the many new MTB crossovers, you may be more likely to make this mistake because you're used to banging pedals on rocks and you may be prone to seeking thrills on your new FAST road bike... that was me. With this public service announcement :) I hope you might avoid this type of crash... scraping pedals on a road bike is dangerous man, it ain't like banging a rock on your mtb.

If you're a seasoned rider w/ thoughts to share on scraping pedals, please chime in.

I've come close...joekm
Jul 24, 2003 10:16 AM
Usually the scenario is as follows: I enter a blind turn hot only to find road debris or a pothole or some other obstruction in my way forcing an un-planned mid-corner correction at speed. I usually don't set out to strike the pedal. All the same, I looked for good cornering clearance when I bought my current pedals.

I wouldn't recommend trying to strike the pedal on purpose, you don't leave yourself any margin should something unexpected happen.
re: Attn New Riders - Learn from my crash03Vortex
Jul 24, 2003 10:30 AM
The only thought I can offer after years of being a roadie is don't do it. Inside pedal up and turn knee out to get the lean you need.
Why would anyone ever 'scrape pedals'?gala7516
Jul 24, 2003 1:06 PM
It sounds stupid.

A) It slows you down.
B) It messes up your pedals.
C) You might crash.
Why would anyone ever 'scrape pedals'?brider
Jul 24, 2003 1:29 PM
Why indeed:

1) You're coming through the last turn in a crit, it's uphill, and you need to pedal through it or lose 8 spots.

2) You're on a fixie.
re: Ouch...havent done that one yetjrm
Jul 25, 2003 12:40 PM
But have endo'd twice. Once onto pavment and the other on the front lawn of someones house.