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What was your most embarrassing bike moment?(25 posts)

What was your most embarrassing bike moment?lotterypick
Oct 3, 2003 2:21 PM
For me, I was going to UCLA and riding a lot.

After classes, I'm on my cool spray painted peugot with shimano 600 etc. montage of parts, when the light just south of campus turns red.

being super cool, I'm track standing, although I've never been good at it. I look to the left and wouldn't you know it, in a white convertable Rabbit (Why are all fine girls in VW's), was the finest girl I've ever seen pulling up next to me.

We make eye contact. She is awesome and I'm posing a la trackstand.

Uh oh, I'm tilting...my shoes (Paramounts, I think them) were stuck in the straps...I'm pulling in desperation on my pedals...I'm falling...Bang!

Look up. She's laughing. The light turns. She speeds away laughing. I get on my bike and speed down the street (it's a long straight away). Never catch her. I was pissed.

At least I can smile as I'm typing it, but man that was a pathetic day.
Pedalling around a very busy downtown corner...Cory
Oct 3, 2003 2:39 PM
Also on a Peugeot, by the way: Styling on a summer night on my new, bought-it-when-I-got-back-from-Vietnam A-08, slicing through traffic in San Carlos, Calif. I whipped between the lines of traffic, sprinted to get to an intersection and drove hard to get through the left turn before oncoming cars cut me off.
I was new to cycling, and nobody ever warned me not to pedal when I was leaned over. The left pedal hit the ground, lifted the back wheel off the pavement and the bike and I sprawled across two lanes of traffic. Then I hopped back on and rode to the sidewalk with the handlebars pointed about 45 degrees to the left.
Of course this doesn't count all the "learning experiences" with toe clips and, later, clipless pedals.
What was one person's Waterloo...lotterypick
Oct 3, 2003 3:11 PM
Although that did turn out bad for you, for me it turned out to be my greatest bike moment.

Bicycle rodeo and I'm like 9 years old. Me and my Schwinn Sting Ray.

We're racing the finals of the obstacle course, in my mind thousands of kids are watching, the sheriff guy says go and me and the other guy are neck and neck.

As we get to the outside turn on the course, I'm pedaling and like you pedaled while turning.

I got lifted up and it spun me really sharp around the cone in the correct direction. It was all skill I can assure you.

The guy never could make up the difference. Victory.

Bicycle Rodeo Obstacle champion!!! ya hooooooo
Pedalling around a corner... ditto for meSantaCruz
Oct 3, 2003 7:57 PM
Mine was a right hand turn and the pedal struck the pavement with such force that the bike flipped throwing me to the ground breaking a collarbone. The most embarrassing part was that I was on a demo ride and had to push the bike 1/2 mile back to the bike shop. It was an accident seen by many, but luckily I did not land in the traffic lane.

Bought the bike out of guilt, took delivery 2 months after the accident.
A 28 mile fun run in San Diego County ...Humma Hah
Oct 3, 2003 2:46 PM
... a few years ago. I pull up at a traffic light, and a group of maybe 15-20 riders also stop for the light. Light turns green, and I'm gonna show them that a cruiser can out-accelerate roadbikes across the intersection. I stand on the pedals, and the lack of maintenance of the bike shows -- the ancient chain cracked and derailled. With full force on my right pedal, and sudden loss of chain tension, I slammed to the ground.

The good news was, the helmet prevented a certain concussion, and it started a total refurbishment of my beloved old steed. But, boy, did I feel like a fool in front of a lot of cyclists!
Those Gosh Darn Clipless Pedals....BigFatSal
Oct 3, 2003 3:24 PM
Just got my first set of clipless pedals, on my mountain bike (now I can't imagine NOT having them!).

Cruising down a nice New England resevoir trail with my girlfriend. We come to a little family of hikers who were in the trail looking at a mother deer and her fawn. They signal us to slow down so as not to scare the deer....

Forgetting that I'm fatally locked into these ski bindings on my bike, I slow to a stop, panic, fall over right next to the little family, making a loud grunt as I thud to the ground....

The deer look up, laugh at me, then run away. Now the family looks at me like I'm some kind of idiot. And to top it off, my girlfriend's standing there snickering at me... What a moment! :>)
Have you ever NOT tightened your cleats?axebiker
Oct 3, 2003 4:11 PM
Well...it's 1988, and I just got my Look/Mavic pedals and new Sidi shoes! So as I'm coming in the driveway, I realize my cleats aren't rotating with my shoes - they're just sitting in the pedal as my shoe turns. So I'm looking down trying to figure out what's going on...WHAM!!!! Hello Mr. Garage Door! Mom comes out - "Oh, glad to HEAR you're home!" Can't get out of my pedals now without removing a shoe while I'm sprawled on the driveway still connected to the bike. Only losing a little blood now...
Those Gosh Darn Clipless Pedals....witcomb
Oct 3, 2003 4:39 PM
Ahh yes, the clipless pedals.

My second time out with clipless mountain biking, I managed to play a human pretzel with my bike between my legs. I could clip out on the right, but not on the left. So, I came to a stop, clipped out on the right and then I started to fall to the left. So, the bright idea, step under the bike with my right foot to catch myself, well I was too late. This then left me with my right foot, under my bike on the left side, my left foot clipped in, under my bike. I was unable to stand and had to have someone lift me up to get my feet untangled.

It was quite funny, although after sprainning my left ankle for the 20th time, it lots it's humour.

- Neil
Those Gosh Darn Clipless Pedals....BigFatSal
Oct 3, 2003 8:04 PM
Ouch.... That's a good one. Nice touch being unable to escape from your compromising position without help. I also like the post above where his cleat screws were loose... :>) They seem second nature now but there's definitely a learning curve to clipless pedals! Or maybe I'm just really very uncoordinated.

An hour after falling and scaring the deer I was just starting to feel confident with my newfangled clipless pedals. So I was showing off for my girlfriend pulling some nice wheelies while she was riding behind me.

Pulled a bit too hard, panic attack, flipped over backwards still clipped in, landed on my back with the bike on top of me. My girlfriend couldn't stop in time and proceeded to roll over my head... At least I was having better success with another piece of gear: my helmet... Oh, and she thought this was funny too. My clipless pedals were a big source of amusement for her that day.... :>)
re: What was your most embarrassing bike moment?off roadie
Oct 3, 2003 5:07 PM
When I was a kid, I ran dead on into the back of a parked panel truck from a chinese laundry because I wasn't wearing my glasses and had my head down, accelerating. I split my chin right open.
The truck was parked at the owners house. Mrs. Ding was very nice about the whole thing, but wouldn't let me use her phone, so I had to walk toa firends house, and his mome took me to the hospital for stiches. I still have the scar, on the underside of my chin.
Oddly enough, this was also on a Peugot. Ruined the bike, which sucks, because the replacment was even cheaper...

Besides that, I also plowed dead on into a kid at a schoolcrosswalk when I was in high school. That was on my Nishiki Ridgerunner. Fortunatley neither was harmed.

Most recently I've had a few big spills while commuting across college campus. A few while riding up or down stairs on my MTB (especially when thy are wet), and one specatacular one when I "cyclocrossed" of a curb at 20 mph on my road bike, and landed the front tire right on a spot of oil. Generally I don't consider those so much "embarasing", more just incovienint. After all, I'm only wiping out in front of a bunch of college kids who ride magnas. More embarassing is when I touch wheels on a group ride, and the nervous nelly in front of my howls in panic and slamms on the brakes...
I was once attacked by a small group of wild bunnies...empacher6seat
Oct 3, 2003 6:03 PM
while coasting through campus. A group of onlookers laughed their heads off as I tried to fend off the little balls of fur. Those things are vicious I tell you!
I was once attacked by a small group of wild bunnies...TUT2222
Oct 3, 2003 7:20 PM
were you on a quest for the Holy Grail?????
BWAHAHAHAHA Aaaaaahahahahah. Ahem. <nm>Synchronicity
Oct 7, 2003 9:56 PM
'Stop 'n Flop dismounts' from early SPDscoonass
Oct 3, 2003 6:29 PM
My introduction to SPDs were borderline dangerous...I learned to disconnect about 20yds. from the intersection....and have long since changed to Speedplays which has eliminated the problem entirely.
On a positive note, I did learn how to fall and roll; protecting the bike and myself.....that has come in handy on occasion minimizing the road rash.
:)
I was 11 or 12....TNRyder
Oct 3, 2003 7:38 PM
Riding in a charity bike-a-thon. The checkpoint was right in front of one of my friends houses. I was pulling out on my umteenth lap when my friends start yelling at me from the porch. I look back to see what they were yelling about and suddenly feel the bike STOP, turning my head just in time to ram my face into the back of a Ford Station wagon. I end up on the ground tangled in my BMX bike and all of these mothers (not that kind, the kind with children) come running up to see if I am OK. What are the first words out of my mouth?

Who put the F'n car there!?

The owner moved it almost immediately. Turns out that my friends were trying to tell me to 'Watch out for that car!' Oh well, teeth are overrated anyway.
re: What was your most embarrassing bike moment?slow4now
Oct 3, 2003 7:59 PM
This is back in 1991, Knoxville, TN. Riding my Trek hardtail with the brand new grips, brand new bar extensions and tape, brand new riding shorts. Headed down to the trail that runs by the creek and the I am flying downhill on a paved section, fly across the wood bridge , fly down to the T intersection, fly around the corner to the right, and proceed to hit the only patch of still wet leaves at the edge of the pavement. Back tire takes flight, gravity takes effect with a vengence, and do I get lucky enough to come down on the grass? Nope, I slide for what feels like 50 feet down the paved trail. Shredded shorts, shredded grips, shredded bar extension, shredded dignity. All of this took place in front of the local work release crew who finds all of this incredibly funny. Thankfully it was only 2 miles to the house with roadrash from ankle to hip on the right side and 2 spots on the right arm and both palms ground up thru the also new gloves. I managed to scare only one UT coed on the way home, the look of horror is still etched in my minds eye to this day. That was the day I learned about 2nd Skin.
re: What was your most embarrassing bike moment?toomanybikes
Oct 3, 2003 10:25 PM
Going WAAAAAAAYYYY back to whe I was growing up in Edmonton, new subdivision and all the houses had nice new front yards with top soil and no grass.
I used to race all the other kids in the neighbourhood, on my tricycle. It was beautiful - green with a tall front wheel - I felt so grown up on that thing!!

Anyway we had rain in the summer and there I was racing two other kids up the side walk, I was flying, I felt good - then I over - balanced and tipped sideways!!! Right into a muddy front yard that didn't yet have grass!

Yuck!

I had fun , I kept racing those tricycles but I've never forgotten that pitch into the MUD!!
By far..........CARBON110
Oct 4, 2003 6:48 AM
The girl in the rabbit with the track stand is Hystarical!

2 years ago or so I had just met my coach who is a Pro and races against/with all the people we read about. He asked me to go for a ride to check out my fitness and get to know eachother and to show me some fun routes. Its Jan. and he wanted to meet at like 10 am and its 35 degrees out. He shows up and I am nervous cause I want to impress him and ask him all kinds of questions about races and racers he knows who I admire etc.

We are biking in the middle of Asheville up hill to a red light, just started the ride. A few cars I notice are behind us and I am behind him. The light changes and Im watching the cars and BANG I ride right into the back of his bike knocking him forward onto his bars and me onto the ground laughing my ass off out of total emabaressment. I apologise profusely and he never mentions it again. He then takes me on a grueling 6 hour 110 mile ride LOL
All I could think was he must have been thinking " F@ckn amatures!" lol Come to find out months later a friend of mine who is also in my coaches program and weighs like 180 and is 6'4 smashed into the back of my coach on his first ride with him LOL! He told me this one day when we were on a ride and he started the story off in a quiet kinda confiding secret way " Jeremy, I have something kinda funny but embarressing to tell you " He didnt understand why I laughed so hard until I told him I did the same thing, of course getting hit from behind by your student that weighs 130 lbs vs 180 lbs is alot different :)
re: What was your most embarrassing bike moment?cheesecake
Oct 4, 2003 8:38 AM
Picture this.

You are in your car sitting at an intersection and all of a sudden a man on a bike passes by.

Instead of pedaling though, this man has a death grip on the handlebars because he has just popped out of his clipless pedals going around 20 miles per hour.

There he is with both feet on the ground trying to keep himself and bike up while grinding his look cleats down to nothing for a good 50 feet.

Then when the bike starts to slow down and you figure that this guy is gonna turn out just fine you see everything crash to the ground.

In retaliation, the man gets up and kicks the bike because he wants everyone watching to know that it was the damn bikes fault.

Yep, that was me.

Hope they all enjoyed the show. Real funny. Ha!

Even those darn hot girls in VWs that always seem to be around when something like that happens.
re: What was your most embarrassing bike moment?loki_1
Oct 4, 2003 9:33 AM
The usual stop and plops at intersections or on the trail... when i first started mountain biking i would go down at least once each ride. Replaced the spd inserts on the platform pedals with some 959's and havent had a problem since.

One particularly embarassing stop and plop occurred when i was riding with my brother-in-law. We were coming to an intersection that changed to yellow, I decided to go for it and he decided to stop. Unfortunately I was behind him. I didnt hit him that hard, but i didnt have time to unclip and I landed on the ground, bruising my ego a bit.

The most embarassing moment was in college. I was riding my beater 10sp bike (with only the front brake working) back to my dorm room, coming up to the door at a pretty good clip. I was planning to stop quickly just before the door. Of course that was the moment that the brake cable decided to be a break cable. Luckily i did manage to get the bike sideways before i hit the brick wall next to the door. Sprained wrist, bruised knee. One person did actually ask me if I was ok without laughing. Could have been much worse though, this was before bike helmets were widely available or used.
At least yours was only in front of 1 person!KG 361
Oct 4, 2003 12:17 PM
I was at my 2nd Seagull century at the 1st sag stop. I was riding my friend'sTeam Motorola Merckx. I am in front of MANY people, (if you've ever done that ride, you'll know what I mean) and I stop to unclip. Nothing. I stand frozen in time, for what seems to be a minute or so (seconds, likely), and down I go. Not even my bike. Fortunately no scratches.
Jumping my mountain bike in the street.jtlmd
Oct 4, 2003 3:51 PM
I had just finished tuning up the bike and changing a front flat for a ride the next day. As I looped around in the street I noticed a wooded jump the neighborhood kids had built. I took it twice with good landings. On the third try the front tire came off the rim, locked between the front brakes and threw me on the landings. I broke a rib and needed 10 stitches in my forehead (even with my helmet on). All this in front of my neighbors.

I now remember to double check that the bead is seated well on the rim every time I change a tube.
My brother makes like GoliathChainstay
Oct 4, 2003 7:03 PM
We are riding through a section of park where there is a big picnic going on. We are going very slow and I am following my brother. Suddenly a little Chinese kid with a 12" training wheel bike comes out of nowhere and nails my brother right in the leg. My brother is stunned and can't clip out in time. He drops like a chopped tree onto the grass on the side of the path. The kid looks proud as can be as he admires what he has done. I, of course am laughing my guts out.
Embarassing bike moment = bare arsed cheekSaddle_Sore
Oct 5, 2003 2:25 AM
Was cycling in France during a year out before going to University, speeding down the Col-de-Revard (awesome climb!) when I lost control and spilled my bike and myself over the road. Picked myself up after much wincing, checked my bike, everything looked okay, off I went.

After about 3 minutes I was feeling a draught in an unacustomed place. Turned out I had ripped the arse out of my cycling shorts and had to face a 27 mile ride back to base camp with my butt hanging outta my shorts. To make it worse, a tour group bus cruised past me about 5 miles from base and lots of people took pictures :(
re: What was your most embarrassing bike moment?cyclingforhealth
Oct 5, 2003 11:16 PM
Well I have been yelled at numerous times but I feel it is a normal thing because of my situation at this time. When I get in better shape I will get a better bike and make them laugh instead. But mostly they are friendly and just kidding around with me and I just wave right back at them. I have never fallen in my life on a bike and hopefully I never do.