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4/13/12 8:40 A

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Thanks to all of you for making me feel better about my spill! I guess it just comes with the territory! :-)

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4/2/12 1:57 P

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@GIANT-STEPS: Is it considered a *domestic disturbance* if it happens in public? (^_^)

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4/2/12 12:15 P

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My last toeclip incident was my wife's fault. We came to a stop and I kept my left foot clipped in un-clipped my right foot and put it down. My wife was on my right and thought I had both feet down and teasing each other she playfully pushed me. When I started falling over she tried to grab the front of my jersey to stop me from falling over; she was unsuccessful but managed to hit me hard enough that I had a bruise on my sternum the next day. This was years ago but I still remind her of the time she knocked me over and punched me in the chest.

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4/1/12 10:32 P

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I used clips and shoes many years ago and i was nervous about that too. I didn't kill myself, but it seemed i was always worried about it.

I don't use them on my recumbent, but I suppose I could if I felt the need.

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3/30/12 7:35 A

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I totally resemble all of those comments.

"Excellence is but for the few."


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3/29/12 4:41 P

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I'm glad to know I'm not the only one that has done something like that. Welcome to the club.

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3/29/12 3:20 P

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I remember the first time I rode my Look KEO's. My buddy had come all the way to Chattanooga, TN from Florence, SC to fit me on my new bike and go on my first ride (on a carbon frame) with me.

We were scooting along and he decided to stop - to this day, I have no idea why. We stopped and, as we came to a rest, I realized, MY FEET AREN'T COMING OUT!! I went over, all 220 lbs, on my right side. I lay there laughing and then realized I'd taken my spill right in front of this amazingly stunning brunette who couldn't help but grin and tried to pass by quickly (I guess before she started laughing, too). Talk about a bruised ego.

I've only taken a fall one time since then - went to dismount and my weight (somehow) shifted to where the bike leaned the opposite direction of where I'd just unclipped. Over I went on a side road, right by a busy intersection - with motorists looking on and probably getting a kick out of my folly!

It'll happen periodically - just comes with the territory. Don't feel embarrassed. (^_^)

Ride safe!

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3/29/12 3:19 P

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That's one! You have two more times before you're completely initiated! lol

Glad you're okay!

...and then in the middle of everything, you realize you're alive right now, and the time to live is right now!


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3/29/12 3:12 P

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I am a newer rider. I bought my bike in August of last year and have been consistently putting 20+ miles a week on it since. In the last two months, I have begun upping the mileage so I could prepare for the TOSRV event in my state. I had been riding in my regular tennis shoes (with the exception of some really cold January/February days when I opted for snow boots!) for most of these rides with the standard bike peddles. A few weeks ago, one of my riding friends suggested that I look into getting riding shoes and peddles. I was leery, as I wasn't sure if I could clip in and out without killing myself. After a particularly long ride where my quads were shot and my hamstrings and glutes were hardly used, I realized if I was going to be a long distance rider, I better bite the bullet. Last week was my first ride in the new gear.

We rode 35 miles that day and I successfully clipped in and out multiple times on the ride. Stop signs, intersections, a break for granola bars, etc. I felt so great!! I was relieved that I could handle it with no problems! At the end of my road, my riding buddies dropped me off so they could continue to their own homes. I rode the last mile feeling pumped about my success! When I got home, I began the trip up the 600 foot hill that is my driveway. It is steep enough that I have to shift to the small derailleur. I spun my way to the top of the driveway, concentrating on making it to the crest. In that 600 feet, I totally forgot about my feet being clipped onto my peddles. When I got to the top of the driveway, I squeezed the brakes and attempted to dismount the bike. It wasn't until I was half-way to the ground that I realized I couldn't get my feet off the peddles!

I didn't hurt myself except for a small bruise on my left calf and a huge bruise on my ego! Nobody saw me fall, but I stayed on the ground for a minute just laughing at myself! I am sure I will have more falls than this one, but I think it was good that it happened on my first ride with the new gear. First, I know I didn't really hurt anything. (Of course I was going very slow at that point, too!) Second, I will NEVER forget that my feet are clipped at the top of the driveway again!

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