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Well it wasn't so much as funny, but painful. I was in a parking lot and my hubby was pulling the kids in the trailer and my 3 year old took of his helmet. So i circled back around and didn't unclip fast enough and got really banged up. Big old bruise from my handle bars on my thigh for weeks, and since I landed on my hip bone, that was black and blue. And of course, everyone was there to see it, my dad, brothers and sisters (all riders....) lovely.

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We have several new members to the group. I thought it would be great to have them add their stories to this topic!

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Ouch - I hope you were on grass !

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That is hilarious!

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Hey Falcon I've got one for you. You know I'm a new rider and all that, so it was bound to happen, and I must say I would have thought "it" would happen sooner than later, but.... In any event as I was attempting to dismount from my bike I wasn't able to undo the pedal fast enough so over I went, now that's not the funny part, it's how I went over, I was close enough to ground that I ended up underneath the bike on my bike looking up at the sky and still attached to the pedals. So like any other enthusiast, I kept pedaling. Albeit upside down with a bevy of onlookers applauding. You should have seen the people laughing and giving me the thumbs up or down, depending if you were in Austrailia at the time. Needless to say it was a riot and to this day, I've been unable to replicate that technique.

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Yep, I fixed 'em - used a mini knitting hook to sew the tires back up.

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Falcon..you repaired them? When I got a flat I chucked them!

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My hope, Stu, is that it is not possible to do a track stand on a bent so I will have an excuse for not trying to do one! ;-)

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hi KJeanne

hmmm... i've never ridder a bent, but i can't imagine it would be easy since you are so close to the ground ... being higher gives you more moment of inertia (that meterstick vs pencil again)

certainly you can't stand on the pedals ...

there are quite a few bents around here (Vancouver Canada area) and i have never seen any of them attempt track stands ...

maybe i will ask the next one i see if (s)he's ever tried it ... i'll let you know.

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Hey Stu:
Based on your instructions for a track stand, it appears that I can’t do one on my recumbent. So there is no need to practice. Darn! Guess I’ll just have to unclip and wait at the lights.


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Remembering those cleats dates us however! The new style ones are much better.

And I really enjoy NOT repairing sew-ups anymore. And no spare tire to carry. Now I just carry a couple of tubes.

I went 3:45 yesterday and never unclipped. Did maybe 15 trackstands - don't even think about it anymore. I just roll up, stop, look around all the while upright.

Kevin - did you start practicing yet ??

Maybe we can have a stay up contest some day...

On second thought, I think I would get bored before I had to move ...

Riding is more fun than track standing !

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I could pull it off when I was younger and less *ahem* wide. Good to see somebody else in here familiar with the old style cleats and tubular tires..

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4/18/07 10:17 P

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That is great. Thanks. You gave many good pointers.


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4/17/07 2:50 P

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Track stands are easy with a little practice.

Firstly, let's do it safely !!

1. Wear a helmet! you should be doing this anyways. You should wear gloves too. I've already had my knuckles saved a couple of times this year by them.

2. Use clipless pedals. Be good at getting out of them at very low speeds (nearly stopped) before trying track stands. Practice this first!

OK. There are a couple of tricks (secrets) to track stands but once you know them you can make them look easy and amaze your friends !

How does a bike stay balanced? Let's dismiss one thing right away. You can ignore gyroscopic force; it has negligible effect in keeping you up. Balance is maintained by keeping your center of gravity (COG)over the line connecting the two spots where your tires touch the ground. If your COG is to the left of the line, you fall left and vice versa. You can't shift your COG by moving around on the bike; you can only shift the line to the left or right and you do that by moving the front contact point and you do that by steering. When you start to fall left, you steer left and the line moves back under COG and you stay up. Actually you will oversteer a bit and correct back again. So we are all zigzagging all the time down the road. To initiate a turn, you must turn the handlebar OPPOSITE to the way you want to go. If you want to go left, turn the bar right – the contact line goes right of COG and you start to fall left – then you balance the forces in a lean by turning the bar left. To straighten up, you have to turn the bar harder left and force the line back under COG. Then continue your zigzags to stay up.

Sorry to be long-winded but that is the basis of the trackstand – a bit of falling back and forth and correcting.

Firstly, because the speed is near zero, the turn angle must be much greater than when riding down the road – somewhere between 30 and 45 degrees seems to work best for me.

Left or right – which way you hold the bars depends on your body – one way will work better for you – both is good if you can do it – left works better because most roads slant up to the left. Relax and grip the bars gently.

As you come up to a stop, look for pavement slanted a little. Brake to a near stop and release brakes. Turn your wheel against the slope as the bike rolls to a stop. Hold the pedals horizontal. (Right pedal forward works best for left-turned bars and vice versa) Don't use the brakes. You stay up by letting the bike roll back a few centimeters when you start to fall backwards and by pedalling gently forward when you start to fall forwards. (Get Line under COG)

Look for smooth pavement – even tiny cracks will affect trackstanding.

Stand up and put your hands on top of the brake hoods if you have drop bars. I can hold a stand only about 10 seconds seated, but when standing, I could hold it for 5 minutes easily. It's easier to balance a meterstick on your palm rather than a pencil. If you stand tall, trackstands are similarly easier.

It's harder if you've been sprinting or if it's windy.

Track stands are impossible if your front wheel is pointed downhill. You will have to put a foot down or ride as slowly as possible and hope the light changes by the time you get there. (We got a lot of hills in the New West / Vancouver area!)

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Anyway, practice and it's easy. Basics: stand up, turn 45, relax, a little slope.


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I have not figure that one out yet. How to stay upright completely stopped. Teach us or give us the basics on how to do it.



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LOL Stu, that's funny about the light... my boyfriend does the same thing. And I watch people watching him. Cracks me up. I can stay up and stopped if I'm lucky, but I'm not near as good as he is when it comes to that.

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My first multispeed bike was a 1971 Peugeot PX10E racer (one like it won the Tour de France in 74 & 76) so I've been fastening my feet for a long time - the first shoes had a thick leather sole that a cleat was nailed onto - it only kept your foot from sliding fwd and back - you had to use toe-clips to keep your foot down.

I rode those until I went clipless in 91.

Clipless is by far the safest and most efficient way to ride.

In all that time, I've only fallen once - trying to climb a wet grassy hill on racing tubulars - at least I wasn't going very fast and it was a pretty soft and soggy landing (and nobody saw - hehe)

Nowadays, I go for 3 or 4 hour rides and never unclip until I get home - I can stay up stopped through red lights. It's a great way to get a jump on the traffic - besides being ready to go, all the drivers are watching to see if I can stay up and they miss the light changing ... emoticon

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I absolutely agree. I did a fair bit of road riding during one summer ('84-ish, I think) with toeclips. Not nearly as efficient as the clipless are, and the strap was really uncomfortable to me.

I was a bit nervous about getting clipless, so DH put me in the little half toeclips for a while. Completely worthless. I went to the clipless pretty quickly after that, and haven't looked back.

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Great stories everyone. This is great. I think most of you would agree as well, even with the falls that we would never give up our clip pedals. It makes such a huge difference to riding and performance.

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Oh my gosh...these stories have me in stitches (laughing....not bleeding!!). Okay...here are my two:

Hubby and I bought new road bikes and deicded to give the clip in business a try....got the pedals and shoes, went out for a few rides without incident, then deicded to ride in a small event in our community. We biked to the start of the event and were the first bikers there. I was ahead of hubby...unclipped without event and was stopped straddling my bike (both feet solidly on the ground). Hubby came up along side of me, got one foot out and started to tip (he stopped fast as one of the event planners was so excited to have someone show up she was running out to great us). Anyway....he wasn't able to get both feet unclipped in time, tipped over towards me, and I went over too (just like dominos). He landed on my bike and bent my back wheel...no riding for me! And of course we had quite the audience for our performance!! Fortunately someone there lived close by and had a spare bike I could borrow so I could at least ride.

Second incident I actually caused my own fall....riding up to meet a friend....unclipped one foot to put it down and rest before we took off again. Terrain of the road tipped me the wrong way...not the foot I had unclipped, and down I went! I had a wonderful HUGE bruise on my hip from that one!! Now I unclip BOTH feet regardless!

I'm still nervous at times about whether I'll be able to unclip fast enough if something unexpected comes up, but I guess a few scrapes and bruises go with the territory. Just don't want any broken bones!

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I see there are pedals that are clipless but also have a have a platform as well. Does anyone have a opinion on these?

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Clipping in and out becomes second nature. I've keeled over twice in over a year of mtn and road biking. I can't imagine going back to not using them.

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Oh, I wouldn't give up my clipless pedals for anything! They're so much more efficient! And I've only fallen once on the road. I think one or two 'oops' moments is pretty typical, but it becomes second nature pretty quickly.

Most of my spills have been on the trail, and I manage to do that both clipped in and out.
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Let me put these stories in perspective: I ride most Saturdays for 3-4 hours. During those rides I might clip in/out 40 times x 50 Saturday rides in a year = 2000 clip in/outs and I can count, on one hand (no fingers left over!) how many time I have fallen because of those darn pedals. Does that help convince you to switch?


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You guys are not convincing me to give up my toe clips and cleats!

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Great stories, everyone! I hope one day that I have such stories to tell. There seems to be the potential for lots of falling in this sport. I guess it's good that I don't embarrass easily. Maybe this will all change once I've cashed in a few good ones.

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My new recumbent did come with clipless pedals. The bike builder laughed and said I would be back to have then removed. I was, of course, determined to prove him wrong. Then nice thing about the recumbent is that since the pedals are perpendicular to the ground you don’t have to always snap in.

The first incident I had with the pedals was at a very busy intersection near the end of a ride. I got my foot out just in time but it landed squarely on the lane marker. The paint was very slick so my cleat slipped and down I went. (You should also know that I have a large back wheel so the only part of my shoes that touches the road when I stop is the tip. The wheel is too big to allow me to plant my entire shoes on the road when I stop.) I picked up my bike, got back on tried to get my footing and fell again. I fell three times before I could finally get everything in the right place so I could take off. Of course all eyes were on me.


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Of course I had the obligatory 2 falls on my first ride with clips, one unobserved, one right out in plain sight where I caught myself on a nearby street sign. On about my third ride out, on the local river side bike path, I got off the path and cruised up to the local bagel shop for a refreshment break. As I slowly coasted up onto the patio, with several other cyclists sitting there enjoying their bagels and lattes, trying to act very cool, I forgot that I was clipped in and promptly found myself looking up from the concrete at several cyclists with barely suppressed grins looking down at me.

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That's a great story Marnie! An unexpected way for persistence to pay off!

I had a couple of incidents when I first started using clipless pedals. I used Times for years. The very first ride I went on, I came up to a stop sign, and realized too late I was clipped in. A stop sign stopped my fall. Shortly after that I was riding some uphill singletrack, and couldn't quite make it up a root. Again remembered too late ... and a tree stopped my fall.

More recently I was having incidents where I thought I could make it through something technical, didn't quite manage (low speed stuff), and couldn't get clipped out fast enough. So I've switched to eggbeaters. They're a lot quicker out (looser), with the added benefits of being lighter and generally better for riding in the mud. I haven't had any problems since. Knock on wood.
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Marnie - Your story gets the gold star! Love it.

I've been lucky enough to only fall twice
1) Middle of an intersection and someone almost drove over my head, and
2) On a trip in Tasmania. Climbed a very loooooong, windy hill and when I got to the lookout point at the top, the people who drove cars to the top all started applauding. I smiled real big and as I slowed, bumped a tiny rock and fell over. There went the glory. ;-)

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When I first got my clipless pedals, I bought my shoes, had the pedals installed on the bike, and was fitted that day. Then the guy walks out with me to the parking lot and has me practice. And I fall. And I fall again. I'm bleeding. I'm miffed. But I keep doing it. The guy was impressed with me, he'd help me up, dust me off and I'd try again, and he realized he REALLY liked me, and asked me to a movie. We've been together ever since. Heck of a way to get a date. LOL

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I was recently emailing with another Spark person and we were discussing clip in pedals. I have used egg beaters and Keo pedals on my bikes. The first little while I used them after starting biking I don't know how many times I got to an intersection and forgot that I was clipped in. About the time you realize that you are it is too late, you are trying to unclip which can be difficult if you have not been using them long. You realize right away that I am going down. Now hopefully you are somewhere where you can go down without 1) getting hit, 2) where there is no one watching, 3) that you can get upclipped after you are already on the ground. 4) that you are not going to hear someone snicker as you lay red faced on the ground.

I have had all of these things happen, but yet got up and tried again. Eventually I got the hang of it. And rarely if ever have these experiences any more. I did have once where I could not unclip as my cleat became loose in my egg beaters and I could not release it. I had to finish my ride and then remove my shoe, as I did not have anything to help me get it out while on the road.

What funny stories can you tell about your first time with clipped pedals?

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