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7/22/10 4:02 P

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Funny to hear everyone else's stories!

I have been on a couple more rides since and no accidents. Although at one point I thought my chain popped off and was about to hop off but saw it was still on. It wasn't until about 1/2 mile later that I realized how lucky I was, because I wasn't thinking about my feet being clipped in! That would have been a fall for sure.

Glad- point taken and a good reminder! Thanks!



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7/20/10 9:06 A

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We all have stories about falling when clipped in.
It's a right-of-passage I think.

Best advice, that I didn't take, is to practice in your trainer or riding on the lawn.

Mine - First ride with clipless pedals. Narrow road, sharp left turn at the top of a hill with guard rails close to the road. A car came up behind me just at that moment and forced me toward the guard rail. Tried to stop but it was too close - couldn't get out of the clips and fell onto the guard rail. Ouch. Bike was OK and I eventually healed but got some cuts and scrapes.

The next fall was like so many others. At a stop sign. Just couldn't unclip and down I went.
No refreshing pool either time.

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7/18/10 8:49 A

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Glad you are ok and thanks for reporting your experience. I'm not using clip-in pedals yet but as each person shares I'm learning a little more. Nice your in-laws have a pool for you to cool off in!

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7/16/10 10:18 A

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Glad you weren't hurt. I've had to ride with the saddle sideways after a fall, not fun. You might also want to check the tension on your pedals. You don't want your feet to fall out, but you want to be able to clip out quickly. I don't know what kind of pedals you have, but you should be able to change the tension with a hex wrench (there should be instructions on the pedal itself on which way to turn it to adjust).

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7/16/10 8:47 A

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Glad you weren't hurt. Careful with those stop signs. You are a vehicle just like a car. If you don't obey the traffic laws you can get a ticket just as if you were in a motorized vehicle.

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Congratulations.... !!! I remember this well.... Have fallen a few times! Even this year, I fell while on a group ride! I had brought my digital camera and like a Doofus, left it in my unzipped Bento box. It fell out onto the pavement and I had to slow down to turn around and get it. But I was in the middle of the group and had to watch for others. I was so concentrating on not running into someone that I slowed way down and couldn't figure out fast enough which side to unclip first....so.... Kaboom! Down I went. I was killing myself laughing! Might as well find humor in it!

Usually, we fall when we are near a standstill, so the damage is minimal if there is any at all.

Clip out as early as possible, ride conservatively....and before you know it...only dumb stuff like losing a camera will cause a fall.

Keep up the great work!
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7/16/10 8:19 A

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First ride last night being clipped in. Yep- I fell. I practiced before I went out, no problem getting in and out. Started out on a 12.5 mile route,heading to my in-laws for dinner. About 1/2 way thru, I decided to cut it short (it was brutally hot and ALL hills). So that basically meant going thru town which I really didn't want to do because of traffic. All was going well. Came to a stop sign during the last mile, thought I could cruise thru it until a truck pulled out of his driveway, so had to stop but of course couldn't get unclipped fast enough and just fell over. Bruised and scrapped but no real damage to me or the bike. Learned that I need to take tools (the right ones) with me as my bike seat was tweeked and had to finish the ride that way. Luckily it was less than a mile to my in laws.

So I guess I need to figure out how to unclip much quicker. I suppose this will come in time. I took all of the advise everyone in this group gave me, so I felt fully prepared and knew what to expect. No surprises there~ Thanks!

Glad to have that out of the way! Best part was jumping fully clothed into pool when I got there.



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