FIRST clipless ride.................DOH!!!!

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Mille, 13 Apr 2010.

  1. Mille

    Mille New Member

    Location:
    Stone
    Giant Dash 1 --check
    Diadora Chili SPD shoes --check
    Funny half pedal clip on things (just in case) --check

    So off I set, first ride (commute to work, only 9 miles but maybe I was being a little optimistic :laugh:)

    I'm fine for ages, then I am down a lane and the surface is a little rough so the water bottle holder is rattling against the frame and that displeases me so I decide to stop and check an allen bolt hasn't wriggled free,

    Big mistake, whilst I'm riding and thinking, the clipless thing isn't an issue.

    Factor in stopping for another reason and my mind is distracted (easily done) and over I go, just getting my left foot out it time to bash it against the floor as I land :thumbsup:

    At least the nettles broke my fall :smile:
     
  2. aJohnson

    aJohnson Senior Member

    Location:
    Bury, Manchester
    Ouch, you'll get used to it after a while. My first clipless fall when I had to stop going uphill due to a traffic light, I forgot to unclip and by the time I did I was already on the floor. After that I've had no clipless fall apart from the one last week due to new pedals and I wasn't used to the float.
     
  3. twentysix by twentyfive

    twentysix by twentyfive Clinging on tightly

    Location:
    Over the Hill
    I went clipless a year or two ago on one bike with the others still remaining clipped. Gradually I've upgraded all bikes to clipless. I've never actually had a fall but I've had a few moments. But I'm so used to them now and I wouldn't go back to toe clips. They are just so postive and easy to do the up-pull thing on a hill if needed.

    Anyway glad you had a soft landing......
     
  4. OP
    OP
    Mille

    Mille New Member

    Location:
    Stone
    I'm still stinging :smile:
     
  5. accountantpete

    accountantpete Legendary Member

    Even experienced cyclists fall off Mille - something unexpected happens and wa-hey!

    Try not to do it in the middle of town with hundreds of people around:blush:
     
  6. twentysix by twentyfive

    twentysix by twentyfive Clinging on tightly

    Location:
    Over the Hill
    One of our chaps managed to fall off whist we were all sitting astride but stationary. Oh how we laughed - and took photos :biggrin: :sad:
     
  7. Chrisc

    Chrisc Über Member

    Location:
    Huddersfield
    Rude not to
     
  8. Shaun

    Shaun Founder Moderator

    I got caught out by an ambulance racing up through the traffic.

    I'm used to unclipping my left foot when coming to a stop, but because the ambulance was pushing its way through a two lane road in the centre of town and I was heading for the right-hand lane to turn right, I had to stop on the right.

    I leaned right, but unclipped my left foot. Down I went - much to the amusement of 30 or so drivers and their passengers ... :biggrin:

    Haven't really had one in a while now though - it just seems to become second nature after a while.

    Cheers,
    Shaun :tongue:
     
  9. I have only had two clipless moments (thats it I'll be jinxed now) and both times it was to the right so no soft verge to land on:sad:.
     
  10. OP
    OP
    Mille

    Mille New Member

    Location:
    Stone
    Ah I always put my left foot down. Bit of a hangover from riding a motorbike I think and holding the rear brake on.

    Maybe I'll always be lucky enough to find something soft :smile:
     
  11. OP
    OP
    Mille

    Mille New Member

    Location:
    Stone
    So, so cruel :smile:
     
  12. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Location:
    Auld Reekie
    :biggrin: we have all been there :smile:
     
  13. OP
    OP
    Mille

    Mille New Member

    Location:
    Stone
    Thank god you weren't all there when I fell off :smile:
     
  14. HaloJ

    HaloJ Rabid cycle nut

    Location:
    Watford
    Oh those clipless moments. :biggrin:

    My recent one was in traffic and next to a bus stop. I came over Waterloo bridge and was taking up position behind traffic, I glanced to my left to ensure no cyclist was coming up the inside, misjudged the road camber and lost my balance.

    To top it all, I got it on video. :smile:

    EDIT : linked to YouTube now I've managed to upload (codecs a bit naff)
     
  15. hackbike 666

    hackbike 666 Guest

    I got caught because the shoes wern't compatible with the clips and fell off at a bus stop with a few astonished people looking on.

    In the middle of Leyton High Road during match day was one of my best.
     
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