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Intro and Cycling FAIL!

Hi!

I've been lurking here for a few months and have posted a few things w/o introducing myself (I know, how rude!)  Anyway, I've been pretty active since meeting my DH two years ago mostly just working out in the gym.  But last summer I started cycling and running.  I'm pretty much addicted! 

Anyway, I just got clipless pedals (the kind where your shoe actually is attached to the pedal) and started riding my husband's old Cyclocross bike. Last night I was riding and a car stopped at an intersection to let me go then the car went anyway!!  I couldn't get unclipped and tipped right over.  (If you've never seen an almost 30 year old woman fall off a bike I'm sure it's pure entertainment) BUT I hit my helmet on the curb and it BOUNCED!  My helmet is scraped up pretty bad but THANK GOD it's not my head!  All day I've been a walking PSA for EVERYONE wearing a helmet while biking! :)

 Thanks for all your inspiration and knowledge on the H & F board!  And you're welcome for the PSA and the laugh!

Re: Intro and Cycling FAIL!

  • My dad is a cyclist and he says that everyone has a story like that when they start riding.  One of his riding partners stopped at a stop sign and just sat there on her bike without even attempting to unclip and just fell right over.  So at least you tried to unclip. 
  • Did you go buy a new helmet for your next ride?

    I'm sure someone who knows better will be along soon, but I think you're supposed to replace your helmet after it's been 'used'. 

    Stay safe!

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  • I did that.  I always, always unclip my left foot to stop.  One time I unclipped my right foot because there was a curb on the right side.  Well, my balance shifted to the left, and I couldn't unclip in time and fell right over - I wasn't even moving.  And it was in a busy parking lot, so I'm sure the tourists were amused.

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  • Yes, be sure to replace your helmet now! Glad you're not more hurt. :) GL next time! I would be such a klutz on wheels.

     

  • Welcome!  Glad your fall was nothing serious, and ditto on getting a new helmet.  I don't know how I feel about riding with clip-ins because I think that would be happening to me ALL the time!
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    My dad is a cyclist and he says that everyone has a story like that when they start riding.  One of his riding partners stopped at a stop sign and just sat there on her bike without even attempting to unclip and just fell right over.  So at least you tried to unclip. 

    cschissell is right, every cyclist has a story like that. I've been biking with clipless pedals for a year now and don't but I'm sure my time is coming. My training buddy as fallen at least 5 times. Once she was at a bike ride and when she fell she got stuck sandwiched between 2 other bikes. It took 3 guys to literally tip her back upright because she couldn't unclip.  

     

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  • Welcome to the club!  We've all done it - some more than others!

    And definitely get yourself a new helmet.  Once it is compromised, it is no longer worthy of being on your head.

  • Definitely buy a new helmet before you ride again. There could be unseen damage. Cycling helmets are meant to be crashed on once.

     What kind of pedals do you have? You might be able to loosen the tension on the pedals. 

    My story was many years ago when I was single, I was track standing at a light, and two really hot local racers rolled up to the light. I lost my balance and could not get unclipped. I fell right over and scraped my knee. I rolled off as soon as the light turned, and they went a different way. I was mortified....and they were really hot....

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