Another 1st ride stack post!!!!!!

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Another 1st ride stack post!!!!!!

Postby Haggis » Mon Dec 29, 2008 11:29 pm

Picked up the new bike from the lbs Christmas eve.

Couldn't wait until 26th to get a brief ride in (25th not an option; 2 young kids); hopped on and went out like a right bold boy. Anyway, got a few ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ ok when trying to climb a nearby hill and realised I was completely unfit. Must’ve got complacent and got out ok on a ‘breath break’ but tried to clip back in and stacked it when pushing off!!!! Nothing damaged except my pride as a lady motorist stopped to enquire as to my well being. Dusted myself off and trying to push off again and stacked it again to the other side!!!!!!!! Some dude (kindly I s’pose but embarrassing for me) ran out from his house and offered to “help me adjust my clips”; all I told him was the problem was me – a complete noob.. What a freakin embarrassment.

Looks like this is par for the course for newbies like me so, I’ll not get too disheartened; 2 subsequent rides with no particular recurrences. This clip less pedal lark does take a wee bit getting used to though huh??

All said and done though, lovin’ the new bike.

Cheers

Thommo

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Postby Mulger bill » Mon Dec 29, 2008 11:43 pm

I know I shouldn't be giggling right now :oops:

Nothing like getting it out of the way early :D

Nice to have you outside Thommo, more the merrier.

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Postby Haggis » Mon Dec 29, 2008 11:46 pm

Mulger bill wrote:I know I shouldn't be giggling right now :oops:

Nothing like getting it out of the way early :D


Here's hoping that's it; I kinda doubt it though. All part of the fun I guess.

Cheers!!

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Postby der Ungar » Tue Dec 30, 2008 12:09 am

Thommo, welcome to a not-very-exclusive club - I fell off on my ride home from the LBS! Put me off a bit to start with, but it's now a couple of months later and I'm well into it. Enjoy!

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Postby Caelum » Tue Dec 30, 2008 12:12 am

Again, i know i shouldn't be giggling, but i am :P



Somehow(and i don't know how... and i've likely just jinxed myself) i've managed to avoid falling off due to being clipped in so far...

I'm really not sure how...

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Postby ni78ck » Tue Dec 30, 2008 8:04 am

now you can say your a cyclist. welcome! :lol:
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Postby twizzle » Tue Dec 30, 2008 9:00 am

Caelum wrote:Again, i know i shouldn't be giggling, but i am :P



Somehow(and i don't know how... and i've likely just jinxed myself) i've managed to avoid falling off due to being clipped in so far...

I'm really not sure how...


Yep - when I said that (no fall in over 12 months of clipless), I fell over within days!
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Postby AUbicycles » Tue Dec 30, 2008 9:04 am

Take your time with the pedals Haggis.

The good thing is that the more you ride then you will not only get fitter, but will also get better with the clip ins. However, no shame in easing into it. When clipping in the second foot, be prepare to pedal a revolution or two if you can't clip in the first time - I guess you have already learnt that it helps if you are not starting on an uphill.

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Postby fatherofmany » Tue Dec 30, 2008 9:56 am

Welcome to the "look at me I'm a turtle on it's back" club.

Haven't had the problem starting, I got pedals that have a clipless side and a flat side, great for starting on hills (or taking the kids for a slow and constantly stopping ride). However on stopping, it used to be a whole different thing. I now clip out well before stopping.

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Postby cavebear2 » Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:24 am

:lol: :lol: :lol:

However when I fell off twice in the formative months, it was :cry: :evil:

I well remember the anger in me when I had to stop suddenly on a sharp turn (for another cyclist) then promptly fell, my left hip taking a direct hit on a 250mm high concrete curbing..... I was both angry and a little worried as I had to carry a 25kg backpack the next day then for a week on a bushwalk through tough terrain. Amazingly, my hip recovered very quickly with just a small bruise. At the time I just got back on the bike and sprinted to my parents place where I had been heading. I think the adrenaline was an antidote for the pain. :)
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Postby Burt 'Pigeon Racer' Jones » Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:25 am

Hi Thommo

Enter your location into your avatar.

If you're close enough to me, I might come round for the encore show. :wink:

In all seriousness though, once you get used to clipless pedals, you'll never go back to anything else.

Keep it up.......right.

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Postby Haggis » Tue Dec 30, 2008 2:48 pm

Thanks to all for the words of encouragement and the welcomes; much appreciated.

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Postby provoked » Tue Dec 30, 2008 3:45 pm

Welcome to the club mate.

I had my first clipless stack in the middle of a packed servo!

After loosening the tension today and going for a spin, I felt so much more comfortable stoppping in traffic. Try reducing the tension until you get the hang of clipping/unclipping.
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Postby grw » Tue Dec 30, 2008 3:55 pm

Not quite my first clipless fall but my most memorable is after having them on the bike for just over a month my front and rear wheel got stuck in a tram rut in France. I was fully laden with panniers and fell neither left or right but couldn't get my shoes unclipped. The sight of a tram at the other end of the street had me taking my feet out the shoes pretty quick and yanking the bike out by hand. Not sure I could do that one again if I tried. Beats falling over though which had been done before. And since. :oops:
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Postby sogood » Tue Dec 30, 2008 5:50 pm

AUbicycles wrote:...it helps if you are not starting on an uphill.

That's when the real fun begins!

Not only one has to get the routine right, having the wrong gear can also make it harder or easier. If the starting gear is too high, then one can't continue to pedal up the hill. If the starting gear is too low, then one runs out of time for clipping in.
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Postby bigacorn » Tue Dec 30, 2008 11:26 pm

how hard is to change from a shimano spd pedal to road type of pedal?

(look keo or shimano road pedal )

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Postby toolonglegs » Tue Dec 30, 2008 11:45 pm

bigacorn wrote:how hard is to change from a shimano spd pedal to road type of pedal?

(look keo or shimano road pedal )


easy to do...but you need new shoes,pedals and cleats.Also need to re adjust seat height because road pedals have different (smaller) stack height.ie:drop seat.

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Postby Tale » Wed Dec 31, 2008 12:04 am

I remember at the end of a six-week tour when I thought I was perfectly in tune with my bike and being clipped in ... I fell on my backside onto the pavement in front of a bloke and his three kids :)
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