I’d heard stories of it from my friends who ride & kind of laughed at them in the back of my head.
I wouldn’t say that I never thought it’d happen to me but I wasn’t ready for it tonight.
I just now had my first clipless pedal timber experience…
Of Course There Are Reasons!
That’s what I’m saying to myself anyway…
It’d been a good while since I’d ridden.
My brain was pretty occupied with a good audiobook (The Impact Equation (aff link) by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith which though I figured it would be good has in the first few chapters already blown away my expectations).
So I rolled up to a stop at the stoplight without any concern. And then….. Oh crap!
My feet are locked in & not coming out!
Me Go Boom
So I realize that my feet aren’t coming out. My brain isn’t working fast enough to prevent this.
So I resign myself that it’s going to happen.
I see there are 2 cars pulling up at the light to my left. Nobody close to me. Nobody coming fast. So no imminent danger.
I very slowly topple over on to my left side breaking the fall with my knee, elbow & hand/wrist. It hurt a bit but not as much as my pride.
I didn’t look over at the cars (though in hindsight, I probably should have as it wouldn’t have hurt to let them have a bit more amusement at my expense).
I snapped my left foot out (lying on the ground).
I stood my bike up – still ignoring the 2 cars to my left who had to have seen the whole thing.
Waited for the light to turn green, then snapped my shoe back in & cooly rode off.