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  1. #1
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    1st ride - new bike, clipless and 1st fall....

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    I got my pretty new Dolce about a month ago, but took my first ride today. (The day after I developed a really bad corneal ulcer, was hospitalized, and have been dealing with that.) I had practiced a little bit at home on the trainer, but decided just to go for it and do my normal ride. I love riding it, it is so much fun. So much easier than my old bike (Trek hybrid). I was much faster, I managed to average ~ 3 mph faster that I was which I am really happy with considering I was focusing on operating my new bike and not killing myself with my first go clipless pedals. I was doing really good clipping in and out (mostly because I was super paranoid and would unclip way early - luckily I have the Crank Brothers Quattros, so I can pedal pretty well unclipped. I managed it safely for a little over 24 miles until I was crossing the last street to get to the parking lot. I unclipped my right foot, to stop at the street, but for some reason, I tried to put mu left foot down - plunk! Road rash on my elbow and knee and a HUGE bruise on my thigh. But I managed to protect the bike! I can't wait for my next ride!!!

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    Ouch.

    of course you did the sensible thing - save the bike !! !

    Ouch also about the corneal ulcer, hope it heals off well.
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  3. #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by keeper View Post
    I got my pretty new Dolce about a month ago

    Me too, and I LOVE HER! She's a beautiful baby isn't she i also had my first (few) clipless falls last week. It gets better.

    Also, what I've been telling people when they ask is "no, I didn't fall. The bike did, I only threw myself under it to protect it!"

  4. #4
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    Sounds like congrats are in order for two of you - Keeper and Mixie!

    So cool and fun and exciting to have a new bike

    ... enjoy them ladies, and here's wishing you many happy miles on your handsome steeds


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  5. #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by keeper View Post
    I got my pretty new Dolce about a month ago,
    I got my Dolce about a month ago too! It is sweet!! But I crashed mine the first time out and sprained my wrist . . . and I was used to the clipless pedals. I haven't been able to ride in almost three weeks. Sorry you got so skinned up! Hope that heals quickly. Other than the sprain, I just got some bruises, not much to speak of. Can't wait to get back on the saddle .

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaDolceVita View Post
    I got my Dolce about a month ago too! It is sweet!! But I crashed mine the first time out and sprained my wrist . . . and I was used to the clipless pedals. I haven't been able to ride in almost three weeks. Sorry you got so skinned up! Hope that heals quickly. Other than the sprain, I just got some bruises, not much to speak of. Can't wait to get back on the saddle .

    Ouch!! I hope you are back riding soon. I was pretty sore Monday morning, hopefully I'll remember to unclip next time!

  7. #7
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    Keeper, When I first got back on a bike a few years ago, after not riding in 30years, my DH said "don't fall", to which I answered (famous last words) "I've never fallen in my life" and immediately, CRASH!! I was used to the old-type toeclips with cleats. It's a "rite of passage".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninabike View Post
    It's a "rite of passage".
    My doctor, who is an avid cyclist, gave me some words of encouragement the other day: "You haven't ridden long enough if you haven't fallen." So I guess we've made it.

    I hope to be back at it by next week. Just got to be able to shift gears!

  9. #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by mixie View Post
    Also, what I've been telling people when they ask is "no, I didn't fall. The bike did, I only threw myself under it to protect it!"

    I will have to remember that answer. I have fallen more than once and I am sure I will fall again, but I ride on!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mixie View Post
    Also, what I've been telling people when they ask is "no, I didn't fall. The bike did, I only threw myself under it to protect it!"
    I love this!!! May have to break it out sometime (hopefully not soon).
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    Quote Originally Posted by amymisk View Post
    I will have to remember that answer. I have fallen more than once and I am sure I will fall again, but I ride on!
    my (cycling) rabbi tells me everyone falls on clipless 13 times-- so I have 9 more to go-- maybe get them all in this week, perhaps??

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    Quote Originally Posted by batsheva View Post
    my (cycling) rabbi tells me everyone falls on clipless 13 times
    UH-OH--13!? And I thought I was out of the woods...........
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  13. #13
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    Please don't say I have to fall 8 more times. This is one time I hope the dear rabbi is wrong!
    It's all about the journey (my reason for riding slower)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mixie View Post
    Also, what I've been telling people when they ask is "no, I didn't fall. The bike did, I only threw myself under it to protect it!"
    That's hilarious!

    I wish I had that line in my repertoire the 6 (yes, that's SIX) times I've fallen while clipped in!

    And keeper, congrats on your new bike!
    Keep calm and carry on...

  15. #15
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    Wow I'll never go clipless

    Hello all,
    I'm just getting into biking after a 4 day vacation in France. I bike thru Bourgoune in a self guided wine tour. Now that I'm back, I can't stop thinking about the tour, planning the next one, and shopping touring bikes.

    Sure enough I come home and the next day, splat, I fall off my bike. My left elbow is still healing. One thing for sure, I'm staying away from the clipless pedals!! Its not worth the falls.

    M

 

 

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