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Old 2007-03-08, 02:09 PM   #1
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1st Nimbus 36er crash

I did something really silly yesterday.

I went out for a short ride in the dark last night. For some reason I was feeling a bit twitchy even before I went out. Also I took my mobile phone with me - which I never have done before on a short ride as I have never anticipated the need to phone for help on a short ride.

Anyway, i was riding along (after doing some hard core pratting about deciding where to get on and not wanting to do it where groups - or at least one or two - of noisy youths were coming down the street). I was approaching a T junction and couldn't decide whether there was a car coming or not and couldn't decide whether to stop or not. So - my bottom half stopped and my top half didn't and I went (as you would expect) flying off the unicycle. Fortunately I landed on my feet and managed to run it out. I retrieved the uni and continued.

Eventually having settled down to a good pace riding along I felt this tug on my foot. Next thing I know, I had crashed to the ground and my foot was fastened securely to the crank via my lace. Ouch!!! I had to wriggle to the side of the road to avoid getting run over before I could undo myself.

I'm going to buy shoes without laces next time.

PS I'm bruised and battered but the uni's OK.
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Old 2007-03-08, 02:23 PM   #2
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Ouch!! I'm really sorry. That must of hurt pretty bad.
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Old 2007-03-08, 02:48 PM   #3
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Ouch!! I'm really sorry. That must of hurt pretty bad.
Thanks.

Luckily I'm well padded so am just a bit scraped and bruised. Not hurt enough to stop me plotting to leave work early (now actually) cos it's such a nice day so that I can get a quick ride in before I have to pick up my son from school.
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Old 2007-03-08, 03:09 PM   #4
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Sorry to hear that Cathwood. But glad to hear that the uni survived.

You're not the first to be caught out by shoelaces, but I think that Rocket (Or was it Jonny? It was a while ago I heard it now) from the Lunis has managed to beat you. He was riding along approaching a junction, and slowed down to stop. However, BOTH shoe laces had got wrapped around the pedals, so just as he got stationary he just paused then fell forward with the uni still attached. I can picture it now as he tried to hop/shuffle out of the way of the cars behind him!

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Old 2007-03-08, 03:11 PM   #5
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So - my bottom half stopped and my top half didn't
Ha ha ha, this made me laugh and laugh

thanks!
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Old 2007-03-08, 03:13 PM   #6
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Glad you're O.K., but sorry that you're rider got a little banged up.

Sometimes we just don't listen to the voices around us.

First the forum voices that tell us to watch our laces because they can get tangled up on our cranks and pedals. We've read it dozens of times and most of the time we remember to fasten our laces.

Then there are our internal voices.
First it starts as a whisper,
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"Feeling a bit twitchy" or "I have never anticipated the need to phone for help on a short ride."
We ignore that, then there is shouting, Hey, I'm talking to you,
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"I went (as you would expect) flying off the unicycle."
Of course we ignore that final warning. So the voice says to herself, not going to listen to me, fine have it your way.
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"Next thing I know, I had crashed to the ground and my foot was fastened securely to the crank via my lace. Ouch!!!"
It's amazing that we ever live to adulthood.
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Old 2007-03-08, 03:19 PM   #7
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Doh!

Glad to hear you're okay and that it's just pride thats hurt.
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Old 2007-03-08, 04:40 PM   #8
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Ouch! Cathwood, falling due to laces is one of my worst fears. Glad you were able to walk way from the fall, I hope your bruises heal quickly.

I thought of going to lace-less shoes while riding but I like that the laces keep the shoe tight and in place. So instead, I've been skipping lacing one eye, on each shoe, (the top right on my left, and the top left on the right) which puts the laces on the outside. This results in needing shorter laces. I feel much safer so far. There is a whole thread on special lacing somewhere around here.
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Ouch! Cathwood, falling due to laces is one of my worst fears. Glad you were able to walk way from the fall, I hope your bruises heal quickly.

I thought of going to lace-less shoes while riding but I like that the laces keep the shoe tight and in place. So instead, I've been skipping lacing one eye, on each shoe, (the top right on my left, and the top left on the right) which puts the laces on the outside. This results in needing shorter laces. I feel much safer so far. There is a whole thread on special lacing somewhere around here.
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Old 2007-03-08, 05:26 PM   #10
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I do this with my laces to stop them getting tangled in things...
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I wuld get a 20' trialls uni prolly with a blu tiar.
Get splined an a KH saet or ur a pansy.
Get trials cuz thaz whut i du n u mus wannaa whut i du 2.
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Old 2007-03-08, 05:29 PM   #11
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I had crashed to the ground and my foot was fastened securely to the crank via my lace.
Been there, done that.

I tuck my laces back underneath themselves; after tying a standard bow, I tuck the ends inbetween the tongue of the shoe and the laces (where they criss-cross). This keeps 'em out of harm's way.

You only make the "laces" mistake once... it's all too painful and embarrasing to do again
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Wow, Cath. I'm really glad that you're OK. I've never even considered the possibility of a lace getting tangled. I'm going to start tucking mine out of the way. I have pretty week ankles and have injured one of them badly in a unicycling 'incident.' So, I like to wear running shoes with a nice wide, stable platform, plus ankle braces to reduce the possibility of a reinjury occuring. The problem is, all of the good, stable running shoes have laces. Are you running the plastic pedals that it came with (at least that's what mine came with) or pinned, platform pedals?

On another note, I bought my Nimbus 36 just before Christmas and the weather turned lousy shortly thereafter. It's recently gotten much better so I've been out on mine every day now for a couple of weeks. I'm learning to mount the beast much more consistently now. I've found that a rolling mount works best for me.
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Old 2007-03-08, 06:00 PM   #13
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I've found that a rolling mount works best for me.
You are lucky: since breaking a toe while rolling mounting I am not able any more to free-mount my Coker. (I should meet a head-shrinker: after 2 accidents my head does not want me to freemount any more my Coker! terrible )
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Old 2007-03-08, 06:31 PM   #14
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Ouch, Cathy. It hurts - I did that at reasonable speed on my 29er once, not pleasant at all and was really difficult to untangle - had to try and spin the wheel backwards whilst lying on the ground to reverse the process!!!

Nowadays I double bow my laces and then tuck the bows / ends under the crossed over laces down the front of my boots. I've never had them come loose from this arrangement.

I did try velcro shoes for a while and they worked OK. Boots give me some ankle support, which is helpful if I do come off and there are lots of crossed laces to tuck the excess into...

Another thing I discovered recently is triathlon laces - haven't tried them myself but they look just the thing. They're elastic laces that go into trainers and tighten up using a little plastic adjuster. They're intended to make it easy to get shoes on and off during triathlon and are suitable for cycling without excess catching on the pedals. I may invest in some of these at some point.
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Old 2007-03-08, 06:49 PM   #15
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<snip twitching evolving to a lace-entangled wipeout>...PS I'm bruised and battered but the uni's OK.
Glad you're OK and your PS shows a revealing insight into where your priorities lay. The wriggling off the road would've made a good video clip.
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