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26 November 2010

Funniest bicycle disasters

You're not a cyclist until you've suffered the indignity of falling flat on your face. Or your backside.

So there I am, out on my bike early on a Sunday. A traffic light comes up, and I clip my curbside shoe out of its cleat. I put my foot down.  But it's the wrong foot, the foot that's still clipped to the pedal. And so, in slow motion, watched by a dozen disbelieving people, I fall over and lie on the tar. And I find out that you can’t kick a bike off if you’re still cleated in.

Others added truly juicy detail. And so, with their permission, and in the interests of warning the rest of you who have yet to fall off your bikes, here’s a message: you’re not a cyclist until you’ve suffered the indignity.

 
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