My Embarrassing Clipless Moment

The moment you fully commit to swapping out flat pedals to clipless (read more about why it's called "clipless") is one you’ll remember. Especially your first (or few) falls. I vividly recall mine and beat myself over something that felt so silly and still laugh about how ridiculous it was, even after riding confidently in them for over a year.

So what happened? My friends and I were half way through our 40 mile loop when we decided to refuel on granola bars. Snack time! What an opportune time to take a few selfie shots!

For me, I learned that being clipped in one-leg while taking a selfie was not a good idea. As I was focused on fitting myself into the frame, I began tilting to the right, thinking about how my drive-train side will take a toll, how embarrassing this is, how they’ll remember these 2 seconds of my fall. *plop* I have accepted my fate. It sure felt like the whole world was staring at me. What I can’t get over is that I wasn’t even moving 🤦🏻‍♀️.

According to my friend, I tipped over softly (partly because I was thinking about protecting my derailleur from bending). I came away with a bloody knee and surprisingly, not even a tear in my bib! No judgement from anyone, I got my bike to function properly, my friends quickly and calmly assisted me, and we all made it back home safe and sound.


These days, if I know I’ll be standing for more than 5 minutes for a chit chat, I just unclip and plant my feet down. Tip happens to the best of us. It’s almost a rite of passage. So long as you learn from each mishap, you’ll be better equipped to handle scenarios like these moving forward.

Open to sharing your "clipless moment"? Would love to hear it in the comments!

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