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post #1 of 11 Old 06-09-2007, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
 
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Exclamation Its funny now but....

I took my son in law on his first bike ride , not too long around 4hours round trip .We went from west side of the sierra mountians hwy 88 in calif to carson city nv, for him this was a big trip. this is his first ride over 30 miles on his first bike (87concours) he did great, it was me that almost ate it. We were in carson city, slowing for a stop light. I shifted down to 1st and was coasting down with clutch in at 20mph 0r so. and went to put my left foot down and it would not go to the ground .This is a big probelm for me , because I'm short I can only get the very tip toe of my feet down at best.It seems that my shoe lace had caught on the gear shift ......Oh shit!!... you know murphy's law say's the bike will lean left when I stop. With the stopped traffic getting closer by the second I'm wiggling my foot around like mad and going as slow as possible. At the last second and I do mean second ,the lace slips out of the knot the wind tyed ,and I get my foot down ! I know It sound's minor but It could hae made a mess of the trip ,I would have fallen in to the car next to me and made a fool of myself at the same time . I may rethink riding with laced shoes ! Hope you all get a good laugh.
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They also like to catch on the clutch bleeder, higher boots and or shorter laces to eliminate this problem. Quite an eye opening experience, clutch lever, knuckle guard, front turn signal, scratched fairing panel, gouged foot pegs (both on the left side) mirror housing scratched and bent bar weight screw. Luckily not mine but I helped pick it up after the tip over.
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What a helpless feeling. Been there, sucks.
I recall a recent thread about shoestrings and pant cuffs.
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I'm real paranoid about that after having a work pants cuff get snagged on a footpeg. I ride bicycles a lot and shoestrings are a real bad idea with those so I always wear (well almost always) the mission critical footwear.

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Good save, I tuck my shoestrings into the top of my boots. Just an idea.

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post #6 of 11 Old 06-09-2007, 10:32 PM
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You can bet the person who invented "velcro laces" for shoes was a motorcycle rider. I think we have all had this happen to us at least once. After that, you learn to tuck in your laces OR actually wear proper riding boots, (my first pair actually had velcro "laces" which is why I purchased them; they weren't going to get caught in the shifter!).
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I tuck my laces into my boots and then roll the tops of my socks down over them. So far so issues at all. If I'm taking a day trip someplace I usually wear O'Neil Element boots or engineer boots. Lately the engineer boots haven't been getting much time.

Guess I should have been wearing pants...

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post #8 of 11 Old 06-09-2007, 11:58 PM
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...You can bet the person who invented "velcro laces" for shoes was a motorcycle rider...
I disagree. I think he was too fat to reach his shoes.
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I disagree. I think he was too fat to reach his shoes.

Chit, I have trouble grabbing the velcro :-) I've got a couple pairs of Diadora boots and really like them but is there some law that zippers for all motorcycle gear have to break in 5 uses? Never seen anything like that. Britches and boots especially. My jackets are OK but gee moe knee.

This stuff isn't cheap but those zippers sure are.

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I to, have been there and done that! It's an adrenalin rush feeling.
Funny but one can just use the front brake come to a nice smooth stop put the other foot down, shut the bike off and reach over and remove the shoelace. Simple....

But if it's so simple how come when it happens to us we throw our caught leg into a mad spasm like someone shot it with a Taser and we some how add extra lean to the very side we don't want??!?! LOL

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