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I learned, after almost 10 years of riding(dirtbikes and motorcycles), that shoe laces can be your demise. Luckily i learned this at a small intersection with no cars around in quiet part of town.
I was coming up to a stop on my way home today, and when i stop at this sign, i take a right, so i tend to lean on my right leg when i stop. Well i went to lean and sure enough my foot only moved 2-3 inches and then stopped. Why did it stop? Because my shoe lace had caught up on some part of the bike. I had already leaned to far to stop it from falling over. Luckily(if you can call it that) my bike landed on my leg, keeping it from scratching or denting the fairings, mirrors, exhaust etc.
The only damage done was a bruise on my leg and my ego for the 3 people standing at a shop near by looking on.
So my point, check your shoe laces before you ride and at each stop. I have gone my 10 years, and never spilled a road bike, not even in rain and snow. And the only spill i have taken, is because my shoe lace got stuck. I never even thought twice about it until today. Now, you bet i will check more often, but still probably not enough. Im really lucky it wasnt on the chain side, as i just read a few stories about that.
Other point, is no matter how long you've ridden, just remember you can make more "noobish" mistakes than the guys who have never ridden and are getting on their bike for the first time if you arent paying attention. And its more embarrassing if you're someone like me who has ridden for a long time and who prides themselves in never having had any spills on the road with my bike. I guess i just needed some humble pie. :lol:

And i do have riding boots, but i dont wear them on local trips due to them not being the best walking friendly shoes if im going to the store or something, and my inability to wear them at work( against dress code).
 

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Been there, done that! I feel for ya! Glad nothing more than your pride was hurt ;)

I did my stunt first week of owning my brand new bike!! My laces got caught on the shifter and I wasn't experienced enough to lean the other way to keep the bike upright. Whole thing tipped over (chain side down) and pinned me under it! Thankfully I was in a factory parking lot, riding with a big strong man, who lifted the bike up so I could crawl out from under it! Less the shoe, which was still attached to the bike LOL!

Whenever I HAVE to ride in sneakers (moving the bike in the garage and such) I ALWAYS tuck my laces into my shoes now :p
 

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Been there, done that! I feel for ya! Glad nothing more than your pride was hurt ;)

I did my stunt first week of owning my brand new bike!! My laces got caught on the shifter and I wasn't experienced enough to lean the other way to keep the bike upright. Whole thing tipped over (chain side down) and pinned me under it! Thankfully I was in a factory parking lot, riding with a big strong man, who lifted the bike up so I could crawl out from under it! Less the shoe, which was still attached to the bike LOL!

Whenever I HAVE to ride in sneakers (moving the bike in the garage and such) I ALWAYS tuck my laces into my shoes now :p
Nice save! I was going to say if you're riding with your sneakers on... something might be wrong. You gotta ATGATT. Sorry to hear about the little slip up, but it is what it is. Luckily you can learn from this mistake and it wasn't worse and your shoelace catching on te chain or something. Then you would really want to cry..
 

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Nice save! I was going to say if you're riding with your sneakers on... something might be wrong. You gotta ATGATT. Sorry to hear about the little slip up, but it is what it is. Luckily you can learn from this mistake and it wasn't worse and your shoelace catching on te chain or something. Then you would really want to cry..
Oh there was no save to that dump. ....I'm just glad it was before people started You-tube'n everything. LOL! It's the little things that we all learn from, no matter how many yrs you've been riding. There will always be the ones that make you shake your head and wonder how the hell it happened ;)
 

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I've never worn boots with laces on any motorbike, always zip up ones... but I have done something similar by catching the bottom of my jeans on the footrest

Now I always have my pants inside the boots!
 

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I learned, after almost 10 years of riding(dirtbikes and motorcycles), that shoe laces can be your demise. Luckily i learned this at a small intersection with no cars around in quiet part of town.
I was coming up to a stop on my way home today, and when i stop at this sign, i take a right, so i tend to lean on my right leg when i stop. Well i went to lean and sure enough my foot only moved 2-3 inches and then stopped. Why did it stop? Because my shoe lace had caught up on some part of the bike. I had already leaned to far to stop it from falling over. Luckily(if you can call it that) my bike landed on my leg, keeping it from scratching or denting the fairings, mirrors, exhaust etc.
The only damage done was a bruise on my leg and my ego for the 3 people standing at a shop near by looking on.
So my point, check your shoe laces before you ride and at each stop. I have gone my 10 years, and never spilled a road bike, not even in rain and snow. And the only spill i have taken, is because my shoe lace got stuck. I never even thought twice about it until today. Now, you bet i will check more often, but still probably not enough. Im really lucky it wasnt on the chain side, as i just read a few stories about that.
Other point, is no matter how long you've ridden, just remember you can make more "noobish" mistakes than the guys who have never ridden and are getting on their bike for the first time if you arent paying attention. And its more embarrassing if you're someone like me who has ridden for a long time and who prides themselves in never having had any spills on the road with my bike. I guess i just needed some humble pie. :lol:

And i do have riding boots, but i dont wear them on local trips due to them not being the best walking friendly shoes if im going to the store or something, and my inability to wear them at work( against dress code).
First time down? I remember the story of the MC rider at the Pearly Gates, proudly proclaiming to St. Pete that he had ridden for forty years and only had ONE motorcycle crash!
 

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Been there too! Fortunately, I was able to bring my '84 ZN1100B1 to a stop and balance the bike on my right leg and get my shoelace free from the shifter. I immediately went out and bought shorter laces that don't have any excess when I tie them.
 

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I almost dropped a CB900C at a light because the bottom of my pants leg got caught on something. I was able to get free just in time to stop the fall. So be aware of the pants legs too.
 

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I have experienced the shoe lace issue as well. Luckily for me I was able to rip them clean off the shoe before my bike was able to fall. Now my boots zip.
 

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I almost dropped a bike one time when my pants caught on something preventing my foot from getting to the pavement. Luckily I was able to get it free just before falling.
 

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Shoelaces have a tendency to come loose or untied. This can happen because of wind when riding at high speeds on the highway, or from vegetation brushing past your shoes while trail riding. Once loose, Murphy's Law will make certain that they wrap around your shift lever or the brake pedal. Then when you come to a stop, by the time you realize your foot is tied to the bike, it is too late and over you go.

A good pair of riding boots solves the problem. No laces at all.
 
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