I took a leap of faith and signed up for League Cycling Instructor class. I knew that I would have some trouble with the Emergency Stop drill, and have been practicing that.
The instructor sent the list of bike handling drills that he will grade us on, and he included the mounting/dismounting start/stop drill. I was not expecting this. This is where the cyclist starts with one foot on pedal at around 10-11 o'clock, and pushes down on that pedal while getting up onto the saddle and pedaling. You get thru an intersection faster this way. Here is a link describing the technique here, with a short video http://sheldonbrown.com/starting.html .
I have a problem. I cannot do this. I don't know whether it is possible for an amputee to build the right muscle strength to do this. I actually tried learning to do this with the non-prosthetic foot on pedal - got a nice amount of road rash on first try.
Has anyone here mastered this starting technique, and how did you do this? Do you put the prosthetic foot on pedal to stand onto the saddle, or the flesh foot?
I use clipless pedals, and my habit for nearly 10 years has been to clip in prosthetic foot and do the "shuffle mount". I have not been successful at strengthening the hip flexors enough to pedal standing up.
Thanks for any input!