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    Another useless poll:

    Which foot do you typically unclip or put down when you hit a stop light?

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    most of the time i trackstand at stop lights, but if it's one of the really long cycle lights that i get caught at on a yellow or something, i always clip out with my right foot.

    i'm right-handed and right-footed i suppose. makes sense.
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    Poll fail. Didn't give the option of both feet.

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    You are right, it is a useless poll.

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    I don't always unclip, but when I do I prefer the left.
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    It depends on wind direction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by caloso View Post
    I don't always unclip, but when I do I prefer the left.
    Well you aren't very "interesting" are you now? See what I did there? ZING!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sorry, "interesting" day so far and had to spice it up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alan s View Post
    Poll fail. Didn't give the option of both feet.
    How does that work? You unclip both feet simultaneously? If not, why would you unclip both anyway?
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    Quote Originally Posted by flipped4bikes View Post
    How does that work? You unclip both feet simultaneously? If not, why would you unclip both anyway?
    How does that work? You add an option to the poll that says "Both Feet"

    You unclip both feet simultaneously? You can if you want, or one at a time. End result is the same.

    If not, why would you unclip both anyway? Better balance, easier to control a heavy bike (think loaded panniers), you just feel like unclipping both feet, fill in the blank

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    Quote Originally Posted by alan s View Post
    How does that work? You add an option to the poll that says "Both Feet"

    You unclip both feet simultaneously? You can if you want, or one at a time. End result is the same.

    If not, why would you unclip both anyway? Better balance, easier to control a heavy bike (think loaded panniers), you just feel like unclipping both feet, fill in the blank
    Aside from you being snarky, you unclip from your pedals AT THE EXACT SAME TIME? Really?

    BTW the real reason I asked before is because I thought you saying this poll was a fail is rude. It's like saying your answers to my questions is a fail.
    Last edited by flipped4bikes; 07-09-12 at 03:31 PM.
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    I was noticing the other day that I always put my right foot down on a bicycle, but I put my left foot down on a motorcycle. Mainly because on a motorcycle, the right foot is on the brake when coming to a stop.
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    Well, I don't unclip - platform pedals - but I always put down the left leg. I don't think I have ever put down the right foot. Honestly, I had to think back - I never thought about using any specific foot

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    Usually my right foot, as I like to set it on the curb (the extra bit of height is more comfortable), but it really depend on which leg I feel like stretching more also if the ground is slanted, I usually release the leg on the side that is a bit "higher" for the same reason as the curb.

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    I voted for "Left" but I should practice dismounting on the right in case I ever need to.
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    There is one light on my commute (where I am crossing the major road) that has such a long cycle length, if I arrive soon after it turns red, I will actually dismount, park my bike on the right stripe, and walk the 4 steps to hit the ped button to call for the next available green. The light's cycle is long enough that I still have time for a drink of water when I get back on the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluish Green View Post
    There is one light on my commute (where I am crossing the major road) that has such a long cycle length, if I arrive soon after it turns red, I will actually dismount, park my bike on the right stripe, and walk the 4 steps to hit the ped button to call for the next available green. The light's cycle is long enough that I still have time for a drink of water when I get back on the bike.
    Sorry, the poll cannot accommodate your erratic behavior.

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    Usually my right foot, but today when I pulled up at a kerbside to stop for a few cars to go by, I couldn't release my foot quick enough. I started to panic and after some frantic kicking I somehow managed to get my foot out and drop it to the floor quickly just before stopping, but on manoeuvring to the ground quickly, I smashed my balls into the front of the seat.

    Feebly, I wheeled my bike across the street and up a side alley to nurse the pain and wipe away a tear forming.

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    Left foot down, I'm right-handed and stronger on that side, so I thought it was just common sense to initiate the pedal stroke on the stronger side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rimmer View Post
    Left foot down, I'm right-handed and stronger on that side, so I thought it was just common sense to initiate the pedal stroke on the stronger side.
    Exactly, although I'd also add that I'm more confident and stable on a strong, right leg start, exhibiting not only a quick launch, but excellent control and balance.

    I'm just about always the first out of the gate from a light or other standing start, so the proof is in my pudding, as the saying goes.
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    Voted left but I often put the right foot down on the curb. Too lazy to get off the saddle and put the foot all the way down to the ground.
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    Right foot.

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    Right foot off.

    Thats the one I would use if I had to hoist my bike up onto the sidewalk while some lady on a cell phone decied to rail the corner , apparently not t all concerned that I was stopped there, during the red light I was at the other day.... for example.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rimmer View Post
    Left foot down, I'm right-handed and stronger on that side, so I thought it was just common sense to initiate the pedal stroke on the stronger side.

    This is my logic. Although, I am left-handed so I put the right foot down. All yall righties do everything backwards...
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    ..... but at the end of the day we're all just dorks riding around on bicycles, right?

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    Right foot, because I don't like to remove my left foot from the toe clips unless getting off the bike.
    what is this 'road tax' you speak of?

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    Motorcycle habits die hard.
    Left foot.
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