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Old 09-03-06, 04:11 AM   #1
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Prefer Left Or Right Corners?

Do you prefer left or right corners?

Might seem like a dumb question, but the fact that the wheel is spinning in the direction that it does, makes either left or right corners easier (can't remember which sorry) because as the wheel is turned during a corner, it also tends to lean over.

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ps.. I seem to fall off more on left corners.. ..I think this is because I feel more comfortable on left corners, so take more chances.
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Old 09-03-06, 04:33 AM   #2
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What? "They wheel is spinning in the direction that it does makes a corner easier"????

I dont get it. Its symmetrical, each corner would be the same.

The only reason why you would wash out one direction and not the other is just based on your balance. Like left or right handed people, one side would be dominent and you would have more balance, control and confidence leaning into.

For me, that is going left, i really hug the corner and dig in. When turning right, i do not lean the bike over enough...i dont feel i have enough balance to do so safley.
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Old 09-03-06, 06:52 AM   #3
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It has nothing to do with balance. Its what foot you feel comfortable putting on the ground quickly if things go wrong, and for me thats my left foot.

Think about all the skidding you did when you were a kid on a bmx bike. You usually skid to one side and put your foot down and kick the tail out. Thats why we have a preference to one side and not the balance or hand dominance explanation that the previous poster mentioned without giving it much thought.
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Old 09-03-06, 06:56 AM   #4
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Uhhhhh...... had to think about this one. The only bike I have where it makes a difference has a bent fork.
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Never noticed any difference on corners, but when doing 180 endos, i allways swing around to the right, just seems easier
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Can't go anywhere just by making left turns. Same goes with only right turns. Corner direction doesn't matter.
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from my motocross days, i prefer left turns. it was far easier to brake drag the rear right foot brake. so even these days on a bicycle i still prefer left
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I like when there are right AND left turns, and lots of them. But I seem to like turning right for some reason.
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I find it easier to turn left, like they do in BORING - oops, I mean NASCAR.
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I like lefties. I can move my rear a lot better in that direction
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It took awhile, but I now can ride both equally well. Or equally bad. I used to favor right and cut lefts too sharp, setting me up poorly on the other side.
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Don't have a preference i don't think....but i guess right hand turns?
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I do have a preference, just don't find it to be significant.
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No difference while cornering...but on (trying) 180 and such I always spin to the left, or during a whip I bring the rear out to the right.
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It's kinda a moot point. If you're riding singletrack, you just follow the trail.

And to the physics question ... no it does not matter which way you turn from a mechanics standpoint. All that is relevant is how well you've trained yourself. If you're used to riding somewhere where there are far more right turns, then you may have more skill doing turns on that side. If that's the case, you need to find another trail.
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right.
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It's kinda a moot point. If you're riding singletrack, you just follow the trail.

And to the physics question ... no it does not matter which way you turn from a mechanics standpoint. All that is relevant is how well you've trained yourself. If you're used to riding somewhere where there are far more right turns, then you may have more skill doing turns on that side. If that's the case, you need to find another trail.

Follow the trail till it goes down and gravity takes over- Then it doesn't matter. Then I fall off on the right and the left. No preference- providing I can get round.
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Remember, two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do!
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As an old flat track M/C racer, left turns come much more easily - especially if I'm really hangin' it out sideways.
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never really considered it...
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NO prefrence, but I can say it hurts wrecking in either direction.
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i am partial to leftys myself.
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I crash just as spectacularly either way but more often in left turns. I prefer which ever one gets me to the next place on the trail and not into a tree or off a cliff
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