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Old 06-22-09, 08:27 PM   #1
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How do you get on your bike?

This is an odd question but this ebay auction sparked my curiosity. There are scratches on the top tube of the bike next to the seat tube and the auction says "Top-tube photo shows scratches from SPD cleat when mounting." What the heck?? I have never put my foot over that section of tube while getting on a bike.. I think I just thow a leg over the tire and seat while leaning the bike.

so how do you get on a bike? and how would you get on one to scratch it there.

I am avoiding the word mount because junkyard would probably run with that.

here is the auction with the scratch pic. http://cgi.ebay.com/Giant-Trance-2-M...3%3A2|294%3A50
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Old 06-22-09, 08:43 PM   #2
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Seat is too high for the rider, so they sweep a leg in front of the seat and then clip in?

I'd agree with you, it's a very strange statement.

Perhaps it's a girl who was taught to 'get on' her bike in a more feminine way?
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Old 06-22-09, 08:59 PM   #3
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I swing my leg over the back wheel and seat

but i've seen people lean the bike way over and just put their leg over the front with knee bent, so their shoe would face down and it would be possible. Its kinda like gettin on a bike with a stepthru, but w/o the stepthru
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Old 06-22-09, 11:02 PM   #4
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I actually had to think this one through, as it never occurred to me how I get on my bike. It's like someone asking, how do I breathe? Now do I blow out or do I suck in?... something I never really think about it until someone asks...


Well... let me see...

Side Lift:
The bike's sideways lying on the ground right... so I step over it... a foot either side, grab the handle and lift the bike up to my crotch and go.

The Derby:
I'm pushing the bike walking over the rear wheel until I hit the gate, then stand up on the pedals, pushing the front wheel against the gate and balance upright until the gate drops.

Tree-Hugger:
Bike's leaning against a tree, I step up over a pedal and sit. I push myself and the bike off the tree trunk with my shoulder, then pedal.

Skippy-dooda:
I grab the handlebar (I always mount from the left side of the bike for some reason), place my left foot on the left pedal and stand on it and balance as the bike moves forward, pushing with my right leg crossed behind my left leg. This is always how my wife gets on a bike and I hate it... but I've caught myself doing it... once...

The Runner (Rip/Sh*t/Bust):
I grab the bike by the handlebars and immediately run like hell with it, leap off the ground over the rear tire, land hard on the saddle with both feet off the ground and pedal away.


It's a bloomin' science I tell ya...

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I think I can guess what was happening . . .

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Old 06-22-09, 11:11 PM   #6
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The Professional way to get on your bike:

Step 1: Tilt the bike towards you holding it by the handgrips at a 45 degree angle.

Step 2: Get your leg over the top tube.

Step 3: Stand over the top tube, you should be feeling the seat behind you, at the top of your waist.

Step 4: Put one foot on a pedal, and get your other foot out of the other pedal's way.

Step 5: Kick the pedal and commence riding in a standing up position.

Step 6: Once you're moving and standing up, slide back into your saddle.

For dismount, follow steps in reverse.
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I use a stool.

That's crazy about the cleat on the top tube thing, especially so close to the seat. Someone with limited flexibility? Doug's example would explain things.

Pocko's skippy dooda was considered the cool way when we were kids, ya had to do it with style, though. I'll still do a version of that when I'm rushed, but remember reading something a long time ago about it overly stressing that side of the bike, and even though it doesn't make much sense to me now, it did halt my skippy dooda days...for the most part.
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usually i step on the left pedal and get the other leg swung over the back then backpaedal a quarter rev and then pedal. i guess like skippedy doo da but im staionary until im up on the bike and ready to pedal proper.
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Interesting... never thought about this before.

Since I'm rather tallish, I just kinda swing my right leg over the bike, and then clip in and go.


only scratches on my top tube are from a tree, the clamps from my hitch rack, and the clamp from my bike rack.

and general beatings...
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I put my foot over the top tube to get on as I'm not that flexible and putting it over the seat is quite tough! When I get off though my foot goes over the seat
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You said mount. Giggidy.
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1. Left peddle at 10:00 o'clock give or take.
2. Put left foot on peddle.
3. Push with left foot on left peddle.
4. Give a little nudge with right foot
4. Swing right leg over back wheel, on to right peddle.
5. Ride like H***
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1. Left pedal parallel to the ground.
2. Hold handlebars, duh, push bike forward, step on left pedal and swing right foot onto right pedal.
3. Ride off

Or put feet on pedals in some way shape or form and ride the bike
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Old 06-23-09, 09:42 AM   #14
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I usually do the skippy do da, but with only one push, just like getting on a horse. I almost always get on/off from the left as well, also just like getting on a horse.
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hipster style

1. Rotate the pedals until they are at 3o'clock/9o'clock, the R pedal towards the front wheel and the L pedal towards the rear wheel. Place the rear wheel back on the ground, and re-grip the bike, with your L hand on the L handlebar and your R hand on the stem.

2. Keep that grip with your hands, and orient your R hip towards the top tube. There should be about 8-12 inches between your belly button and the handlebars.

3. Let your L hand go and let the bike sway away from you, guided by your R hand on the stem.

4. Toss the bike back towards you with your R hand, and at the same time raise your R leg up and swing it over the handlebars. As your leg passes over to the right, the bike passes under to the L.

5. At the instant that your L hand catches the bars, your R foot reaches the R pedal. (Clip in if you like, but it might be safer to save it until you've practiced dismounting.)

6. Place your weight on the R pedal, using it to lever your butt into the saddle. Push forward with the R pedal and catch the L pedal with your L foot.

7. Congratulations, you've just mounted your bike! Time for a quick victory circuit.
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I, being 5 7, keep my 63 cm road bike completely upright, lift my left leg over, get a cramp in my thigh, cringe in pain, then put it down and roll away.
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I jump on mine!!!
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One foot at a time.
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I have a better question...from which side of the bike do you mount?
With chain ring on right I alway mount left. I also feel stronger and more
in control pushing off from my right foot...even though I'm left footed.
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I always position my bike just under a second floor balcony. Then I hop on it western movie style.


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Simply using the word "mount" wouldn't have inspired any wise crack remarks. Saying: "How do you mount your ride?".... well, that might have done it for me.
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as far as which side...

which ever side I come to,
I just step over.
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John: Did you hear, someone moved into the old Klickner place? A woman.
Grandpa: A woman?
John: Yeah.
Grandpa: Did you mount her?
John: Ohhh, Dad!
Grandpa: Well the woman, does she have big thighs?
John: No!
Grandpa: No?! Then what's the problem? If I was a young fella like you, I'd be mounting every woman in Wabasha. (Grabs the six pack of beer out of his son's hands). Keep the change!
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See, when I think of mounting bikes, images like this come to mind:

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John: Did you hear, someone moved into the old Klickner place? A woman.
Grandpa: A woman?
John: Yeah.
Grandpa: Did you mount her?
John: Ohhh, Dad!
Grandpa: Well the woman, does she have big thighs?
John: No!
Grandpa: No?! Then what's the problem? If I was a young fella like you, I'd be mounting every woman in Wabasha. (Grabs the six pack of beer out of his son's hands). Keep the change!
Ha!! I saw that movie!

Woman next door was pretty hot...
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I have a better question...from which side of the bike do you mount?
With chain ring on right I alway mount left. I also feel stronger and more
in control pushing off from my right foot...even though I'm left footed.
I'm right handed, but I guess I'm left footed...

... so when I stand up and coast, it's left foot forward. Come to think of it, when I power up, the first full-on heave is with my left foot... hmmm...

I wonder why?... so many things coming in to light...





This thread makes me feel like I'm lying on a couch talking to a shrink... about my childhood...





I also stir my coffee clock-wise with my right hand... with one rotation counter-paddle with the teaspoon on it's way out...


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