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Old 07-17-13, 09:07 PM
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Are you lefty or righty, setting off

"Most people, right or left-handed, mount from the left side and as has been
noted that is a well=known probable cause of the left loosening more often."


Hi,

I stop (being a lefty) right foot out of the pedals/ toeclips and being a lefty
almost always set off on the left pedal. I can on the right. I simply don't
see righty's doing what is claimed above, they set off on the right pedal.

rgds, sreten.

Road bike mounted from the right nearly always.

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Old 07-17-13, 09:09 PM
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I stand on the left side of the bike and set off with my right foot.

I'm right handed.
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Old 07-17-13, 09:17 PM
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Originally Posted by bobotech View Post
I stand on the left side of the bike and set off with my right foot.

I'm right handed.
Ditto
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Old 07-17-13, 09:23 PM
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When I toured Scotland I made a point of reversing my foot down and start off as well as my mirrors. If only to remind myself of the "other side of the road" riding direction. Andy.
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Old 07-17-13, 09:29 PM
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Originally Posted by bobotech View Post
I stand on the left side of the bike and set off with my right foot.

I'm right handed.
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Old 07-17-13, 09:29 PM
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I'm right handed. I habitually mount the bike from the left (non-drive side), standing on my left foot and throwing my right leg over. I then stand on my right foot while clipping in the left and using t to push off, after which I clip in the right and go on my way. When stopping, I unclip my right foot and stand on that while waiting to restart.

Whether this is common for right handed riders or not I can't say. Due to congenital arthritis in my left ankle and the surgery done to relieve the pain it caused, I have limited torsional (twisting) range of motion on that side. So although I can unclip my left foot, it's faster and easier to do it on the right. Anyway, it works for me. YMMV...
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Old 07-17-13, 09:32 PM
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OK so I'm ambidextrous, but 80% of the time the right foot is 1st down when I stop, and I start using the left. I don't think it's because I'm a righty or lefty, but because the right foot is the "curb side" foot. OTOH, if starting from scratch, I prefer to stand on the left foot and start with the right.

When I do "Roy Rogers" mounts and dismounts (much easier on my hips than throwing a leg over the saddle) They're almost exclusively on the left pedal which makes sense since I'm treating the bike like a horse.
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Old 07-17-13, 09:38 PM
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When one rides a tandem this issue becomes more important. Andy
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Old 07-17-13, 09:43 PM
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Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
the right foot is the "curb side" foot.
Now that I try to think about it, I can't even think which way I mount my bike just setting out from the driveway. But I know for sure that at a stoplight, it's the right foot that unclips; on the curb if I'm at the curb, or on the ground. Left foot stays clipped, right foot pushes off the ground to get started again. I'm rightie, but curb foot is the real factor.

Thinking harder (no I'm not going to go get on my bike right now just to test it), I'm pretty sure I do the same thing always. If I get over the bike, it's left foot on high pedal, right foot pushes off the ground. If I'm really being fancy, I can left foot on the pedal low, and push off with the right from the left side, and swing the right over while rolling.
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Old 07-17-13, 09:49 PM
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I can't remember which side I mounted when I was a child.
But as an adult I mount from the left(non-drive) side and
push down with my right foot. I'm left handed and also ride
motorcycles, since motorbikes are always leaning left because
of the sidestand - you have to mount from the left.
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Funny thing is that when I started off I used my right foot as mentioned above however when I used to come to stop lights, I would put my right foot down and push off with my left foot. However I broke my leg which permanently destroyed my peroneal nerve which controls a lot of foot movement. I can't lift my foot very well anymore and can't control my toes that well. Since then, I forced myself to stop using my left foot which doesn't tend to do weird things when I stop and I push off with my right foot which is still on the pedal.
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Old 07-17-13, 10:04 PM
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right-handed, and I mount from the left side. also put my left foot down at stops.
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Old 07-17-13, 10:19 PM
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I mount from the left. I unclip my left foot when stopping, and I push on the pedals with my right foot when starting. I want to say that most people mount from the left because that's the convention with horses, you ALWAYS mount and dismount from the left, and that convention has carried on through the years. (After all, bikes are just steel horses.)

Oh and I'm right handed.
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Old 07-17-13, 10:29 PM
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I used to twist off my right foot to the ground when stopping, but got tired of chain grease on my leg.

Now I twist off my left foot and that keeps my right leg from touching the chain and getting grease marks
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Old 07-18-13, 02:27 AM
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Unclipping when stopped can be either foot, the only deliberate decision is when there's a friendly curb or something else to rest a particular foot against. Pushing off is determined by the previous semi-random event. Mounting is almost exclusively from the left(of the bike), but not as rigorous as walking the bike. Walking the bike with the bike on my left side feels seriously weird.

I'm right-handed but skate/snowboard etc with the right foot forward. Will play hockey equally bad with either left or right hooked clubs.
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Old 07-18-13, 02:47 AM
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sreten, I mount from the left side, probably because as a kid I first had to deal with the kickstand. At stops I unclip my left foot. I'm ambidextrous, but mainly right handed...FB maybe old enough where grade school encouraged writing right handed.

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Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
When I do "Roy Rogers" mounts and dismounts (much easier on my hips than throwing a leg over the saddle) They're almost exclusively on the left pedal which makes sense since I'm treating the bike like a horse.
...and that is what I was referring to in the post that Sreten quoted, as I thought that's what the Brit expression of "setting off" meant.
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I am left handed but must be one of a few that mount from the right side. I do start off with my left foot with the right on the ground. I've thought about learning to mount from the left side due to the drive train but haven't made myself do it yet.
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Originally Posted by cny-bikeman View Post
...and that is what I was referring to in the post that Sreten quoted, as I thought that's what the Brit expression of "setting off" meant.
Well, it may well have meant that specifically in the original sense, but these days starting moving in any way could be "setting off". As another data point, I'm right-handed and I generally make the first power stroke with my right foot, with my left still on the ground. I also clip the right-hand side in first with any sort of foot retention, and I generally unclip the left one first when I stop.

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I'm in the majority.

Right handed
Mount from left side
Right foot down on stops
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I would generally always push down with the right. Occasionally if I loose traction on a climb, I might have to start with the left. But it never seems to have the same power!
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Originally Posted by RDakota View Post
I am left handed but must be one of a few that mount from the right side. I do start off with my left foot with the right on the ground. I've thought about learning to mount from the left side due to the drive train but haven't made myself do it yet.
I'm with you. I'm really an odd ball out. I'm right handed, start with my right foot on the drive side pedal, toss my leg over, and so my first downstroke is on the left (non-drive) pedal.

When I was getting fitted for my Rivendall, the LBS proprietor asked if I wanted the kickstand (left leaning) cut a bit shorter because in his experience, if I have only one pannier and am carrying it on the right (drive) side, the bike can tip that way (to the right) particularly if it's heavy. To compensate, he often cuts the kickstand a bit shorter so that bike leans more to the left than the norm. He assumed I mounted from the left so having a single pannier on the left side could interfere with setting off, and that if I had only one pannier, I would prefer to hang it on the right to avoid interfering with a left side mount. (Confusing?)

I replied no, if I only had one pannier, I mount it on the left side because I mount from the RIGHT. He smiled and said oh, I guess you mount from the "wrong side".

When I was about 12 years old and learning to ride my cheapo $99 road bike special from Canadian Tire, I remember practicing for days on how to mount. For some reason, I could never adjust my balance very well on the left side, but found the right side better. Eventually, I mounted the bike (what pride!), and ever since, I've always mounted on the right side.

My excuse is, however, that we usually drive and ride on the right side of the road. So, when I set off on the road, because I mount from the right, the bike is protruding out into the flow of traffic as I mount, rather than having my body protrude into traffic and me having to strain looking 180 over my shoulder to see if the traffic is clear. The bike isn't much protection, but I figure I have an extra 0.5 second safety buffer reaction time if I see a careening car to ditch the bike and back up out of traffic if I'm on the right side, rather than having me between the cars and my bike if I'm on the left side.
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Righty, mount from the left. Push off with my right. I unclip BOTH feet when stopping and stand with my left foot down, right ready to push off unless it's a long stop then I stand on both feet straddling the bike.
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Originally Posted by PiLigand View Post
I'm in the majority.

Right handed
Mount from left side
Right foot down on stops
^^^ This ^^^
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Mount from the left, get into my straps with my right foot first then left foot second. Drive foot is right. I am right handed 98% of the time (I play pool lefty). I skateboarded for 10 years, and am regular footed, meaning my left foot is in the front and right foot is in the back or pushing.
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