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Which leg do you swing over first?

Old 11-19-20, 01:44 AM
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From the non-drive side. I have limited mobility on the right side from injuries -- mostly the hip and lower back -- and if I don't force myself to use that leg more it'll get stiff and achy. So I mount/dismount from the left side, swinging my right leg over. It would be easier to do it the other way 'round but I'm a knucklehead.

I also always unclip the left foot first, or set down the left foot from clipless, toe clips or platform pedals. Always have. Hard habit to change. At this point I'm more comfortable using the left leg to prop myself up during brief stops, due to the aforementioned right leg/hip problem.
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Old 11-19-20, 03:31 AM
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Old 11-19-20, 03:58 AM
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Mount from NDS. Left foot clips in first. Right foot unclips first. Dismount to NDS. I try not to fall over at any point in the process. The older and less flexible I get, the more I have to lean the bike over to swing my right leg over on the mount and dismount. It isn't pretty.
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Old 11-19-20, 04:49 AM
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I always assumed that everyone mounted from the left. It's where the kickstand is/was. It's how to mount a horse (the horse expects it). It's the side where you would walk a bike from (to avoid brushing the chain). On motorcycles with center stands, it's necessary to stand on the left side to get it up on the stand. It's the side that drivers (in most countries) enter their vehicles. It just seemed intuitive.

But, I see that my assumption, while generally true, is not always true. Interesting.

I will admit to usually mounting cowboy style. On and moving in one motion.
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Old 11-19-20, 04:55 AM
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Originally Posted by clubman View Post
Used to leap now and then. Now it's a limp.
Agreed, but I might add I try and do it when no one is looking.
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Old 11-19-20, 05:09 AM
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I always stand on the NDS and throw my right leg over the saddle (so my sword/scabbard does not strike the horse bike) then pick up the right pedal and backpedal to the 1:00 position. Then, like a musher, "ready?" and "alright" and away we go down with the right foot while I pick up the left pedal. I always stop with my left foot forward then off the pedal and down.

Corralary question: when you coast which foot is forward? For me it's the left foot but I retrained that when I learned to track stand. Used to be right foot forward and, maybe, right foot down when I stopped. I don't recall.
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Old 11-19-20, 05:58 AM
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Mostly the DS. The tandem is always the DS
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Old 11-19-20, 06:18 AM
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I'm ambidextrous. Being able to mount, dismount and run or carry the bicycle on either side was a useful skill in ATB and CX competition.
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Old 11-19-20, 06:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Kilroy1988 View Post
I swing my left leg over first because it's my strong leg, and push off with that (I'm also left handed and I'm sure that's related somehow). So drive side for me!

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Old 11-19-20, 06:43 AM
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow View Post
NDS leg swings over the handle bars, pedal contact and away I go!
My brother does it this way. He rides a tandem much of the time and doesn't want to kick his wife in the face.
Me: NDS left foot on pedal at 12 o'clock, go and swing right leg over.
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Old 11-19-20, 08:35 AM
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Usually NDS "rolling "cowboy style" (love that phrase. Thanks Fujidon!).

When doing "Non-cowboy", I'm slowly losing the flexibility needed to gracefully clear the saddle. Not so back in the day ...

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Old 11-19-20, 08:47 AM
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What a silly thread. Not enough choices.

Sometimes I swing the non-curbside leg.
Exiting the ferry, I use the non-bulkhead side.
Edge of the trail, I swing the grass side leg.
etc.
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Old 11-19-20, 08:55 AM
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I clicked the "right leg over first", but although true now, it wasn't in the past.

I'm a lefty, and before my (left leg) amputation I used to swing over the left leg first. The reason it is now the right is that while using test holsters/sockets (they're made from slippery polycarbonate), sometimes the leg would fall off if I swung the left leg, leaving me to hop around the bike on one leg to reattach the damn thing.

So, while this won't happen with my CF socket/holster, I have now learned to do it with my right leg. Which, btw is often easier because we drive on the right, so the bike is often placed up a wall to the right too. I suspect things might be slightly different for UK, Oz, NZ, and other citizens from left driving countries.
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Old 11-19-20, 08:58 AM
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I grew up with equines as well. Generally I lean the bike to the left and the right leg goes over. Straddle the bike with the right leg down and bring the left pedal to 9 o'clock. Left leg connects first. Right leg pushes off then connects. Left leg comes out first when stopping. Then right leg goes down and left leg connects again waiting to resume. Dismount can vary.

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Old 11-19-20, 09:15 AM
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I mount from either side, but like my left foot on the pedal first, and coast left foot forward.

Because of my either/or status, I'll just throw this up.


And this thread doesn't have enough pictures, C'mon, guys.
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Sorry, the question confused me.

I swing the R leg over, which means I mount from the L side.

Itís about clipping in.
On the road, stand on the L, swing R over, clip in R first, because my L leg doesnít always cooperate.

On the trainer, the bike doesnít move, so I stand and clip in on the R, swing L leg over, and then clip in.
Thereís a wall on the L, gets in the way.

With flat pedals, stomp on the L, swing the R over, and go.
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Old 11-19-20, 09:19 AM
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Originally Posted by BFisher View Post
And this thread doesn't have enough pictures, C'mon, guys.
Pics, OK.
With some bikes, NDS or DS = Depends, on which bike?!?


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Old 11-19-20, 09:50 AM
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And this thread doesn't have enough pictures, C'mon, guys.
Here you go. I need to put a twist in the straps.

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Old 11-19-20, 09:51 AM
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Always 100 percent the left (NDS). But how I mount depends on the bike or circumstances.
Road bike, I throw right leg over, clip in, pedal once, clip in left foot, then away.
Mountain bike, place left foot on pedal, push with right foot (still from Left side), then throw right leg over on to pedal and away.
Triathlon, (similar to my mountain bike mount), I place bare left foot in shoe already clipped in pedal (still from Left side), push with right several times, then throw right foot over on top of shoe, then after getting up to speed I slip right foot into right shoe.

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Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
Pics, OK.
With some bikes, NDS or DS = Depends?!?

Saaayyy, I just noticed this is one of them there special left drive side bikes! It must be European.
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Old 11-19-20, 10:16 AM
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NDS always for mounting and dismounting ( took me 10 minutes to find a NDS picture).


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Getting older...

Iím getting older...not as limber as before...some days I lay the bike down and crawl over it and then like a Transformer, I slowly rise to the riding position...then Boom! Iím off!
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Originally Posted by seypat View Post
Saaayyy, I just noticed this is one of them there special left drive side bikes! It must be European.

Not a European issue, just bass ackward!

Unless on the USA Track team, they did left hand drive, apparently less air resistance on the inside of all the left side turns. Don't ask me why, probably too incremental for logically realistic road riding performance.
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I think my method is probably inefficient. I stand on the left side and swing my right leg over. Then I put my right foot down and put my left foot on the pedal and push off with that. I could be quicker if I pushed with the foot that I swing over. Dismounting seems even inefficienter. I put my right foot down, then lean over to my left foot while picking up my right foot and swinging it over. Maybe that's just the reverse of mounting, but it seems worse.

I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who starts pedaling with the left. I don't know why I do that, as I am right handed.
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Huh?

There is an old British touring short where this gentleman somehow steps over the handlebars to dismount!
The short is somewhere on this site...
itís the one with the train cars specifically set up for the touring bicyclists.
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