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How to mount a bike and ride

Old 09-30-08, 09:10 AM
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Originally Posted by jgjulio
Thanks again guys. Lots of great ideas. I am going to practice and see what works.
I want to be able to set my seat at a proper height.
It seems that most bikes have the seat higher than the handlebars. My hybrid does not (Trek 7200). This configuration seems to require a relatively high seat - correct?
Saddle height has to do with the extension of the leg rather than the brand of bike.
Old 09-30-08, 09:14 AM
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Originally Posted by natbla
This was written with a specific individual in mind. #1 is while standing still with the intent to use the left leg to start pedaling/step up.

I agree this seems overly complicated. It is however a full list of all the pieces. I agree with your method for most people. I find there is something for looking at all the details before trying to help someone else. Things that are easy without thought are often much harder to explain to a person who isn't at ease with a given activity or act.
Thanks, natbla and lbb for the advice. The instructions were written for me, and I'll try them out this week. On grass.
Old 09-30-08, 10:20 AM
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Originally Posted by The Historian
Saddle height has to do with the extension of the leg rather than the brand of bike.
Style and model of bike has quite a lot to do with it.

On my mid '90s MTB which is quite XC influenced I've got nearly 130mm of drop between the saddle and handle bars. This is not ideal for modern trail riding but it's the geometry I'm stuck with.

On my mid '80s road bike I've got around 30mm of drop.

On my 2008 'cross bike I've got around 80mm of drop.

When I go out with people off-road I'm in the distinct minority for having my saddle significantly lower than my saddle and most people seem to have them level or even a touch above. On the road rides a small to moderate drop is normal with only a few of the older riders on hybrids with no or negative drop.
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Originally Posted by jgjulio
This is my first post. I have been lurking here for awhile and am very impressed with this forum.
My question regards to proper technique for mounting a bike when you (I am) a Clydesdale.

I have seen the video on Sheldon Browns website. It shows a young thin lady getting on the bike by straddling the top tube and then putting her foot on a pedal and pushing down - she gets going very easily.

But when I try this my size makes me very cramped on the bike and my belly hits the handle bars.
Now I straddle the bike - get partially on the saddle with a foot on the ground - then push off.

This works but if I get a bike that has the seat higher such as a road bike I will not be able to keep a foot on the ground and straddle the seat.

How do you guys mount and start your ride? Also how do you get off the bike?

Thanks in advance.
Here is how I do it, you need to be able to stand over the top tube, with both feet on the ground, but not the saddle. Put one pedal at almost the top toward the front, put that foot on the pedal, and push down, this causes three motions to occur at the same time, the pedal starts to go down, your butt starts to go up, the bike starts to move forward, This should move your butt up enough that you can scoot it back onto the saddle, lift your other leg, and put on the other pedal coming around, and push down again, once you get up to about 10km/h (6MPH) you can lift your butt and readjust on the saddle. Getting off is done a couple of ways, one is to simply stop and lean the bike far enough to one side to get a foot on the ground. Scoot forward off the saddle, then right the bike straddling the top tube.

With a very large "Molson muscle*" (Mm), it's a little harder at first, in that there isn't always room between the bars and the Mm, but you shouldn't really need a lot of room. Some folks find it easier to use a recumbent trike at first, or a crank forward design like the Electra Townie, which allows for a lower saddle. If you have a bike you can mount, even in an awkward manner, and don't have other issues, then just put 65,536km on the bike, while retraining yourself to eat better, the Mm will go away, allowing for an easier mounting technique.

*Molson muscle, Canadian slang, a very large gut generally created from drinking too much Molson's or other branded beer.
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