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View Poll Results: When you stop, which side do you lean to?
Left foot on pedal, right foot on the ground
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33.33%
Right foot on pedal, left foot on the ground
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53.62%
Both feet on the ground
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2.17%
I alternate
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10.87%
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Which side do you stop on?

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Old 07-10-07, 07:39 AM
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Which side do you stop on?

I was riding home yesterday and had one of those crazy random thoughts as I was stopping at a light. When I stop, I tend to have my left foot on the pedal, and my right foot on the ground. I switched it up at that light and it felt weird. I wondered if others have similar habits.
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Old 07-10-07, 07:41 AM
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I always put my left foot down. I'm right-handed. I suspect there's a correlation.
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Old 07-10-07, 07:43 AM
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Generally my right foot and am right handed. Though I believe my chocolate foot is my left one.
I change it up when my left foot is hot spotting badly or if I need to stop in an awkward position that would make it easier to have the left one unclipped.
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when stopping i put my right foot down but usually just because i'm in the bike lane and that's where the curb is. if i put my foot on the ground i either have to touch my tippy toe to the ground or dismount the saddle (if I dismount while wearing baggy elastic-band shorts i risk pantsing myself )
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Old 07-10-07, 07:57 AM
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I alternate, however most of the time it's Right foot on pedal, left foot on the ground
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Old 07-10-07, 08:07 AM
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I usually lean toward the apex of the crown in the road - usually keeping my right foot on the pedal. I do try and switch it up though.
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Old 07-10-07, 08:16 AM
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I usually unclip my left foot. I am right-footed.
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I usually unclip my right foot, then rest my left thigh on the top tube and support myself on my right leg. It's a stable position if the road is icy or snowy, and there's zero chance of getting chain grease on my leg.
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What there is no voting option for track standing?...

Ok when I put my foot down it is usually the left one. For that matter, when trackstanding, the wheel is to the left and the right foot forward. I can't do it the other way.
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Whichever. Sometimes I stop at a curbcut on a traffic island or whatever and then I try to unclip the foot that will be on the curb rather than the one down in the cut.
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I alternate to distribute the wear on my cleats, but if I wasn't thinking about it, it would usually be my right foot so that I could rest it on the curb (leftover of when I would pedal with platforms)
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Weird. I'm VERY right handed but I always start off pedalling with my left foot (thus my right foot is the one I put down). I always think of it in that order, too, don't know why.

Today I was having fun with toe clips. Didn't want to start fooling around with which foot went where! Almost fell over right as I arrived at work, but saved myself in time
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Originally Posted by doraemonkey
What there is no voting option for track standing?...

That's what I was thinking, too.

Not that I'm good enough to pull one off on my commuter, though.
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Originally Posted by Buglady
Weird. I'm VERY right handed but I always start off pedalling with my left foot (thus my right foot is the one I put down). I always think of it in that order, too, don't know why.

Today I was having fun with toe clips. Didn't want to start fooling around with which foot went where! Almost fell over right as I arrived at work, but saved myself in time
Same here....and I think that's normal.

When you run.....do you start (push off) with left foot or right? I'm right handed, but push off with left foot. I stop on right foot, so I can push off with left foot (not to mention it seems more convenient, since I'm typically on right side of trail/road).
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I alternate between track stand and right foot down. I'll only put my left foot down if the road is really unevenly leaning to the right.

I believe which foot comes down has to do with which foot is your guide foot and which foot is your 'propel' foot.
Majority of people have right guided and left propel feet, so running tracks go counter clockwise.
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I'm right handed/footed, left foot goes down unless I'm in a weird situation - right foot stays clipped in ready to take off with.
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Chocolate foot is my left foot (and I'm right handed). If I come to a complete stop I always get out of saddle though.
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Originally Posted by AllenG
Chocolate foot is my left foot (and I'm right handed). If I come to a complete stop I always get out of saddle though.

What does that mean chocolate foot?

I almost alwayts unclip my right foot and place it on the curb.
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It is the foot you lead with.
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I use to put my right foot down until I saw someone do it on the edge of the road. The road dropped off quite fast and the guy tumbled down into the ditch. Now I put my left foot down. I know what's on the left.
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Hmmm, my option isn't listed. I keep both feet on the pedals. Though I ride a recumbent trike, so taking my feet off the pedals is not all that necessary.
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When I can, I put my right foot on the curb. Otherwise, I put my left foot on the road. In either case, I then put the remaining foot on the pedal.
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Originally Posted by opel70
Hmmm, my option isn't listed. I keep both feet on the pedals. Though I ride a recumbent trike, so taking my feet off the pedals is not all that necessary.
I should have put an "Other" up there. I knew I must've forgotten some possibilities. I guess that's what the text is for.
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Originally Posted by Bolo Grubb
What does that mean chocolate foot?
It's a term coined by Hans Rey. It means your dominate foot on the bicycle, the one you unclip first, put forward when coasting, etc.
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Originally Posted by KingTermite
Same here....and I think that's normal.

When you run.....do you start (push off) with left foot or right? I'm right handed, but push off with left foot. I stop on right foot, so I can push off with left foot (not to mention it seems more convenient, since I'm typically on right side of trail/road).
I try to avoid running as much as possible! I really couldn't tell you

(and when I trip over my own feet next time I do have to run, I am blaming you!)
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