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Help me dismount

Old 04-07-08, 11:31 PM
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Help me dismount

I really like the feel of a fixed gear ride but every time I need to get off the bike I clumsily get off. First I try and yank my right foot out since that's the foot I like to put down. This part is a bit funky because my shoe tends to get caught in the toestraps. Once my foot is out, I wait until the next revolution and lift my body off the bike when my left foot is at the bottom of its rotation. It pushes me up and off and then stops. When I do this, I tend to stumble sort of abruptly even though I'm expecting to dismount this way.. it's like I land on my right foot with a lot more force than I expected.

How do you guys dismount ??
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Old 04-07-08, 11:33 PM
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easily.
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Old 04-07-08, 11:44 PM
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step 1. go to the video store.
step 2. rent Quicksilver starring Kevin Bacon
step 3. watch and enjoy
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Old 04-08-08, 12:10 AM
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If this is really a huge issue for you, then you are probably getting on and off of your bike too much. Just ride more and it will eventually work itself out.
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Old 04-08-08, 12:20 AM
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you seriously need help dismounting from your bicycle?

At some point, fixed gears will go out of fashion, then only real riders will be left riding them, and then we can all stop hearing these stupid questions.
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Old 04-08-08, 12:25 AM
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Also this might help
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Old 04-08-08, 12:28 AM
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Originally Posted by trevor_birba View Post
you seriously need help dismounting from your bicycle?

At some point, fixed gears will go out of fashion, then only real riders will be left riding them, and then we can all stop hearing these stupid questions.
oh shut up
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Old 04-08-08, 12:33 AM
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I was looking for advice to dismount BETTER. Anyone that has posted something unhelpful shouldn't have bothered posting at all. Shouldn't you guys be on craigslist, reading craigslist postings and whining about them? I didn't expect garbage to flow over onto bikeforums.
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Old 04-08-08, 12:43 AM
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i was actually serious about the kevin bacon rear dismount. thats how i do it. plus its a decentish movie. sheldon also recomends this
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Old 04-08-08, 01:33 AM
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1. Slow and take one foot out of the straps. Put that foot on the non-strap side of the pedal.
2. While still going slow, take the other foot out of the straps. Put that foot on the non-strap side of the pedal.
3. Stop and put both feet down.
4. Dismount

OR

1. Same as #1 above.
2. Stop and put foot down.
3. Loosen other foot.
4. Dismount.

edit: That's how I do it noobily.

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Old 04-08-08, 01:37 AM
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Originally Posted by antchen View Post
I was looking for advice to dismount BETTER. Anyone that has posted something unhelpful shouldn't have bothered posting at all. Shouldn't you guys be on craigslist, reading craigslist postings and whining about them? I didn't expect garbage to flow over onto bikeforums.
Sadly, that's what this particular subforum is all about. You can get some useful information, but you have to pick it out from all the nonsense. In other news, I believe you're overthinking this. Firstly, you either need to ride with your straps looser, or reach down and loosen them as you decelerate (not easy on a fix, I grant you). Then, slow down close to a stop, pull out your right foot, apply the brake to bring the bike to a halt, then put your foot down. Attempting to put your foot down whilst still rolling is a recipe for silliness on any bike.
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Old 04-08-08, 01:39 AM
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i use sheldons dismounting technique
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Old 04-08-08, 01:50 AM
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Originally Posted by okay View Post
i use sheldons dismounting technique
dude. stealing my thunder
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Old 04-08-08, 01:51 AM
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sorry man, i actually got the idea from your post and meant it to kind of reinforce your post or somethign.
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Old 04-08-08, 02:04 AM
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Originally Posted by bryanhayn View Post
1. Slow and take one foot out of the straps.
It actually took me a bit to figure that one out. I also tried the non-fixie swing-one-leg-over-and-coast-to-your-location technique. That doesn't work either.
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Old 04-08-08, 06:23 AM
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you need to plan your dismounts ahead of time. I take my left foot out, let the bike go one more crank revolution (with all my weight more or less on the right pedal), and put my left foot down when the bike has stopped. It's hard to explain, but it's easy.
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Old 04-08-08, 08:44 AM
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try riding your bike more.
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Old 04-08-08, 08:47 AM
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in my mind this dude slowly rode into a library and is posting while straddling
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Old 04-08-08, 08:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Robotronik View Post
I also tried the non-fixie swing-one-leg-over-and-coast-to-your-location technique. That doesn't work either.
haha, I saw a kid try to do that and bust his ass outside a coffee shop, I bet all his girl-capri wearing friends inside got a good laugh. I know I did.
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Both feet out of the toe clips, swing right leg over handlebars, slide off saddle to the left, grab saddle and start walking.
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Old 04-08-08, 09:48 AM
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I just trackstand till I fall over.
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Old 04-08-08, 09:51 AM
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Just never stop riding...
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Old 04-08-08, 09:57 AM
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Reardismount+loose fitting dickies cought under saddlenose=embarassment and sore nutz

Girlpants seem to have some advantages
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Just never stop riding...
i superglued my shoes to my pedals and i haven't stepped onto solid ground since june of 87'
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I bet it's hard to get laid when you have a bike attached to you
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