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Which leg do you swing over first?

Old 11-19-20, 10:58 AM
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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...
its the one with the train cars specifically set up for the touring bicyclists.
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Old 11-19-20, 11:56 AM
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Wth!?
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Old 11-19-20, 01:38 PM
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Originally Posted by P!N20 View Post
Back on topic please.
Sorry, I get confused. Thought I was on the Ambidextrous Dyslexics forum.
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I was hoping for a thread full of non-driveside photos but instead: chaos! You guys are too smart for me. Well done, C&V denizens

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This side



For skateboarding goofy/mongo foot. Still get crap about it.

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Old 11-19-20, 09:23 PM
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Right leg over standing on the NDS.

Left foot into the clip and strap first.

Then, push and go.
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Old 11-19-20, 11:04 PM
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Depends if Im wearing my skinny jeans or not.
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Hmm...had to think...
1. If from a quick mount, left foot in, push off and right leg over and in.
2. If slow mount, right leg over and clip, push off, left foot in.
3. At stop, left foot out and down.
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I am standing on the side I mount from. Sorry non drive side pics are limited. Joe
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Old 11-20-20, 07:30 AM
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It depends which side of the bike I'm standing on.

Originally Posted by r0ckh0und View Post
I go both ways sometimes............
I've never done that. I go with one way, or the other. Both, now that would be a challenge!
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Bikes, motorcycles, horses....always from the left.

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Originally Posted by jamesdak View Post
I grew up riding and training horses. So yeah I stand on the NDS and throw my right leg over. Then clip in the left leg first.
I always thought this was the reason that the drive side is on the right side.
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Originally Posted by rhm View Post
It depends which side of the bike I'm standing on.


I've never done that. I go with one way, or the other. Both, now that would be a challenge!
While my comment was somewhat in jest, I agree with T-Mar that it is beneficial in an ATB or CX race to mount from either side. From personal experience, when falling or crashing, it is convenient to be able to mount from the side you have fallen to.
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Originally Posted by r0ckh0und View Post
While my comment was somewhat in jest, I agree with T-Mar that it is beneficial in an ATB or CX race to mount from either side. From personal experience, when falling or crashing, it is convenient to be able to mount from the side you have fallen to.
Well, obviously, my comment was also somewhat less than serious.

The truth is I have never thought about it before. I do remember that this morning I got on the bike from the left side. When I get on the bike to ride home from the station, I get on it from the right side-- when I pull the bike out of the locker, I'm on the right side of the bike. That's as far back as I can remember.

There is another technique I have witnessed. This was on a 400 km brevet a few years ago. An older gentleman, who apparently had flexibility issues, put his hands on the brake levers, locked the back brake, and pulled the front of the bike back so the front wheel was above the back wheel, the whole bike directly in front of his body. Then he steered the rear wheel between his legs and lowered the front end of the bike down. The saddle came up right where he wanted it, and next thing I knew he was riding away. The whole maneuver took a couple seconds. I don't do this, because I have fenders on my bike.
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I'm in the majority and always mount from the left side by swinging my right leg over the back. The left foot always goes on the pedal first, whether I'm starting off from stationary or doing a rolling cowboy mount. The exact reverse for dismounting, whether I come to a stop first or do a cowboy dismount.
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I don't recall this being mentioned here but another consideration..........by mounting from the drive side you'd be less likely to get a chainring tattoo
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I had to go back in time a few years to find a NDS picture. This was how the Competition looked pre-gugificazione.




I have a theory about this.

When I first started riding bicycles, they had kickstands. Kickstands were always on the NDS. Who is going to put the kickstand up, then walk around to the other side of the bike to get on it? Once the habit is formed, it tends to remain.
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Originally Posted by USAZorro View Post
I had to go back in time a few years to find a NDS picture. This was how the Competition looked pre-gugificazione.




I have a theory about this.

When I first started riding bicycles, they had kickstands. Kickstands were always on the NDS. Who is going to put the kickstand up, then walk around to the other side of the bike to get on it? Once the habit is formed, it tends to remain.
I think you're right to a certain extent. But surely the kickstand is on the left of bikes because it was in right driving countries they were fitted most? Two of my bikes have solid center stands (or did, depending on mood on one of them), so the stand can be used from either side. But a sidestand on your right on right-driving country would be annoying as hell (leaning the bike into walls). A left-sided kickstand in places like Australia or the UK would be equally annoying to me.
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Originally Posted by CargoDane View Post
surely the kickstand is on the left of bikes because it was in right driving countries they were fitted most.
There's less clutter on the nds. A kickstand mounted behind the bb will get in the way of the chain and inner chainrings. On the rear, it will hit the rd and chain.
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
There's less clutter on the nds. A kickstand mounted behind the bb will get in the way of inner chainrings. On the rear, it will hit the rd.
You know what, I think you're absolutely right! It would still annoy me in a left-hand-drive country, but that is probably the correct explanation.
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Originally Posted by USAZorro View Post

Who is going to put the kickstand up, then walk around to the other side of the bike to get on it? Once the habit is formed, it tends to remain.
This got me thinking...

I mount/dismount NDS, but I always lean the bike on the NDS. Photos ops are important. So, I do just what you describe and walk around the bike every dam* time.
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Originally Posted by Kabuki12 View Post

I am standing on the side I mount from. Sorry non drive side pics are limited. Joe
Do I spy a console behind you - built from a bicycle?!

I can't be the only one interested in seeing it in detail. Have you posted about it before?

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