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Old 12-25-20, 02:35 PM
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Right. Puts the bike between me/traffic.
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Old 12-25-20, 02:44 PM
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
Nope. If you put the left leg down, the right leg goes closer to the drivetrain. Right leg down moves the leg away from the drivetrain.
Ridiculous! Watch carefully next time youíre in a group coming to a stop. People who unclip on the drive side lean their bike to the right side or lean it against their right leg. If youíre right foot stays clipped in it stays the same distance, more or less, to the drive chain, hard to get it closer. I tried it today on my Christmas ride. Or you could be like this woman I met once who had the chain ring imprint tattooed on her right calf so itís permanently there and doesnít matter if you get more chain oil on your leg. She was a MTBer though...
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Old 12-25-20, 02:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Wileyrat View Post
Left, even though that ankle is so messed up my cleat is positioned so I can't twist out, and I have to twist in.
I have a similar issue where it is very difficult to clip out with my left foot while riding so I almost always unclip my right foot. If I have to clip out my left foot while moving I twist in also. But when stopped I find it easier to clip out. Too many ankle injuries over the years.
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Old 12-25-20, 02:58 PM
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left and I can only do a u turn well on our tandem to the left.
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Old 12-25-20, 03:39 PM
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Right foot, not sure why, but I have been doing for over 40 years. No cute rationalizations, that is just the way I do it.
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Old 12-25-20, 04:06 PM
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I'm with one4smoke- why would you fall to the side that you already have your foot down?

The last time that happened to me, it was at the opening of the bike lane across a bridge, & thousands of cyclists showed up.

I pulled up to the small group, unclipped on the right, & a guy pulled up on my left, bumping into me. I fell to the side that was still clipped in, knocking him over as well.

He apologized.

Generally I go with left side/crown of road, and you know that there will be pavement there, but either is OK.

I can also pull the water bottle to drink with left or right hand!
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Old 12-25-20, 04:25 PM
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Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
Left. If the road is crowned, and most are, your left foot is closer to the ground than your right. Also Cat 5 tattoo avoidance.
This.

But I usually trackstand. Most of the streets downtown have enough slope to the gutter that it makes it pretty easy even with a freewheel.
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Old 12-25-20, 04:30 PM
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Originally Posted by woodcraft View Post
I'm with one4smoke- why would you fall to the side that you already have your foot down?

The last time that happened to me, it was at the opening of the bike lane across a bridge, & thousands of cyclists showed up.

I pulled up to the small group, unclipped on the right, & a guy pulled up on my left, bumping into me. I fell to the side that was still clipped in, knocking him over as well.

He apologized.

Generally I go with left side/crown of road, and you know that there will be pavement there, but either is OK.

I can also pull the water bottle to drink with left or right hand!
I wag going home it was 20 degrees out unclipped on the left got hit with a huge gust of wind that blew me over.
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Old 12-25-20, 04:39 PM
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On my commuter with platforms, left. On my road with clipless, right. Don't know why, I just do it that way.
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Old 12-25-20, 04:40 PM
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Stop at a light???
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Old 12-25-20, 05:29 PM
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My habit was left, but Iím trying to change habit to right foot down for left turns and left for right hand turns.

I use toe clips on my utility bikes and I donít get the pedal flipped immediately. This results in the clip dragging on the pavement in the turn and wears it out. Iím trying to avoid that by staying with my toe in the direction of the turn.

It is a work in progress.
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Old 12-25-20, 10:56 PM
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Originally Posted by one4smoke View Post
Yeah, and I'm not seeing yours. Miles apart for some reason. Why would you fall on the side you're unclipped on? You have that foot out ready to provide stability, so why would you fall to that side?
If you fail to unclip successfully you tend to fall towards the side you are tying to unclip on. You donít have your foot out but, generally, you are leaning towards the side you are trying to unclip. To be honest, it hasnít happened to me in a very long time as I can and do trackstand most of the time and I can come to a complete stop even while clipped in and still get out. But, if Iím going to topple over because of a mistake, I want to fall away from the line of traffic.
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Old 12-25-20, 11:06 PM
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Time for a PSA:

If you strongly favor one side, practice using the other side, so you can use it if golden retriever puppies decide to take out your favorite ankle.
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Old 12-26-20, 12:16 AM
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Fascinating read.
In so many other threads when someone posts about trying out clipless for the first time just about everybody jumps in and tells them how great it is and how easy it is to pick up.
Apparently these same people have A LOT of experience falling over which comes to light when it pertains to giving advice on how to stop lol.
Funny you never hear about anyone needing to dissect a simple stop based upon potentially falling into traffic when using toe clips
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That's because no one uses toe clips anymore.

Besides, you have to loosen them.

A much better case for easy emergency dismounts could be made if you were advocating flat pedals.
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Old 12-26-20, 09:19 AM
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Originally Posted by downhillmaster View Post
Fascinating read.
In so many other threads when someone posts about trying out clipless for the first time just about everybody jumps in and tells them how great it is and how easy it is to pick up.
Apparently these same people have A LOT of experience falling over which comes to light when it pertains to giving advice on how to stop lol.
Funny you never hear about anyone needing to dissect a simple stop based upon potentially falling into traffic when using toe clips
I have mentioned toeclips above. In my experience toeclips are much more difficult to deal with than clipless if you tighten the straps like you are supposed to. Iíve fallen with them probably more often than with clipless because I tightened them.
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i ride FIXED and when Im STRAPPED I put down the foot that is the loosest which is generally the left
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Originally Posted by billridesbikes View Post
Ridiculous! Watch carefully next time youíre in a group coming to a stop. People who unclip on the drive side lean their bike to the right side or lean it against their right leg. If youíre right foot stays clipped in it stays the same distance, more or less, to the drive chain, hard to get it closer. I tried it today on my Christmas ride. Or you could be like this woman I met once who had the chain ring imprint tattooed on her right calf so itís permanently there and doesnít matter if you get more chain oil on your leg. She was a MTBer though...
Thatís your opinion. My wife unclips to the left and she has far more chainring marks then I do. We were discussing this yesterday and, without prompting, she said that the bike leans against her leg more. People who unclip on the right lean move their right leg away from the drivetrain. The bike leans towards the ďright unclipperísĒ left leg or, more properly, the angle between the frame and the foot increases and your right leg is further away from the drivetrain.

People who unclip on the left increase the angle on the left side but not on the right. The right is closer to the leg and more likely to touch on take off.

On the other hand, if you donít want chain grease on your leg, donít use chain grease.
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Old 12-26-20, 10:18 AM
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Chain tattoos would be yet another fascinating thread topic!
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
Thatís your opinion. My wife unclips to the left and she has far more chainring marks then I do. We were discussing this yesterday and, without prompting, she said that the bike leans against her leg more. People who unclip on the right lean move their right leg away from the drivetrain. The bike leans towards the ďright unclipperísĒ left leg or, more properly, the angle between the frame and the foot increases and your right leg is further away from the drivetrain.

People who unclip on the left increase the angle on the left side but not on the right. The right is closer to the leg and more likely to touch on take off.

On the other hand, if you donít want chain grease on your leg, donít use chain grease.
This sounds really odd, next time I'm on the bike I'll have play around with this. But I think the hard thing to imagine is how the right foot, clipped into the pedal, also has one's calf concurrently hitting the chainring. Outwardly that sounds dangerous. Also, I would think typically the clipped in foot is up near the 12 o'clock position (ready to start up again), above the chainring obviously.
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This sounds really odd, next time I'm on the bike I'll have play around with this. But I think the hard thing to imagine is how the right foot, clipped into the pedal, also has one's calf concurrently hitting the chainring. Outwardly that sounds dangerous. Also, I would think typically the clipped in foot is up near the 12 o'clock position (ready to start up again), above the chainring obviously.
Mine is, thatís why I unclip the left foot, to have my right foot positioned at a 1 or 2 oíclock position to take off when itís time to go.
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Left. Avoid the rookie mark on your right calf.
Rookie ???....I thought that grease on the leg is a mark of a serious cyclist.
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Rookie ???....I thought that grease on the leg is a mark of a serious cyclist.
So is not worrying about falling at a freaking stop.
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
Thatís your opinion. My wife unclips to the left and she has far more chainring marks then I do. We were discussing this yesterday and, without prompting, she said that the bike leans against her leg more. People who unclip on the right lean move their right leg away from the drivetrain. The bike leans towards the ďright unclipperísĒ left leg or, more properly, the angle between the frame and the foot increases and your right leg is further away from the drivetrain.

People who unclip on the left increase the angle on the left side but not on the right. The right is closer to the leg and more likely to touch on take off.

On the other hand, if you donít want chain grease on your leg, donít use chain grease.
This thread is funny, because it's so odd.

You going on and on about something as mundane as taking your foot off a pedal, that is.
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Originally Posted by HD3andMe View Post
This thread is funny, because it's so odd.

You going on and on about something as mundane as taking your foot off a pedal, that is.
pretty sure regional wars have been started over less than this.
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