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How do you mount? Yes, bizarre, but this came to me recently.

I noticed that I always mount the bike from the left, right leg first, and if i go to get on the bike from the other side I will automatically swap sides before mounting..

Why? I dont know..

So i decided to try mounting from the right..  I couldnt actually get my brain to work out how to do it, it kept wanting to lift the right leg first...

I fell over..

Am I alone?
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    Re: Which side does sir dress?
    « Reply #1 on: October 29, 2014, 16:19 »
    I am your mirror image, Dim.

    I have to lead with my left leg. I have to start my pedal strokes with my left leg - when I stop, I unclip only my right foot to put down.

    One time I forgot to unclip, realised I was naturally leaning right, tried to counterbalance myself but couldn't get my left foot unclipped either. I fell over, painfully landing on my keys in my jersey pocket, and looked up to see the cyclist I had whooshed by as she gently caught me up again.

    I also tend to dress to the left, since you asked.  :P
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    I mount from whatever side

    but always have left foot clipped in to start or unclip right 1st to stop
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    Left would be my choice now that I think about it, but if you mount it on a road of cause you go right[1].
     1. For places where you drive on the right side of the road
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    That is probably why i always mount from the left, its the natural from pavement to bike..
    What i dont get is why doing it from the other side is so complicated for me (And apparently others too)
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    From left, right leg first

    unclip left to stop
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    I think it was Paul Fournel in  'Need for Bike' who once realised that he always mounted the bike from one side, and determined that from that point he was pointedly going to do it from the other side for the rest of his life.

    Whilst I never used to consider what side of the bike to get on...I get on the bike from the right but I can manage the other way - I can also start from either pedal. (mostly because, since reading the above book I thought I would be stupid not to be able to do both).

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    That is probably why i always mount from the left, its the natural from pavement to bike..
    What i dont get is why doing it from the other side is so complicated for me (And apparently others too)

    I mean there is so many ways to get on a bike though isn't there, I mean could you not either lift your far side leg over the top tube or instead simply swing it around the back.

    Either way there is ever so many things that can go wrong while mounting a bike, I once saw a guy mount a locked bike only to stationary crash very slow and embarrassingly  :lol
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    From left, right leg first

    unclip left to stop
    This exactly. Always mounting from the left, always.
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    Left, but can do right. Don't have click pedals though, so different story for me.

    Also WTF.
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    From left, right leg first

    unclip left to stop

    +1.

    Could be because I'm left-handed, I don't know.
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    Could be because I'm left-handed, I don't know.
    That's one thing I've been wondering lately: Playing football, I'm left-footed, but I write right-handedly. I mount my bike from the left, and always put the left foot down.
    Could it be that I used to be left-handed and was re-trained at so early an age that I don't remember it?
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    From left, right leg first

    unclip left to stop

    Another +1. Normal bike or my old "road"bike, doesnt really matter, always this.
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    I have a side..

    Bu I am not sure which one.
    When I try and note which side I am mounting from, I have a feeling I may alternate and do it back to front.
    It just doesn't feel natural when I am concentrating too hard on which side to come from.
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    I have a side..

    Bu I am not sure which one.

    :fp
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    No crosses here it seems

    no rear mounters

    :lol
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    I'm really not so good at mounting :shh  but I have a cute way of getting off  :cool
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    No crosses here it seems

    no rear mounters

    :lol

    crosses? rear mounters? :S
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    No crosses here it seems

    no rear mounters

    :lol

    not totally sure what you mean, but im leg over back wheel, mount from behind kinda guy..

    Certainly not a step through, and ive no idea how i would get my leg over the top tube anyway
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    not totally sure what you mean, but im leg over back wheel, mount from behind kinda guy..

    Certainly not a step through, and ive no idea how i would get my leg over the top tube anyway

    Step through on my normal bike

    leg over back wheel on race bike

    people say I have a funny way of getting on my road bike
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    people say I have a funny way of getting on my road bike

    People say I'm the life of the party. Because I tell a joke or two.
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    I have thought about this, but I've no rational explanation as to why I can ONLY mount from the left side of the bike.

    Watch any cyclocross race as riders approach a barrier. Don't they generally ALL mount and dismount from the left? :slow

    I'll have to pull up some footage to see if this is, in fact, true or not (but I haven't the time right now). But doing it CX style only amplifies the issue.  Try mounting and dismounting from a running start. If I were to try that from the right side (chain side)... :o

    No way, José.

    And I'm right-handed FWIW. And probably more ambidextrous than most, due to the fact that I've spent most of my drumming life trying to coordinate each side of my body to the other.  :P
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    leg over back wheel, mount from behind
    Is there any other way of mounting a bike? :S

    When riding a bike without a top tube (the style search posted) I may occasionally step through. But that's very rare indeed.
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    Now that I've been forced to think about it a bit, I suppose the reason that I swing my right leg over the frame is because being right-handed  (and therefore right-footed), that's the side has possess the most coordination. The left leg only needs to maintain stability, but the swinging  leg (my right) requires a bit more control.

    My two cents on the matter.

    I have also noticed though, that when descending in a tuck, I ALWAYS have to have my left leg forward, with the crank arm in the horizontal position, right foot in the rear horizontal position. It just doesn't feel safe to reverse that alignment. I could never figure out why that was.

    Hip alignment issues? I've no idea.  :S
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    Will do my best to confuse the issue ...

    Mainly from the left - I have spent time racing cross, so there's a bit of an explanation for that ... however, given that we ride/drive on the right, often to the right as well ...

    With roadie, often swing the leg over the bars when getting off - stems (hah, bad pun!!!) from a training buddy many years back who pointed out the obvious: bars are lower than seat. Less height to get the leg over can be an advantage when they're in a jelly like state ...

    Mountain bike - depends on which side is uphill ... dismounts are often in random directions, depending on whether they are planned or unplanned ...   :S :S

    Is that clearer???   :D
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    Mounting on left is a hold over from mounting horses. never mount horse from right. will have to ask TT Tony how he mounts camel  ;)
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    I have also noticed though, that when descending in a tuck, I ALWAYS have to have my left leg forward, with the crank arm in the horizontal position, right foot in the rear horizontal position. It just doesn't feel safe to reverse that alignment. I could never figure out why that was.


    me Too :o

    With roadie, often swing the leg over the bars when getting off - stems (hah, bad pun!!!) from a training buddy many years back who pointed out the obvious: bars are lower than seat.

    This is frankly the most ridiculous thing i have ever read on the internet (or visualised) :fp

    You get off by lifting your leg over the bars.. just... wtf... on every level..
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    This is frankly the most ridiculous thing i have ever read on the internet (or visualised) :fp

    You get off by lifting your leg over the bars.. just... wtf... on every level..

    Wadda ya mean?? This is old school plus:

    http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-84936022/stock-vector-penny-farthing-or-high-wheel-bicycle-showing-how-to-dismount-the-bicycle-by-raising-a-leg-over-the.html

     :P

    BTW - you're lucky that you got such a sensible and "family oriented" answer ... Given the environment where I work, anything about which side you mount is more likely to get answers in terms of on top or underneath (or other options that we just wont go anywhere near) rather than left or right!!!  :angel
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