On which side do you mount?



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Waldo Hinshaw

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Lurking in this ng is fun, particularly for a pedant like me. It seems the smaller the object, such
as the nut on a presta valve, the longer the thread.

My question relates to TECHnique and not TECHnology. I just realized that I always get off and
on from the left side of the bicycle. I am not even sure I could do it from the other side. Is
this true for everyone? Like mounting a horse? Or do left-handers mount from the right? Or is it
just random?

I apologize for asking. It is totally unimportant. But I am curious.
 
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>My question relates to TECHnique and not TECHnology. I just realized that I always get off and
>on from the left side of the bicycle. I am not even sure I could do it from the other side. Is
>this true for everyone? Like mounting a horse? Or do left-handers mount from the right? Or is it
>just random?

Left.

I'd bet it has something to do with left or right-footedness. In surfing, most people stand with the
same foot forward whether they're going left or right on the wave. I think it's the left foot.

Some people ride with the right foot forward, which is (or at least was once...) called
"goofey-foot".

I'd expect goofey-footers to tend to mount from the right side of the bike.

With horses, I'd guess that the horse is a factor too - i.e. the horse might get upset if somebody
mounted from the other side - pure speculation there....
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GearóId Ó Laoi

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Always from left. I've never seen anyone do it from the right, though maybe I just didn't notice.
I'm sure however that George Bush would mount from the right, if he figured out how to do it.
 
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Sheldon Brown

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Waldo Hinshaw wrote:

> Lurking in this ng is fun, particularly for a pedant like me. It seems the smaller the object,
> such as the nut on a presta valve, the longer the thread.
>
> My question relates to TECHnique and not TECHnology. I just realized that I always get off and
> on from the left side of the bicycle. I am not even sure I could do it from the other side. Is
> this true for everyone? Like mounting a horse? Or do left-handers mount from the right? Or is it
> just random?

Generally, if you handle a bike from its left side, you're less likely to get your clothing or legs
soiled by the chain.

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S. Anderson

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I ghost-ride my bike then run behind the bike and leap onto the saddle, John Wayne-style!! Yee
haw!!! ;-)

Cheers,

Scott..
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"Waldo Hinshaw" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> Lurking in this ng is fun, particularly for a pedant like me. It seems the smaller the object,
> such as the nut on a presta valve, the longer the thread.
>
> My question relates to TECHnique and not TECHnology. I just realized that
I
> always get off and on from the left side of the bicycle. I am not even
sure
> I could do it from the other side. Is this true for everyone? Like
mounting
> a horse? Or do left-handers mount from the right? Or is it just random?
>
> I apologize for asking. It is totally unimportant. But I am curious.
 
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Jon Isaacs

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>I apologize for asking. It is totally unimportant. But I am curious.

To mount, I always stand with the bike to my right, swing and swing my leg over the saddle, put my
foot on the pedal and take off.

To dismount, I most often reverse the above though on rare occasions I choose less desirable routes
like "over the bars", "the old high sided again", or the "at least I didn't high side it."

jon isaacs
 
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Dave Lehnen

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Waldo Hinshaw wrote:

>Lurking in this ng is fun, particularly for a pedant like me. It seems the smaller the object, such
>as the nut on a presta valve, the longer the thread.
>
>My question relates to TECHnique and not TECHnology. I just realized that I always get off and
>on from the left side of the bicycle. I am not even sure I could do it from the other side. Is
>this true for everyone? Like mounting a horse? Or do left-handers mount from the right? Or is it
>just random?
>
>I apologize for asking. It is totally unimportant. But I am curious.
>
>
>
>
Usually mount from the left, unless I'm already standing on the right. Either way feels fairly
natural. Usually coast left-foot-forward. I'm right-handed. Like most people, I swing my leg over
the rear wheel and saddle; a few people step over the top tube instead. My theory is that people in
the southern hemisphere tend to stand on the right due to the Coriolis force <g>.

Dave Lehnen
 
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George Privon

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I'm left handed, and I mount on the right side. I *can* mount from the left, not well at all.

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Jim Price

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Waldo Hinshaw wrote:
> Lurking in this ng is fun, particularly for a pedant like me. It seems the smaller the object,
> such as the nut on a presta valve, the longer the thread.
>
> My question relates to TECHnique and not TECHnology. I just realized that I always get off and
> on from the left side of the bicycle. I am not even sure I could do it from the other side. Is
> this true for everyone? Like mounting a horse? Or do left-handers mount from the right? Or is it
> just random?
>
> I apologize for asking. It is totally unimportant. But I am curious.
>
>

If I turn left out of the front door, I mount on the right, and vice versa. Dismounting also depends
on the direction from which I arrive back at the house, as I tend to lean the bike against the wall
and get off the opposite side. The same sort of thing happens when I mount and dismount elsewhere,
except for the involuntary dismount over the handlebars. I've just built a fixed wheel bike, and I
haven't learnt the rolling start on that, yet (any tips anybody?), so I mount that while stationary,
rather than push off and throw my leg over, as it were.

JimP
 
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Paul J Pharr

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> My question relates to TECHnique and not TECHnology. I just realized that
I
> always get off and on from the left side of the bicycle. I am not even
sure
> I could do it from the other side. Is this true for everyone? Like
mounting
> a horse? Or do left-handers mount from the right? Or is it just random?

I guess I must be the strange one. I thought about it, and I almost always stand over the bike
first, clip one foot or the other in, pull that pedal up and shove off. I dismount on different
sides, but usually the right since I lean the bikes left side against the wall before I open the
garage door. If/when I stop on the road, I dismount on the left and lay the bike down on it's left
side or lean it against something on it's right side. I'm right handed...

Paul J Pharr
 
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Mike Jacoubowsk

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I'm left-handed, and do it from either side, depending where I am at the time. The chain isn't much
of an issue, as I swing my leg over the handlebar to get on, not the top tube.

My guess is that left-handed people are less likely to have a strong preference for one side or the
other, simply because we've had to adapt to a world that is generally biased towards right-handers.
Perhaps that's one of the great things about cycling; it's tough to claim that it favors right or
left-handed people.

--Mike-- Chain Reaction Bicycles http://www.ChainReaction.com

"Waldo Hinshaw" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]...
> Lurking in this ng is fun, particularly for a pedant like me. It seems the smaller the object,
> such as the nut on a presta valve, the longer the thread.
>
> My question relates to TECHnique and not TECHnology. I just realized that
I
> always get off and on from the left side of the bicycle. I am not even
sure
> I could do it from the other side. Is this true for everyone? Like
mounting
> a horse? Or do left-handers mount from the right? Or is it just random?
>
> I apologize for asking. It is totally unimportant. But I am curious.
 
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Paul J Pharr

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> If I turn left out of the front door, I mount on the right, and vice versa. Dismounting also
> depends on the direction from which I arrive back at the house, as I tend to lean the bike against
> the wall and get off the opposite side. The same sort of thing happens when I mount and dismount
> elsewhere, except for the involuntary dismount over the handlebars. I've just built a fixed wheel
> bike, and I haven't learnt the rolling start on that, yet (any tips anybody?), so I mount that
> while stationary, rather than push off and throw my leg over, as it were.
>
> JimP

Oops, forgot about the "involuntary" dismount..<g>

Paul J Pharr
 
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Tim McNamara

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In article <[email protected]>, "Waldo Hinshaw"
<[email protected]> wrote:

> My question relates to TECHnique and not TECHnology. I just realized that I always get off and
> on from the left side of the bicycle. I am not even sure I could do it from the other side. Is
> this true for everyone? Like mounting a horse? Or do left-handers mount from the right? Or is it
> just random?

I mount from both sides but more frequently the left side, and I almost always dismount to the left.
Comes from drilling on mounts and dismounts for cyclo-cross, which I was taught to do from the left
side. Unlike a horse, the bike doesn't care (for all I know, neither do horses).
 
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Pete Biggs

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Waldo Hinshaw wrote:
> My question relates to TECHnique and not TECHnology. I just realized that I always get off and
> on from the left side of the bicycle. I am not even sure I could do it from the other side. Is
> this true for everyone? Like mounting a horse? Or do left-handers mount from the right? Or is it
> just random?

Always left for me as well. I used to think it had something to do with the side of the road one
rides on, but as a lot/most Americans seem to get on from the left too, it can't be just that.

There is one big advantage over here, then (in towns at least): We have a handy step to stand on!
...I mean, put bike in road, stand on raised kerb, swing right leg over. And I don't want to hear
anyone tell me that's _not_ how you should mount! :) It's a great way! Maybe you guys should try it
the other way around to get the convenience from the kerb (or curb).

~PB (UK, right handed & footed)
 
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Mark Freedman

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"Waldo Hinshaw" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> My question relates to TECHnique and not TECHnology. I just realized that I always get off and
> on from the left side of the bicycle. I am not even sure I could do it from the other side. Is
> this true for everyone? Like mounting a horse? Or do left-handers mount from the right? Or is it
> just random?
>

I can't speak for other cyclists, but for me, it depends which innocent bystander I'm
aiming to kick.
 
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Matt J

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Yeah I get on from the left too. However, I also unclip my left foot at lights and such. And when
sprinting, I start with the right pedal up. I'm right-handed but left-eyed. Any correlations? If you
ever had a chainring tattoo, at what point did it disappear? Mine just sorta went away after I'd
been riding a couple months. Never really noticed... Matt

"Waldo Hinshaw" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> Lurking in this ng is fun, particularly for a pedant like me. It seems the smaller the object,
> such as the nut on a presta valve, the longer the thread.
>
> My question relates to TECHnique and not TECHnology. I just realized that I always get off and
> on from the left side of the bicycle. I am not even sure I could do it from the other side. Is
> this true for everyone? Like mounting a horse? Or do left-handers mount from the right? Or is it
> just random?
>
> I apologize for asking. It is totally unimportant. But I am curious.
 
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Suzy Jackson

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"Waldo Hinshaw" wrote ...
> My question relates to TECHnique and not TECHnology. I just realized that
I
> always get off and on from the left side of the bicycle. I am not even
sure
> I could do it from the other side. Is this true for everyone? Like
mounting
> a horse? Or do left-handers mount from the right? Or is it just random?

You've gotta get on and off on the left side, otherwise you'll frighten your bike.

Regards,

Suzy

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Bran Everseekin

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"Waldo Hinshaw" <[email protected]> spake thusly on or about Wed, 19 Feb 2003
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-> My question relates to TECHnique and not TECHnology. I just realized that I -> always get off and
on from the left side of the bicycle. I am not even sure -> I could do it from the other side. Is
this true for everyone? Like mounting -> a horse? Or do left-handers mount from the right? Or is it
just random? ->

I can and do mount or dismount from either side. preference would seem to be having the bike on the
right but its a slim margin.
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Ant

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"Waldo Hinshaw" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> My question relates to TECHnique and not TECHnology. I just realized that I always get off and
> on from the left side of the bicycle. I am not even sure I could do it from the other side. Is
> this true for everyone? Like mounting a horse? Or do left-handers mount from the right? Or is it
> just random?

finally- a topic i'm qualified to respond to!

im right handed, and mount from either side depending on where i am and what's around me. i used to
mount from the same side every time, have no idea which anymore, and then decided to learn to do
both. took me six minutes, and im sure it would be the same for anyone else so inclined.

another poster mentioned fixed rolling starts. if you can trackstand, then you probably have the
slow-rolling balance to pull it off on both sides from any pedal position. however, when i was just
starting, i would put the pedal (on the side i was mounting from) forward before kicking into the
'rolling start'. with clipless pedals, i clip in the foot before i kick off with the other.

cheers
 
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Art Harris

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"Waldo Hinshaw" wrote:

> I just realized that I always get off and on from the left side of the bicycle. I am not even sure
> I could do it from the other side. Is this true for everyone? Like mounting a horse?

Always on the left. That's why the kickstand is on that side! ;->

Art Harris
 
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