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Can you mount your bike from the wrong side..

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by palinurus, 23 May 2008.

  1. palinurus

    palinurus Guru

    Location:
    Watford
    ..or am I just crap?

    I always get on from the left. Bike was leaning up against a wall the other day, thought I'd just hop on from the other side.

    I was not successful. It felt dead weird. I thought I was going to fall off just clipping my foot in.
     
  2. Mort

    Mort Interstellar Overalls

    No, I just can't. It's just not right.
     
  3. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Location:
    Thumberland
    Oddkins bodkins... I don't think I've ever thunk about it, but I always get on from right.... (which probably mans I have a large penis :blush:)
    I'm left-handed
     
  4. longers

    longers Veteran

    I will try that. Always from the left for me.

    Eating a bag of crisps with your wrong hand isn't right either.
     
  5. Joe24

    Joe24 More serious cyclist than Bonj

    Location:
    Nottingham
    Got to be from the left. Never tried to get on from the right, i always move it so i get on from the left. Find it strange to unclip my right foot and put that down and still have my left foot clipped in.
     
  6. numbnuts

    numbnuts Guru

    Location:
    North Baddesley
    I don’t know why, but I have always get on from the right and when stopping I unclip my right foot first........and No I’m not weird:smile:
     
  7. palinurus

    palinurus Guru

    Location:
    Watford
    Another related thing is this: when I'm being held up by the starter at a TT* I'm happy to be leaning slightly leftwards, somewhat uncomfortable when upright, and very uncomfortable when a bit over to the right. That's probably to do with the same thing, I'm used to getting going from leaning over leftwards a bit and then going upright- but not the other way around.

    *and I am one crappy, nervous starter. I should give up, really. Or get a trike.
     
  8. Night Train

    Night Train Guest

    I usually get on on the right but I don't have a problem getting on from the left.
     
  9. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    I am ambidextorus in both legs
     
  10. Paulus

    Paulus Getting older by the minute

    Location:
    Barnet,
    I always get on from the left, it just feels wrong to mount on the wrong side. I also get on my motorbike the same side.
     
  11. longers

    longers Veteran

    Having just tried it - no can do.

    I'd never thought about it before though.
     
  12. col

    col Veteran

    Having tried it a while ago,i was shocked at how unsteady i was,did feel strange.
     
  13. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    It feels quite awkward mounting from the opposite side in foreign parts I find.:blush:
     
  14. Gerry Attrick

    Gerry Attrick Lincolnshire Mountain Rescue Consultant

    I can get on the bike from the "wrong" side, but then a mental block stops me clipping in.
     
  15. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

    I prefer getting my leg over on the right but can do both sides. :blush: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: