Can you mount your bike from the wrong side..

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

  1. palinurus

    palinurus Guru

    ..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. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    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
  3. 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.
  4. Joe24

    Joe24 More serious cyclist than Bonj

    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.
  5. numbnuts

    numbnuts Legendary Member

    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:
  6. OP

    palinurus Guru

    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.
  7. Night Train

    Night Train Maker of Things

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

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    I am ambidextorus in both legs
  9. Paulus

    Paulus Getting older by the minute

    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.
  10. longers

    longers Veteran

    Having just tried it - no can do.

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

    col Veteran

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

    snorri Legendary Member

    It feels quite awkward mounting from the opposite side in foreign parts I find.:blush:
  13. 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.
  14. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

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

    palinurus Guru

    I'm going to have to learn how to do it now.
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