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Standing on one pedal...

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by Maz, 16 Aug 2007.

  1. Maz

    Maz Guru

    Is there a technique to this? I always seem so unstable. The old boys at my work seem to do this with consumate ease, then straddling the top-tube in one graceful movement and ride off.
    They leave me floundering, trying to clip in!
    I want to do this to get past maingate without making a 'complete' dismount...they have 'cyclists dismount' signs cos they won't raise the barrier for us...a long wrangle I've been having with them!
     
  2. smiorgan

    smiorgan New Member

    Look at the oldest thread in the cyclocross area of this forum - may be just the technique you are after?
     
  3. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Miserable Old Bar Steward

  4. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    it really isn't hard...
     
  5. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Location:
    O' slO'
    Which MUST mean it is! :ohmy:
     
  6. Maz

    Maz Guru

    I bet it's harder in cleats.
     
  7. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    It's not difficult. Well, I never thought it was as I've been able to do it for as long as I can remember and so can't remember learning. But I suppose it might be hard for those who have never tried it before.

    It changes the balance of the bike, so I find that you have to lean it towards you more to counter this. It just takes practice.
     
  8. trustysteed

    trustysteed Guest

    in cleats, it's easier to stand astride the crossbar, clip one foot in then use that to push down on the pedal while pushing off the ground with the other, clipping the other in quickly while you've got the momentum.
     
  9. Oldlegs

    Oldlegs Frogs are people too.

    Location:
    Norwich
    You could try practicing the dismount first. Its a lot easier when you are coasting along not having to try and balance a very slow moving bike. The knack is the same both ways.
     
  10. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It! Staff Member

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Deffo not for cleats !
     
  11. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Location:
    Penarth, Wales
    Practice is the only real answer, but I don't find it a problem. However be reasonbly low on the speed when first trying it out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  12. Wobbly John

    Wobbly John Veteran

    It's not easy if you're riding a fixie :ohmy:
     
  13. Brock

    Brock Senior Member

    Location:
    Kent
    Yes it is.. At least this bloke thinks so.
    But what about if you're riding a tandem? :blush:
    (youtube links)
     
  14. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

    Its a one movement situation this: not good with cliplees pedals though :blush:

    Leading on from this:

    I often, on rides, find myself leaning on one pedals on a slight downhill, like, having a rest...

    Anyone else do this ?

     
  15. bobg

    bobg Über Member

    Location:
    Crosby Merseyside
    "I often, on rides, find myself leaning on one pedals on a slight downhill, like, having a rest...

    Anyone else do this ?"

    Yes, never thought about it before, after in depth analysis, I think it takes the weight off one bum cheek...