What do you do at a stop? Poll...

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by ADarkDraconis, 12 Mar 2018.

  1. Get off of the saddle

    68 vote(s)
  2. Lean the bike

    54 vote(s)
  3. Trackstand

    14 vote(s)
  4. Other: please specify your greatness...

    10 vote(s)
  1. ADarkDraconis

    ADarkDraconis Cardinal Member

    Ohio, USA
    Inspired by another thread in which people are discussing how you position yourself on your bike at a stop, I thought I'd get others' opinions!

    Some riders lean their bike and keep on the saddle with one foot on a pedal and one on the ground. Some riders dismount the saddle and straddle the top tube with one or both feet on the ground. Yet others are masters of their craft and can balance without touching the ground at all as if by magic! What's your preference? Any pros or cons for you? Are you open to trying something different to see if it might work better for you? Is it weird that this is even a poll? Inquiring minds want to know!
  2. slowmotion

    slowmotion Quite dreadful

    lost somewhere
    A London driver, next to me at a red light, shouted out of his window at a track stander......

    "Stop poncing about, you tw*t."
  3. Shut Up Legs

    Shut Up Legs Down Under Member

    Can you please add the option "anchovies" to the poll? Just like pizza, no poll's complete without them.
    RoubaixCube, rikki, smutchin and 5 others like this.
  4. hoopdriver

    hoopdriver Veteran

    East Sussex
    You left out the option - don’t stop at all, shoot through on the red...
    Rooster1, Dogtrousers, Dan B and 4 others like this.
  5. Thorn Sherpa

    Thorn Sherpa Senior Member

    I normally track stand which can be a giggle when your panniers are jam packed with the weekly work clothes ready to be washed. Needless to say had some failed attempts!
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  6. bpsmith

    bpsmith Veteran

    Track stand at every opportunity.
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  7. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Trackstand, while rolling a cigarette, doing the Telegraph crossword, and biting a juicy virgins neck.
  8. glasgowcyclist

    glasgowcyclist Charming but somewhat feckless

    I can trackstand for just a few seconds so I generally just dab one foot while staying in the saddle.

    I see loads of guys try to do it and it all looks cool for about the first ten seconds then the wobble sets in. I find this particularly funny when the lights have only just changed and I know they're going to be red for a good minute and a half. The poor sod's torn between falling over and looking like a prat, or dabbing a foot down and looking like a failure.

    Unless you're truly proficient at it, I'd say it's a complete waste of energy and effort.
  9. si_c

    si_c Veteran

    Depends on the junction and light timings. If I think I can hold it, trackstand, if not, or there's not much space around the cars, I'll put a foot down.
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  10. Sharky

    Sharky Veteran

    Normaly, out of the saddle and one foot down. But occasionally there is a lamp post or fence or railings at the kerb side, allowing me to hold and remain on the saddle and clipped in.
  11. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Unclip left foot, put on kerb or road while leaning sat on saddle. I can't trackstand for more than about a second
    iancity and ADarkDraconis like this.
  12. swansonj

    swansonj Guru

    I am also a left foot on road (whether out of saddle and foot planted firmly on road, or in saddle and stretched toe just touching road) and right foot on pedal. But I'm always surprised to see how many people unclip right and leave left in. Seems counterintuitive to me when pavements are on left and motor vehicles on right. If you are in strong primary it makes no difference but still seems odd to me. (Not a criticism of anyone else, just puzzlement. )
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  13. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Think it’s just how it happens. @jefmcg is a right foot unclipper. Think she said she stands the other way round on a surf board too (not something I’ve ever attempted)
    theclaud and ADarkDraconis like this.
  14. Oldbloke

    Oldbloke Guru

    Mayenne, France
    Let the stabilisers down:biggrin:
  15. numbnuts

    numbnuts Legendary Member

    North Baddesley
    Trackstand while riding my trike :tongue:
    Pat "5mph", Mrs M, swansonj and 7 others like this.
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