Left or right foot de-cleating?

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Left or right foot de-cleating?

Postby ChrisF » 7 Mar 2018, 11:41pm

If you use cleats or clipped pedals, when you slow down to stop at a junction, do you unclip your left or right foot? I've always used my left foot, but noticed on today's ride that two of our group of 4 de-cleat on the right.
Thinking about it, maybe because I started my cycling in an urban environment there was nearly always a kerb to put my foot on when I had to stop. But I can't see any advantage (in the UK) of removing the right foot from the pedal, unless your left leg is stronger for the subsequent push off.
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Re: Left or right foot de-cleating?

Postby PDQ Mobile » 7 Mar 2018, 11:51pm

I think I favour left too, but one advantage I could see in unclipping the right would be to stop any uncontrolled tumble into the vicinity of motor vehicles, in the UK, I hasten to add.

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Re: Left or right foot de-cleating?

Postby Redvee » 8 Mar 2018, 1:32am

I've always unclipped my right foot and left the left attached but now after 25 years of clipless riding I'm having to relearn the process as my left knee doesn't like the initial thrust when accelerating away from a stop.

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Re: Left or right foot de-cleating?

Postby Mick F » 8 Mar 2018, 7:09am

Left for me.
It's because the kerb is there, or a bank, or a low wall. I won't unclip if I can lean on a railing/wall/lamp post etc.

I get on from the left too, and also walk with the bike on my right. The left side of a bike is the Get On and Get Off side.
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Re: Left or right foot de-cleating?

Postby jezer » 8 Mar 2018, 8:10am

I’ve always unclipped my right foot, although on club rides I see most riders doing the opposite. At the moment I have a broken right ankle, so cannot ride anyway. I’ll have to see how flexible it is after healing.
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Re: Left or right foot de-cleating?

Postby tatanab » 8 Mar 2018, 8:24am

Left. Because I am right handed/right sided I want to lead off with my dominant leg - the right one.
Mick F wrote:I get on from the left too, and also walk with the bike on my right. The left side of a bike is the Get On and Get Off side.
Me too. I am amazed at the number of people who walk with a bike to their left, meaning their leg is closest to the potentially mucky stuff. Probably the same sort who lay bikes on the ground chain side down.

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Re: Left or right foot de-cleating?

Postby softlips » 8 Mar 2018, 8:58am

Left as curb is on that side. Pros tend to unclip with the right leg I’ve noticed.

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Re: Left or right foot de-cleating?

Postby foxyrider » 8 Mar 2018, 9:00am

I was taught to get on from the left and it's then only natural to use the left leg as balance. So clip in/out with left. The majority of people I see on the continent do the same, due i'm sure to right leg dominance for setting off.

That said I do unclip the right foot to use the kerb when i'm abroad sometimes - if I then have to dismount I get in a right pickle and setting off is a bit messy too!
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Re: Left or right foot de-cleating?

Postby eileithyia » 8 Mar 2018, 9:03am

I realised when I first started cycling in a group that all my club mates put their left foot down when stopping, analysing it I totally got it.. made sense there is usually a kerb to put your foot on.... I had spell where I taught myself to put left foot down.... but it is not a natural instinct from being a child... so have naturally reverted to right foot down.

It probably saved my foot / ankle a few years ago... as it means when coasting to a stop I freewheel with right foot up..... I was doing this when hit from the right side by a right turning car..... the bottom bracket was damaged.... but we believe the bumper had gone under my foot.... if I had had my right foot down it is highly likely that, as well as a smashed shoulder, I would also have had a broken ankle...... now that would have made rehab fun.
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Re: Left or right foot de-cleating?

Postby CliveyT » 8 Mar 2018, 9:28am

I'm left, Mrs T is right. We've never tried riding a tandem together but I can see this being a problem

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Re: Left or right foot de-cleating?

Postby NUKe » 8 Mar 2018, 9:55am

left always have. Similarly always mount from the left and find it virtually impossible to mount from the right.
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Re: Left or right foot de-cleating?

Postby Mick F » 8 Mar 2018, 10:00am

CliveyT wrote:I'm left, Mrs T is right. We've never tried riding a tandem together but I can see this being a problem

Although I rode a tandem once, I was on it by myself!
(at the front, of course!)

If you watch motor-cyclists with pillion passengers at junctions etc, it's only the "pilot" who puts a foot down. The passenger just sits there both feet up.

Is this not the case with tandemists?
Does the stoker not keep both feet on the pedals?
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Re: Left or right foot de-cleating?

Postby Audax67 » 8 Mar 2018, 11:39am

Left for me. I learnt to ride in Norn Iron. I also prefer a tight left-hand turn to a tight right-hander.
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Re: Left or right foot de-cleating?

Postby tatanab » 8 Mar 2018, 1:54pm

Mick F wrote:Is this not the case with tandemists?
Does the stoker not keep both feet on the pedals?
That was always my preference, but not all pairings do that.

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Re: Left or right foot de-cleating?

Postby Si » 8 Mar 2018, 2:14pm

We are meant to teach people toput theleftfoot down because ifit slips they fall onto the pavement rather than in front of the traffic. But for me it's like schools in the old days forcing kids to write with their right hand. Id rather they put the foot down that they feel most comfortable with , especially if doing a hill start where they need more power on thw pedal to gwt going.