Standing 2 feet on one pedal, like a dutch postman

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dalifnei
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Standing 2 feet on one pedal, like a dutch postman

Postby dalifnei » 17 Dec 2013, 12:56am

Why? I have never understood this. Is it some special and impressive thing to do?
Am I missing out?

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Re: Standing 2 feet on one pedal, like a dutch postman

Postby Ayesha » 17 Dec 2013, 7:50am

The left or right pedal?

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Re: Standing 2 feet on one pedal, like a dutch postman

Postby dalifnei » 17 Dec 2013, 9:00am

Is there a protocol about which pedal to use?

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Re: Standing 2 feet on one pedal, like a dutch postman

Postby snibgo » 17 Dec 2013, 9:11am

My pedals aren't big enough for both of my big feet.

I used to start off by putting right foot on right pedal, skooting along, then left leg up and over the back. Then one day I mounted the more conventional way, fell off and broke my hip. Since then I've been very very careful. No more skooting for me.

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Re: Standing 2 feet on one pedal, like a dutch postman

Postby jonbott » 17 Dec 2013, 9:15am

my dad always rode off down the road like that before swinging his leg over
never tried as I know I`d fall over :roll:
I`m def too old for this!

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Re: Standing 2 feet on one pedal, like a dutch postman

Postby Ayesha » 17 Dec 2013, 10:04am

IIRC, its called "Scooting".

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Re: Standing 2 feet on one pedal, like a dutch postman

Postby dalifnei » 17 Dec 2013, 10:07am

Now I just need to find out what IIRC means! ;)

Also picturing a scooter on a bicycle...

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Re: Standing 2 feet on one pedal, like a dutch postman

Postby snibgo » 17 Dec 2013, 10:09am

Thanks Ayesha. I knew there was something wrong with it. Spilling was never my string pint.

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Re: Standing 2 feet on one pedal, like a dutch postman

Postby kwackers » 17 Dec 2013, 10:11am

I think people do it to look like a pedestrian. Easy to see why you might think that, you're walking alongside your bike and you put a foot on the pedal and lift your body up rolling along.
(There's usually only one foot on the pedal, the other hangs in the air. Like this: http://www.londoncyclist.co.uk/scooting-your-bike/)

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Re: Standing 2 feet on one pedal, like a dutch postman

Postby pyruse » 17 Dec 2013, 11:57am

Isn't it just how you get on or off the bike?
You put a foot on one pedal, scoot along a bit with the free foot, then mount up properly.
Or when stopping, you swing one leg over (or through if you have step-through frame) and roll along until ready to dismount completely.

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Re: Standing 2 feet on one pedal, like a dutch postman

Postby kwackers » 17 Dec 2013, 12:55pm

pyruse wrote:Isn't it just how you get on or off the bike?
You put a foot on one pedal, scoot along a bit with the free foot, then mount up properly.
Or when stopping, you swing one leg over (or through if you have step-through frame) and roll along until ready to dismount completely.

Not quite - usually you put the 'wrong' foot on the pedal. i.e. put your right leg on your left pedal then scoot with your left leg.

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Re: Standing 2 feet on one pedal, like a dutch postman

Postby stewartpratt » 17 Dec 2013, 2:16pm

kwackers wrote:Not quite - usually you put the 'wrong' foot on the pedal. i.e. put your right leg on your left pedal then scoot with your left leg.


Hm. I don't do that. Don't think I've ever seen anyone else do that. YMMV, clearly :)

I do scoot a fair bit, mostly when with my 4yo on pavements or footpaths; so I can revert to walking at the drop of a hat if need be, or swing my leg over and start riding.

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Re: Standing 2 feet on one pedal, like a dutch postman

Postby NUKe » 17 Dec 2013, 3:42pm

British Postmen used to do it too . Now they've scrapped there bikes :(
Think as a method of setting off,Scotting comes from the days when bikes came in any colour so long as it was black and tend to have one gear and be quite heavy , it was a good way to get them rolling.
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Re: Standing 2 feet on one pedal, like a dutch postman

Postby ChrisButch » 17 Dec 2013, 4:20pm

In my youth the scoot-to-mount method was universal when setting off on a sit-up-and-beg utility bike. Much scorned by 'real' cyclists, such as I then fancied myself to be, who believed an elegant swing of the leg from a standing position to be a sign of superiority.

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Re: Standing 2 feet on one pedal, like a dutch postman

Postby ScotchEgg » 17 Dec 2013, 4:33pm

I used to do this when I was 12! I still do on occasion to show off at the bike shelters at work ;)