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Which foot do you release and why?(17 posts)

Which foot do you release and why?JasonD8
Dec 15, 2002 6:27 PM
Other than those that can track stand, which foot do you normally release at the lights etc? For me it feels more natural to release the left foot but currently I working on releasing the right as I never miss with the right foot when re-engaging. Even though I have been riding for some time I still seem to miss on the odd ocassion with the left foot on my Look pedals. So for this reason I'm changing to the right. I am right handed and use to think that I had better power taking off with my right side but am finding that there is no real difference in power on either side. What do you find works for you?
What ever one feels right, although....bent_spoke
Dec 15, 2002 7:05 PM
...everyone probably has a dominate side which you naturally go to, like you with your right foot. If you're just starting with clipless, this is the foot that you'd probably go to instinctively, as you'd probably get better coordination & more reliable release.
Right foot.PseuZQ
Dec 15, 2002 8:22 PM
While I've read that this isn't the "preferred" way to do this (whatever), it just feels right. I'll put up with the rookie chainring tattoos.

I think also it may have to do with having ridden a skateboard -- regular-foot -- as a youngster.

This raises an interesting cleat issue. My Speedplay cleats tend to get much more wear on the right, and I've found myself having to get a new set when only the right one is trashed, i.e. scraped through to the plastic. (Anyone wanna trade?)
Left foot - we drive(and Cycle)on left side in Autralia.Noam
Dec 16, 2002 3:25 AM
Similar reason, but left footTig
Dec 16, 2002 8:54 AM
I was a regular foot skater, but somehow learned to push off using the left foot. I guess that's why I put my left foot down. It just feels natural.
Left... (attempt at a technical rationale)jose_Tex_mex
Dec 15, 2002 8:15 PM
... I am right handed and it just feels right.

Normally, I like to have the bars pointed to the right as I stop (away from the cars in the US). When you steer in the direction of the fall you actually stabilize your bike and prevent a fall. I suppose the physics of the bike just feels right when you are stopping and steering a bit to the right - the fall will be to the left.
I go with the right footMel Erickson
Dec 15, 2002 8:55 PM
The few times I have to stop on my rides are usually at intersections with stop lights. I like to put my right foot down on the curb and stay seated for shor lights.
Left foot down (more)NewDayNewWay
Dec 16, 2002 3:27 AM
Natural for me. Even in MTB where the slope may be down from right to left, I tend to want to unclip on the left rather than the right (a bad idea in some cases).

I was going to say this makes sense because when you stop in the road on a shoulder the road is sloping down towards the right, so you unclip on the side where the road is higher, but I don't think that generally makes sense because I think most bikers steer to the middle of the lane at intersections to avoid getting squeezed on the side of the road by a car.
Lefttriple shot espresso
Dec 16, 2002 8:36 AM
This helps prevent chain ring tattoo. For righthanded peoples having the right foot engaged helps with a stronger first pedal stroke when you get going again.
That's it -- Left means no tattoos!tarwheel
Dec 16, 2002 10:18 AM
I knew there was a reason why I always unclip on the left, and that's it. If you unclip on the right, sooner or later you will end up with the dreaded chain-ring tattoo -- thereby certifying yourself as a fred.
Left, for what I think is a good reason.........Len J
Dec 16, 2002 9:10 AM
Since traffic is on the left, If I unweight incorrectly (Which has happened, I know Dunce) I will fall away from traffic. If I unclip right & unweight improperly I would fall into traffic.

Dec 16, 2002 9:57 AM
I don't know why- it just seems natural that way. Right handed people unclip with their left foot (?).

I can unclip with my right foot, and do on occasion if I have to stop and make an adjustment by resting my right foot on a roadway berm (no curbs or sidewalks).

On the good side there are no stop lights where I ride I seldom ever have to unclip unless I want to stop and take a little break..
Left, too.look271
Dec 16, 2002 8:42 PM
I'm right-handed, too. As a rule, right handed people tend to be stronger on their opposite foot ( I really don't remember where I read this, though). Avoids the unsightly "dufass" marks, too =)
Any motorcyclists here? Any correlation?PseuZQ
Dec 16, 2002 1:57 PM
I don't ride a motorcycle, but I did take the MSF class thinking that it would be something I might do in the future. IIRC, they taught that one should always put the left foot down first. (Correct?)
Dec 16, 2002 4:10 PM
in motorcycling, they teach you to put the left foot down because you might need the right foot for the rear brake. but i do a lot of track riding, and almost never use my rear brakes... too easy to lock up while going fast.
Did the opposite - used my right...jose_Tex_mex
Dec 17, 2002 4:36 AM
I guess I wanted to have the my left foot ready to kick gears...
which everlaffeaux
Dec 16, 2002 5:58 PM
I guess if I had a prefered foot it would be my left. However, while riding I do either. If there happens to be a curb on the right side, I unclip my right foot and place it on the curb to stand while I wait for the light (you lean less when your foot is higher).

Part of this might be from MTBing where you unclick the foot that has the best chance of finding the ground.