Re: [CR] Mounting and dismounting

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From: "Dr. Paul Williams" <>
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Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2009 13:15:38 -0500
Subject: Re: [CR] Mounting and dismounting

Having just taken a look at the 1955 Cyclists' Special video on Youtube, and having seen both styles of mounting and dismounting, I wondered what effect stand-over height might have on how one mounts or dismounts a bike. I am trying to anticipate the sudden pain which might accompany flinging one's leg over the handlebars and landing on a top-tube of a bike which is a wee bit big!!

Am I right in assuming that one mounts or dismounts over the bars with one foot flat on the ground? If so, the advantage of mounting by throwing one's leg over the saddle is the ability to have the left foot already on the pedal and to push off with the right foot before throwing the right leg over (so to speak)!? In this instance one usually ends up on the saddle right away as opposed to shifting back on to or forward off the saddle with the over the bars method

Paul Williams, Ottawa. ON, Canada

Paul B. Williams, BAH (Laurier), MPhil (Cardiff, Wales), PhD (Queen's) Dept. of Geography and Environmental Studies, Carleton University, ----- Original Message -----