How to dismount from a bicycle

I’m not sure if anybody will get what I mean.. I’ve seen a couple of “skillful ah peks” cycling and when they’re preparing to dismount, they simply allow the bike to cruise, lift their right leg over the frame and balance on the left pedal. All this while the bike is still moving! They continue to cruise for maybe 5 more seconds before getting off and start pushing their bikes.

I really learn how to do this but I don’t have the guts to try cos I might end up hurting myself reaaaal bad. Anybody got tips on how?

There’s also another kind of dismounting called the rear dismount where you slow the bike down a little before jumping backwards, landing on both feet and grabbing the saddle. Possible on mtb?

Balance, try step by step by lifting your right leg away from pedal yet maintaining balance.

If not, you can try lifting your right leg over the top tube instead of over the rear wheel, it is much easier, as you will still be in a seating position with more control and balance.

But both ways are not difficult once you get the hang on it.

"Formerly posted by beastskills:
There’s also another kind of dismounting called the rear dismount where you slow the bike down a little before jumping backwards, landing on both feet and grabbing the saddle. Possible on mtb?"

"Formerly posted by beastskills: I’m not sure if anybody will get what I mean. I’ve seen a couple of “skillful ah peks” cycling and when they’re preparing to dismount, they simply allow the bike to cruise, lift their right leg over the frame and balance on the left pedal."

I know what you mean. Cause there is always one ah pek I always see in the Whampoa area who always does this “skillful dismount”. Not sure how to do it cause I only ride step throughs, so no need for such kinds of dismount. Maybe you should ask him how he does it? XD

An information sign (white lettering on blue rectangle), rather than a ‘no cycling’ sign, meaning it does not require you to dismount unless it is already illegal to cycle (for instance on entering a pedestrian area or to use a pelican or zebra crossing).

Are cyclist dismount signs enforceable?

There is no specific time or distance limit on Cyclist Dismount signs because they are not legally enforceable, so the only guideline is that you can get back on your bike and continue to ride when it is safe to do so.

Can cyclists ignore red lights?

This offence, also known as ‘red light jumping’, applies to cyclists as well as motorists. [3]The Institute of Advanced Motorists have also revealed in their research that 57% of cyclists admit to running red lights[4] whilst a YouGov poll revealed that 35% of cyclists at least “occassionally” ignore red lights[5].

Can you bike without a helmet?

It’s technically legal for a youth to ride a bike without wearing a helmet on private property (except sidewalks). Keep in mind that it’s a $25 fine for getting caught helmet-less in California when one is required. A parent, guardian or the youth riding without the helmet is required to pay.

What type of signs tell you what not to do?

Red circular signs usually tell you what you must not do.

What is the Highway Code for cyclists?

Cyclists should not carry a passenger on their bicycle, unless it has been build to carry one. They must not ride in a dangerous, careless or inconsiderate manner. Cyclists must not ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs (including some medications).

Should you walk your bike across street?

Walk your bike on pedestrian crosswalks and overpasses. This gives you the right-of-way as a pedestrian. If you ride your bike across crosswalks and overpasses, you may not have the legal right-of-way.

Which side of the road should u bike on?

When riding on the road, bicycles are required to travel in the same direction as the flow of traffic. For those of us living in the United States, this means always riding on the right side as well as utilizing the right side of the lane as much as possible unless it is unsafe to do so.

Which sign tells you what not to do?

Explanation: Signs in the shape of a circle give orders. A sign with a red circle means that you aren’t allowed to do something.

What does a yellow bicycle sign mean?

The bicycle crossing sign provides you with an early warning that the road you are traveling on will have a bicycle crossing up ahead. Slow down and be on the look-out for cyclists entering and exiting the road.

What shape is a stop sign at a junction?

Stop signs have a distinctive octagon shape, while an upside down triangle with a red outline is used for give way signs.

What is the sign for no cycling?

No Bikes Ahead Sign 951 Diagram 951 is a circular regulatory sign to prohibit the use of bicycles on a pedestrian route. Alternatively, it can be used to keep cycles off of main roads such as dual carriageways which use the national speed limit.

How do I ride my bike in traffic?

In that case, stay to the left or right of the vehicle moving ahead you. This gives you a chance to make a quick escape in the sufficient gap visible ahead you, if possible. Keep your pace with that of the moving traffic, don’t try to over-speed your bike.

What is the minimum amount of space a car should give a bicycle?

Exercise due care by leaving a safe distance, but in no case less than three (3) feet, when overtaking and passing a bicycle. Must pass the bicycle or other nonmotorized vehicle at a safe distance of not less than three (3) feet between the vehicle and the bicycle or other nonmotorized vehicle.

Do you bike with or against traffic?

Bicyclists are NOT allowed to ride AGAINST traffic in California. Under California law, bicycles are considered “ motor vehicles” and must obey all California traffic laws. Bicyclists who ride against traffic are breaking the law because is is consider unsafe for a variety of reasons.

Do bikers stop at stop signs?

You might know the safety stop by its more common name: the Idaho stop. California’s Safety Stop Bill would make it legal for bicyclists to treat stop signs as yields. If other traffic is already at the intersection or a pedestrian is crossing, bike riders must yield the right-of-way.

What does cycle sign mean?

Cycle lane road signs can be a blue circles or circular red ring which give a mandatory instruction, a blue or white rectangular road sign that provides information or a red triangular road sign which provides warnings. Mandatory with traffic flow cycle lane ahead sign. Hours of operation may also be shown.

What are red triangular signs for?

Sometimes you’ll see a red triangular sign with two black arrows pointing in opposite directions. These are used to make you aware that you’re about to leave a separated one-way street and enter a two-way road. If the arrows are positioned vertically, it means the road you’re driving on will soon carry two-way traffic.

What does a blue bicycle sign mean?

Blue circles give mandatory instructions. Somewhat confusingly, ‘mandatory’ doesn’t mean that cyclists must use this route; it means that only cyclists may use it and that other road users must not. If there’s a pedestrian and child on the sign too it means it’s a shared route for pedestrians and cyclists only.

How to dismount from a bicycle

It definitely takes practice but knowing what to practice will make perfecting a seamless switch between running and riding easier.

The first thing to do is clip your shoes to the pedals and tie two thin elastic bands through the heel loops. Spin the pedals until the driveside shoe is at 3 o’clock and the other is at 9 o’clock, then stretch the band on the driveside shoe around the front mech and the non-driveside shoe’s band around around the rear brake or quick-release.

Provided the bands are thin enough, they’ll snap as soon as you start pedalling. Now you can start running with your bike, which for most people feels more natural on the non-driveside, so let’s assume that’s what you’ll be doing.

Start slowly and use your right hand to hold the saddle and guide the bike as you run. When it comes to mounting, grab the handlebar with both hands then push off with your left foot as you swing your right leg over the back wheel and onto the saddle. You’re not really jumping onto your bike, it’s more like hurdling onto it; the only difference is that instead of being in front of you and stationary, this hurdle is beside you and moving.

The momentum from your right leg should carry you into place and, even though you’re not jumping, aim to ‘land’ so that your inner thigh is against the saddle. From there, slide into place and start pedalling. Once you’ve got some clear space, reach down to get one foot into its shoe and then the other – while keeping your eyes on the road, of course.

Now for the dismount: as you approach T2, get your feet out of the shoes when it’s safe to do so and slow down to a comfortable running speed. If you’re dismounting to the non-driveside, bring the driveside pedal up to 12 o’clock and shift your weight so you’re standing on the non-driveside pedal. When you’re within about 5m of the dismount line, swing your right leg around over the rear wheel, then you can bring it through between the bike and your left leg.

Once your right leg passes your left leg, step off the pedal so you land on your right foot and begin running immediately. Bringing your right leg through lets you hit the ground in a running position rather than with your right leg overlapping behind your left.

You should be on foot as you reach the dismount line and when you are, let go of the bars and continue running while holding the saddle. Remember: your shoes are no longer banded so you may need to hold it further away to avoid them clouting your shins.

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I love using clip-in pedals (where your shoe is attached to your bike pedal similar to how a ski boot is attached to a ski) because of 2 things:

  1. You can work more leg muscles. Being attached to the pedal allows you to do more than just pushing down, you can engage on the other three parts of the pedal stroke with the bottom stroke, upstroke (lifting up on the backside of the pedal circle – engages your hip flexors and hamstrings), and topstroke. All of this adds up to more power into your pedals.
  2. Bike Shoes with Cleats help your feet. Bike shoes have a very stiff-unbending sole and this helps support your foot more and get more power to the pedal. When you wear a regular athletic shoe, it is made to flex at the ball of the foot. This repeated flexing can tire your feet and actually loses some power to the pedals.

BUT How do you use cleats when you have a sore knee – don’t you have to twist your knee to release the pedal?

When you are just starting to use clip-in pedals, practicing while on a stationary bike will give you the confidence that you can do it on the road.

Typically it takes a “flick” of the heel (and maybe a little twist at the knee joint) to release your shoe from the pedals.

But I found another way that uses much less heel flick and knee twist – watch the video to see how.

First, release the shoe of your “good knee” side and swing that leg to the opposite side of the bike and stand while your other “sore knee” foot is still attached to the pedal. Then using your hip and body, rotate your whole leg so that it releases your shoe with no twist through the knee. Voila! Your foot is free.

Please leave a comment or shoot me an email if you have any other questions!

For an average height person to mount and dismount a tall bike I suggest. Wear a high heeled shoe or boots. Always keep the vehicle on a side stand and mount on the bike before starting. When you are seated, push the side stand and allow one leg to touch the ground always when not moving.

How do you mount and dismount a bike?

Putting your weight on your right foot, and with the left pedal just past the top of it’s travel, place your left foot on the pedal. Push off with your right foot, while pushing down on the left pedal. To stop, you have to slide forward off of your seat to touch both feet to the ground.

Should bike seat be higher than handlebars?

Your handlebars should be at least as high as your seat, or even above it, so you can ride upright. Well, notice that when the seat goes up, it will be higher than the handlebars, so he’ll need to raise the handlebars, too.

What should I check after my bike crashes?

Check for damage to the engine case, kickstand, foot pegs, forks, brake lever, brake pedal, and so on. Make sure nothing has come loose. The lighting should work and the motorcycle should run smoothly. If there’s any damage to the engine case, call for a tow.

Should your legs be straight when riding a bike?

“Your leg should be straight, which equates to a 20- to 25-degree knee bend when clipped in,” she says. When both feet are positioned parallel to the floor (3 o’clock and 9 o’clock), the forward knee should be over the ball of your foot.

What happens if you fall off your bike without a helmet?

Bike accidents without helmets are far more likely to result in death or brain trauma than ones where the cyclist’s head was properly protected. In 2014, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, over 60% of deaths in bicycle crashes were people who were NOT wearing a helmet.

Which bike is best for tall person in India?

Check out these top-ranked bikes for tall riders including prices, specifications, features, variants, and more. 1 . Royal Enfield Himalayan. 1,91,847 | Street | 411 cc. More Details Check On Road Price. 2 . KTM RC390. 2,65,419 | Sports | 373.2 cc. 3 . TVS Apache RR310. 2,50,039 | Sports | 312.2 cc.

How do you know if a bike is too big?

Besides stand over height, seat post height is usually where I look when sizing a new bike. I shoot for the post to be 3/4 of the way out of the frame, if your seat post is more than half way down then its probably too big.

What is the correct saddle position for cycling?

The new way: When you sit comfortably in the saddle, you should be able to easily reach the tops and brake hoods on a road bike, or the grips on a mountain bike. Your elbows should be slightly bent, not locked. And the lean of your torso should be supported by your core in a comfortable position.

What does get off your bike mean?

AUSTRALIAN, INFORMAL. If someone gets off their bike, they become so angry or upset that they cannot control themselves. It was just an accident — there’s no need to get off your bike!

How can I lift my bike without a stand?

Lean the back end of the bike on the wall, or if you need to turn the pedal, pull the bike away from the wall (it should be close enough that it is nearly vertical to remain stable in a leaning position, but at this closeness the pedal will likely catch on the wall when rotated) with one hand and hold it steady while

What are tall bikes called?

There are multiple terms for those: Penny-farthing (after two coins of different sizes) High-wheel or High-wheeler. Ordinary (contrasted to the “safety” bicycle that came after it) Bicycle is what they were called during their heyday.

How do I stop my hands from going numb when cycling?

How to Prevent Numb Hands When Cycling Move your hands frequently. Switch your grip from the hoods to the drops to the flats next to the stem, then back again. Change your grip. Hold the bar in a way that limits pressure on the center of the heel of your hand. Pad your hands and/or handlebar. Check your saddle angle. Consider aero bars. Get a hand exam.

How can I make my bike seat more comfortable?

Use a Thin Saddle Padding. For a moment, it sounds somewhat insane to suggest that you should add a thin padding to the saddle. Get the Right Saddle. Adjust the Saddle. Sit Right on the Saddle. Dress Up Properly for a Bike Ride. Keep Riding Your Bike. Sometimes You Just Have to Stand Up.

How do you tell if a bike is the right size?

Method Two: Calculating the bike size: Take off your shoes and stand with your legs about 15-20 cm(6” – 8”) apart. Measure the height from the ground to your crotch. Be sure of the type of bicycle you want: Mountain bike, city bike or road bike. Now you can take your calculator and calculate the right size:

What’s the meaning of get off?

intransitive verb. 1 : to avoid the most serious consequences of a dangerous situation or punishment got off with a light sentence. 2 : start, leave got off on the trip early. 3 : to leave work with permission or as scheduled.

Are tall bikes safe?

Regular tall-bike commuters note that both their increased visibility and the simple ‘wow factor’ give them a safety advantage in automobile traffic over ‘short bikes. ‘ However, there are issues with mounting and dismounting similar to those presented by penny-farthings.

Can you die from falling off a bike?

Bike accident injuries are more common than people think. Bicyclists account for 2% of all traffic-related deaths and injuries per year. Of course, injuries can also occur from simply falling off the bike or hitting a curb.

Should my feet be able to touch the ground on a bike?

The height of your saddle is important for the most comfortable position and safe riding style. When you sit on the saddle, both feet should reach the floor and the balls of your feet should be touching the ground.

Age influences the way a cyclist (dis-)mounts a bicycle.

Female cyclists prefer different strategies to dismount a bicycle compared to males.

Cyclists require a cycling velocity of at least 5 km/h to start harmonic cycling.

Dismounting is not the same as reversed mounting and should be analysed separately.

(Dis)mounting thigh angular velocity and acceleration relate to age and gender.


In the Netherlands, each year 12,000 older cyclists require medical attention due to a single-bicycle accident where no other party is directly involved. Most of these accidents occur at low cycling velocities and 20% occur during (dis)mounting the bicycle. Little is known about the strategies and corresponding kinematics of (dis)mounting. This study aims to classify (dis)mounting strategies of young and older cyclists and assess corresponding kinematics.

Thirteen young (18–40 years) and 33 older (65–90 years) cyclists, 13 with and 20 without a bi-cycle fall-history, participated. They were asked to mount the bicycle, cycle normally, stop and wait, continue cycling and dismount the bicycle at a certain point. Bicycle and cyclist motions were recorded with 10 Inertial Measurement Units and 2 video cameras. Kinematic parameters during the (dis)mounting period were assessed. First, a qualitative analysis of the different methods of (dis)mounting and ‘waiting’ was made from the videos. Second, a quantitative assessment of the relationships between age, fall-history, gender and the kinematic parameters during (dis)mounting and waiting were studied.

When you get onto your bicycle, first stand over the frame in front of the saddle. Hold the brake levers so the bike won’t roll. A steady bike lets you get into position to mount.

Now, using either foot, gently turn the crank backwards until the pedal is at 2 o’clock position – forward and high. If the crank won’t turn easily, carefully adjust the gear levers until the chain runs straight. If your bicycle has a back-pedalling brake, you may roll it backwards to position the pedal, or lift the rear wheel so you can turn the pedals forward.

Once your foot is on the pedal in the 2 o’clock position, you’re ready to get moving. Let go of the brake levers and push down on the pedal. The first pedal stroke starts the bicycle moving and lifts you up to the saddle. When the opposite pedal comes up to top position, put your foot on it for the second pedal stroke.

As you slow to a stop, shift down to a low, starting gear. On a derailleur-equipped bicycle, the gears shift only while you’re still turning the pedals, so planning ahead pays off.

When you’re coming to a stop, stand on one pedal, and slide forward off the saddle. Lean the bicycle a little to the side and place your free foot on the ground. When stopped, raise the other foot and its pedal into the 2 o’clock starting position, the same way as when you got onto the bicycle.

No matter what type of pedals you use (see below), keep only one foot on the ground when you stop. The other foot waits on its pedal in the 2 o’clock position, ready for a quick start.


Clipless pedals, or older-style toeclips and straps, are like "feet belts." Though not necessary, they increase pedaling efficiency and safety. But learning to use them requires practice. Be sure to master the release motion before using them on the road.

There are several different clipless pedal systems. Many have an adjustment for release force. Since most people toe-out naturally you may need to rotate the cleats in the shoes for comfort and to avoid knee stress.


Do not try to sit down on the saddle with both feet on the ground before you start. If you can do this, your saddle is too low. Make sure your saddle height is adjusted properly (a good bike shop can help you). A saddle that’s too low (or too high) can cause knee injuries and makes it harder to pedal.

Pushing the bike along with a foot, like a scooter, or leaping onto a bike from the side, like a horse, are not as steady or safe as the pedal-step method described earlier in this chapter.

Arguably the most stressful part of a race is the mount and dismount at the beginning and end of a gruelling bike leg. We sent Mark to The Championship, Challenge Samorin to check out the pros skills and give you some vital tips!

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Arguably the most stressful part of the race is the bike mount and dismount!

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