Left/Right Footedness

Ok, so I though right-handedness equated to left-footedness and
vice versa.

I’m right-handed and I find freemounting easier with my left foot on the
controlling (4 o’clock) pedal. I also find idling easier (when I manage it
at all) with my left foot down.

A friend of mine is also right-handed but prefers to freemount with his
right foot on the lower pedal.

Recently a skilled unicyclist (also right-handed) demonstrated his
preference for idling with his right foot down. He said that 90% of
people, regardless of handedness, were right-footed when it comes to
unicycling.

So how does handedness relate to footedness, if at all?

Am I only left-footed because I always believed in a ‘crossover’ between
hands and feet from when I started to ride and so favoured my left foot?

If I were to kick a football (“Soccer”-ball), not that I would, I’d kick
it with my right foot.

This is confusing.

Which foot do left- or right- handed people here favour here?

Just curious.

Andrew xADF

Hi Andrew

My understanding is that right handedness = right footedness and vice
versa, it certainly seems that way amongst the unicyclists at the circus
club I go to. It was defiantly that way on the football team I used to
play for (soccer for the Americans) Hence the constant lack of left footed
players in the Premiere league. However I differ in that I am right handed
and left footed (probably the only reason I got on the team in the first
place!) this applies to my unicycling too.

To add a little confusion however, my father was completely ambidextrous,
and I still do certain things in a left handed manner, i.e. eating,
doubtless picking bits and pieces of lefthanded-ness/footed-ness from him
over the years!

Hope this helps, though I doubt it!

David Straitjacket www.straitjacketcircus.co.uk

Ohh…I just remembered, I am dominant in my left hand when contact
juggling.

I’m exactly the same as you, right-handed, mount my uni with my left foot,
kick soccer balls with my right foot. We’re the elite. :slight_smile:

John

Andrew Feldhaus wrote:

> Ok, so I though right-handedness equated to left-footedness and
> vice versa.
>
> I’m right-handed and I find freemounting easier with my left foot on the
> controlling (4 o’clock) pedal. I also find idling easier (when I manage
> it at all) with my left foot down.
>
> A friend of mine is also right-handed but prefers to freemount with his
> right foot on the lower pedal.
>
> Recently a skilled unicyclist (also right-handed) demonstrated his
> preference for idling with his right foot down. He said that 90% of
> people, regardless of handedness, were right-footed when it comes to
> unicycling.
>
> So how does handedness relate to footedness, if at all?
>
> Am I only left-footed because I always believed in a ‘crossover’ between
> hands and feet from when I started to ride and so favoured my left foot?
>
> If I were to kick a football (“Soccer”-ball), not that I would, I’d kick
> it with my right foot.
>
> This is confusing.
>
> Which foot do left- or right- handed people here favour here?
>
> Just curious.
>
> Andrew xADF

In my experiance, it’s about a 50/50 split for the number of people who mount with the right or left foot. It’s also 50/50 for the foot used to wheel-walk one footed with, but it’s not correlated to which foot is used to mount with. Also, for the hand used to hold the seat with, I think more people hold it with the left hand, but it’s about a 60/40 split.

For standup wheel walk, some people use one foot to go forewards, and then the other foot for backwards. Some people one-foot ride with one foot, but wheel walk one-foot with the other.

Here’s the foot/hand I use for various things:

  • Mount: left foot
  • 1 foot riding: left foot
  • 1 foot ww: right foot
  • Stand-up ww: right foot
  • Stand-up ww bwd: right foot
  • Holds Seat: right hand
  • Seat on side: right side

I’ve decided this:

most people are right-handed most people are right-footed

the two are not related.

I am usually left-handed, and usually right-footed. (I’m weird, though…
I idle right-foot down, glide with the left foot on the tire, am
right-foot dominant when riding a 20", but left-foot dominant on a coker.
I write fastest and with the least effort with my left hand, but neatest
with my right, so go figure.)

Of the unicyclists I can think of in town, 5 right-footed, 3 left-footed,
all of them right-handed.

Someone mentioned a good way to tell is to look at the way you crawl. You
can see if your right hand and foot move at the same time, or opposite.
(In my case, legs and hands move at different speeds, so it constantly
changes. Then again, my parents say I didn’t learn how to crawl until
after I was walking, so go figure.)

… the weird of the one outweighs the weird of the many Jeff Lutkus aim:
lalalutkus

> Ok, so I though right-handedness equated to left-footedness and
> vice versa.
>
> I’m right-handed and I find freemounting easier with my left foot on the
> controlling (4 o’clock) pedal. I also find idling easier (when I manage
> it at all) with my left foot down.
>
> A friend of mine is also right-handed but prefers to freemount with his
> right foot on the lower pedal.
>
> Recently a skilled unicyclist (also right-handed) demonstrated his
> preference for idling with his right foot down. He said that 90% of
> people, regardless of handedness, were right-footed when it comes to
> unicycling.
>
> So how does handedness relate to footedness, if at all?
>
> Am I only left-footed because I always believed in a ‘crossover’ between
> hands and feet from when I started to ride and so favoured my left foot?
>
> If I were to kick a football (“Soccer”-ball), not that I would, I’d kick
> it with my right foot.
>
> This is confusing.
>
> Which foot do left- or right- handed people here favour here?
>
> Just curious.
>
>
> Andrew xADF

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On Thu, 04 Oct 2001 01:06:19 GMT, John <gianniz80@yahoo.com> wrote:
>
> I’m exactly the same as you, right-handed, mount my uni with my left
> foot, kick soccer balls with my right foot. We’re the elite.

Me too, exactly the same (also idle with left foot down if I manage at
all), so I apply for the elite troups as well. Hm, elite??

>Andrew Feldhaus wrote:

>> Am I only left-footed because I always believed in a ‘crossover’
>> between hands and feet from when I started to ride and so favoured my
>> left foot?

No I don’t think so. I have always believed in a non-crossover. Until I
started unicycling I thought of myself as completely righthanded,
rightfooted. My brother is lefthanded and leftfooted. I still think that
the only reason I mount leftfooted is that in the gym where I learned to
mount clinging on a wallrack, it was demonstrated in that direction and I
had more of the hall to ride that way. (Turning was difficult then,
wobbling natural though.)

Klaas Bil

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I am right handed too, but my left eye is dominant. when i free mount, i
mount with my right foot on the back pedal, and grind with my right pedal
too. Whe i idle, i’m more comfortable with my left foot down, but can also
idle with my right foot down. I hop and do drops with my right pedal back,
but i hold the seat with my left hand when i hop, unless i hop seat
in-front. When the seat’s in front i use my right hand. Hope this all
makes sense.

–Dylan Wallinger http://www.extremeunicycling-bcmat.cityslide.com

Who here puts their Right foot in their mouth more often and who puts
their Left foot in.

Also… when you kick someone in the ass… which foot!?

:wink:

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I think I stuck my left foot in my mouth around 1957 and it has pretty much stayed there ever since. That leaves the right foot available for kicking the tails of others which, without the support of the opposite limb, unfortunately causes me to fall on my own.

I learnt to mount with my left foot down, maybe because the banister I held onto was on the right side, maybe not. I’m right handed and kick right hand, and pretty much right foot dominant, except for sk8ing, at which i am goofy foot, although i learnt to sk8 after learnt to unicycle. I am also right eye dominant, but that is because I put a screw driver though my left eye when i was five and i now work in a hardware store. All my mates who try to rie my uni mount up right footed. I hop/jump generally with my left foot back and right foot clostest to object (if hopping sideways), i can’t grind or peddal grap, but it’s coming.
I think uni-footedness has nothing to do with handedness or footedness because it is not a normal thing and therefore just follows the what-ever-feels-best ruling.

tim

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