Re: Which Foot?
Mr Red wrote:
> At York over the weekend I’ve been teaching Catherine (my fiancée) to
> with a bit more success than I expected.
> I was surprised to find that she, like me, finds it more comfortable to mount
> left foot first (we’re both right handed). She pointed out later that, also
> like me, she tends always to put on her left sock first, and her left shoe,
> and her left trouser leg. I wondered if there might be a general rule here.
> So, do right footed unicyclists tend to put their right socks on first? More
> importantly, is there anybody who doesn’t mount using the same foot that they
> usually clothe first? If there is a general rule here, it
> prove extremely useful when teaching complete beginners.
Great seeing you at BJC, great wasn’t it! anyway…
A related foot issue was looked at a few years ago. I have found the concluding
email. Sorry it is not very conclusive but is interesting.
Ok was my friends feeling right about unicyclist being prominently left handed?
Right Handed 69
South Paw (I don’t understand it either?) 1
I guess this does not show that much really, although there is a lot higher
number of Ambidextrous than people than expected and less left handed than is
norm. For those who asked whether my friend was right or left handed, she is a
juggler and is right handed.
Here is a synopsis of general comments:
… my left hand is probably stronger than it was due to juggling
Mostly right, but nearly ambidextrous now that I have been juggling for a
I’d like to know height and weight and see how they correlate with skill level.
Also I wonder about the distribution of general skill.
it would be interesting, since you are going to get lots of messages from
various people, to ask them their profession and age, perhaps
I am right-handed. I don’t like the stereotype that only left-handed people do
interesting and creative things (like paint or ride a uni) because I consider
myself creative. However, my dad is left-handed and can juggle and is
learning to ride a uni.
There is, if I remember right, an association between left-handedness and
professional baseball playing–about twice the rate in ballplayers than in the
general population, or something like that.
Handedness to dominant foot: About a third of the people responded with what
their dominant foot is. I have not collated the result because it is obvious
that people categorised what is people dominant foot differently. There is
definitely quite a few people who are left footed but right handed. I have been
trying to talk to my agronomist consultant friend to ask how common this is but
he is away at the moment; so I will post his comments when I get in touch with
him. At the juggling club last Tuesday we were discussing this and Peggy tested
to see if I was left or right footed. She sneaked up behind me and pushed me
over: the foot I put forward she claimed would be my true “handed” foot. It is
clear that people put either their dominant or non-dominant on the pedal to
start and that the dominant foot is not necessary their true “handed” foot. My
theory on this is that it depends on how people first learn to mount either
a) ride backwards 90deg before they go forwards.
b) ride forwards straight away. I have no evidence to prove this though.
Here are some of the comments about dominant foot:
Which is your dominant foot? I’m curious to know if most people are dominant on
the same side as their dominant hand, or opposite. Your dominant foot is the one
you mount with, going on the pedal first.
But what about favourite foot? I idle with left foot down for reference, but
kick a ball with my right foot. Sarah however uses the right for both - can’t
tell you about her handedness really tho’ I think it is right.
> Your dominant foot is the one you mount with, going on the pedal first.
Not for everyone. I always put my non-dominant (submissive?) foot on the pedal
so that my dominant foot lands on the forward pedal and I’m ready to go. The
wheel (and pedals) don’t move - none of this “move the wheel backwards to bring
the pedal up” malarky.