Before you can ride your bike, you first have to get on it. This sounds
self-explanatory, yet many cyclists encounter start-up problems that are caused
by improper mounting. Correct mounting will help prevent knee injuries and set
you up so you are instantly ready to pedal away.
The most common method
to mount your bike is called the straddle mount. First, straddle the bike,
holding it at the handlebars. Raise a foot to your most comfortable pedal, then
transfer your body weight to that pedal as you push off with the planted leg,
mounting the saddle and pedaling as you go.
Some riders prefer the
cowboy mount. Here, the rider stands astride the left side of the bike, holding
it at the handlebars (left side so that you don't accidentally crunch your leg
into your chain-ring...Ouch!). Place your left foot on the pedal, then push off
with the planted foot, swinging that leg over as the bike starts to move.
Remember to look directly ahead about 2-3 meters while mounting and dismounting.
Riders using clip or clip-less pedals should also remember that they
are, for all intents and purposes, attached to the bicycle. Give yourself enough
time to safely engage in and out of your pedals.