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Can you tell/show us what you think the proper starting technique is? Personally I start with my right (primary/stronger) foot on the pedal, and push down hard. This gives enough forward momentum to stay vertical while the other foot comes up to its pedal. I tend to be seated. What's your technique ?


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The more speed you get, the more balanced you will be, so at the beginning give a hard pedal stroke to get quickly some speed. You can also practice in a slight downhill road, this gives you speed easier. I recently taught a friend to ride a bicycle (30 years old!), and the solution was the slight downhill. Another trick is to look far ahead (dont look at ...


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Combine the twisting and stepping motions. The first couple of months I was following the algorithm twist ankle (heel outboard) - the cleat unclips move foot horizontally outboard, until you clear the pedal move foot vertically, until it steps. This is a flawed approach, especially while crashing in technical off-road conditions. An improved approach ...


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As others have commented, get used to unclipping kerbside foot first - and then (and for me this is crucial) make sure the foot that is still clipped in is at the top of the pedal stroke. I made the awful mistake of having the unclipped foot at the bottom of the stroke and when a small child looked like she was about to step out (I was moving slowly up to a ...



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