Day’?s Verse:
When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
Luke 3:21-22

A while ago, Ian and I sat around talking about biking, and I mentioned that I only feel comfortable walking or mounting my bike from the left side. In fact, when I have to walk on the right side of my bike, I do so extraordinarily clumsily; heaven forbid that I have to mount my bike from the right, because I doubt I could even get my leg over without catching my foot on something.

Interestingly, my left-handed husband noted that he preferred to walk and mount his bike on the right. We immediately hypothesized that bike walking and mounting is related to handedness, thus:

H1: A person will prefer to walk and/or mount a bike on the opposite side from their dominant hand.

Then we moved on to a different topic, and I forgot about our discussion until this morning.

Exiting the train, I paused to mount my bike (from the left) and noticed that a fellow bicyclist also mounting his bike came from the right. I asked if he was, by any chance, left-handed. Surprised, he confirmed my supposition and asked how I knew. Triumphantly I told him, “By which side of your bike you got on.” However, with an n of only three, I can hardly say our hypothesis has strong support.

So this is your chance to help me out: Which is your dominant hand, and which from side do you prefer to get on your bike?

8 thoughts on “Bicycling Handedness

  1. n=5 right-handed. mount from the left. Though, I haven’t ridden a bike in at least 5 years, so I don’t know if that taints the results.

  2. I am right handed and mount my bike from either side. But when I am walking along side my bike I prefer to be on the right.

  3. Man I haven’t ridden a bike in a very very long time, but I’d say that I mount my bike from the left, and I’m left-handed. It’s hard to figure out now that I’m thinking about it, but it’s probably from the left. So I guess with the results so far, I’m a bit of an outlier.

    My left hand is my dominant hand but I do a lot of things with my right that other left-handed people probably dont. (i.e. drink from a cup, roll a bowling ball, kick a ball with my right foot, twist off a cap with my right hand, use a computer mouse..though that’s both. right for point and click, left for drawing/photoshop work.)

  4. i have forgotten how to ride a bike. i know thats one of those things that nobody ever forgets, but its true. i cant anymore.

  5. I used to be able to run up a wall from either direction, using either my left or right foot as the starting foot. Now, I can only do it with the wall on my right, beginning with my right foot. I have lost a part of myself that I can never have back.

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