STEP ONE – If you feel like you’re ready to start and stop like this, a great way to prepare is to practice taking weight into your feet. Next time you’re out riding – stand up on the pedals then move the pedals into the 12 and 6 o’clock position while you are up out of the seat. Make sure you are going fast enough to glide along when you go to stand up.
STEP TWO – Your next step is to practice the sequence below on a quiet street or cycle pathway.
Get into the “ready” position
- straddle your top tube so your body is just in front of the seat
- take all your weight onto one foot (usually your less dominant side)
- with the opposite foot move the pedal to a 10 o’clock position then rest this foot on the pedal
You are now ready to “start”
- push off with the grounded foot as you begin to pedal with your 10 o’clock foot
- at the same time move your body up and back onto the seat. Make sure your up movement is enough to avoid getting any clothing caught on the nose of the seat.
- you have created some forward momentum and balance so it should be natural to place your push off foot onto its pedal and start riding.