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    Right foot or Left foot forward when in attack position

    I was just wondering whether whether you favour your left foot, or right foot forward when standing up on the pedals in attack position.

    Or are you totally fine with either foot forward and don't really care which foot is forward at any point of time.

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    Generally mine is the left foot forward and more pressure is put on my right foot. On occasion it will be the right foot forward, but it feels a bit more awkward. (I am right handed)

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    I'm right handed but snowboard and skateboard goofy and typically prefer L forward on the pedals for attaccckkkk if feasible.

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    Left foot forward

    Grew up skating and surfing regular foot so left forward feels more natural to me.

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    Grew up skating goofy so right foot forward works for me.
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    Never thought about it, but im right handed and i lead with my right foot. Sometimes though, I lock out my left leg and have the left pedal in the down position while my right knee is bent with the pedal in the up position. But i suppose that is more for coasting, not in an aggressive "attack" position.

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    Left, Just like on a skateboard, snowboard, surfboard.

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    On the bike I seem to naturally lead with my right but I do alternate to keep from getting tired out sooner. On a skateboard I lead with the left, push with the right. I'm right-handed so that makes sense to me.
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    I do both, but while at rays mtb park figured out I prefer the left foot. when I wasnt thinking about it, I always went at a ramp left foot forward. also, Im right handed, but ride a skate board goofy foot.

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    I'm a goofy foot (right foot forward) when it comes to skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, but it feels more natural for me to have my left foot forward when in attack mode on the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edubfromktown
    I'm right handed but snowboard and skateboard goofy and typically prefer L forward on the pedals for attaccckkkk if feasible.
    I'm the same way..have always been right handed, ride goofy on boards...but lefty first on bikes.

    However the last few rides I've been forcing myself into going right foot forward...after just a few rides I've found that I already default to right foot forward now. We'll see how that plays out when downhill season starts...a different footing has always thrown jumping balance out of whack for me.

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    FYI-

    Whichever foot you prefer forward is the side you want grind your rails on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edubfromktown
    I'm right handed but snowboard and skateboard goofy and typically prefer L forward on the pedals for attaccckkkk if feasible.
    Wouldn't goofy be right foot forward?

    Regular foot skating, surfing, and snowboarding so feel most comfortable with my left foot forward...though I've learned to alternate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker72
    Wouldn't goofy be right foot forward?

    Regular foot skating, surfing, and snowboarding so feel most comfortable with my left foot forward...though I've learned to alternate.

    actually your right. been a while since I been on a board. but yeah, right foot forward is goofy foot, and thats the way I did it. kicking with my left foot.

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    Many here are to young to remember slalom water skiing .... and left forward for me doing either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker72
    Wouldn't goofy be right foot forward?

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    Yes... right foot forward. I can go L first, but I prefer the right foot on boards though I prefer L pedal first on bicycles.

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    Left foot foward. Grind in my left, spin to my right.
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    I get on Left, attack position with Left forward, and get off Left. Am right handed, but kick a ball with my left. I do get on and off on the right from time to time but there is some sort of wacky muscle memory going on in my head, and it always feels awkward to me. Does anyone else know what I mean?..

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    i "attack" with either foot forward and constantly switch on purpose, but if i'm about to be jumping, it's my right foot forward...


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    Is it Right Foot left handed and Left foot right handed? I try to use my left foot (I am left handed), but when I concentrate on riding, my right comes forward.
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    Like a bonehead I had my right foot in the DOWN position while going over a waterbar on a downhill section Saturday...and the ground came up and attacked ME! Owww, my ribs hurt from that slam to the ground!!

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    Now that I think about it, for me it is just light standing in the batters box.
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    Left is my "chocolate"(comfort) foot. Same with Skateboard....I'm also righty.
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    Re: Right foot or Left foot forward when in attack position

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    I'm right foot forward and left handed. Never did a skateboard much other than fooling around with one with the kids when they were little, but if I remember correctly, same right foot forward there too.
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    I'm right handed, but prefer right foot forward. Left forward doesn't bother me but I feel more comfortable with the right forward. I skate/surf with right forward also (Goofy Foot) like some above. Cheers!

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    I can do both but I am much more comfortable with left foot forward. I am right handed.

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    If your right handed generally it's left foot forward. And if your left handed generally it's right foot forward. If your ambidextrous well then your just goofy footed and either way would be comfortable. Lucky bastards!
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    My left foot is dominant. I switch it up to release the pressure or change it up with cornering depending if it's a left or right turn. When cornering, outside leg is to the back.
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    I have my right foot forward to start but when I get sick of that position, I can comfortably change to having my left foot forward. Being born a natural "lefty" has taught me to be a natural "Ambi", too.
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    Very interesting question. I'm right hand/leg dominant, but lead with my left foot. I've never thought about why, but it just feels more comfortable and balanced.
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    I'm Left foot forward on a bike and right foot forward on a wakeboard, can't work out why.

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    Unless I'm in a corner, I tend to be left foot forward. This holds true on a dirt bike too sometimes, even though I sometimes have to adjust my foot to reach the brake.

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    As others have posted, I'm right handed but preferred to stand goofy while surfing and skateboarding. While riding today, I realized I prefer the right forward. Thinking back to my childhood and coaster brakes, I always broke with the right foot.
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    Left foot forward biking. Right handed. Right foot forward for everything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KyamBoi View Post
    I get on Left, attack position with Left forward, and get off Left. Am right handed, but kick a ball with my left. I do get on and off on the right from time to time but there is some sort of wacky muscle memory going on in my head, and it always feels awkward to me. Does anyone else know what I mean?..
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    I'm left handed, skate left foot forward but right foot forward while attacking terrain feels much better. Tight right handed switchbacks work much better with left foot forward however vice versa on tight left turns. Try it!
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    Left foot forward for Stormtroopers, right foot forward when attacking Klingons.

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    Either really, get comfortable riding both ways so you dont feel off guard when you come up on something at speed. I used to ride right foot forward when I rode 20". I spun left only and did certain things certain ways to be comfortable on the bike. I forced myself to learn the other way and eveything changed. I no longer think about how my feet are, I just hink about whats coming at me.
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    Either way, but prefer left. For Trials like moves, left foot forward allows a wider and better balanced platform between the pedal and the chainring or bash on the opposite side. For example, going over a large log, you can get the front wheel up, then hop a few times to inch your way over, left pedal and chainring on the log. Try it!

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    Left foot naturally forward for me, for neutral descending. Of course, which ever direction a corner is, that foot goes UP, but for descending or any technical aspects, left foot forward, and for a very specific reason.

    I am a righty. When it comes to jump a log or rock, which will require a punch of power to clear (not to lift the front wheel, but to oomph the bike over) I want my rigth foot to be the one that is up and forward. Just before hitting the log for example, I stomp the left pedal to lighten the front end and get it over. This then puts my right foot at least at 12 o clock, (ideally 2-3 o'clock) I now have my dominant foot ready to press down and I can use my dominant side to control my balance better. If my chainring has dug into the log, I have set myself up for good balance, weight transfer, power, and leg dominanace ready to use that embedded ring to push me over the log.

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    Right foot or Left foot forward when in attack position

    In my attack position I'm right foot forward. I'm right-handed, skate and snowboard regular (left forward). When I was younger, I used to skate goofy-footed, but had to switch footing when I started learning to ollie. I figured it would be easier to "re-learn" how to skate "regular" than to learn to do tricks "goofy".

    I've made attempts to "re-learn" my attack position and ride left forward, but some things you just can't change- and at this point there's really no need to...


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    Read the whole thread but still unable to figure out if the "master leg" should be forward in attack position. Can anyone advise? My master leg is right but I position my left leg forward in attack position, including drop, jump and hop. However, I realized my left foot get tired easily and it affects my riding. Should I re-learn to position my master leg (right) forward?

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    do whatever comes natural. just like writing with your left or right hand, skateboarding, etc.

    however, I think it would be worthwhile to teach yourself to be ambidextrous. I find that, riding right-foot-forward, I can steer around corners that bend to the left (and ride a quarter pipe the same way) with much more confidence than a right bend. of course, only steering left is not an option in the real world, so switching it up and gaining confidence both ways is helpful.

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    Thanks Mack_turtle. Challenging to position my right foot forward especially in big drop. My muscle memory and coordination just went crazy!


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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    If your right handed generally it's left foot forward. And if your left handed generally it's right foot forward. If your ambidextrous well then your just goofy footed and either way would be comfortable. Lucky bastards!
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    Quote Originally Posted by edubfromktown View Post
    I'm right handed but snowboard and skateboard goofy and typically prefer L forward on the pedals for attaccckkkk if feasible.
    Same here.

    Usually but not always the dominant foot is the opposite of the dominant hand.

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    Left foot forward is natural for me (and I'm right handed) but what I do these days is when I'm cornering, or entering a corner, I the opposite foot forward of the direction I'm turning. I'll then sometimes drop my outside (back foot). It's very natural to do but you have to train yourself a bit in the beginning. I don't even think about it now.
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    Reading all the comments, my understandings are:

    (1) Attack Position - Besides the lucky ones who can position either left or right leg forward at will, the lesser mortals like myself should position left leg forward since I am right handed and "right-legged".

    (2) Bunny Hop & Jump - the dominant leg should be at the rear to 'scope' the bike up. That means my left leg should be forward while my right leg (dominant leg) should be at the rear to execute bunny hop or jump.

    (3) High Speed Cornering - Forward right leg when turn left at high speed and forward left leg when turn right at high speed. (For normal cornering, we usually position right leg at 6pm when turn Left and vice-versa when turn Right")

    The above 3 points are preferred legs position for better riding. Hope I got it right.

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    There's no exact science to this, you just ride in whichever manner feels the most comfortable for you.


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    Quote Originally Posted by chris9888 View Post
    Reading all the comments, my understandings are:

    (1) Attack Position - Besides the lucky ones who can position either left or right leg forward at will, the lesser mortals like myself should position left leg forward since I am right handed and "right-legged".

    (2) Bunny Hop & Jump - the dominant leg should be at the rear to 'scope' the bike up. That means my left leg should be forward while my right leg (dominant leg) should be at the rear to execute bunny hop or jump.

    (3) High Speed Cornering - Forward right leg when turn left at high speed and forward left leg when turn right at high speed. (For normal cornering, we usually position right leg at 6pm when turn Left and vice-versa when turn Right")

    The above 3 points are preferred legs position for better riding. Hope I got it right.
    FWIW I'm right handed and ride RF forward normally. I can hop either foot forward but its more natural RF forward. Just do what feels right. IF your right handed but feel good with your left foot forward that's fine. Being able to ride either way is something you kind of learn as you get better at riding.
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    Life is better if you can ride comfortably with either foot forward. Trials moves you can stand on a pedal on an obstacle. Much better platform with left foot forward and chainring on the right. With right foot forward that is a really narrow off balance platform.

    Been discussed many times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronski View Post
    Life is better if you can ride comfortably with either foot forward. Trials moves you can stand on a pedal on an obstacle. Much better platform with left foot forward and chainring on the right. With right foot forward that is a really narrow off balance platform.

    Been discussed many times.
    That's a good point.

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