More right foot forward riders these days?

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6/13/2018 5:02 AM
Edited Date/Time: 6/13/2018 5:06 AM

Just wondering if it's a local thing, but has anybody else who's been riding for a while noticed that almost everybody seems to ride right foot forward? It used to be that almost everybody rode left foot forward and LHD wheels were pretty rare. Always assumed it was down to most people being right handed and it was the lefties that rode right foot.

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6/13/2018 5:15 AM

I notice most people who ride street near me are lff and park is usually rff, not sure why or if it's just a coincidence.

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Hmmm

6/13/2018 5:20 AM

I've always ridden goofy & always thought right foot forward was the norm. Of course, it's been a while since I paid attention. I suppose it's entirely plausible that kids these days are running LHD because it "looks cool" & therefore start riding that way?

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6/13/2018 5:20 AM

Since the 90s I've always thought most ride right foot forward?

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6/13/2018 5:31 AM
Edited Date/Time: 6/13/2018 5:31 AM

Must just be a local thing / coincidence! I notice that every time I get into a game of bike with other riders that they're all riding the opposite lines to me. Makes it a nightmare grin

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6/13/2018 5:35 AM

fooby wrote:

Must just be a local thing / coincidence! I notice that every time I get into a game of bike with other riders that they're all riding the opposite lines to me. Makes it a nightmare grin

Personally, I find the whole "do-this-trick-oppo" thing to be stupid. If you pull a 360, it's a 360 regardless of the direction of spin. Now, if someone jumps a gap that is only accessible from one direction, that's another story. But doing a trick right foot/left foot forward is irrelevant, IMHO. If I'm playing a game of BIKE & someone does the trick I pulled but does it oppo footed, I count it.

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6/13/2018 5:57 AM

Meh, it's about 50/50

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6/13/2018 7:08 AM

I'm left foot forward. Right hand dominant though.

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6/13/2018 7:14 AM

I've noticed the same thing haha! In alot of edits I watch most if them seem to be right foot forward... I guess being left foot forward is like being left handed in the BMX world lol

I'm left foot forward and right handed btw if that matters lol

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6/13/2018 7:24 AM

HondaCRFRacer wrote:

I've noticed the same thing haha! In alot of edits I watch most if them seem to be right foot forward... I guess being left foot forward is like being left handed in the BMX world lol

I'm left foot forward and right handed btw if that matters lol

Me too. right-handed, left foot forward.

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6/13/2018 7:50 AM

HondaCRFRacer wrote:

I've noticed the same thing haha! In alot of edits I watch most if them seem to be right foot forward... I guess being left foot forward is like being left handed in the BMX world lol

I'm left foot forward and right handed btw if that matters lol

Mishinn_Control wrote:

Me too. right-handed, left foot forward.

Me too

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Hmmm

6/13/2018 9:47 AM

Does the right handed/left foot forward have anything to do with if a person skated first? Or maybe who they learned from. I know that on a skateboard, I am regular footed with the left forward and usually spin to the right. On a bike I am right foot forward and spin mostly left.

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6/13/2018 10:45 AM
Edited Date/Time: 6/13/2018 10:46 AM

I skated with my left foot forward and ride with my right forward.

I do switch my feet for certain tricks and when I want to carve the opposite direction a bit more solidly.

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6/13/2018 12:13 PM

I skate left foot forward, and I ride left foot forward as well.... and I spin to the right too...

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6/13/2018 12:50 PM

fooby wrote:

Must just be a local thing / coincidence! I notice that every time I get into a game of bike with other riders that they're all riding the opposite lines to me. Makes it a nightmare grin

Mishinn_Control wrote:

Personally, I find the whole "do-this-trick-oppo" thing to be stupid. If you pull a 360, it's a 360 regardless of the direction of spin. Now, if someone jumps a gap that is only accessible from one direction, that's another story. But doing a trick right foot/left foot forward is irrelevant, IMHO. If I'm playing a game of BIKE & someone does the trick I pulled but does it oppo footed, I count it.

I'd disagree, given that most people find the oppo a hell of a lot harder.

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6/13/2018 2:13 PM

I'm left footed for football, skated right foot forward, Orthadox for fighting, left foot forward on BMX....Who knows, but i think most bmx riders are RFF

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6/13/2018 8:27 PM

I kick a footy with my left, a soccer ball with my right, ride left foot forward, and do everything with my right hand. I also have noticed the change. Feels like everyone used to be left forward, but might be my imagination.

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6/14/2018 12:12 AM

It's all just by chance, really.

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6/16/2018 9:25 PM

I ride LFF if I’m just pedaling but when doing tricks RFF it is really weird

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6/18/2018 7:20 PM

Doesnt matter. Regs in skating and Rff in BMX, i still prefer to spin counterclockwise regardless. I mean I started riding bikes when I was a bit obsessed with skating switch, so that may have led me to start riding with my right foot foreward. However riding switch (footing, not oppo), theres less off a difference than skating switch (only foot position but hip and arm muscles still work the same).

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6/23/2018 4:11 PM

I remember when I use to ride in South Jersey in the late 90's/early 2000's. EVERYONE rode LFF. I always felt like I was doing it wrong. Thank god LHD wheels came out. Only reason I got over it was because I saw DQYDJ and saw a lot Central/North Jersey riders my way. Plus Mirra rode RFF so I felt better. Alistair Whitton threw me off when I saw him riding LHD and right side pegs but LFF.

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6/27/2018 4:29 AM

I'm Lff on my bike but I'm right leg dominant. A lot of people at the skatepark I go to are rff.

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6/27/2018 8:21 AM

I'm LFF and was always the outcast.

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6/28/2018 2:38 PM

Mishinn_Control wrote:

I've always ridden goofy & always thought right foot forward was the norm. Of course, it's been a while since I paid attention. I suppose it's entirely plausible that kids these days are running LHD because it "looks cool" & therefore start riding that way?

I’m still pretty certain that right foot forward is normal,
If it isn’t, then I’m goofy footed.
Worst part is that I do everything with my right hand.

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6/28/2018 2:53 PM

Mishinn_Control wrote:

I've always ridden goofy & always thought right foot forward was the norm. Of course, it's been a while since I paid attention. I suppose it's entirely plausible that kids these days are running LHD because it "looks cool" & therefore start riding that way?

There is a good reason why many older riders are right foot forward. Growing up left hand drive didn’t exist. Much like the brake lever on the right, everything was dominant side of the body. Free coasters came next and some tried to switch up foot positions but it felt weird. Then came LHD (from...Haro, for the Legend Dave Mirra RIP) and you suddenly had a choice of what to do. I ride goofy now because I have ridden so long LHD feels odd. I can do it and after say 5min everything is fine but I like right and grind left. I can grind both sides it’s just a more comfortable feeling to the left.

So, that is a short history of why ?? younger riders have a choice of what to ride. Some older riders have changed over the years...some chaned back some didn’t. Anyone riding since say 1999-2002 or 2003 are mostly RHD. I am posting a link to a Ride article from 2001 just for reaction...oops double post on the link but enjoy the history!
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.ridebmx.com/photos/haros-left-side-drive-for-2001/%3famphtml=1

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6/28/2018 4:31 PM

Mishinn_Control wrote:

I've always ridden goofy & always thought right foot forward was the norm. Of course, it's been a while since I paid attention. I suppose it's entirely plausible that kids these days are running LHD because it "looks cool" & therefore start riding that way?

Gack2000 wrote:

There is a good reason why many older riders are right foot forward. Growing up left hand drive didn’t exist. Much like the brake lever on the right, everything was dominant side of the body. Free coasters came next and some tried to switch up foot positions but it felt weird. Then came LHD (from...Haro, for the Legend Dave Mirra RIP) and you suddenly had a choice of what to do. I ride goofy now because I have ridden so long LHD feels odd. I can do it and after say 5min everything is fine but I like right and grind left. I can grind both sides it’s just a more comfortable feeling to the left.

So, that is a short history of why ?? younger riders have a choice of what to ride. Some older riders have changed over the years...some chaned back some didn’t. Anyone riding since say 1999-2002 or 2003 are mostly RHD. I am posting a link to a Ride article from 2001 just for reaction...oops double post on the link but enjoy the history!
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.ridebmx.com/photos/haros-left-side-drive-for-2001/%3famphtml=1

I have riding bmx from 2000-2005 my bike was rhd was haro mirra 540 and I was left foot forward. Now getting back into bmx again after they released haro mirra pro tribute I came back to bmx few months ago and thars some good history.

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3/4/2021 2:49 PM

fooby wrote:

Just wondering if it's a local thing, but has anybody else who's been riding for a while noticed that almost everybody seems to ride right foot forward? It used to be that almost everybody rode left foot forward and LHD wheels were pretty rare. Always assumed it was down to most people being right handed and it was the lefties that rode right foot.

Me and bunch of guys just had this discussion (SW Missouri riders).
It seems riders are using the same word for two different scenarios.
To my understanding:
There are two stances, this depends on which foot is your dominate foot.
If your Right handed, and your right foot is dominate, then you would ride with your Left foot forward.
That is considered "Regular Stance" emphasis on STANCE.
If you are Right handed, and your Left foot is dominate, then you would ride with your Right foot forward.
That would be considered "Goofy Stance" still, emphasis on STANCE.

Now, the issue that I am seeing is that most BMX riders consider "Goofy Footed" is when you spin the same direction as your front foot and that feels "Normal" to the rider. I can see why people would call that "Goofy" but really it is just "Opposite"

The BMX community has referred to "Goofy Footed" the incorrect way for so long, that the definition they use technically isn't wrong, but it is inaccurate (BMX/MTB is the only sport that refers to it this way).

here is an example of my scenario:
I am Right Handed
My right foot is Dominate (Super important)
That means: naturally my non-dominate foot will be forward.
So, on a bike I will have my left foot forward which means i have a "Regular Stance"
I naturally spin to my right, which is natural for most left foot forward riders.
If I was to intentionally spin to my left, that would be considered "Opposite"
Now for the confusing part:
If I naturally spun to the left, with my left foot forward, then I would be considered "Goofy Footed" by todays definition.
Again, this isn't wrong. This is in fact 100% "Goofy/abnormal"

What makes this so difficult to explain is that "Goofy Footed" and "Goofy Stance" are different things.
Another problem is that BMX is backward compared to every other sports definition, which doesn't help at all.

Easy way to see which foot is dominate:
Run fast in a pair of socks, then slide across the floor. the foot that supports your weight (rear foot) is your dominate foot. The fact that everyone is unique makes it hard to generalize "goofy footed" riders.

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3/5/2021 6:40 AM

Bulletpup wrote:

I skated with my left foot forward and ride with my right forward.

I do switch my feet for certain tricks and when I want to carve the opposite direction a bit more solidly.

I ride right foot forward, but grind on my left side. Skate right foot forward.

Snowboard/Wakeboard left foot forward.

All mixed up.

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3/5/2021 6:56 AM

Aarroncf87 wrote:

Me and bunch of guys just had this discussion (SW Missouri riders).
It seems riders are using the same word for two different scenarios.
To my understanding:
There are two stances, this depends on which foot is your dominate foot.
If your Right handed, and your right foot is dominate, then you would ride with your Left foot forward.
That is considered "Regular Stance" emphasis on STANCE.
If you are Right handed, and your Left foot is dominate, then you would ride with your Right foot forward.
That would be considered "Goofy Stance" still, emphasis on STANCE.

Now, the issue that I am seeing is that most BMX riders consider "Goofy Footed" is when you spin the same direction as your front foot and that feels "Normal" to the rider. I can see why people would call that "Goofy" but really it is just "Opposite"

The BMX community has referred to "Goofy Footed" the incorrect way for so long, that the definition they use technically isn't wrong, but it is inaccurate (BMX/MTB is the only sport that refers to it this way).

here is an example of my scenario:
I am Right Handed
My right foot is Dominate (Super important)
That means: naturally my non-dominate foot will be forward.
So, on a bike I will have my left foot forward which means i have a "Regular Stance"
I naturally spin to my right, which is natural for most left foot forward riders.
If I was to intentionally spin to my left, that would be considered "Opposite"
Now for the confusing part:
If I naturally spun to the left, with my left foot forward, then I would be considered "Goofy Footed" by todays definition.
Again, this isn't wrong. This is in fact 100% "Goofy/abnormal"

What makes this so difficult to explain is that "Goofy Footed" and "Goofy Stance" are different things.
Another problem is that BMX is backward compared to every other sports definition, which doesn't help at all.

Easy way to see which foot is dominate:
Run fast in a pair of socks, then slide across the floor. the foot that supports your weight (rear foot) is your dominate foot. The fact that everyone is unique makes it hard to generalize "goofy footed" riders.

This is one of the worst things I have ever read.

At the end of the day if you naturally spin towards your forward foot, you are goofy footed.

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3/5/2021 7:44 AM

fooby wrote:

Just wondering if it's a local thing, but has anybody else who's been riding for a while noticed that almost everybody seems to ride right foot forward? It used to be that almost everybody rode left foot forward and LHD wheels were pretty rare. Always assumed it was down to most people being right handed and it was the lefties that rode right foot.

Aarroncf87 wrote:

Me and bunch of guys just had this discussion (SW Missouri riders).
It seems riders are using the same word for two different scenarios.
To my understanding:
There are two stances, this depends on which foot is your dominate foot.
If your Right handed, and your right foot is dominate, then you would ride with your Left foot forward.
That is considered "Regular Stance" emphasis on STANCE.
If you are Right handed, and your Left foot is dominate, then you would ride with your Right foot forward.
That would be considered "Goofy Stance" still, emphasis on STANCE.

Now, the issue that I am seeing is that most BMX riders consider "Goofy Footed" is when you spin the same direction as your front foot and that feels "Normal" to the rider. I can see why people would call that "Goofy" but really it is just "Opposite"

The BMX community has referred to "Goofy Footed" the incorrect way for so long, that the definition they use technically isn't wrong, but it is inaccurate (BMX/MTB is the only sport that refers to it this way).

here is an example of my scenario:
I am Right Handed
My right foot is Dominate (Super important)
That means: naturally my non-dominate foot will be forward.
So, on a bike I will have my left foot forward which means i have a "Regular Stance"
I naturally spin to my right, which is natural for most left foot forward riders.
If I was to intentionally spin to my left, that would be considered "Opposite"
Now for the confusing part:
If I naturally spun to the left, with my left foot forward, then I would be considered "Goofy Footed" by todays definition.
Again, this isn't wrong. This is in fact 100% "Goofy/abnormal"

What makes this so difficult to explain is that "Goofy Footed" and "Goofy Stance" are different things.
Another problem is that BMX is backward compared to every other sports definition, which doesn't help at all.

Easy way to see which foot is dominate:
Run fast in a pair of socks, then slide across the floor. the foot that supports your weight (rear foot) is your dominate foot. The fact that everyone is unique makes it hard to generalize "goofy footed" riders.

MostlyBowlDoggin wrote:

This is one of the worst things I have ever read.

At the end of the day if you naturally spin towards your forward foot, you are goofy footed.

But technically you can be goofy STANCES and goofy my FOOTED duh

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