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Traction (and physics) dictates which foot goes down while taking a turn. It's
pretty simple if you look at it from a physics perspective: the vertical of
your COM (center of mass) needs to hit the ground inside the area defined by
the contact parches if both wheels. This leads to applying pressure to the
outside pedal, and since that pressure (and by definition, the force applied)
depends on a bearing and an axis, the outside pedal needs to be at it's lower
The best cornering advice was given to me by a close friend and former Elite
BMXer: pretend you have a laser pointer attached to your bellybutton and point
it to wherever you want the bike to go. Keep the pressure on the outside
pedal, and let the rest of your body follow.
About the regular vs goofy thing, I'm a righty-fronty guy, and that dictates I
have less right-turning skills than Fidel Castro. I've grown accustomed to it,
but this particular letter (and the comments derived from it) got me thinking
about forcing me to ride in my unnatural stance to improve my skills.
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