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View Poll Results: Do you have a turn preference?
Yes, same as my 'handedness' 8 25.81%
Yes, opposite my 'handedness' 15 48.39%
No, they're all the same to me 8 25.81%
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Old 2006-07-03, 11:11 AM   #1
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Turn direction preference

Hi

I'm interested to know whether everyone else has a preference for one direction over the other, and how it relates to 'handedness'.

I'm right-handed but have a strong preference for left-handed turns - bicycle, motorbike and now uni. My right-hand turns on a uni are jerky and and ungraceful (and I'm right-handed).

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Old 2006-07-03, 11:14 AM   #2
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Turning on a uni, I can pull tight u-turns with a few inches both ways.

I am a left foot foward, right hand on hadle rider. I have found out, that when jumping and spining to my right, i can only get about a 270, which is weird, cause I am right footed, and though turning to right would be easier, but I am also goofy footed (skating snowboarding term) and found out I can easily pull 360s while jumping and spinning to my left.
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Old 2006-07-03, 11:27 AM   #3
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I find it much more natural to turn left (both on bikes and unicycles). I'll take a sharp left corner much faster on a bike without it feeling dangerous, and I can turn much tighter to the left on a unicycle without being all jerky. I'm right-handed (but just to confuse things I hold the unicycle saddle handle with my left hand).

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Old 2006-07-03, 11:29 AM   #4
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i turn much sharper and better to the left, i think its the proper way. for example, every olympic sport thats done around a circuit is done coutner-clockwise, which means you go to the left. here in australia our ice skating rinks go counter-clockwise, and i can lean much better to the left. i went ice skating in america and it was clockwise and i had extreme trouble keeping up with the right hand turn bits
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Old 2006-07-03, 11:43 AM   #5
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I'm in the same boat as you guys ... I'm right handed but am much smoother turning left.
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With me, its only affected when I am in the air, I am gonna work on getting it good in both directions though, gotta be versatile. =p
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Old 2006-07-03, 03:49 PM   #7
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well it started out as turning to the left is my strong point, but after a while i got just as good going both directions.

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Old 2006-07-03, 04:21 PM   #8
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I am also right handed and prefer to turn left, as do all of my bike riding friends.

This is the theory that my neighbor came up with: It has to do with how the brain has evolved to protect the human body, just like reflexes do. When going fast, the brain would rather make a fall on the side of the body that is non dominant in order to protect the dominant hand from getting mutilated and broken by the fall.
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Old 2006-07-03, 04:25 PM   #9
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My turn preference is definately to the left. I blame watching too much NASCAR.
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Old 2006-07-03, 04:25 PM   #10
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i like to turn to my right but i still am not terrific at doing u-turns in small spaces. if i have to, i just do little hops in a circle. it's cheating, but whatever. when i do my little hops turn i have no preference as to which direction i'm going.
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i'm left handed , left foot forward, turn and spin to the right, right hand on the handle. I like turning right on a bike also
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