Oh, I used to do that. Then, a couple of years ago, someone stole my bicycle and I got another with a different frame and suddenly I couldn't do it anymore. Weird, that.Marion
I usually need a little time with a bicycle frame that I've never ridden before , before I could execute such a dismount 'instinctively'.L
I can do it even on a man’s bike ("throwing" the leg over saddle and bike rack, of course), but now my bottom bracket has come loose. It’s probably "healthier" for the bike to mount in a different way (if you’re not riding one of those sturdy Dutch bikes). :)
I'm glad someone is blogging about this. My girlfriend mounts and dismounts a bike the same way, stepping through the frame, and I have long thought it to be so elegant and dignified. It was so surprising at first I fully intended to take a video to show other people here in Australia how differently and gracefully bikes are used by girls over there. She comes from Sweden and I notice the other girls there do the same. Its easy to understand why so many girls choose to use a bike in northern Europe. They keep it dignified. I have seen girls riding there in long evening dresses with very high heels and hair bouffed up.
Video evidence on David Hembrow's blog, on May 1. Purely coincidental, of course.