Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Port Washington, New York
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My opinion. Take it for what it's worth:
You don't need to get both feet on the ground. The ball of one foot at should be enough in almost any circumstance. Practice sliding to each side of the bike to get a foot down. Someone mentioned race starts above. Watch someone like Dani Pedrosa, who is about 5' 2". Granted, street riding is trickier for someone of your stature, but it can be done.
I'd be willing to bet that almost all of the experienced riders here almost never have two feet down.
Also try shaving the seat before you lower the bike. A small reduction in height can make a big difference. Even if you think you still need the bike lowered, you can lower it that much less. And yes, try thick-soled boots, too.
Someone else besides the OP mentioned lowering the bike to be able to flatfoot. I'd say flatfooting is totally unnecessary. I know it makes new riders more comfortable but it doesn't serve any real purpose except when duck walking. Unfortunately, you might have to get off to push the bike.
If you don't have a lot of riding experience and you "need" to have your feet flat on the ground, I'd say you're not ready for this kind of bike. Get some serious mileage on a bike that's easier to manage and I bet that, in time, you won't even think about getting both feet down and flat anymore.
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