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Keep Dropping Wee on Downhill Stops

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(Preface: I am 5'-10" on a Wee with a touring gel seat).

Work has me temporarily relocated from Chicago to Chattanooga, TN and now I have elevation changes, mountains and twisty roads! :thumbup:
However this also caused me to let my Wee take some naps on the road:

Nap #1: I am hitting up the twisty mountain roads with a riding buddy. He takes a turn too fast and dumps his bike in a downhill hairpin. He was down in the roadway so I came to a stop in the middle of the curved, banked road and tried to put my feet down, lost balance and fell over.

Nap #2: A bunch of us rented a chalet in the Smoky Mountains one weekend and to get from there to anywhere, you have to navigate a maze of twisty roads with large downhill sections. I came to one intersection that had a stop sign at the steep downhill part that also had a curve to it. Once again, came to a stop and felt the unbalanced weight of the bike and let it fall over.

What am I doing wrong?
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Sounds good 'gents. I will have to practice uneven road and downhill stops some more. If anything, these two incidents made me learn how to pick up a bike by myself!
Hard to tell, but it sounds like you are stopping in places where the roadway is lower where your foot is going than where the wheels are, or, in banked corners where the road slopes away from you.

I believe what you state here is contributor to nap #1 and possibly #2, I know I fell over on the right side of the bike (both falls happened on downhill, right hand banked turns).
Yep yep. To clarify some things:
When I stop, I do NOT put both feet down initially, in Chicago, I grew into the habit of sliding my butt to the right and putting my RIGHT foot down first. After I was all balanced, I would put both feet down. I do perform low speed exercises in parking lots, but nothing with an uphill/downhill...

This is all well and good in Flatland, but in hills and mountain roads, I need to break the habit of always going with the right foot. Practice practice practice...
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