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Old 2007-01-29, 04:12 AM   #1
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Unhappy Mounting...

I dont know if I'm just freaking out, and I dont know how common this problem is, but I'm having a problem with freemounting. I've only started unicycling about a week ago, so it's probably common to have a problem with it, but it's really weird because I was progressing very fast, and now it's been a few days where I've been trying to freemount, and am not able to do it.

I can ride for as long as I want, and dont need any support at all, I just need to be able to get on the unicycle without help! I've done it once or twice, but it felt more like luck than anything else.

If anybody here has some advice for me on what to do, it would be greatly appreciated. If all I need to do is keep practicing, then go ahead and yell at me, and I'll keep practicing!
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Old 2007-01-29, 04:15 AM   #2
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I know how that feels! I can freemount 60% of the time and one thing that really helped me was putting a board (or a curb) right behind the wheel. That really helps to get the motions down. Good luck and keep practicing!
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Old 2007-01-29, 04:22 AM   #3
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if you have a smallisher wheel put your first foot almost all the way down and step down so that your uni comes under you, then stick ure other foot on the other pedal an go.

With a 24"+ you can put your pedal halfway (in the horizontal position) and without putting weight on it, push off of the ground w/ your other foot with your weight on the saddle. Then you can put Foot #2 on pedal#2 and ride off into the sunset
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Old 2007-01-29, 06:05 AM   #4
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Hey, I had the same problem for awhile. I learned to freemount on a 24" LX and the way that uni_jim described worked best for me and after about a month I get up about 80% of the time. Just keep up the practicing. Remember to lean forward if using this technique, your legs will follow with uni will follow.
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Old 2007-01-29, 12:48 PM   #5
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idk how thts like, my sis and I both learned to freemount before riding, she started at 8 and I got my uni at 11, but started at 14 lol.
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Old 2007-01-29, 05:18 PM   #6
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Pratise make shure you push the pedal back a fair way ot it won't work
I can get it 97% of the time
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Old 2007-02-08, 07:15 PM   #7
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if you have a smallisher wheel put your first foot almost all the way down and step down so that your uni comes under you, then stick ure other foot on the other pedal an go.

With a 24"+ you can put your pedal halfway (in the horizontal position) and without putting weight on it, push off of the ground w/ your other foot with your weight on the saddle. Then you can put Foot #2 on pedal#2 and ride off into the sunset
Let me just add, that I am a beginner, 6 weeks now, and I have found that the motion is almost like hopping up on the saddle, or more like riding the saddle to vertical. Pedals at 3 and 9.
I watch my "bounce" foot onto the pedal, let go of the saddle immeadiately, and go for it.
I'm about 33% success rate, but getting better all the time!
BTW, are you the Uni Jim I just saw the video in Denver news?
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