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Old 2019-08-09, 10:53 AM   #16
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I'm on my third 36 (Now a KH36) which I ride mainly on 150mm cranks.

My preferred mount is semi static. I put the cranks at somewhere around 45 degrees, with the lower one on my non-dominant side, towards me.

I put my foot on the back/low/non-dominant pedal, put the seat in place between my legs and hold the front of the seat with my dominant hand. (So for me that's left foot on the back/lower pedal, right hand on the seat handle.)

I give a short "push" forwards, and then leap off my right foot, using the left pedal as a step. The unicycle never rolls backward. It sort of almost tolls forwards, then stops dead, which is when that back/lower pedal becomes a step.

It may not be the most spectacular mount, but it has worked for me for many years. These days, I may go for weeks or months without riding the 36 and I know I will freemount first attempt nnext time I get it out.

The other useful tip is to get very used to riding the 36 slowly, and on uneven ground. Get used to slowing down to a stop and riding away again without dismounting. When you feel completely at home in the saddle at low speed, freemounting it will become just an extension of that.

I remember the frustration when I had my first Coker Big 1 (a very primitive early 36) and when I was tired, remounting after a UPD could take 20 attempts. Don't worry, once you get the knack, you will wonder why it was ever a problem.
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Old 2019-08-13, 07:22 PM   #17
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I'm on my third 36 (Now a KH36) which I ride mainly on 150mm cranks.

My preferred mount is semi static. I put the cranks at somewhere around 45 degrees, with the lower one on my non-dominant side, towards me.

I put my foot on the back/low/non-dominant pedal, put the seat in place between my legs and hold the front of the seat with my dominant hand. (So for me that's left foot on the back/lower pedal, right hand on the seat handle.)

I give a short "push" forwards, and then leap off my right foot, using the left pedal as a step. The unicycle never rolls backward. It sort of almost tolls forwards, then stops dead, which is when that back/lower pedal becomes a step.

It may not be the most spectacular mount, but it has worked for me for many years.
Hi Mike,
Do you have a video of this you can share please?
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Old 2019-08-13, 07:31 PM   #18
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Hi Mike,
Do you have a video of this you can share please?
No. I suppose I could make one some time if it would help, but there are far better and more photogenic (cinegenic?) than I who could do so.
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Old 2019-08-16, 06:27 AM   #19
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When I static mount I cheat. I hold on to the tyre to stop it moving. This technique may help you.
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Old 2019-08-17, 03:52 PM   #20
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When I static mount I cheat. I hold on to the tyre to stop it moving. This technique may help you.
Why don't use a brake?
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Old 2019-08-17, 07:32 PM   #21
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No. I suppose I could make one some time if it would help, but there are far better and more photogenic (cinegenic?) than I who could do so.
I do the same mount on my 36er, here's my video


Looking at the video it looks like there's a slight reverse roll but I'm mostly just using my left foot as a step-up onto the seat. I've tried John Foss's style (there are a few people I ride with who do it this way) and can't get my head round it, but I reckon it'd be better for long distance riding - my mount gets FAR too tiring after 30 miles or so!
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Old 2019-08-18, 02:05 AM   #22
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You can't use a brake because the seat needs to rotate around the wheel.

Try it, you'll see what I mean.
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Old 2019-08-18, 03:23 AM   #23
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So pardon me.
I just got back from a ride and tried the brake mount.
It is easy. You just have to have the seat in the right position relative to the wheel when the brake is applied.
It did feel very crude.

I'm a fan of the rolling mount.
It's alway easier to ease up on the force needed instead of having to apply more force needed with a static mount.
If you don't have enough energy to keep rolling then it turn's into a static mount.
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So pardon me.
I just got back from a ride and tried the brake mount.
It is easy. You just have to have the seat in the right position relative to the wheel when the brake is applied.
It did feel very crude.

I'm a fan of the rolling mount.
It's alway easier to ease up on the force needed instead of having to apply more force needed with a static mount.
If you don't have enough energy to keep rolling then it turn's into a static mount.
I asked about using the brake, but I don't use it! I tried it before, but I was too lazy to learn till a 90% success rate

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