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Old 2020-01-01, 11:23 PM   #61
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I think I heard the "click".

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Old 2020-01-02, 02:44 AM   #62
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Excellent! Solid progress. I took over a month to get to that point, for which I blame lack of talent and clinging to a fence. I reckon your seat is a bit too low. I recommend raising it a smidge (not by too much at once, or the uni will feel too different). You'll feel your weight more on the seat.
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Old 2020-01-03, 07:21 PM   #63
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In the beginning of my unicycling career, I got hooked on rollback mounts, and it took me a couple of years to fully grasp the error of my ways. You won't have that problem because your learning method has forced you to nearly replicate the static mount, but in any case the time has come for you to ditch the wooden block!
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Old 2020-01-04, 02:40 PM   #64
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but in any case the time has come for you to ditch the wooden block!
Instead of ditching it, what about decreasing the size of the block? If Chief rarely rolls backwards over the block, then the block may be too big. And if he's putting too much pressure backwards onto the block, he may end up doing an undesirable, roll-back mount without the block.
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Old 2020-01-04, 04:21 PM   #65
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I'm planning on keeping the brick so I can focus on better control riding around. I can get to 50-100 feet but am still losing balance and falling off. It also takes me 3-4 attempts before I get a long run in.

Once I get better at that, then I'll work on a true static mount-- I like the idea of using a shorter and shorter backstop to wean off it. I'll let you know when I get to a popsicle stick... =8^)

Chief

PS, Raising the seat a bit really did help my last ride-- I had forgotten that I intentionally had it a bit low to start out.. thanks for that tip

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Old 2020-01-04, 05:38 PM   #66
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When I learned as a kid and started getting some 30 ft to 50 ft rides in I drilled a hole in a piece of 2" x 2" and tied a piece of string about 10 ft long from it to the seat. It never caused problems dragging behind me and allowed me to mount anywhere. Only needed it a day or two.
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Old 2020-01-04, 06:08 PM   #67
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PS, Raising the seat a bit really did help my last ride-- I had forgotten that I intentionally had it a bit low to start out.. thanks for that tip
When beginners pivot right and left, they are making corrections, but those corrections look sometimes like over-corrections. They are pivoting too far. I wonder if raising the seat might stabilize the uni better and limit the angle of these corrections, still allowing the rider to pivot but keeping the corrections from throwing the rider even more out of control.

If you raise the seat, I suggest you do it incrementally over a period of days or weeks and in small amounts. If, at this stage, you feel it's interfering with safe dismounts, then maybe you've raised it too far.
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Old 2020-01-05, 11:36 PM   #68
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Day 20: Static free mount!

Got a little bored today and decided to see if I could do a proper static freemount in my driveway to get off my brick backstop (took Canoeheadtead's advice from another thread to try at a spot that has a slight decline).

I was surprised that it only took me 3 attempts! Did that about a dozen times in my sloped driveway then tried on the street. Had a couple of topples with too much pressure on the back foot but figured it out pretty quick.

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Old 2020-01-06, 12:33 AM   #69
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Got a little bored today and decided to see if I could do a proper static freemount in my driveway to get off my brick backstop (took Canoeheadtead's advice from another thread to try at a spot that has a slight decline).

I was surprised that it only took me 3 attempts! Did that about a dozen times in my sloped driveway then tried on the street. Had a couple of topples with too much pressure on the back foot but figured it out pretty quick.

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Brilliant!
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Old 2020-01-06, 12:58 AM   #70
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I can ride, albeit poorly, the unicycle!

https://youtu.be/XLmc9BTKbhM


Big call out to "coffeecupcowboy" whose method I followed.
https://youtu.be/U4nAn7yBXSM

Thanks everybody for your encouragement and tips!

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Horray! Well done mate. You are doing really well...
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Old 2020-01-06, 08:50 AM   #71
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Got a little bored today and decided to see if I could do a proper static freemount in my driveway to get off my brick backstop (took Canoeheadtead's advice from another thread to try at a spot that has a slight decline).

I was surprised that it only took me 3 attempts! Did that about a dozen times in my sloped driveway then tried on the street. Had a couple of topples with too much pressure on the back foot but figured it out pretty quick.

Chief
Excellent! That's very rapid progress.
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Old 2020-01-10, 04:00 AM   #72
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Day 24- static free mount (final video)

Hi,
This should be my final video-- day 24.

Static free mount and rode as far as I could before I had to stop due to exhaustion (which is unfortunately only a few hundred feet).
https://youtu.be/INMCwf_pV6g

I've been studying UniMyra's video on the static free mount and found it to be really helpful: https://youtu.be/yqWtEBgG300

In a thread discussing this video, UniMyra used the analogy of putting pressure into the seat and letting the unicycle lift him up, more like a pole vault vs. a jump. That concept really helped!

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Old 2020-01-10, 04:08 AM   #73
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Hi,
This should be my final video-- day 24.

Static free mount and rode as far as I could before I had to stop due to exhaustion (which is unfortunately only a few hundred feet).
https://youtu.be/INMCwf_pV6g


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All looking great! The only negative is didn't you ride back to the camera.
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Old 2020-01-10, 04:25 AM   #74
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All looking great! The only negative is didn't you ride back to the camera.
For all these 24 days I've only practiced riding West to East, with the earth's rotation. I'm sure I'll need another month of practice to ride against the earth rotation...

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Old 2020-01-10, 09:04 AM   #75
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For all these 24 days I've only practiced riding West to East, with the earth's rotation. I'm sure I'll need another month of practice to ride against the earth rotation...

Chief
Hmmm, better not try north/south yet as the Coriolis effect can really throw out your unicycling. Actually, I don't even know how you northern hemisphere guys can ride straight at all.
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