Unicyclist Community

Go Back   Unicyclist Community > Unicycling Discussion > Unicycling Articles and Tutorials

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rating: Thread Rating: 13 votes, 5.00 average. Display Modes
Old 2009-05-16, 02:33 AM   #1
unatic
Joe and Zethar the unicycle
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: SC
Posts: 3
Thumbs up EASY freemount for Newbies really works!

I am 57 and just last month bought my first uni. After the required 15 hours I could "ride" and dismount, but could not freemount. I had tried and tried but could not EVER get it. Searching the internet, I found a video showing a slightly different method which worked on the second try, 7 out of the next 10 tries, and after practicing, will work every time. It is sooooo easy, I dont know why it is never posted anywhere. Just search on "Megan Rouch Expert Village". She has several videos on unicycle operation, but the "mounting" and "turning" videos show very clearly the very very easy mount. It is based on the method where you are not to put any weight down on your right (dominant) pedal. You do NOT need to lower the seat, you do NOT need a curb, you do not need to put a rock behind the wheel, you do not need to be going downhill, you do not need any of those. AND you are allowed to put as much weight on the right pedal as you want, which actually helps to mount more easily.

This is how it works. Follow the same instructions found here and elsewhere as far as how to position your feet and get the seat in position. While positioned with your right foot on the pedal, seat positioned, left foot ready to push/hop, you simply reach up with your right hand and grab the tire to keep it from rolling. Hop up with your left foot, and while holding the tire so that it will NOT roll, put as much pressure as you want on the right pedal to help lift you up. As you gain your balance, put your left foot on its pedal, let loose of the tire, off you go. Please see the video for an extremely easy "freemount". It works every time and is VERY VERY easy, even for this 57 year old unatic.
unatic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2009-05-16, 05:04 AM   #2
scott ttocs
Unicyclist
 
scott ttocs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Irvine, CA
Age: 59
Posts: 1,231
I have been using the same type of mount to get on a 36" unicycle. Here is a post from a previous thread:

http://www.unicyclist.com/forums/sho...3&postcount=54
scott ttocs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2009-05-16, 05:06 AM   #3
SirSkillz
phlhatt
 
SirSkillz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: B.C. Canada
Age: 24
Posts: 982
I couldn't find the video... Could you post a link? It also sounds like a complex way of mounting...

EDIT: I saw scott ttocs's vid, and now I get it! It's a big wheel!
__________________
"My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world."
-Jack Layton

^*3rd - 540 Unispin Comp*^

Last edited by SirSkillz; 2009-05-16 at 05:08 AM. Reason: idiocy
SirSkillz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2009-05-17, 04:49 AM   #4
blueharmony
Kenny Cason
 
blueharmony's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: San Antonio, TX USA
Age: 58
Posts: 674
We at PPUT had a new rider this year that learned to freemount the same way (by grabbing the tire). None of us had ever seen it done that way before but it worked for her. Once she got it that way and was comfortable riding we weened her off of it. Now she can freemount just fine.

Thanks for the tip, though. I never though of teaching it that way. I'll have to try that with one of the new riders next year.
__________________
- Kenny
blueharmony is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2009-06-14, 09:54 PM   #5
EamonPartos
Unicyclist
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 9
Yay

Great...I just got a 28 inch, and I did not think I would ever be able to freemount it. I can freemount by 16' and my 20', but the 28' is just so big...I will have to try this.
EamonPartos is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2009-06-15, 07:52 PM   #6
samwii
Samuel Farmer
 
samwii's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Age: 24
Posts: 381
Quote:
Originally Posted by EamonPartos View Post
Great...I just got a 28 inch, and I did not think I would ever be able to freemount it. I can freemount by 16' and my 20', but the 28' is just so big...I will have to try this.
I don't know about you, but I would class a 16 foot unicycle as pretty darn big...





I think you mean 16" and 20" and 28"
samwii is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2009-06-16, 09:36 PM   #7
cbs
Unicyclist
 
cbs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Gaithersburg
Age: 48
Posts: 851
I need to try this mount on my bigger uni. But what type of crashes can I expect? I'm chicken on jumping up/forward on it lol.
cbs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2009-06-17, 05:07 PM   #8
scott ttocs
Unicyclist
 
scott ttocs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Irvine, CA
Age: 59
Posts: 1,231
Quote:
Originally Posted by cbs View Post
I need to try this mount on my bigger uni. But what type of crashes can I expect? I'm chicken on jumping up/forward on it lol.
cbs,

You could try a roll-back mount.

http://www.unicyclist.com/forums/sho...t=71632&page=2
scott ttocs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2009-06-18, 01:14 AM   #9
cbs
Unicyclist
 
cbs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Gaithersburg
Age: 48
Posts: 851
I did try the roll back mount on the trials uni without success. I got the static one so I want to learn something similiar. Its been so long since I've mounted so I might need to relearn on the small uni again lol. I just enjoy the bigger uni A LOT more.
cbs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2009-06-18, 07:03 PM   #10
aklyatne
Unicyclist
 
aklyatne's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Round Hill, VA
Posts: 95
That sounds a lot like the method I use to freemount my 36''. I learned it from one of Terry's vids - I just watched it a few times and then tried it going downhill. Now I can get it about 2/3 of the time when I'm on a downhill slope, and 1/4 of the time on flat/uphill. It's great for larger unicycles.
aklyatne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2009-07-16, 12:47 AM   #11
Nomadic
MUni Extremeist
 
Nomadic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 132
Arrow Videos showing Megan Rouch's unicycle mount

Quote:
Originally Posted by SirSkillz View Post
I couldn't find the video... Could you post a link? It also sounds like a complex way of mounting...
Well, there are actual multiple vids of her explaining off-road unicycling on YouTube and in each of them you can get a glimpse of how she free mounts.

Here is one on how to mount a unicycle (skip to :45) →

And one on idling (skip to 1:00) →
Nomadic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2009-07-16, 01:35 AM   #12
Biggestbtc
Stinky Cheese Man
 
Biggestbtc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Carlisle, Pa, USA
Age: 27
Posts: 2,345
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nomadic View Post
you can get a glimpse of how she free mounts.

Here is one on how to mount a unicycle (skip to :45)
Ah...that's not really freemounting, but the mount in the second vid is.
__________________
~Benjamin
><>Unicycle For Christ<><

No matter how great your triumphs or how tragic your defeats, approximately one billion Chinese couldn't care less.

Last edited by Biggestbtc; 2009-07-16 at 01:36 AM.
Biggestbtc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2009-07-16, 02:45 AM   #13
Nomadic
MUni Extremeist
 
Nomadic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 132
Did I say free mount... no. lol I chose that vid because it was one of the only ones where you could see her movements slower. It gives you the basic idea--- just subtract the rail!

Last edited by Nomadic; 2009-07-16 at 02:46 AM.
Nomadic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2009-08-14, 02:45 PM   #14
proaging
Unicyclist
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Reston, VA
Posts: 6
thanks so much for this post. I had seen this video a few weeks ago, and tried this mount but kind of gave up on it. After reading your post I decided to try it again with your tips and nailed it in less than 10 minutes. I agree that this way of freemounting needs to be promoted more, someone should do a YouTube on the technique!
proaging is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2009-08-14, 05:10 PM   #15
tmoyer
slc uni
 
tmoyer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Age: 52
Posts: 803
This how I learned to freemount as well, and I second the recommendation.

Once you get the hang of freemounting with a hand on the tire, it's very easy to learn to do it without using your hand.
__________________

)-OTGTrials-

)--360unispin08--O
tmoyer is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
easy, freemount, lunatic, mount, newbies, works


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Feeler: 2009 Kris Holm KH36 (for sale / for trade) IsaacSteiner Trading Post 41 2009-10-02 12:15 PM
Hey Gilby, it'd be really cool if... [Un-Ban please] Banana Kitten Just Conversation & Introduce Yourself 63 2009-05-06 08:31 PM
It works! It works! Uni-publicity works! GILD General Unicycling Discussions 4 2006-08-11 10:13 AM


All times are GMT. The time now is 12:42 AM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright © 2001-2016 Gilby
You Rated this Thread:
Page generated in 0.10876 seconds with 11 queries