Lewis, I knew that your rollback is your only freemount. I, too, have
struggled long to get a reliable static freemount, the problem being
that I could not suppress the tendency to put weight on the forward
foot (on the back pedal). And even now, if I switch wheel or crank
size I have to “learn again”. Here are a few things that have helped
me. Some may work for you (or for others). Or not…
Practice mounting on a slope down. I know you can do a static kerb
mount. (I even think it was you who coined the term.) If you are on a
sufficiently steep slope down, it keeps the wheel from rolling
backwards as much as a kerb does. What’s weird about it is that as
soon as you ride, you have to “fight” the slope. When you get the hang
of it, go to successively gentler downslopes. I’m now practicing
successively steeper upslopes (not very steep yet though).
Think of the mount as if you are flying up through the air. As if
your forward foot does not rest on something so it makes no sense
stepping on it. So you’re pushing off with the back foot, and the
place to land is the forward pedal with the same foot, without an
intermediate step with the other foot. It’s a phase of “ballistic”
flying because the energy has come from the push. It’s like:
PUSH! f l y y y y y y y y land.
Concentrate on the position of the forward pedal, with respect to
the environment (street, earth etc). That is the position where your
second foot has to meet the pedal. You concentrate during the mount on
keeping it there. (This one made the final breakthrough for me
personally, but I think it’s personal and may not work for most
(Somewhat in contradiction with 3, but it helped too.)
Normally the back pedal is at about 8 or 9 o’clock position. You can
also start in the, say, 6:30 position, and then as you push off to
begin the mount, allow the wheel to roll forward. Then you may step on
the pedal somewhat heavier, because the inertia of the wheel (and
frame etc) will prevent it from kicking back too violently. It goes a
bit toward a rolling mount.
What a write-up. I hope it helps!
If you had this signature, I have forged it.