Another Giraffe related question - How to start/Free mount

Hi,

Thanks to the few people who mailed me about how difficult it is to convert to a
Giraffe, I would have thought this might be a good thing to be in the FAQ.

I have chosen one now, just to annoy you lot I have ordered a Pashley 5ft !
Please feel free to flame me with the “should have bought DM…” messages !!!

On Money its clearly the cheapest, and sounds OK seeing as I only give light
use, also with the guarantee I have got if it breaks, I just return it and get a
replacement (1 year only though), also its not a chrome frame, I don’t like the
look of these, and prefer nicely painted ! (This one is metallic grey, which
matches my Car :=).

Anyway, my new question which I hope to get a little more response on is how
should I start trying to ride the giraffe to minimise damage to the unicycle
from hitting the ground, and to me !!

And whats the best way to free mount/learn to free mount ?

Starting to ride the giraffe I have so far thought of:

    a. Step ladder
    b. Lamp post
    c. Kerb (ie rest the tyre on the kerb, then climb up and pedal rapidly).
    d. Jumping
    e. Jumping off tall buildings onto uni.

These are in increasing order of impossibility and pain (IMHO!).

Any good tips to start ?

Also how do you free mount, especially to start with ?

Thanks in advance for any replies !

James.

PS. Anyone who rides Giraffes and lives near Bournemouth UK who would let me
come and watch them ride and maybe get a few tips, wins a free coffee !!!


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Re: Another Giraffe related question - How to start/Free mount

On Mar 10, 8:52am, blackmoj@ferndown.ate.slb.com wrote:
> Subject: Another Giraffe related question - How to start/Free mount Hi,
>
> Thanks to the few people who mailed me about how difficult it is to convert to
> a Giraffe, I would have thought this might be a good thing to be in the FAQ.
>
> I have chosen one now, just to annoy you lot I have ordered a Pashley 5ft !
> Please feel free to flame me with the “should have bought DM…” messages !!!

Ok we’ll let you off this time, but don’t come running to us if it breaks!
:slight_smile:

> Anyway, my new question which I hope to get a little more response on is how
> should I start trying to ride the giraffe to minimise damage to the unicycle
> from hitting the ground, and to me !!

Find some nice architectural feature that will help! I started on my 5ft Sem
by climbing on a 3ft wall next to a lamppost. I could then mount the giraffe
from the wall whilst clinging for dear life (well until I got balanced) to
the lamppost. Quick tip… Tape up the front and back of the saddle so that
it doesn’t get too scuffed when you drop it. I use gaffer tape, LX works
just as well.

> And whats the best way to free mount/learn to free mount ?

This could take a while to get the hang of, but don’t worry about it as it isn’t
too painful a learning process. First, wear shorts or some loose trousers, but
make sure you don’t have lots of material flapping around your crotch.

How I go about mounting is to hold the uni with the saddle slightly forward of
the wheel, but only an inch or two. One pedal should be straight down. Put one
foot on this pedal and jump up! Use both your arms (on the saddle) and the leg
on the pedal to help with leverage. You should aim to get your second foot on
the other pedal. Sitting down doesn’t come until you’ve started to move those
pedals and get things under control.

Of course, practice is essential and make sure you modify things so they feel
more natural to you. Good Luck…

> e. Jumping off tall buildings onto uni.
1 2 3 … OOUCH!!

Hope this helps…


Paul Selwood “Smock, smock, smock, smock, smock, smock!”
ps@dcre.leeds.ac.uk --Hobbes

Re: Another Giraffe related question - How to start/Free mount

blackmoj@ferndown.ate.slb.com writes:

> And whats the best way to free mount/learn to free mount ?
>
> Starting to ride the giraffe I have so far thought of:
>
> a. Step ladder

Although I haven’t tried a step ladder, I think it is unsafe, because the ladder
is only stable when your weight is directly on
it. This application by definition violates that principle.

> b. Lamp post

I’ve used this method. It helps if the pole has cleats sticking out, the ones
that the lineman uses for steps when he has to climb.

    *Preliminaries a If the pole is wood, it may help to wear gloves to
    prevent splinters (the voice of experience). b Do wear protection like
    helmet, wrist, elbow and knee pads. c Do wear very cushiony athletic
    shoes, to absorb the shock of jumping off a lot. Saves knee joints. d
    Wear pants or shorts that don't have a lot of loose cloth in the crotch.
    A crotch pad like bike shorts have helps, too. e It may help to set the
    seat slightly lower until you're comfortable with getting on.

    *Doing it 1 Lean the giraffe against the lamp post, say with the right
    side of the saddle touching the post. 2 Position the outside pedal (i.e.
    left) straight down. 3 Put left foot on pedal, left hand on saddle,
    right hand on pole (or pole cleat if available). 4 Step up on pedal.
    Your weight keeps the wheel from moving. 5 Use left hand to pull the
    seat away from the pole, then swing your right leg around. You're still
    holding the pole with your right hand. 6 Sit down, balance, and ride
    away. Voila!

The main drawback to this method is that poles are not everywhere.

> c. Kerb (ie rest the tyre on the kerb, then climb up and pedal rapidly).

This method works well too, but probably should wait until you have gotten
comfortable with the “pole mount”. Then:

    1 Place the rear of the wheel against the curb (or kerb, as it's
    misspelled in the UK :-)). 2 Position the lower pedal slightly towards
    you, off of vertical, so that when you put weight on it, the wheel wants
    to move backward into the curb. This effectively locks the wheel in
    place against the curb. 3 Hold the seat with one hand and the seat post
    with the other. Or, put one hand on the front of the seat, the other on
    the rear. 3 Step up on the lower pedal, and in one smooth motion, get
    the other foot onto the other pedal and the seat positioned under your
    butt. This may be easier said than done. 4 Try to do Step 3 so that your
    balance point is moving forward slightly while you are getting your
    seat. If you succeed in this, by the time you are sitting, you are also
    off balance in the forward direction, and _must_ pedal to avoid falling
    over. This is an excellent motivation to ride the giraffe!

            If you fail to arrive on top moving forward slightly,
            i.u. you are not moving, or you are moving in any other
                 direction, you will soon Go To Step 1.

> d. Jumping

Someone else will have to answer this one. I’m too old to die!

> e. Jumping off tall buildings onto uni.

I think this falls in the category of stupid eunuch tricks!

> Also how do you free mount, especially to start with ?

I don’t think you do, to start with.

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