I have a 36" Nimbus Oracle, and I’ve fitted 150 mm cranks to it because the stock 125’s scared the crap out of me. I can static mount it, but not very consistently. I have most luck with pedals in 4 o’clock/10 o’clock postion (i.e. back foot down a bit) and rolling forward as I jump off with the front foot. I’m tall (6"1’, 185 cm) and weigh 86 kg. I’m pretty sure my biggest problems are fear (failure to commit) and a slight lack of coordination (front foot doesn’t land consistently in the right place).
I’d love to be able to do a rolling mount, especially if I need to mount on a upslope. But I can’t even begin to start doing one, despite lots of youtube videos (best ones from UniMyra and Univiolin). Is there anything I can practise, short of a rolling mount, that would help get me there? Is there any point in practising on the 26" on grass in full body armour, for example?
I’ve practised landing the back foot only, but since I’m not following through with the other foot what happened is all my weight lands on the back pedal and the uni tips over. I’m also not clear on what the seat is doing during the process.
Any tips, especially from someone who has struggled with this, will be much appreciated!