I need some suggestions, please. I ride 24" qu-ax with 114mm cranks.
As I can ride as long as I want now (and quite smoothly I suppose ),
I’m slowly but surely learning how to freemount. I’m having a hard time
doing so, however. I succeed in maybe 20%… or maybe 50% on
a good day and as low as 10% on a bad one.
Do you think the crank-length is a factor in learning to freemount (I’ve tried
The similiar issue is with idling. I totally cannot grok how to do this (yup,
I’ve seen tutorials, read descriptions, etc) and now I wonder maybe my
problems are due to length of my cranks.
I found some posts here suggesting that 127mm cranks are better to
control the uni. So, is that 13mm difference between my 114mm cranks
is really that important? Is it worth to change 114mm cranks to 127mm?
(provided that I’m still learning quite basic skills) or maybe should I change
to a bit longer?
(Oh, and I’ve just checked – largest square-end cranks qu-ax sell
First, congratulations on obtaining the ability to ride. Sounds like you have a nice uni.
Based on my beginner’s experience (1 year): moving from 113 to 127 mm, you will probably feel a little more control while riding and you’ll accomplish slightly tighter and more steady turns. Idling will certainly be easier with the longer cranks. On the other hand, I’m not so sure that freemounting success is affected by anything other than developing proper technique which comes from just putting in the practice time.
Also, forgot to mention. I would think the ability to idle will come much later after you have mastered freemounting. Two different skills and it’s usually more important to get the freemounting success first.
Square-taper cranks are universal; you can buy any brand and length, and they’ll fit. That said, your cranks are a little short for learning basic skills. This doesn’t mean they can’t be learned, but it may take a little more effort. If you intend to buy some cranks specifically for learning, I recommend a pair of 140s for maximum leverage. It’s also a great size for playing basketball or hockey on a 24" wheel.
Work on mounting first. For critiques on your current problems, you have to give us more information. Try a rollback mount. Press down on the rear pedal to take it a full 1/2 revolution backward. If you do this where your center of mass ends up ahead of your wheel axle, you’ll be able to ride away from a position of maximum control.
For idling, take your time. With shorter cranks you’ll have to do it a little slower than you would with longer ones. Give your body a chance to slightly start falling in each direction before moving the pedals the opposite way.
Well, the problem is that not being a tall guy, when I set myself up to do a static freemount the angle between me and my unicycle’s frame is c.a. 45 degrees, so I cannot (or it’s hard to) just lean forward and step on. What I try to do is just hop up and land my other foot in a correct place on the pedal Which of course sometimes works and sometimes not. Rather more often not, but more importantly strains my calf muscles. Maybe it just takes some more practice, and strategy… I’l see…
In the time I have spent so far trying to mount and ride a unicycle, I tried not to put much weight on what it was I used for support. I found that after my first or second try to freemount (static) after learning to move forward, I could consistently.
This is what I did (for static freemounting):
Roll the wheel until the pedals reached 3 and 9 o’clock (horizontal, paralell to the ground). I put my foot on the close pedal, moved up onto the seat until basically sitting on it (at such an angle that I could not put my weight on it though), and almost jump; the seat comes along with the body. Do not grip the seat.
Start alongside something you can cling to (mailbox works well), then ease on your grip as you keep trying, or move to a sheer wall so you cannot cling to it. Practice getting on, getting your feet in decent places on the pedals, and sitting fairly comfortably on the seat. When you can get on and feel that you are putting very little or no weight on your support, you should be able to freemount with a good success rate.
You should write a book about unicycling. Most of your posts show a knowledge of current unicycling events, unicycling history, technical aspects of unicycles, or how to learn unicycling skills that really deserves publication somewhere.
Today I tried some rollback mounts w/support but I’m still afraid to do it for real without sticking to the wall.
So I kept experimenting with static freemount. First I lowered the saddle and quite happily discovered that I started to succeed freemounting more frequently! What’s more, with lowered saddle I began to be able to make tighter turns. Great!
BTW interestingly enough when I try those freemounts it’s much easier for me to do static mount with non-dominant foot on closer pedal (this way I can jump more accurately on the second pedal and avoid pushing the pedal down) while rollback mount is better done with dominant foot on the closer pedal (because it has to be pushed down).
Nevertheless I’ll keep practising rollback… still at home and still with support
BTW John recommended that I should get 140mm cranks (I need standard, coterless), which – as I seeked on UDC (and their other international sites) – are rather totally uncommon Do you know who makes them besides Koxx (which is a bit pricey)?
I don’t mean to counter John’s vast uni knowledge, but I’d get 150 ish mm. cranks. You’ll get even more torque, and control. They will just be a little slower. O r heck even 175 mm. all available at UDC.
i find that shorter cranks are easier to idle. i use 125mm on a 24" and find it easier than 170mm. its harder to start off but after a while it gets easier in the long run. that way you dont twist so much when you idle.
yea but i never tryed idling until i got my 24". and i only had it for like 3 months befroe i tried. the first 3 or so months i had my uni i only tried trials and Muni. i never tried tricks. you dumbass. i think i would know, i was the one who was there.