First freemount on Giraffe

After about 3 months of trying, I finally did a freemount on my 6’
giraffe. My problem was that I was too scared to actually sit down on the
seat once I got up there. To build confidence and get a feel for actually
sitting down on it, I stood on some kind of electric meter box that was
about 3’ tall. I tried it twice there and made it so I went back to
climbing and made it after a few more attempts. To anyone else trying to
freemount giraffes, ignore the fear of falling and just keep trying,
eventually you’ll get it.

Besides breaking the fear barrier how do you freemount? Now I know this
has been dealt with on the message board before, but I didn’t have a 6’ ft
unicycle sitting in my garage then. So anyone have any technique or advice
on freemounting giraffes?

Brian Hafdahl

Have a look at http://mgrant.unicyclist.com/video/

There are three (very old) videos of me freemounting my 6 footer.

You’ll need the DivX codec (www.divx.com) installed to view them.

-mg

“UniStupid” <unistupid@aol.com> wrote in message
news:20011111135158.23552.00002708@mb-cf.aol.com
> Besides breaking the fear barrier how do you freemount? Now I know this
has
> been dealt with on the message board before, but I didn’t have a 6’ ft
unicycle
> sitting in my garage then. So anyone have any technique or advice on
> freemounting giraffes?
>
> Brian Hafdahl

unistupid@aol.com writes:
>Besides breaking the fear barrier how do you freemount? Now I know this
>has been dealt with on the message board before, but I didn’t have a 6’
>ft unicycle sitting in my garage then. So anyone have any technique or
>advice on freemounting giraffes?
>
>Brian Hafdahl
I set up by giving myself space for about 5 little steps and hold the
giraffe in a certain position designed to lead to proper mounting (you can
vary this according to preferences) – in my case, this means having the
mounting pedal lined up with the neck of the uni. I take the five steps
(including a skip step that’s only necessary bc I have gotten used to it),
then land simultaneously on the mounting pedal (in my case, the left
pedal) and the seat. My left foot then stays planted for a sec while the
giraffe swings up due to momentum, but since this isn’t enough on its own,
I have to back pedal a half or even a full rev. There is also sth to be
said for putting your chest out while you are swinging upwards – it was
suggested by a cllub member and seems to help.

Not surprisingly, jump-mounting a 5" giraffe is way easier.

David Stone

                    Co-founder, Unatics of NY
                    1st Sunday / 3rd Saturday
                     @ Central Park Bandshell

1: 30 start time after 11/1/01

One issue:

how do you hold onto the seat? With one hand just at the front, or with
two hands? When I only use one hand the seat twists around on me; when I
use two hands I can’t get onto the seat!

nic

On Sun, 11 Nov 2001, David Stone wrote:

> unistupid@aol.com writes:
> >Besides breaking the fear barrier how do you freemount? Now I know this
> >has been dealt with on the message board before, but I didn’t have a 6’
> >ft unicycle sitting in my garage then. So anyone have any technique or
> >advice on freemounting giraffes?
> >
> >Brian Hafdahl
> I set up by giving myself space for about 5 little steps and hold the
> giraffe in a certain position designed to lead to proper mounting (you
> can vary this according to preferences) – in my case, this means having
> the mounting pedal lined up with the neck of the uni. I take the five
> steps (including a skip step that’s only necessary bc I have gotten used
> to it), then land simultaneously on the mounting pedal (in my case, the
> left pedal) and the seat. My left foot then stays planted for a sec
> while the giraffe swings up due to momentum, but since this isn’t enough
> on its own, I have to back pedal a half or even a full rev. There is
> also sth to be said for putting your chest out while you are swinging
> upwards – it was suggested by a cllub member and seems to help.
>
> Not surprisingly, jump-mounting a 5" giraffe is way easier.
>
> David Stone
>
> Co-founder, Unatics of NY
> 1st Sunday / 3rd Saturday
> @ Central Park Bandshell
>1: 30 start time after 11/1/01
>
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pricen01@tartarus.uwa.edu.au writes:
>One issue:
>
>how do you hold onto the seat? With one hand just at the front, or with
>two hands? When I only use one hand the seat twists around on me; when I
>use two hands I can’t get onto the seat!
I hold the seat in front. It’s just a regular Viscount seat. One note: It
helps to wear tight pants (so they don’t snag the seat) and bike shorts or
tight underwear – my first successful freemount came at the expense of
one of the boys and was memorable (as if that wasn’t enough) in that I
also had an audience – a babysitter and her 3-year-old charge. I lasted
about 1 second before I couldn’t stand the pain any longer.

David
>
>> unistupid@aol.com writes:
>> >Besides breaking the fear barrier how do you freemount? Now I know
>this
>> >has been dealt with on the message board before, but I didn’t have a
>> >6’ ft unicycle sitting in my garage then. So anyone have any technique
>> >or advice on freemounting giraffes?
>> >
>> >Brian Hafdahl
>> I set up by giving myself space for about 5 little steps and hold the
>> giraffe in a certain position designed to lead to proper mounting (you
>can
>> vary this according to preferences) – in my case, this means having
>> the mounting pedal lined up with the neck of the uni. I take the five
>> steps (including a skip step that’s only necessary bc I have gotten
>> used to
>it),
>> then land simultaneously on the mounting pedal (in my case, the
>> left pedal) and the seat. My left foot then stays planted for a sec
>> while the giraffe swings up due to momentum, but since this isn’t
>> enough on its
>own,
>> I have to back pedal a half or even a full rev. There is also sth to be
>> said for putting your chest out while you are swinging upwards – it
>> was suggested by a cllub member and seems to help.
>>
>> Not surprisingly, jump-mounting a 5" giraffe is way easier.
>>
>> David Stone
>>
>> Co-founder, Unatics of NY
>> 1st Sunday / 3rd Saturday
>> @ Central Park Bandshell
>>1: 30 start time after 11/1/01

I’m right footed which means right pedal down and left foot on tire. I put
my right hand on the front of the seat and my left hand on the back. After
you get up onto the pedals I think you have to let go to be able to ride.
Wearing the biker shorts is a good suggestion, and baggy shirts can get
caught on the seat as well.

I’m right footed which means right pedal down and left foot on tire. I put
my right hand on the front of the seat and my left hand on the back. After
you get up onto the pedals I think you have to let go to be able to ride.
Wearing the biker shorts is a good suggestion, and baggy shirts can get
caught on the seat as well.