Freemount. How to?

I’m having difficulty free mounting (fnar fnar) in that my right foot seems
to get marooned at the low point of the pedal movement and my left foot at
the top (of course) of its movement any advice on how to learn this vital
skill would be appreciated. Trev

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Re: Freemount. How to?

tpearcejones@meto.govt.uk wrote:
>
> I’m having difficulty free mounting (fnar fnar) in that my right foot
> seems to get marooned at the low point of the pedal movement and my left
> foot at the top (of course) of its movement

Well, first off I disagree with Mr Gifford- his suggestion seems to me a much
harder way to mount, but don’t hesitate to try if it the idea appeals to you.
You’re on the right track. You are not stuck, you just can’t go foward (unless
you lean over). You can go backwards, which brings the pedals so you can go
forwards again. Just push back with your left foot (if you mounted w/your right)
till you can push forward with your right to get started. Also make sure the
right pedal starts pointing to somewhere on your
middle/lower shin. I learned this by repititions of “find the pedal, come down.”
Make sure you do that little rock backwards before “comming down.” I
don’t recommend the “hop up and lean over” method, though many
respectable unicyclists use it. Remeber that it’s much more dangerous
because you are putting your face down over the wheel `;(

Hope this helps! Happy mounting. Gwynneth “the might squid”

.sig is sick of relacing the spokes with different color sequins every freakin’
time she performs w/ a different group…

Re: Freemount. How to?

> I’m having difficulty free mounting (fnar fnar) in that my right foot
> seems to get marooned at the low point of the pedal movement and my left
> foot at the top (of course) of its movement any advice on how to learn
> this vital skill would be appreciated. Trev
>
> ------------------------------------------------------------ ~~~ Trevor
> Pearce-Jones. “*” Internet. tpearcejones@meto.govt.uk O Bracknell.
> Berkshire.UK /8\ Weather: http://www.meto.govt.uk <<
> -----------------------------------------------------------__0

Here’s a reply I made to a very similar question a few months ago. Others seemed
to concur with it, and there was a suggestion that it be put in the skills FAQ
(was this ever done folks?). Hope it helps.

>I used to have this problem when I was learning. Two things in combination
>helped me overcome it.
>
>1) When I push down with the first foot, I release the pressure slightly after
> it has reached the bottom pedal position. This makes the wheel keep turning
> instead of coming to a dead stop. In other words the foot pumps on the
> pedal, rather than just pressing continuously. However this does mean the
> wheel is rolling backwards not forwards! Which means the next technique is
> needed…
>
>2) When my second foot comes onto its pedal, I don’t just rest it there, but
> angle it forward so that my sole is more vertical, and push the top pedal
> backwards as the foot meets the pedal.
>
>Both of these actions make the unicycle come from being in front of you prior
>to mounting, to ending up angled behind you after mounting. This is obviously
>an unbalanced position, but it’s exactly right for the pedals and your body to
>be ready to move forwards. The next thing that happens is that I pump again
>with my first foot, which is enough away from being vertically down to start
>the wheel moving forward - the rest is just riding.
>
>All this sounds terribly complex and convoluted, but that’s just the language -
>it’s a simple natural movement. I’ve not analysed whether everyone else does it
>this way, but I suspect most do something pretty similar whether they know it
>or not. Once one is skilled this rocking movement can become very small and
>subtle, and not easy to spot.
>
>Scott you need to develop the control to be able to relax quickly and
>controlledly after pushing strongly on the pedals - this is true for all sorts
>of uni skills. If your muscles seize after/in the middle of a strong push, then
>you can’t provide any sensitive correcting/balancing effort.
>
>If all else fails, try going for the record at balancing motionless on
>the uni…
>
>Tim

========================================================
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in miniature

Re: Freemount. How to?

> I’m having difficulty free mounting (fnar fnar) in that my right foot
> seems to get marooned at the low point of the pedal movement and my left
> foot at the top (of course) of its movement any advice on how to learn
> this vital skill would be appreciated. Trev

I find the following method of freemounting much easier that all the methods I
have seen written down anywhere. Of course, I have only been unicycling for
about a year, so I am no expert.

Start by mounting with the unicycle backed up against a kerb, and the pedals
horizontal. You put your foot on the back pedal, and sort of `jump’ so that the
unicycle swings to the vertical. A bit of practice and you will be able to place
your other foot on the (stationary) forward pedal and ride off.

Now eliminate the kerb. My trick is to use the back foot/pedal to keep the wheel
stationary while mounting. Imagine what happens if you don’t apply any pressure
to the back pedal and try to `jump’ onto the cycle—the wheel will shoot
forwards. If you apply too much pressure the wheel will go backwards. Either
way, you have a moving target to hit and the possibility of ending up pedals
vertical. Practise applying enough pressure with the back foot to keep the wheel
from rotating at all until both feet are in place.

This method works for me very well. Freemounting feels like stepping on to the
cycle. Keeping the wheel motionless while mounting also makes it easier (for me)
to mount on rough surfaces, as you don’t have to accomodate different wheel
behaviour.

Good luck

James Gifford <James.Gifford@anu.edu.au

Re: Freemount. How to?

tpearcejones@meto.govt.uk writes:

> I’m having difficulty free mounting (fnar fnar) in that my right foot
> seems to get marooned at the low point of the pedal movement and my left
> foot at the top (of course) of its movement any advice on how to learn
> this vital skill would be appreciated.

I position the uni with one pedal towards the rear, I put my foot on that pedal,
tuck the seat under my groin (still comfortably standing on the other foot at
this point), then when all is comfortable, I put my weight onto the pedal, which
lifts me off the ground, and when the other pedal comes around I step onto it,
and cycle off forwards. The mount is performed with the wheel going backwards,
but its not difficult.

I usually teach people against a kerb (same method) because they can get
comfortable in that position and see how it works without having to concentrate
on the other foot… its quite easy to balance like this holding onto somebodys
shoulder and they can just cycle off…

]ain

Re: Freemount. How to?

Iain Hibbert wrote:
> I position the uni with one pedal towards the rear, I put my foot on that
> pedal, tuck the seat under my groin (still comfortably standing on the other
> foot at this point), then when all is comfortable, I put my weight onto the
> pedal, which lifts me off the ground, and when the other pedal comes around I
> step onto it, and cycle off forwards. The mount is performed with the wheel
> going backwards, but its not difficult.

As someone else suggested (Mr Gifford? sorry, deleted the mail), I have the
pedal for my weaker foot towards the rear and, as I step onto the uni, the wheel
doesn’t move anywhere. It’s literally a case of stepping onto a stationary
object. Seems a lot easier to me than all this wheel-rolling-backwards malarky.
'Course people ask me why the wheel stays where it is and I’ve got no idea - it
just does. Someone told me the other day that I should use my right (dominant)
foot. No way - well, OK, occasionally (for variety).

Like they say, try a few, see what you like, do what you want.

Regards, Mark.


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Re: Freemount. How to?

Mark Wiggins <M.Wiggins@ftel.co.uk> writes:
> As someone else suggested (Mr Gifford? sorry, deleted the mail), I have the
> pedal for my weaker foot towards the rear and, as I step onto the uni, the
> wheel doesn’t move anywhere.

is the pedal at its lowest position when you try this? that sounds like the only
way to do that safely, but the drawback would be that you are more likely to get
stuck with the pedals vertical and no way of kicking the uni into life…

make sure you go to the UNICON, and you can show us all about it :slight_smile:

this might be too soon to go into this, but are we going to have an
‘rec.sport.unicycling’ badge of recognition?

]ain

Re: Freemount. How to?

I originally sent my response via the Unicyclist Mail List but that still seems
to be down so here it is again. Apologies if the other copy turns up later.

In article <4eb4in$jfn@skate.demon.co.uk>, Iain Hibbert
<plunky@skate.demon.co.uk> wrote:
>Mark Wiggins <M.Wiggins@ftel.co.uk> writes:
>> As someone else suggested (Mr Gifford? sorry, deleted the mail), I have the
>> pedal for my weaker foot towards the rear and, as I step onto the uni, the
>> wheel doesn’t move anywhere.
>
>is the pedal at its lowest position when you try this? that sounds like the
>only way to do that safely, but the drawback would be that you are more likely
>to get stuck with the pedals vertical and no way of kicking the uni into life…

No, if the pedal was at its lowest point, it wouldn’t be “towards the rear” now,
would it? :slight_smile:

The pedals start with the cranks forming an (approx) 45 degree angle to the
ground. When you press down on the rear (lower) pedal, the wheel tries to move
backwards but the pressure on the seat counteracts it so the wheel stays exactly
where it is. Some other strange force is counteracting the unicycle’s will to
twist. I didn’t realise that it was difficult to explain until beginners
starting asking me about freemounting and I realised that what I was doing
shouldn’t work but
did.

One of the main benefits of the move is that you never get stuck with the
pedals vertical.

>make sure you go to the UNICON, and you can show us all about it

I’ll be there (for the weekend at least).

>this might be too soon to go into this, but are we going to have an
>‘rec.sport.unicycling’ badge of recognition?

Now there’s an idea. You volunteering? :wink:

>]ain

Regards, Mark.


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I had some problems with learning kick up on a 26". With a 20", there is no
problem, I succes every (almost) time, but I really can’t with the 26" ! It’s as
if my legs was too short ! Seat height is the same for the 20" and the 26". Does
some of you has experienced the same problem ? Do you have any ideas ?

Thank you very much

Philippe Quaglia

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Internet unicyclist badges:

John Foss writes:

>How about wearing a pair of heavy black framed glasses with tape on them?

Or special nerd packs (aka pocket protectors) with a picture of a unicycle
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Fuller details and a registration form will be published as soon as possible.

Here is a copy of the updated announcement:

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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World Unicycling Convention comes to Europe for the first time!

Planned Events will include:

Track Races (Various distances and age-groups) Coasting Contest - who can coast
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Race UMX/MUNI/MTT Race 10K Marathon Individual Artistic Events Pairs Artistic
Events Group Artistic Events Unicycle Basketball Tournament Load carrying
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Group games Workshops on all aspects of unicycling and related subjects Public
Show Cybercafe Gathering of unusual and historic unicycles Experimental unicycle
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the first day (Monday 5 August) is intended to be a registration and settling-in
day, with the main events starting on the Tuesday. Similarly , the last day
(Monday 12 August) will see the 10km marathon and packing up to leave. Some
people may choose not to stay for the last day.

The Place: The University of Surrey in the town of Guildford about 50 km South
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ones. Specifically, the plans to hold certain events at Alexandra Palace have
had to be dropped, due to the impossible distance between there and the main
venue in Guildford.

Fuller details and a registration form will be published as soon as possible.

Here is a copy of the updated announcement:

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

UNICON VIII - IN ENGLAND IN AUGUST 1996

World Unicycling Convention comes to Europe for the first time!

Planned Events will include:

Track Races (Various distances and age-groups) Coasting Contest - who can coast
the longest distance on a track after a 20 metre acceleration Downhill Gliding
Race UMX/MUNI/MTT Race 10K Marathon Individual Artistic Events Pairs Artistic
Events Group Artistic Events Unicycle Basketball Tournament Load carrying
competition Obstacle course Unicycling on ice (possibly) Unicycle water fight
Group games Workshops on all aspects of unicycling and related subjects Public
Show Cybercafe Gathering of unusual and historic unicycles Experimental unicycle
laboratory The World Unicycle Hockey Championship The Unicycle Chain World
Record Attempt

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Denmark - France - Germany - Japan

  • Netherlands - Puerto Rico - South Africa - Switzerland - United Kingdom
  • United States

When is it?

5 - 12 August 1996 (definitely!)

Where is it?

The University of Surrey, in Guildford, Surrey, England. Guildford is a large
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Other matters:

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UNICON VIII is supported by the British Unicycle Federation, the British
Unicycle Hockey Association and the International Unicycling Federation

Contact:

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Phone: +44 181 341 7587 Email: peterp@foe.co.uk
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>I had some problems with learning kick up on a 26". With a 20", there is no
>problem, I succes every (almost) time, but I really can’t with the 26" ! It’s
>as if my legs was too short ! Seat height is the same for the 20" and the 26".
>Does some of you has experienced the same problem ? Do you have any ideas ?
>
>Thank you very much
>
>Philippe Quaglia

I’ve only just begun to learn the kick up. I am learning on a 26" after giving
my smaller uni to a friend as a loner. (I know that’s not the easiest but I like
it.) :slight_smile: There shouldn’t be any problem with your leg length, as long as you can
get both feet on the pedals. The only difference is the weight and balance of
the larger wheel.

I started learning in the grass and am upto about 70-80% success. When I started
trying on the street my success level dropped. My impression is that on the
street you have to be much faster since the wheel is not held in place as well
as in the grass. Possibly the same is true when you swich from a 20" to the 26"
wheel. More wheel and more weight requires a faster mount to overcome the
differences. Try the grass and see if that makes a difference. If you are
working on a kick up, the difficulties of the grass should be no problem.

 _ _ Doug Borngasser
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Mark Wiggins <M.Wiggins@ftel.co.uk> writes:
> No, if the pedal was at its lowest point, it wouldn’t be “towards the rear”
> now, would it? :slight_smile:

hm, might be construed to be if the seatpost was leaning backwards…?

> The pedals start with the cranks forming an (approx) 45 degree angle to the
> ground. When you press down on the rear (lower) pedal, the wheel tries to move
> backwards but the pressure on the seat counteracts it so the wheel stays
> exactly where it is. Some other strange force is counteracting the unicycle’s
> will to twist. I didn’t realise that it was difficult to explain until
> beginners starting asking me about freemounting and I realised that what I was
> doing shouldn’t work but
> did.

doesn’t it hurt as you land on the seat? I prefer to get my testicles
comfortably arranged before settling in the seat…

> >this might be too soon to go into this, but are we going to have an
> >‘rec.sport.unicycling’ badge of recognition?
>
> Now there’s an idea. You volunteering? :wink:

hm, lets run through some ideas first, I’m not much of an artist… :slight_smile:

how about, a picture of a unicycl{e|ist} with the wheel replaced with a
picture of the world, and rec.sport.unicycling running around the edge of the
(round) badge…?

]ain

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sander@

Guten tag!

Thank you for your quick response and updated rules. My current temporary job
(at MCI) has left me with hours of time to myself, and a computer to play with,
so I’ve been able to do all this work. Attached is my latest version, which
mostly follows what you sent me.

As for sending pictures, America Online uses MIME, I think, but I think it can
translate your files back okay, so go ahead and send. I will remake the diagram
myself, so don’t be fancy. You might even be able to get away with a crude ASCII
diagram, because I really just need to see where the lines and corner marks are.

In some areas I added ‘American’ words to explain things like ‘bully’. In other
places I may have reworded things to make it easier to understand. Generally, I
have ‘Americanized’ the grammar to match the rest of the rulebook, but most of
it is still in your writing. With your permission I will add your name somewhere
in the rulebook as the Chairman of Hockey Rules, but I want to include contact
informaiton so people can reach you. Please tell me what, if anything, I should
put there (probably at the beginning of the hockey rules).

Please take the time to read through my version of the rules below, and tell me
if any parts are not acceptable to you. Pay special attention to these areas:

1.2) I moved the section on holes in the net to the Goal Scoring section.

1.3) A guy in England said that he and his friends like to play hockey but they
ride 26" Munis. I kept the max. wheel size at 24" but mentioned that
smaller events can use bigger wheels.

1.4) I changed it to read ‘Ball or Puck’. Outside of section 3.3 the word
‘puck’ is not used. Please read 3.3 to see if it is agreeable to you.
According to what it says, Peter Philip has to announce what type of ball
will be used, with time enough for everyone to practice. Is there such a
thing as a ‘street hockey ball’ in Germany? As a non hockey player, the
idea of using a round ball on pavement (or in a gym without boards) seems
like it would lead to a lot of ball chasing. For outdoors, and other areas
without boundaries to the playing field, a non rolling puck might be
better, especially for teams of beginner level riders.

I think that covers the main points. The hockey rules will be a great addition
to the new IUF Rulebook, and will help make it a useful thing for all
unicyclists to have. I still don’t have any basketball rules.

UNICYCLE HOCKEY INTERNATIONAL UNICYCLING FEDERATION OFFICIAL RULES
(2-2-96 version)
2. PLAYING FIELD
3.1 DIMENSIONS: The field has a length of 35 to 45 meters and a width of 20 to
25 meters. It is surrounded by barriers. The corners are rounded or bevelled.
4.2 GOALS: The posts are 2.50 m in from the ends of the playing field, ensuring
that the players can go behind them. The inside dimensions of goal openings
is 1.20 m high and 1.80 m wide. The goals must be made in such a way that the
ball cannot enter it through the rear or sides. The goals must not have
sharp, pointed or protruding parts.
5.3 MARKINGS: The center line divides the field into two equal halves. There is
a mark in front of each goal at a distance of 6.50 m. The goal line connects
the posts on the ground. The corner marks are parallel with the goal line, 1
m in from each side line. The 6.50 m line is parallel to the goal line and
runs through the 6.50 m mark. The goal area is between the 6.50 m line and
the end of the field.
6. TEAMS
7.1 NUMBER OF PLAYERS: A team consists of 5 players (plus substitutes).
Substituting one player for another is possible at every interruption of the
game if indicated to the referee. Each player can be the goal keeper at any
time. The goal keeper has no special rights. To take part in a game, a team
must have at least 3 players. A player and his (or her) unicycle form a unit.
The stick of a player does not belong to this unit.
8.2 CLOTHING: All players of a team must wear tricots of the same color. The
color must be clearly different from the opponent’s color. At tournaments and
other large events each team should have two different colored sets of
tricots. Clothing makes a difference in safety and comfort. Clothing
suggestions: cycling shorts and kneepads, or long pants gloves short shoe
laces, or laces tucked in Helmet and dental protection definitely no jewelery
(watches, necklaces, earrings)
9. EQUIPMENT
10.1 UNICYCLES: For international competitions, the maximum wheel size is 24".
For smaller competitions, larger wheel sizes may be allowed. The unicycles
must not have sharp or protruding parts anywhere which might cause injuries.
This refers especially to quick-release levers and bolts. The pedals must be
plastic or rubber.
11.2 STICKS: All sticks legal for playing ice-hockey (apart from those for the
goalkeeper) can be used. Cracked or splintered sticks must be taped or
repaired before play. An upper end made of rubber is recommended.
12.3 BALL OR PUCK: The type of ball or puck used depends on the region. In some
areas a “dead” tennis ball that reaches 30 to 50 percent of it’s original
height after bouncing onto concrete is used. In other areas street hockey
balls are used. Some players use street hockey pucks or homemade pucks. For
international competitions, the choice is made by the hosting organization.
The chosen type of ball or puck must be announced well in advance of the
competition, and must be obtainable in all participating countries.
13. PENALTIES In every instance of a violation of the rules the referee must
penalize the offending team, unless he decides not to interrupt the game
(advantage). The referee must start the game after any interruption.
14.1 FREE SHOT: The free shot is executed from the point where the violation was
done. Exception: If a team gets a free shot within the opponents goal area,
the free shot is done from the closest corner mark (corner shot). The free
shot is indirect. The player executing the free shot may only touch the ball
once. Then another player has to touch the ball. Opposing players must keep a
distance with their unicycles and their sticks of at least 2 m from the ball.
15.2 6.50 M: If legal playing would have led to a direct chance to score a goal,
a “6.50 m” is given. This includes fouls outside the goal area. The ball is
placed at the 6.50 m mark. A player of the defending team goes to the goal.
The other team chooses a player to shoot the 6.50 m. All other players must
must leave the goal area. After the referee’s whistle the goal keeper must
ride the unicycle freely and not rest on the goal. The attacking player has 3
seconds to make one shot. If no goal is scored, play continues as soon as the
ball touches the post, the keeper touches the ball or the ball crosses the
extended goal line.
16.3 PENALTY BOX: The referee can send a player off the field for 2 minutes, 5
minutes or for the remainder of the game. This is done in the case of
unsportsmanlike behavior or intentional, dangerous disregard of the rules.
17. COURSE OF THE GAME
18.1 DURATION OF THE GAME: It is recommended to play three 20 minute periods
with 10 minute breaks. Game times can be adapted to the type of event. The
teams change goals at each break. These times are absolute (i.e. they include
interruptions of the game), but the referee can extend the time in the event
of long interruptions.
19.2 SUDDEN DEATH: If the game ends in a draw and a decision is necessary, the
sudden death rule is applied. After a short interruption of the game, the
next goal determines the winner.
20.3 CONTACT WITH THE BALL: The stick, the unicycle and the whole body can be
used to play the ball. It all counts as a contact. Players are not allowed to
play the ball with the body twice in a row. The ball may only be guided with
the stick but not with the body. For arms and hands see also section
20.1.
21.4 ALLOTMENT OF THE BALL: Each game period starts with a bully (face off) in
which the referee throws the ball onto the center mark. The game starts when
the ball touches the ground. For the bully, one player of each team must be
inside the central circle (central circle of a standard basketball court).
22.5 RESTART AFTER A GOAL: After a goal, the non-scoring team gets the ball. All
players must go to their own half. The game resumes as soon as the ball or a
player of the team in possession crosses the center line.
23.6 BALL OUT OF BOUNDS: If the ball leaves the field, the team opposite to
that of the player who last touched it gets a free shot or a corner shot,
depending where the ball went out. A free shot is done 1 m in from the
side line.
24.7 MOVING THE GOAL: If a player moves the goal, the game is interrupted and
the opposing team gets a free shot.
25.8 BALL IN SPOKES: If the ball gets stuck between the spokes of someone’s
unicycle, the opposing team gets a free shot.
26. FOULS
27.1 GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS: All players must take care not to endanger others.
The game is contactless, i.e. the opponents and their unicycles may not be
touched. You may touch an opponent’s stick to block him. However, this
contact may not be hard.
28.2 RIGHT OF WAY: To keep the game going, rule violations that do not influence
the course of the game should not be penalized. The following rules apply
when riders come into contact with each other: No player may endanger another
player by forcing him to give way (e. g. to push him toward the wall). A
player who is idling must be evaded. The leading of two players riding next
to each other may choose the direction of turns. If both are evenly side by
side, the one having the ball may choose the direction. If two players are
approaching each other directly or at an obtuse angle, the one with the ball
has the right of way. In all cases not mentioned above, it is up to the
referee to make a decision.
29.3 SUB (STICK UNDER BIKE): A player who holds his or her stick in a way that
someone else rides over or against it is committing a foul, regardless of
intention. According to the situation the player who was “subbed” is given
either a free shot or a 6.50 m.
30.4 SIB (STICK IN BIKE): If a stick gets into the spokes of an opponent, the
holder of the stick is committing a foul regardless of intention.
According to the situation the player who was “sibbed” is given a free
shot or a 6.50 m.
31.5 FALLING OFF THE UNICYCLE: A player who is falling off the unicycle may move
or control the ball until he or she touches the ground. The player must mount
at the same spot.
32.6 INTENTIONAL FOULS: Intentional fouls are considered to be unsportsmanlike
behavior. The respective player is sent off the field for at least 2 minutes.
33. GOAL SHOTS Restrictions 7.1 and 7.2 are not valid if the ball is shot into
one’s own goal. After a disallowed goal the defending team gets the ball.
34.1 GOAL SHOT WITH ARMS OR HANDS: A goal is disallowed if scored with
arms or hands.
35.2 LONG SHOT: A goal is disallowed if the ball was shot from one’s own half
and wasn’t touched by anyone afterwards.
36.3 GOAL SHOT THROUGH THE NET: If the ball entered the goal through the net
from the side or the back, i.e. through a hole in the net, the goal is
disallowed and the opposing team gets a free shot.
37. SAFETY RULES
38.1 THROWING STICKS: A player who intentionally drops or throws his or her
stick is sent off the field for at least 2 minutes. Also, the opposing team
gets a 6.50 m.
39.2 TOP OF THE STICK: The upper end of the stick must always be covered with
one hand to avoid injury to other players.
40.3 THE LOWER END OF THE STICK: The lower end of the stick must always be below
the players hips. Each player must take care not to hit an opponent with his
or her stick, especially after a shot.
41.4 INJURIES: The referee must suspend the game if an injury occurs.
Afterwards, a free shot is given to the team that was in possession of the
ball at the time of the interruption.

John Foss unicycle@aol.com

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On 31 Jan 1996 Philippe wrote:

> I had some problems with learning kick up on a 26". With a 20", there is no
> problem, I succes every (almost) time, but I really can’t with the 26" ! It’s
> as if my legs was too short ! Seat height is the same for the 20" and the 26".
> Does some of you has experienced the same problem ? Do you have any ideas ?

Keep on practicing as it is possible, it is one of the few “tricks” I have
bothered to learn as it is very useful. I have found two problems, If I do it
too agressively, I bend the wheel, I guess you will have less problems with this
than me as you have more spokes than me. I was only 15% sucessfull until I
changed my cranks from 135mm to 150mm, when it immediately went up to 75%.

Seat height - what length are your caranks? I have found that longer cranks need
to have a lower seat height as you have to stretch further to get a cycling
action, this will not help your kick up if it is too high.

Cheers

Rgr

Roger.Davies@octacon.co.uk Cleveland UK

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Hello, every one I am new to the mailing list and just thought I would add my
part. I’ve been Unicycling for about 6 years but haven’t been interested in more
of a ‘freestyle’ ride until this last year were I have been reading about all
skills and ‘Tricks’ (terrible word). I have a 24" standard wheel and a 5’4"
Giraffe Unicycles that I use all the time (in the summer mostly). I was
wondering if there were any Unicyclers in Calgary, Alberta or a club to join or
something. The only people I know who know how to ride lives hundreds of
kilometers from me and I taught them how to ride.

Anyway, The wheel keeps rolling!!


Michael King -With one wheel, only half the concentration mgking@acs.ucalgary.ca
is ever needed!
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I just wanna say Hi to everybody and tell you what’s happening in Denmark.

We have a unicycle club with about 30 members, most of them children between 5
and 16 years. We also have a traveling circus performing in the streets, at
festivals, etc. Most of the kids in the club also perform in the circus. Our
president, named Jean, owns the circus and makes his living from it. The kids
also get paid for performing. We do tricks on unicycles, including giraffes and
other special unicycles. Many of the kids juggle with balls, clubs, and torches.

Every spring we arrange a unicycle race up and down the “Round Tower” in
Copenhagen. It’s an old tower with a winding path all the way up. It is very
exhausting.

We also arrange the Danish championship. The last two years the championship
has been a race in a forest combined with a weekend trip for the kids and
their families.

We have a lot of weird and funny unicycles: big and small wheels, ultimates,
giraffes of different heights, some with 2, 3, 5, or 7 wheels in a vertical row,
etc. We are always interested in buying new funny and remarkable cycles if
anybody has something that we don’t have.

Speaking of weird cycles: Does anybody know how to ride a unicycle with a square
wheel? Nobody here can do it.

       Regards.. Agner Fog, vice president of Copenhagen Unicycle Club
       agner@login.dknet.dk

Re: Freemount. How to?

Iain Hibbert wrote:
> Mark Wiggins <M.Wiggins@ftel.co.uk> writes:
> > No, if the pedal was at its lowest point, it wouldn’t be “towards the rear”
> > now, would it? :slight_smile:
> hm, might be construed to be if the seatpost was leaning backwards…?

Words like “straws” and “clutching” spring to mind. :slight_smile:

> > The pedals start with the cranks forming an (approx) 45 degree angle to the
> > ground. When you press down on the rear (lower) pedal, the wheel tries to
> > move backwards but the pressure on the seat counteracts it so the wheel
> > stays exactly where it is.
> doesn’t it hurt as you land on the seat? I prefer to get my testicles
> comfortably arranged before settling in the seat…

Rest assured (no pun intended) that the seat is comfortably positioned before
initiating the manoeuvre.

It’s a perfectly “normal” freemount - using the weaker rather than the dominant
foot. The only difference is that the wheel doesn’t move.

> > >this might be too soon to go into this, but are we going to have an
> > >‘rec.sport.unicycling’ badge of recognition?
> how about, a picture of a unicycl{e|ist} with the wheel replaced with a
> picture of the world, and rec.sport.unicycling running around the edge of the
> (round) badge…?

I like the ASCII-art suggestion. Nice and easy - just about my level.

> ]ain

Regards, Mark.


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