freemounting

I’ve been riding my uni for about two or three months now, and can get
about pretty well. However, I’m having trouble freemounting. I can
sometimes get up, but I can’t really get anywhere from there. Would it
be helpful if I learned to idle first, so I could get my balance better
before taking off? Does anyone have any general advice on the matter?
Also, I’m interested in learning to do some tricks. Does anyone have any
suggestions/recomendations on what trick to tackle first, and how to go
about it? Thanks,

Thea
wiretapper@earthlink.net

Thea,

By ‘trick’s’ I assume you don’t mean that you want to learn how to make a
unicycle disappear, or pull one out of a hat. What you want to learn to do
are unicycle skills. The distinction is that the skills are what you need
to reach the point where you can show off (do tricks) on a unicycle. These
skills are probably the tricks you want to learn anyway. My advice to all
new riders is to follow the IUF skill level progressions and learn the
skills in that order. You can find them at:

http://www.unicycling.org/unicycling/skills/skills.html

There is excellent advice on how to learn at:

http://www.unicycling.org/unicycling/howtoride.html

A description of different mount at:

http://www.unicycling.org/unicycling/mounts/

There are also links to instructions for how to do many of the mounts as
well. I would recommend starting with the Standard mount.

The best aid to the learning process is to find someone who can ride and
go watch. This is a great place to start your search.

Good Luck,

John Hooten

Wiretapper wrote:

> I’ve been riding my uni for about two or three months now, and can get
> about pretty well. However, I’m having trouble freemounting. I can
> sometimes get up, but I can’t really get anywhere from there. Would it
> be helpful if I learned to idle first, so I could get my balance better
> before taking off? Does anyone have any general advice on the matter?
> Also, I’m interested in learning to do some tricks. Does anyone have any
> suggestions/recomendations on what trick to tackle first, and how to go
> about it?Thanks, Thea wiretapper@earthlink.net

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a unicycle disappear, or pull one out of a hat. What you want to learn
to do are unicycle skills. The distinction is that the skills are what
you need to reach the point where you can show off (do tricks) on a
unicycle. These skills are probably the tricks you want to learn
anyway. My advice to all new riders is to follow the IUF skill level
progressions and learn the skills in that order. You can find them at:
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trouble freemounting. I can sometimes get up, but I can’t really get
anywhere from there. Would it be helpful if I learned to idle first, so
I could get my balance better before taking off? Does anyone have any
general advice on the matter? Also, I’m interested in learning to do
some tricks. Does anyone have any suggestions/recomendations on what
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Being fairly new to unicycling myself, I hope this is of help. The way I
did it at first was to put one foot on the pedal.(in my case my left so I
could push off with my stronger right foot) Looking at the left side of
the uni the pedal would be at the 7 o’clock position. Then I pushed
forward and up with my right foot. It helped to position the right pedal
properly before trying to mount.

The theory behind it for me was this way, the unicycle (and I) got
some momentum before I tried to get up on top. I found that if the
pedal was further along the revolution then I'd be shot up too fast
and the unicycle would pop out behind me. Also, I can't idle yet but
mounting doesn't seem to be a problem.

Alex

On 17/9/01 8:36 pm, Alex posted:

Also, I can’t idle yet but mounting doesn’t seem to
> be a problem.
>
> Alex
>
I’d echo that. I’ve been riding about 10 months now, and still feel that
idling is a long way off, but I’ve been free-mounting from quite early on,
using a technique that sounds pretty similar to Alex (ie - without the
half back-pedal that most of the “how to free-mount” instructions I’ve
come across seem to recommend).


Trevor Coultart

“Rabbit is clever. Rabbit has brain. I suppose that’s why he never
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