The atypical situations are the reason for the recommended uni in front. Sooner or later, you’ll have a surprise. I don’t experience the “twins” problem you mentioned. When I dismount to the rear, I usually let the wheel roll out in front of me so there’s no weight on the seat at all, and I basically land behind the unicycle, holding the seat.
In shows, I like to dismount by riding up to the edge of the stage or audience, popping the seat out front, and then dropping straight down behind the unicycle, landing with it standing next to me. The idea here is that the unicycle doesn’t move from the time I jump off, and just stands there.
Way true. Any good giraffe rider knows how to dismount to every point of the compass.
Yup. Best way to get off a tall giraffe is to return to your starting point, or a similar place where you can dismount onto something high. If none is available, such as at the end of a parade, you can usually have someone catch the unicycle as you dismount to the front.
Front, you say? When dismounting a tall giraffe, don’t let the wheel roll out. Hold the pedals steady. This will bring you down in a curve, where you won’t pick up as much speed. Your spotter catches the unicycle as it comes down, so you can concentrate on landing on the soft patch of grass or whatever spot you’ve chosen. Spotters can even slow the fall of the giraffe by letting it down easy, which is handy for giraffes over 10’.
I find it handy to look for little hills to land on, and have even dismounted giraffes onto the tops of vans or other high objects.
Kudos to the guy with 100% success after 5 weeks of giraffe ownership! I presume you are talking about freemounting? Many professional performers never learn to do it.
The known record for consecutive freemounts is 130, held by Carol Bricker on a 4.5’ Penguin and me on a Schwinn Giraffe. Now there’s a fun record to try breaking!