> > chance of learning to free mount it. With the 6 footer that I have
> > now I have never learned how to free mount.
The freemount is there. You just have to find it. It’s probably the first
“hard” trick I learned.
> or the hard way, with your subordinate foot on the wheel,
> holding seat, then launch up and put your dominant foot on the pedal,
Actually I do it with my feet opposite; dominant on the tire, non-dominant
on the bottom pedal. But I think this is more a factor of where the chain
is. Since the chain is on the right, you’re probably going to mount on the
left. At least that’s how we learned.
> i can do the hard way on a five footer, but i spent a whole
> afternoon trying to do the same on greg milsteins 6footer
> with only a hint of success
Hey! Say hi to Greg from me if you see him again. Getting that mount on a 6’
is more a question of whether you’re tall enough. If you’re not, you’re just
going to hurt yourself trying to reach. But if you can get your foot on the
bottom pedal, the rest is a piece of cake. Something John Childs might want
to try on his 6’.
> back to the thread though, seats are especialy important for
> freemounting, a friend of mine learnt on a 6 foot dm giraffe
> and got used to using the loops on the seat, when he lost his
> seat he spent ages re leaning with the viscount seat,
Strange, I never used anything fancy, probably because our giraffes were
Schwinns and they just had the vinyl seat cover (like Greg’s). So the type
of seat doesn’t matter unless you’ve been taking advantage of something
sticking out of it.
(from a different thread)
> a bit of steel “L” section whacked with a hammer till
> it fits. pitfalls: scrapes gym floors solutions: lots
> of finishing, thick rubbery paint. good points: easy
> to make, rock solid
Don’t do it. Even coating metal with rubber will only last until a few drops
on pavement. You’ll never be able to use it indoors without leaving a bad
“impression” for all unicyclists.
> a bit of rubber from a car tyre. pitfalls: may not be
> the right shape, may leave trousers black solutions:
> try lots of diferent tyres, coat with flexible paint/
> laquer good points: cheap to make , bouncy
I think this is a much more viable choice. One tire provides lots of bumpers
(or use dead bike/unicycle tires). Put Armorall or a similar protectant or
coating on it to keep it from being too grippy. I don’t think it’ll make
black marks, except if it falls hard on a wood floor.
> copy the design from the metal loops that some dm seats have.
I wouldn’t–metal is bad. It will get chewed up and scratch the floor and
> my other criteria is that it looks nice. which may rule
> out the rubber bumpers.
Use a nice-looking tire.
> everyones feedback will be apreciated.(if i’m reinventg
> the wheel i’d like to know,
The rubber idea would surely be cheaper, but another solid route is to
replace your Viscount with a Miyata seat. Or wait for the one coming from
Velo to see how it turns out…
Stay on top,
John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone
“You’re not supposed to wash your Roach armor” - Nathan Hoover, on safety
equipment cleaning methods