Okay, I can ride up 3 inch bumps, down 6 inch bumps, make sharp turns (90 degre turn within 1 foot), hop several inches (only started that 2 days ago), but I still can only successfully free-mount about 1 of 25 tries. Is this normal? If not does anyone have any suggestions for me?
yep, that’s pretty normal I think. freemounting is very hard at first, one of the most difficult skills to learn for a beginner aside from riding. just keep practicing, a lot, a whole lot, and eventually you’ll be able to freemount in your sleep. or something.
I konw I learnt freemounting before I could do most of those things, but everyone learns things in different orders. You may find the tips and video tutorial at www.unicycle.2ya.com helpful…there’s one on freemounting.
But still… I’ve been trying to learn free-mounting for about 7 months! It’s quite vexing. Oh and to further show my on unicycle skill, today I did a 4 inch hop, and was able to ride across a 3 inch wide ledge for 6 feet (first time hoping that high, and first evey try unicycling across a ledge like that). Woo!
> But still… I’ve been trying to learn free-mounting for about 7 months!
> It’s quite vexing. Oh and to further show my on unicycle skill, today I
> did a 4 inch hop, and was able to ride across a 3 inch wide ledge for 6
> feet (first time hoping that high, and first evey try unicycling across
> a ledge like that). Woo!
Here’s a thought…
Since you’ve been hopping, you might find a jump mount more natural
than the standard mount. Hold the front of the saddle, jump onto the
pedals and ride off.
I can get on my unicycle (my 24" Torker) (put right peddle at about 7 o’clock, and step up onto it) and hold my balance for a while, I just can’t get started moving. And when I start with the peddle straight down I have allot of trouble getting onto the unicycle. I’ve tried all sorts of slight variations… still no success, other on my 20" Schwinn when I have the seat low so I can stand on the ground when sitting on the seat with the unicycle directly under me.
Try an alternative mount of some sort. I had the same problem and I learned to freemount basically by inventing my own mount. (I am told it is too hard to do on anything bigger than a 20" though.) You could try a jump mount, or whatever.
lean forward when mounting. riding the unicycle is actually just the action of falling forwards, and pedaling so the wheel will keep up. so when you mount, lean forward to make your top half begin falling forwards, then your bottom half can start pedalling to keep up.
okay, thanks for the tips, I’ll try them out next time I unicycle. Not now tho, I just got back from a one hour ride (mostly experimenting with mounting). It looks like for me a forward roling mount may work, I was able to on average mount 1 or 10 tries.