1: Place unicycle on ground in front of you, with the mounting pedal up and pointing at you.
2: Place your kick up foot at the part of the saddle where you sit on (I put it in such a way so that half my foot is under the saddle)
3: The other foot step on the crank and pedal (half of the foot on the pedal, the other half on the crank)
4: Hook the seat up with the kick-up foot and quickly nail the pedal with the same foot
5: Unicycle will rock back, so i just idle and the move off.
Weight doesn’t really matter, no excuses. About a year ago I learned to do a running kickup, and did it for about 2 weeks before I got bored with it and stopped. Now I can only do it about 1/7 of the time. Another thing, that wasn’t described, your pedals must be in the power position when it’s laying on the ground. Also, the side mount (really easy) is the mount that should be learnded befor a kickup. That you just put your dominant foot on the bottom pedal while holding the seat out to the side. After that, you just swing your other foot around in front of the seat, and bring it back into the pedal, landing you in a backwards ride or idle. Whe I used to do the kickup, I kinda did a 180 when I landed it, so I’d facing the opposite direction that I’d been running. That was to make it so I could still land it even if I didn’t have enough momentum to get fully upright. Longer cranks seem to help too. My 2cents.
I’ve done kickups on my 24" Muni (very strong rim and spokes) and my brother’s 20" trials uni (also very strong). The trials uni was probably easier due to the smaller diameter wheel. I’ve never bent a rim doing it but that’s not saying much.
TIP: When learning the kickup pay attention to which direction you fall off (assuming you don’t get the knack immediately) and then physically correct for it on the next try. Actually, though, it’s a fairly easy mount with lot’s of crowd appeal (Translated: they love it!. Keep trying and you’ll get it in no time (except if you’re trying it on a giraffe, and if you are please take pictures)
I tried kick up mount on my Pashley with original rim for a while, no problem except I messed up my leg on the bottle mounts. Thats my excuse for not learning it yet, need another frame. So a 26" medium quality rim (not out of the box, you better check spoke tension regardless what you gonna use the wheel for) can handle at least 78 kg.
>Simply put, you have your weight on one pedal and lift the seat with
>the other foot. That puts a lot of lateral stress on the wheel.
I don’t think a successful kickup mount could cause enough lateral
stress on a properly tuned wheel to bend or taco the wheel. A failed
(running) kickup mount were one misses the pedal and squarely jumps on
the wheel with one’s full weight might possibly do it.
A properly executed kickup mount will actually put very little lateral
stress on the wheel. When starting the kickup mount, all weight must be
on the leg whose foot (secondary) is under the seat. At this point,
lunge up in the direction of the wheel, placing just enough force on the
other (primary) foot to maintain contact with the crank arm and pedal.
Next, snap the seat into place with the (secondary) foot under the seat,
and with the other (primary) foot begin to apply normal force to the
primary (first) pedal to gain control of the wheel. The mount is now
essentially complete and the final (secondary) foot can be moved to the
top pedal, or other movements of the final (secondary) foot can be made
to complete certain variations of the kickup mount.
>Tried kick-up mount for the first time this evening, after trying out
>for 30mins, i finally got it right. It was like magic, the seat snap in
>place and i could ride off instantly.
>My left crank drop off after doing it continuously. Is it due to the
>reason that my left foot is my dominent foot, and my right foot is the
>kick up foot?
>I tried it out on my 20", and a question came to my mind. Can this be
>done on a 24" or 26"? Will it cause the wheel to go out of trueness, or
>even worst, cause it to buckle?
I do it regularyly on a 24" and don’s see any reason at all why it can’t be
done on a 26", but i guess there is a limit. I imagione it is very hard to do it
on a Coker. Btw, I invented the kickup mount back in 1979 (or 1980?)
as at US meet.
Regards, Jack Halpern
President, The CJK Dictionary Institute, Inc. http://www.cjk.org Phone: +81-48-473-3508
Looked like it was raining cats and dogs outside the garage. I was in the garage today when it was raining, practicing one-foot-wheel-walking, but I wasn’t successful like you were with the kick-up mount.