mounting directly into wheel walking

Can someone describe how this is done and/or the steps to learn it? I think someone described this once but couldn’t find it. I feel comfortable with ww now, I can ww slowly, pause, do small figure 8s, etc. I can also mount into ofww pretty comfortably.

I tried it a bit this morning by jamming one foot tight against the fork, perpendicular to the wheel on the forward facing side. Then I would hop up and try to go right into ww (Not yet). This way seems awkward.

Seems a smoother way would be to treat this like a jump mount directly into ww. Hmm, that sounds safe and easy :slight_smile: Is this the only way?

What would be considered valid in a levels test and in a freestyle competition?

Thanks!

Joe Merrill

I working on these skills now, after overshooting a failed jump mount. I planted my feet on the wheel and freeked out, started to pitch backwards, and flailed about with my feet. I actualy rolled a couple revs.

Now that I’m making a concerted effort to WW, I haven’t had so much luck. I’m taking the advice offered, and focusing on posture and controll while riding slow to hone my balance.

Odd, but my brief moments of success have come with mounting to WW- strong foot engages at pedal back, chocolate swings around and takes the wheel. Go figure- and keep in mind that I’m a long way from this skill.

Christopher

Funny, that is the only way I CAN wheel walk. Firstly, you shoust begin to mount loke normal, but instead of putting your foot on the other pedal, plant it on the top of the fork, and after you take your other foot off the pedal, slide the other off the fork, and on to the wheel. If you would like, I could show you at our meeting on sunday. Its like mounting and going directly into a one foot idle, but different.
-David Kaplan

I should been more specific: I want to mount into wheel walk without using the pedals.

Joe

sorry, thats beyond me.
-David Kaplan

Jump, man, jump!

Is the crown contact realy neccessary? I have a problem bringing my feet up that high on my crowned frame…

Christopher

I was actually talking about doing it on a 20." If you are having trouble still, you may want to try yoga.
-David Kaplan

Re: mounting directly into wheel walking

On Tue, 23 Apr 2002 08:51:18 -0500, merrill
<merrill.3kfmb@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote:

>What would be considered valid in a levels test and in a freestyle
>competition?

I think that in a level test all skills with the exception of mounts
have to come out of normal forwards riding, and also go back into it.
(I actually figure there are a couple more exceptions but this is the
official rule AFAIK.)
For freestyle I don’t know. I was under the impression that anything
goes.

Klaas Bil

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I realy like mounting without the pedals and just going into ww, cause its faster than getting on then puting your feet down on the wheel and its also different.
What I do is start out with my non-dominate foot on the wheel against the frame so it doesn’t go anywhere, then lift up other foot and at the same time push off with your non-dominate foot, then go directly into wwing. very fun stuff!

RE: mounting directly into wheel walking

> Can someone describe how this is done and/or the steps to learn it?

I just do a motion similar to a rolling mount, with a little jump. Instead
of putting a foot on the pedal, the foot goes onto the tire in front of the
fork. Hold it there while your body swings up to the vertical, and start
pushing when you get ahead of top dead center.

You can also do a jump mount, but you want to be fairly confident with your
landings first.

A variation (helps if you’re short) is to do the first mount I suggested,
starting with a foot jammed against the tire and the back of the frame as
you go up. The second foot goes onto the front of the tire as you come up
level, and then walk normally.

> I tried it a bit this morning by jamming one foot tight against the
> fork, perpendicular to the wheel on the forward facing side. Then I
> would hop up and try to go right into ww (Not yet). This way seems
> awkward.

This is more awkward, but not a lot harder. Learn one and you’re most of the
way toward nailing the other.

> What would be considered valid in a levels test and in a freestyle
> competition?

On a levels test, there is no freemount into wheel walk. Though you can use
it as one of your sample mounts, there is no official definition of the
skill, so all you have to do is successfully ride (walk) away.

In Freestyle, there is no “wrong” way to do any trick.

If you were actually wondering about Standard Skill (where you do tricks
from the list), those descriptions are found at the end of the Standard
Skills List in the IUF Rulebook. The new IUF Rulebook is here:
http://www.unicycling.com/rulebook/

The Standard Skills List has not changed, so you can also refer to the Web
version of the 1998 IUF Rulebook. This link will take you to the description
of the first mount that goes into wheel walk:
http://www.unicycling.org/iuf/rulebook/iufrules/7sslist.html#d205

Enjoy,
John Foss
President, Unicycling Society of America
President, International Unicycling Federation
jfoss@unicycling.com

This turned out to be really easy. I realized I don’t need to jam a foot into the crown at all. I just put my foot in an almost normal wheel walking position, press down, lean forward, and give a good hop. I did it on the first attempt and was able to repeat this at will!

Thanks for the advice!

Joe Merrill