mounting

What seems to me the first mount people learn:
1 roll back
2 static
3 jump

For me, w/ the roll back, the possition of my back foot varies from 7 and 10 o-clock, depending on the wheel size, crank length and amount of Q-factor of the cranks. When your other crank gets the the forward possition of 12:30 or 1:00 put your foot on that pedal w/ your toes angled down a bit and push back and down on that pedal untill they are horizontal and it is now the back pedal, then ride away.

W/ the static mount I think it would be ideal for your back foot to start at 9 o-clock and for the wheel to not move at all, but for me it’s usually easier if it’s at 10 o-clock and let it roll back to about 8-8:30.

For me the roll back is a lot easier and I’ve never been able to ride out of a jump mount.

I agree w/ tholub, that the static mount is prob the most usefull.

Try the other foot and maybe you balance will be of set by using another method. Another idea is try to keep the pedal you step on all the way down then swing your momentam on top de unicycle.

Here… but I don’t think you should try this until you can mount other ways sucessfully. Cleaner means that it goes smoothly, and you don’t nearly bail or anything.

Look forward not at your feet. I think you got the static mount. keep practicing and it will get smoother. I start at about 3 & 9 and my pedals rotate back to about 4/10 or 5/11, that sets me up for a good power stroke. try throwing your body a little past center, then you can mash on the front pedal.

another problem that i seem to be having is that my uni twists sideways while mounting but this is probably because of uneven wieght distribution.

i started with the forward roll. i think it is much easier than the roll back.

From http://www.xs4all.nl/~klaasbil/uni_beginners.htm you can download a booklet in pdf format called Learning to Unicycle, that covers both the static and the rollback mount (as well as a whole lot more beginners stuff).

What works for me:
Put one pedal at the 6:00 position, all the way down.
Lean the unicycle over as required to position the seat.
Step/hop onto the other pedal. Sometimes you overshoot, sometimes you undershoot, sometimes you do just right but can’t get going.
Repeat 8,000,000 times until it works.

More specifically:
-Learn how to hop on just so-so
-Learn how to balance, recover, flail your arms about, etc. when you don’t hop on just so-so
-Learn to push forward on that second pedal instead of down
-Learn to ride when your 2nd foot isn’t in the right position
-Learn to reposition your feet while riding
-Do this where it’s level or just a bit of a downslope, not an upslope
-High seat position makes the unicycle easier to ride but harder to freemount, it seems to me.
-Do it when no one’s around. If someone is watching, it’ll take a dozen tries to get on.

When I first started, I had the seat up higher, and I would always mount up holding onto the car, and set the pedals so pressure on the first pedal rolled the unicycle BACK under me. When freemounting, you don’t want that, you want things going the other way, so that’s why I start at the “dead” position and avoid a backslope.

What works for me:
Put one pedal at the 6:00 position, all the way down.
Lean the unicycle over as required to position the seat.
Step/hop onto the other pedal. Sometimes you overshoot, sometimes you undershoot, sometimes you do just right but can’t get going.
Repeat 8,000,000 times until it works.

More specifically:
-Learn how to hop on just so-so
-Learn how to balance, recover, flail your arms about, etc. when you don’t hop on just so-so
-Learn to push forward on that second pedal instead of down
-Learn to ride when your 2nd foot isn’t in the right position
-Learn to reposition your feet while riding
-Do this where it’s level or just a bit of a downslope, not an upslope
-High seat position makes the unicycle easier to ride but harder to freemount, it seems to me.
-Do it when no one’s around. If someone is watching, it’ll take a dozen tries to get on.

When I first started, I had the seat up higher, and I would always mount up holding onto the car, and set the pedals so pressure on the first pedal rolled the unicycle BACK under me. When freemounting, you don’t want that, you want things going the other way, so that’s why I start at the “dead” position and avoid a backslope.

Lately I’ve been trying to keep my wheel from rolling back when I mount. I try to have a bit of forward momentum to fling myself up to verical on my 26". I wouldn’t call it a rolling mount because the wheel is definitely not rolling. Is this a static mount?

I’m not sure how my post got doubled up there.

I went to Youtube to look at mounting videos and found I’m doing it all wrong. But hey, it works. So here’s mine:


(Got it first time both times, too!)