“Respect?” Wow, I has made it! Is it coz I is old?
So, hints and tips for the side mount:
First, I practised just stepping onto the pedal and not trying to mount. Just get used to the feel of balancing the unicycle as it leans over to the side.
Then practise swinging the leg into position, but not trying too hard to make a fully successful mount.
Then go for the full mount.
A few specifics which helped me:
Start with the unicycle vertical, then lean it about 30 degrees to the right, but without tipping it either forwards or backwards.
Put the left pedal down. This means the crank should be perfectly in line with the forks.
Hold the seat by the rear bumper, slightly to the right, with the right hand.
Start with the right arm completely straight.
Start with the left foot on the left pedal and the right foot a short distance back, and in line to swing through the gap between the left foot and the unicycle.
By keeping th eright arm straight, it is possible to make a stable triangle, holding the unicycle more or less at a constant angle of lean to the right, even when your weight is on the left pedal.
As the right leg swings through and round, allow the right arm to bend steadily, placing the left side of the seat (the 'instep’of the seat) against the left thigh. This steadies the unicycle as the right foot hits the pedal, and you idle or ride as necessary.
There is much more time to do this than you think. Be methodical.
And the ‘reverse side mount’? I found that most of the above applied, but hold the seat well forwards. Imagine it’s a jelly baby and hold it by the throat.
And I missed the Kidderminster do too. :0(