# multi-wheel

I just got a multi-wheel (2 wheels) and other than getting on by a fence, how
the hell do you free mount it?

Gregory Poche’ RTUC

Re: multi-wheel

I found it easest to freemount by doing a side mount. You put one foot one the
pedle, step up and swing your other foot around the frount of the seat. Then

Peter

>I just got a multi-wheel (2 wheels) and other than getting on by a fence, how
>the hell do you free mount it?

RE: multi-wheel

> I just got a multi-wheel (2 wheels) and other than getting on by a fence, how
> the hell do you free mount it?

Just step directly up on the bottom pedal. That’s the easiest way, unless it’s a
24" and you’re not tall. This means stand the uni like a giraffe you’re about to
mount (it basically is). Put your foot on the bottom pedal, stand up on it,
swing your other leg around the seat and hit that other pedal backwards. You
have to be just starting to fall forward when this happens, and you’ll ride
right away.

John Foss (who has ridden a 2 wheeler about once a year for the past 14 or so)

Re: multi-wheel

“G.Poche” <gpoche@mediaone.net> wrote:

>I just got a multi-wheel (2 wheels) and other than getting on by a fence, how
>the hell do you free mount it?

A two wheel unicycle is free mounted like a giraffe unicycle. Except, instead on
placing one’s first foot on the tire, one must squeeze it slightly between the
two tires. To help put one’s weight on the bottom tire, the whole unicycle can
be leaned forward about 15 degress which is probably more than on a giraffe.
Also, if one positions the pedal back a bit on the giraffe, one may want to
position it a bit forward for the two wheeler, due to its reverse drive. Next,
just scramble up as though the two wheeler is a standard giraffe, remembering to
pedal the “wrong” (reverse) direction to go forward.

Sincerely,

Ken Fuchs <kfuchs@winternet.com

Re: multi-wheel

> I just got a multi-wheel (2 wheels) and other than getting on by a fence, how
> the hell do you free mount it?

Just like other kinds of unicycles, there are many ways to mount a double
wheeler. My favorite way to mount it is to do the catapult mount (aka.
running/rolling mount). It’s a quick mount so when you fall off practicing
those new skills, you can easily hop right back on. This mount works the same
way as on a giraffe. I usually set the uni up so that I walk (or run for the
extra jump) it one revolution forward taking two steps, and on the third step,
I put my foot on the pedal when it is parallel to the ground and farthest away
from me (on a normal giraffe, it’d be when it’s closest to me). To finish the
mount, you ‘catapult’ yourself up onto the uni. To successfully do this, you
have to put your weight into it (mostly on the seat) and jump up and forward.
Your wheel should stay in about the same place as it is when you put your foot
on the pedal.

The catapult mount is harder to learn than the side mount, so I usually suggest
for people to try the side mount first. Of course if the pedal is too high off
the ground for you to put one foot on it, then you’ll have to try a different
mount. This mount is just like the side mount on a standard unicycle. First you
have your unicycle on your side and lean it away from you. Then you step on the
one pedal and swing your other foot around the front of the seat. When your foot
comes around to the pedal, just keep your foot moving as it hits the pedal and
ride forward.

## I’ve done other mounts too. I’ve had a couple people tell me to try the jump mount, which I finally tried at NUC’99 and after a few tries I got it. Though it didn’t come that easily, as the pedals are in a different spot then they are on a standard unicycle. I have my pedals 180 degrees different (opposite foot forward) when I hop on the double wheeler than I do on a standard unicycle. That makes the movement of the feet to be the same for controlling balance. The downside to this is that when you try to land on the pedals, your feet want to go in front of or behind the pedals and your feet can totally miss… ouch! The other hard part of this mount is just getting over the fear of trying it (much like a lot of skills).

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