Newbie- Is this a free mount?

Greetings. We took my daughter to the track again today and she’s still
cruising along the same as yesterday (yep. another BIG grin).

I tried the track as well with my wife spotting me but it was extremely
awkward to mount my Uni using her to brace myself, so I started trying
to free mount and then use her for support as I traveled around the
course. I ‘think’ I can now free mount but I need a technical
definition. Here is what I am doing:

  1. Set the pedals parallel to earth
  2. Jam seat tightly under crouch (greeting da Boys)
  3. Put left foot on peddle, and grab seat with left hand
  4. Put right hand on wheel and lean way forward
    4a) rock far forward and and ride away. Put right foot on pedal- usually
    screaming…
    4b) Scream at wife to catch up and give her husband some support before
    he reaches previously undocumented step 5 :-).

Okay! So… Is that a free mount If I grab the wheel???

There is an extra step (5) I left out, it involves me gaining momentum
and traveling at greater and greater rates of speed, pulling quickly
away from my wonderful spotter (Mien Liebe Frau). After about 25+ feet I
begin to loose control (wobbling and the like). At some uncertain point
while in what my daughter calls a, ‘Zen moment’, I fly over the
imaginary area where one would find handlebars on a traditional Bicycle
and begin slowing my momentum via a property of Newtonian physics known
as friction. Friction which has been primarily generated from my wrist
and palm guards scraping the pavement- thanks guys) and from my right
side CGI brace scraping the ground- the right leg of my pants where
shredded into several pieces just below the knee- Oh man what a hoot!

There were a couple unexpected diversions off the track and on to the
grass- Moon rock style style bump, hop, twist, and bump again. Oh Yea.
I see a MUni in my future- but Shhh don’t tell my wife.

I should mention that I had a nasty little tear (ACL) about 15 years ago
and one of the pads between my femur (the meniscus) and my tibia fibula
was removed. I guess they can repair them these days, but mein is gone,
so my primary protection for that that leg ia a brace- which I don’t
really favor, but I ‘always wear my brace’ when on the UNI!!!

I am having a great time with my family and these Uni’s. However, If my
sharing all this info with you and the list is just too much, please let
me know and I shall resume to merely lurking the list again. Also, If I
sound like a drunk… well I am somewhat ‘legally medicated’ at the
moment. and hope to enjoy a full night of uninterrupted sleep laced with
creative problem solving.

Being a Uni or Muni rider, must have its moments of Zen?
Being a FreeBSD-UNIX geek has it’s small moments of Zen as well. Why
just today I was thinking about binary (Base2) when cranking on my
pedals as impulses from varius places in my muscular system where
signaling to my brain to orchestrate a fantastic event- me being
catapulted across the track and skidding along on some plastic gear.

Cheers!

Jason
AK

love your posts!!
they look decidedly normal around here…

is it a freemount if u grab the wheel?
i dont know
how much r u paying the wheel to grab it?

Jason-

You have freemounted if you have gotten on the unicycle in riding posture without using any upright supports or other persons for assistance or any artificial blocks to anchor the wheel in one direction and then successfully ridden three full pedal revolutions in any direction whether the direction is your choice or not. I think idling may be substituted for the three full pedal revolutions.

Now, let the arguments begin.

Re: Newbie- Is this a free mount?

harper wrote:
>
> Jason-
>
> You have freemounted if you have gotten on the unicycle in riding
> posture without using any upright supports or other persons for
> assistance or any artificial blocks to anchor the wheel in one direction
> and then successfully ridden three full pedal revolutions in any
> direction whether the direction is your choice or not. I think idling
> may be substituted for the three full pedal revolutions.
>

Thank you for the definition. I think I may have made a full three revs,
but I’m not quite sure. At this point, it takes far too much
concentration to do any counting. :wink:

Jason

I would agree with Harper. There are a thousand different free mounts (although, listening to your description, I don’t know what type of mount that is). Look here

I think if you can get on the unicycle and ride without holding on to anything but the unicycle, then its a free mount - no matter how much you scream like a little girl.

I’d say a freemount is any mount where you don’t use any support other than the unicycle, yourself, and the ‘natural’ surface of the ground, and when the dismount which follows is unrelated to the instability which immediately follows the mount.

As for grabbing the wheel, though… I hope you’re not learning on a giraffe. :slight_smile:

RE: Newbie- Is this a free mount?

> Okay! So… Is that a free mount If I grab the wheel???

As long as you didn’t hold onto any outside support, it’s a free mount.

Congratulations,
John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone
jfoss@unicycling.com

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RE: Newbie- Is this a free mount?

> You have freemounted if you have gotten on the unicycle in riding
> posture without using any upright supports or other persons for
> assistance or any artificial blocks to anchor the wheel in
> one direction
> and then successfully ridden three full pedal revolutions in any
> direction whether the direction is your choice or not. I think idling
> may be substituted for the three full pedal revolutions.

Harper’s definition is much more thorough than mine was. Three revolutions
or three idles proves the mount was successful.

JF