Static Freemount

Having managed to ride a couple of hundred feet, I am now looking to learn to static freemount.

Studying the various youtube videos on static freemounting, I noticed that some riders use a lower seat position with the legs bent much more.

Does this make it easier to learn.


I found that it did, probably because you don’t have to get your weight as high.

here is a video i put together

I found that your seat at your familiar height was easier, a little less air pressure in the tire, and learning on a slight downgrade (not a hill)

My favourite tutorial - and the one that helped me most - is Unigeezer’s well made, and funny, “How to Freemount a Unicycle - Secrets Revealed” :smiley:

How to Free Mount a Unicycle - Secrets Revealed!

A friend of mine with an engineering background but no uni experience watched me trying to freemount and said I should make sure I always fall forward instead of back when freemounting unsuccessfully. He said if I made 30 such unsuccessful mounting attempts consecutively, I would probably have a breakthrough. 16 attempts was all it took, then I rode away from my first freemount!

It was only my second day with a comfortable seat and seat post. Had I acquired these items earlier, I may well have learned to free mount earlier than the month into my unicycle odyssey that it took, but since my uni is a cheap, 20" Craigslist special, I had to spend some time just figuring out what was wrong with it.

Anyhow, so I managed to freemount with my pedals at 6:00 and 12:00, and have done over 20 similar freemounts since then, though I think once or twice I have managed to pull one off with a backpedal to start. Having your pedals vertical is not a dependable way to start a ride, and sometimes I wonder how it ever works at all, but once I learn a less precarious approach, I will share it here.

I watched that when I had first gotten my unicycle and I enjoyed it too. Terry seems like a great guy, and it’s entertaining and beautifully made. But I think it’s meant more for learning to mount a large wheeled unicycle. As a total beginner on a little 20", I came away with the impression that I needed to be doing more than I actually had to. I didn’t see how I could step on that paper plate and not crush it without being Peter Pan or having the aid of Flubber or something, and it left me thinking that I needed to jump or leap or launch myself somehow to do a free mount.

Seeing things like the mount by muni123 at the start of this video probably turned to be more useful to me at that stage of learning:

That showed me how simple it could be on a small wheel and a reasonable length crank, not much more than moving one foot from the ground to the pedal, unless you’re making it harder on purpose to show off. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. :slight_smile:

Thanks WheelieDaft, glad it could help!

Thanks Eddie, but actually that tutorial can be applied to any size uni, as the technique is basically the same for all wheel sizes. In fact, I recently let a new rider borrow my 20" trainer, and using the technique he was able to freemount almost every time after a couple days. :slight_smile:

On another note, anyone know why videos don’t seem to embed in thumbnail form anymore, or at least mine won’t. The one posted just a day before WheelieDaft’s reply DID embed, so I don’t know why that one would but not mine since they are both youtube links. And I do have the “Automatically embed media” box checked, as I always have.

You have to coat yourself in tar and feathers and do a special dance.

Actually to imbed make sure that you have the full link, then copy and past it in as text, then if it starts with “https” change it to start with “http”. This works for me.

Thanks Shmolagin, I tried that in the test forum and it worked! Hard to believe it was just “s” from Https causing the problem!

Your welcome, and yeah it seems crazy. I tried tons of stuff before I finally asked somewhere on this forum.

The freemounting technique that finally worked for me in a consistent fashion probably doesn’t qualify as a static freemount: I put a foot on one pedal, then lean forward, way over my seat. Then, without coming all the way up to vertical, I hop off my other foot, catch the free pedal with it, then pedal backwards til my uni rolls right under me. Then I pedal forward. This technique suddenly became very easy, even on slightly uphill surfaces. Unigeezer’s videos are very inspirational, but for me, his method for freemounting wasn’t the one that worked out first, even though it does seem the most logical. I’ll have to get to it next…

Song, that’s indeed different from a static mount, it’s called a rollback mount. Although you seem to do your special version with the upper body leaning and all.

That’s called a rollback mount. It seems easier to learn but it takes a little more time and space to complete. I originally learned it and gradually transitioned to static.

Thanks, Klaas and Schmolagin, I’ll look up rollback freemounts now that I know what they’re called and see if I can learn more. Seems like they might provide help to get started learning how to rock.

Hey song, I would recommend sticking with it and learning the static mount first. There are a lot of situations where it really is the best way to mount. I also learned the rollback first and it is a pretty difficult habit to break, but I still think it looks cool.

lol, what a great typo, I’ll remember that one. :smiley:

If you can do a rollback mount, you might should consider trying rolling mounts before progressing to static, IMHO they are kind of between rollback and static. For a rolling mount you basically roll your uni forward and get a little momentum before putting your foot on the crank. Done correctly the momentum helps counteract the pressure of your foot and you can get the other foot up and ride away. Good luck!!

Yeah, keeping weight off the pedal that I first step on is difficult for me, but it seems to be important- not just for the static mount, but for the rolling mount as well, and maybe even for the rollback, though the rollback is the way I manage to avoid this difficulty. My 20" uni with its bald tire seems to pop backwards at the slightest hint of pressure on one pedal, no matter what I do while jumping or reaching for the other pedal. Turning this backward momentum into a rollback mount works pretty well for me as long as I am on smooth pavement, but if I am on any surface that is even slightly uneven, it becomes a problem. If I could learn to land on pedals that were even close to 3 and 9 o’clock, all the mounting techniques you guys have mentioned would be fairly easy and reliable, even on grass or gravel, no? But I guess once you’re on pedals at 3 and 9 o’clock, you’re already mounted, so that question is redundant…

roll back and static…

static mount…left pedal at 6 oclock , left foot on pedal. most important to me is to take all weight you can off of left foot and leg .I roll a little backwards, not much and then roll tire forward ,while pushing your upper body as far forward past the seat as you can. it is then pretty easy to put your right foot on the right pedal and take off… all weight off left leg and roll forward…works every time…

roll back works the best for me and smaller wheels , like 20 and 24…I can do larger but static is easier…roll back is best for mounting going up a hill for me anyway.
left pedal at 6 oclock… push straight down with with left leg and foot on pedal with enough force to bring the uni straight up while bring the seat and your body straight up…the uni with set there while you quickly put your right foot on right pedal and pedal slightly backwards…then pedal forwards…

but with enough practice, you will probably come up with you own way, in time if not already…

A static mount is a balancing act - your weight on the pedal (which wants to make the wheel roll backward) balances the force you push down on the seat with (which makes the wheel go forward, since you start with the unicycle angled). If the road is sloped, you have to add that in, too.

When I was learning to do a static mount, I had the impression that you somehow, magically, kept all your weight off the back pedal, but it’s not true. You just have to learn that balance, and how it changes with the road slope, with the crank length, with the wheel size, etc etc etc.

That’s kind of the message in Unigeezer’s video on this topic. It’s an oversimplification, but a helpful one. Once I started trying to magically keep all weight off that pedal, I began to acquire that balance of forces that you’re talking about.

Rollbacks are still my preferred mount, but balancing the weight on that pedal with the weight pushing the seat forward opened a lot of other possibilities to me once I started learning to do it. It can even help make the rollback mount smoother and more reliable. Anyway, thanks.