Well as the weather improves I’ve managed to get out a few times and ride my unis.
Spurred on by an IM session with Lewis and a previous thread on doing static mounts ( http://www.unicyclist.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=20521&highlight=static+mount ), I went out and tried it. Much to my surprise I actually got it immediately. What works for me is keeping the back pedal slightly above horizontal (as suggested by Mikefule) to the ground and just pushing up and over. Thanks to Lewis and all whose encouragement (direct or indirect) helped!
On the down side after about 15 tries I gave up on freemounting my giraffe tonight. The agony of defeat.
The warm weather’s here, but I got a lot of work to do.
Have you tried a static mount onto the giraffe from a ledge/fire hydrant/blue pickup/etc. yet? Its also a handy skill when posts aren’t available and freemounting isn’t cooperating. (The elusive freemount on my to “learn at 43” list).
I can only just freemount.
When learning to ride, I Taught myself - I didnt know of any of this, or have any instruction from anyone else. I learnt from lots and lots of trial and error.
The mount you speak of is the first mount I learnt on both feet and the mount I find the easiest to do - I was suprised, when muni-ing with others, that some could not do it at all, and thus found mounting downhill hard (as they had to roll back mount).
But yes, like I said - I find the ‘forward mount’ easiest of the lot.
Its also good for tight places where you cant roll back because you can start off, move the front pedal a qaurter of a rotation and your feet are horizontal and ready to hop…
> -Originally posted by DasDingus -
> * Don’t give up. Being able to freemount your giraffe is a great skill
> after you can do it consistenly, especially for bewildered pedestrians.
> *Just for the record, I can actually freemount the giraffe. It’s just
> that last night was my first attempt since before winter and I’m just
> not up to snuff yet.
> Raphael Lasar
> Matawan, NJ
How on earth do you freemount a giraffe? Not because I want to learn,
just because it sounds impossible!