During mine and Alex’s (monkeyman) daily unicycle practice today, he suggested we learn the jump mount.
And - I kid you not - we learned this impressive-looking mount in about 10 minutes.
We both started learning on the grass, for less wheel movement and for more confidence. We put the pedals in our hopping position (left in front for me, right in front for him), and just jumped up onto the seat, holding onto the front of the seat with one hand. We literally had it down on the grass in 4-5 tries, and then after a few tries on concrete (preferably flat) and time to work up our confidence, we were landing them with ease pretty much every time. We were pulling them off with amazing smoothness for the rest of the 2-3 hours of practice.
This post is for more than just bragging about our new skill (really, it’s not impressive at all to most people on the site), but to encourage those relatively new unicyclists who are looking for something easy and fun to learn to try out the jump mount. The key to being able to pull off this skill is 100% mental - don’t doubt you can, don’t think you can, but know you can, and past that, the actual physical learning process is easy as hell.
The jump mount is one of the most consistently easy and impressive skills on the unicycle. Once you get up to the stuff where you spin the uni around before you land on it (I’ve almost got the 360 jump-mount to 1ft ww consistent), it looks really impressive and compared to other similarly impressive things, it’s not all that hard.