side-mount question

Discussion in 'rec.sport.unicycling' started by leadpan, Jul 26, 2005.

  1. leadpan

    leadpan Guest

    Hey gang,
    My hats off to you who can do those crazy mounts!
    I was tired of doing the same old static mounts (I can do left or right)
    so I thought of trying a "cool looking" side-mount, instead of sticking
    the uni seat on my crotch to mount while people are watching. :D (I get
    alot of attention from people when I mount my Coker, they all want to
    know HOW anyone gets on the BIG uni)
    I admit, I am bit scared. I dread that I'd fall on my Coker and hurt
    myself AND damage my uni, so I dare not try it. My WORST fear is; I'd be
    without my Coker for days/weeks cause I damaged it. I need to ride
    everyday! (it's an obsession, my wife thinks) :rolleyes:
    But last night after a fantastic dusk ride(feeling really greasy and
    nimble) I would try it. I attempted to side-mount about 20 times. And
    to my surprise I did not fall but was able to get on the seat few times!
    BUT, I was not able to RIDE OFF on the uni. Wow! What a development!
    Does anyone have tips on how to side-mount AND ride off?

    My method, so far:
    I put the left peddal on the 3 o'clock position, put my left foot on the
    peddal, then hold the seat with my right hand then attempt to swing my
    right foot forward.


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  2. U-Turn

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    'Here's a video' (http://tinyurl.com/ahh5h) which may help.

    I learned on the Coker, though, after doing it a lot on a 20".


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  3. U-Turn

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    'Here's a video' (http://tinyurl.com/ahh5h) which may help.

    I learned on the Coker, though, after doing it a lot on a 20".


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    U-Turn - Cool water for the flame

    Weep in the dojo... laugh on the battlefield.
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    'Strongest Coker Wheel in the World'
    (http://www.unicyclist.com/gallery/albup39)
    '29er Tire Study' (http://u-turn.unicyclist.com/29erTireStudy/)
    'New York Unicycle Club' (http://www.newyorkunicycle.com)
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  4. U-Turn

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    'Here's a video' (http://tinyurl.com/ahh5h) which may help.

    I learned on the Coker, though, after doing it a lot on a 20".


    --
    U-Turn - Cool water for the flame

    Weep in the dojo... laugh on the battlefield.
    'LiveWire Unicycles' (http://www.livewireunicycles.com)
    'Strongest Coker Wheel in the World'
    (http://www.unicyclist.com/gallery/albup39)
    '29er Tire Study' (http://u-turn.unicyclist.com/29erTireStudy/)
    'New York Unicycle Club' (http://www.newyorkunicycle.com)
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  5. U-Turn

    U-Turn Guest

    'Here's a video' (http://tinyurl.com/ahh5h) which may help.

    I learned on the Coker, though, after doing it a lot on a 20".


    --
    U-Turn - Cool water for the flame

    Weep in the dojo... laugh on the battlefield.
    'LiveWire Unicycles' (http://www.livewireunicycles.com)
    'Strongest Coker Wheel in the World'
    (http://www.unicyclist.com/gallery/albup39)
    '29er Tire Study' (http://u-turn.unicyclist.com/29erTireStudy/)
    'New York Unicycle Club' (http://www.newyorkunicycle.com)
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  6. Ken Cline

    Ken Cline Guest

    I don't ride a coker, so take my advice with that in mind.

    I learned to side mount on a 26" uni (27" actual diameter), and
    managed to warp the wheel after a few successful mounts. I understand
    the standard coker wheel isn't very strong, so be careful. Learning
    on a smaller wheel might let you transfer skills to the coker without
    abusing it. Or not.

    As for the mount itself, the video looks rigth to me. Start with one
    pedal at 6 O'clock and toss the other leg atound while pulling the
    saddle in place. At that point you hopefully sitting in balance with
    zero momentum, so you have to roll back before you can go forward.
    Idling skill helps here.

    Ken
     
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