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Learning To Ride A Unicycle, Easy Steps To Free Mount Your Unicycle

February 26, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 159

Learning to ride a unicycle was great fun. Now that you've become skilled enough to stay perched atop your unicycle for longer distances, you might occasionally find yourself without anything to lean on while you mount your unicycle. Rather than taking the long (and somewhat humbling) walk to the nearest fence or bench, you'd do well to invest some time in learning to free mount. If you've possessed the willpower and determination to learn to ride a unicycle, then you most certainly have the patience needed to learn to free mount one.

BRUISED SHINS ARE COMMON IN FREE MOUNT BEGINNERS...

Have you ever been kicked really hard in the shins? Hurts, doesn't it? Now imagine getting kicked five or six times in the same shin and in the same spot! Do yourself a big favor and get some shin guards before attempting to free mount. You should buy the proper gear, but if you have some serious budget constraints, you can get away with using magazines under tall socks until you are proficient.

FREE MOUNTING YOUR UNICYCLE MADE EASY (AS POSSIBLE)...

- Stand behind your unicycle, holding the seat.

- Place the pedal of your dominant foot in the 7 o'clock position

- Place your dominant foot onto its pedal (don't allow the pedal to rotate yet)

- Put your butt in the saddle and hold the front of your seat to steady yourself

At this point, you should be balancing on your weaker foot with the dominant foot in the 7 o'clock position.

- Push down slightly on the pedal and notice that the unicycle's seat wants to rise up

- Assist the rising seat by pushing yourself gently and gracefully up and onto the seat. Throughout the process, the pedal shouldn't move from its 7 o'clock position.

- Swing your weaker foot past its waiting pedal and back onto the ground

How's that free mounting you ask? It isn't, but it will probably save you some bruises and get you accustomed to the "feel" of free mounting. Repeat the above steps as many times as it takes for you to feel more fluid in your movements.

THIS IS WHERE THE SHIN PADS AND PATIENCE WILL COME IN HANDY...

When you are feeling confident, put the weaker foot onto the pedal. Pay special attention to where your foot lands since at this point it is quite common for beginners to entirely miss the pedal with their foot, but to find the center of it with their shin.

For some really nice shin guards and everything else unicycle related, bookmark http://www.unicyclepeddler.ca. The owner (Pete) is really helpful. When you become a great unicyclist and want to add juggling or other circus skills to your riding, check out http://www.unicyclepeddler.com

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