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Old 1993-10-07, 01:29 AM   #2
cwilson@snarf.engr.sgi.com
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Re: mounting my 6 ft. uni.

[color=blue]> I am very afraid of hurting myself while mounting the unicycle so I am[/color]
[color=blue]> going to a gymnastics studio where they tie a safety belt around me and[/color]
[color=blue]> when I begin to fall he pulls on the belt so I land in a soft way. The[/color]

HmMMm. Wouldn't have thought of that. A couple things strike me, thou. If you
rely on props to catch your fall when you're learning, how are you going to know
how to fall correctly without the props? Also, as you mention later, the soft
gym mat underneath the tire is going to hinder your initial (and most important)
balance attempts once you do get up.

[color=blue]> It seems to me I have to be perfectly balanced going up. I can't adjust[/color]
[color=blue]> while mounting or I fall off. If I am tilted slightly to any side I fall.[/color]
[color=blue]> Also it seems that while climbing it I have to lean forward quite a bit[/color]

Yup, that's the way I've tried it. You have to lean the uni a fair bit forward,
say 15 degrees, because as you climb up, you're going to be pulling the uni
underneath you.

Something that took awhile to learn, and that seems to be a key factor -- the
freemount *must* be quick. From floor to seat should be within a second.
Anything slower and you're stuck inbetween, with one foot on the pedal, another
in the air, and trying to balance.

Also, make sure that the down pedal is a bit forward, so that when you step in
the pedal it will cause the uni to roll underneath you a bit as you are
climbing up.

As usual, practice, practice, practice. I've managed to mount my 6' only about 6
times out of the 50+ times I've tried. My biggest problem is getting the seat
cover wedged underneath me and hindering my 'sit' on the seat.

--Chan
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