Learning to Ride (Part 6): Free Mounting

In the very first step you learned how to mount your unicycle next to a wall. This next bit is tricky and will take you some time to master.

Essentially, it’s the same as the mounting next to a wall:

  1. Place your uni in front of you, with the seat between your legs.
  2. Rotate your wheel so that the pedal on the side of your preferred foot is at the bottom.
  3. Place your preferred foot on the bottom pedal and keep yourself balanced.

This is where it’s different.

Now you want to put most of your weight on the bottom pedal and push yourself up on to the unicycle. As you do this, put your other foot on the top pedal and start pedalling straight away. Make sure that you transfer your weight from the pedals to the seat. See the blow diagram:




Some tips:

  • Pedal! You need to pedal as soon as you’re up. It’s the only way you’ll be able to stay on the unicycle at this point.
  • Lean forward! Most people tend to fall backwards because they try to balance before moving off. Lean forward and pedal to avoid this.

This is hard, so just keep up with it. Even now, I occasionally can’t free mount on my first try.

Once you can do it at least 1 in every 3 times, you can move on to the next step — a review of everything you’ve learnt!




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