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Making these unicycle videos was supposed to be simple. Set up a camera, practice for 30 minutes, and post it. But life has a nasty habit of getting in the way. Somehow, it’s been over a week since I posted a video.
At that time, I got the hang of riding around, and was determined to learn to mount the unicycle without support, known as free mounting.
So to get back on track, I set an ambitious but attainable goal for myself this evening: Ride to the park a half mile away, learn to free mount, and then ride home.
It’s raining, but no excuses. So, to the park.
Yeah, riding a unicycle with a selfie stick. For some reason I don’t feel embarrassed; if all of you guys are watching me then what’s another few hundred.
I’ve come a long way from the first time I got up on the unicycle. I don’t use nearly as much energy, and I more or less feel comfortable riding around and turning. Since I can’t free mount though, I need to find a pole or a fence every time I get back on. Which is annoying. So I decided to learn free mounting today no matter what. Track standing can come later.
I was going to practice up there, but this guy seems like he’s down on his luck. The least I could do it not unicycle next to him with a selfie stick while he sleeps.
Like everything, I’m doing this the hard way and figuring it out myself. My strategy is to push down with my dominant foot, hop myself into a stable position, and start pedaling.
For some reason, I get up and then crash instantly. This should just take some repetition. And success!
And to make sure that wasn’t a fluke, I set one more goal: Free mount, ride across this grassy clearing, and ride down this tiny staircase into the mulch.
Yeah, I’m offroading now!
I’d say today was pretty successful so far, so to finish up, I’ll try free mounting with the selfie stick in my hand.
Now to ride home and get something to drink.
Thanks for riding with me today, and I’ll see you next time.
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