Monday, September 25, 2006

Inaugural mounts/dismounts

Jenna dismounts
Jenna does her second dismount. She didn't fall either, darn it.

'cross practice
Going for the lift.

Had lunch with my good buddy, Jenna, who is spending most of her time these days measuring thousands of small tropical fish. After stuffing our bellies with sandwiches from Bison Witches we decided to use up the rest of hour learning how to do cyclocross dismounts/mounts.

We went back to my office and surfed up some how-to directions. I then swapped my flip-flops for Sidis, taped up my fingers, armed Jenna with my camera phone, grabbed the Waterford, and prepared to get some grass stains. To Jenna's disappointment however, there was no fall -- just pedal the bike, get off, lift, run, set down, jump on, rinse repeat. I'm guessing I need more witnesses around to trigger a fall.

Jenna did even better. She was smooth the first time.

20 comments:

cominatcha said...

dismount: fling right leg over seat and place foot down between left and bike. Release left as u hit the ground. While doin all this, place right hand on top tube to lift bike.

mount: just jump back on and there's only one way to do that.

Cornbread said...

MOD had a good pic of him mounting on the MTB Omaha site. That's the way to do it.

Dismounting...I unclip in the right foot and swing the right leg behind the rear wheel so all my weight is on the left pedal. Then I unclip the left foot at the last second and start runnin'.

sydney_b said...

got a link to Mod's pic?

Cornbread said...

Sure do.

http://photos1.blogger.com/hello/104/9511/1024/CX%20sequence.jpg

That's text book. Just be sure to land on the inside of your right thigh unless you wanna bust your genitals. Also notice how the non-drive train side pedal is at 6 O'clock prior to him mounting. That pedal position allows for you to easily find the drive train side pedal quickly. I suspect MOD and I also dismount the same way.

monkeygirl said...

I have a xcross friend(thesnob) who is going to lend me a movie about xcross if you want to come and watch it? should be interesting.

gravy said...

MonkeyG,

Pure Sweet Hell? It was cool watching that at the Ross with two hundred other cyclers.

monkeygirl said...

nope not pure sweet hell, though I want to see that too. It is called Transition.

munsoned said...

Here's the link to that pic if your browser doesn't show the whole url:

http://tinyurl.com/nynp7

cominatcha said...

You need to watch this movie: "Training With The Canadian Royal Mounted Police: We're Worthless".

This is usually how I dismount: hit some kind of obstacle(barrier) and fly, superman style, over the handlebars. This entails landing on your collarbone. The collarbone is the most shock absorbing bone other than your skull. If this doesn't work, try sliding out. Try not to land on your hip cause the head of your femur is very fragile and will require 3 titanium screws. Then again, titanium is super sweet and costs alot.

When mounting cuss alot. Not under your breath but megaphone style. Why? Cause it's going to hurt if you land wrong on the seat and when your shins hit the pedals. Flail your legs aimlessly trying to get your feet back into the pedals. Again, continue to cuss. Why? cause your not done untill your out of spectator range.

Remember, your not there to win but to put on a show for the spectators. They're not drunk and loud just for your pleasure. Style points count for these hooligans.

sydney_b said...

Monkeygirl, movie sounds like fun. Date, time, place?

Cornbread, munsoned, thx for the links.

monkeygirl said...

skip says it is really well done and we will see a lot of what we want to look at. This week is shot, going to Chicago this weekend to see King Tut. What looks open for those who want to watch next week, my house on the big tv. Kim? Steve? you guys in, Janna? anybody else? Let me know.

sydney_b said...

Wed or Friday of next week would work great for me. Potluck anyone???

monkeygirl said...

now this is starting to sound fun, let plan on friday.

sydney_b said...

Count me in, Monkeygirl.

CD said...

Dropping your right foot behind your left is just as quick when going slow. Dropping your right foot in front of your left is a bit quicker at speed.

Don't worry about crank position before mounting. Doing the "run and jump" mount and then finding the pedals with your feet is quicker than the "step and swing" mount. You can carry a lot more momentum.

If you want to score serious style points, learn to dismount and mount on the right side, too. Like a switch hitter in baseball. It's a bit more tricky, but if you get it down it's a nice advantage in certain situations, like a dismount immediately after tight right turn. You rarely see this, even at the pro level, but it allows you to get a few steps ahead, which can make a difference.

mombok said...

I am no racer but I do know that some of those who are set up their brakes moto style so they can feather the rear brake with their left hand as they dismount on the non drive side.

c_c_rider said...

tips from cyclocross world

sydney_b said...

thx 4 the links, c_c. U going to try the 'cross stuff out this year?

da terminator said...

MonkeyGirl count me in for the movie. -Janna

monkeygirl said...

counting.