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Oct 16, 2001 2:26 PM
Hey im having trouble with remounting smoothly...anyone got any tips, advice or resources to help me learn this skill? thanks dave
re: remountingrollo tommassi
Oct 16, 2001 8:09 PM
Here's the BIG SECRET (shhhhhhhh): when 'landing' on the saddle, aim for having the underside of your upper thigh hit the saddle first - it's a bigger surface area, a more stable platform to steady the bike underneath you, and you won't get a wedgie (or worse!).

think about prioritising the movements: disengage (left cleat, right cleat); prepare (hands on hoods, swing leg over/around/between body and frame); run (right foot first); lift bike; run; jump (lead with left - gives more clearance with bike on right); run (3 steps?); bike down (don't drop, avoid bouncing bike); hop up; hands on bars; click in (you can always pedal without being clicked in - more important to pedal first, keep momentum going)

oftentimesI find it helps to break down the entire dismount/remount ballet into separate components, then connect them back together for one, fluid complete dance. So, practice the dismount and bike shouldering first, then the run/jump/run, then just the remount.

Start first by lowering your seatpost A LOT - like an inch!
try a few runs at slow speed until you get the basics down: running alongside the bike, hop up, leg over, underside of thigh hit on saddle, hands on bars, shift into correct sitting position on saddle, click in.

Once you get the dance steps down, and you get to speed, raise the saddle up a quarter inch a time until you're back at correct riding level.

Also consider running your saddle lower than you normally would on the road - no more than 5mm really is needed. this may help too.

thanks for going with the longwinded post! but i hope it helps.
Long time!Alex-in-Evanston
Oct 17, 2001 9:14 AM
What's up Rollo? Your budddies have been showing me the ropes the past two Saturday mornings. That little cross country course is a blast.

Hope to see you there, or in Rockford on the 28th.

Long time!rollo tommassi
Oct 17, 2001 1:05 PM
ah, well, i've been sleeping in! ha ha!

So you know - the ride now leaves from Daniel Wright Woods at 9am instead of 8am.

I am now more likely to wake up at 7, rather than 6, to make a 9am ride, so I hope to see you this Saturday!

Have you gotten a flyer for the Rockford races? I have them in jpeg format i can email to you, but i'll be sure to bring some hard copies with me this weekend and I'll leave a bunch at Albertos'.
Oct 18, 2001 6:37 AM

Is the Rockford info available online? I have a flyer, but was hoping for something more substantial - like directions to the different parks.

I ride a black Ibis 'Lugi, and will be riding As. If you see me say hi.
Rockfordrollo tommassi
Oct 18, 2001 4:16 PM
The only available info is the flyer (Larry the promoter doesn't even have email - 'nuff said!)

I did a Yahoo map search for Blackhawk park and it found it right away, so i figure to find the others similarly.

I haven't looked, but i wonder if the City of Rockford has a webpage, with a link to city parks?

I'm on the canary yellow Waterford (Albertos Sport)
See you!
Oct 19, 2001 6:34 AM
I found last year's flyer:

including maps:
thanks for maps! (nm)rollo tommassi
Oct 19, 2001 11:49 AM
Oct 17, 2001 9:24 AM
I don't have any trouble with dismounting, etc. but I can't seem to get the remount down. I "hop" (really I guess push off with my left foot twice) everytime when I go to jump on the bike. Is it just practice and I will get the smooth one motion remount down with time? No one seems to be able to tell me how to fix this. I'm afraid it's going to become ingrained. Any advice?
Oct 17, 2001 9:36 AM
a couple of things to practice:
keep your head up...looking down makes you wobble
Practice remounting from a stand still and work up your speed.
When remounting..push the bike down and forward...this will keep it from bouncing.
Just keep is not a natural thing to do
Hopping addendumthemayor
Oct 17, 2001 9:39 AM
When getting back on the bike...kick up your left foot up like you're trying to kick yourself in the ass...this will prevent you from hopping.
And , again...keep looking forward..don't look down for the peddles..they are there! Your feet will find them..and just start peddling...don't worry about clipping in..that too will happen!
Oct 18, 2001 5:52 AM
The hop is usually caused by concentrating on jumping onto the saddle. As another posted mentioned you should be hitting the top of the saddle with your inside thigh and slide onto the saddle. Also push the bike forward as you are doing the remount.
Oct 18, 2001 11:39 AM
I find that hopping is often speed related. Usually there is a breaking point, below which you won't hop.

Try this: practice remounts slowly. Get the technique down first, then work on speeding it up. Remember to swing your leg over the back of the saddle, not the side. And - like in "Bull Durham" - don't think about it.
Oct 19, 2001 12:30 AM
And Like in bull durham wearing a garter belt will help keep you confused and unfocused. Remember, the rose goes in the front.