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Old 04-17-08, 01:19 PM   #1
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Tips on doing cyclocross mounts?

You know, the kind where you're running with the bike and hop over onto the seat and ride away at speed? I have trouble doing this at anything other than fast walking pace. How can I do it from a full on run?
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thigh on saddle, not nuts. lots of weight on hands. jump high.
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also, no guts no glory. i always go at it like i'm either going to totally nail the mount or at least fail spectacularly.
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Old 04-17-08, 01:32 PM   #4
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interestingly enough...

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Yeah, but I'm referring to mounting a fixed bike, not SS, so it's more relevent here because you have the swinging pedals and mounting into the pedals smoothly to deal with too. Fixed cyclocross is a freakis minority of a minority and I wouldn't expect many of those guys to take the question seriously.
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Yeah, but I'm referring to mounting a fixed bike, not SS, so it's more relevent here because you have the swinging pedals and mounting into the pedals smoothly to deal with too. Fixed cyclocross is a freakis minority of a minority and I wouldn't expect many of those guys to take the question seriously.
It's the same on a FG as it is an a SS. Getting off is where they differ. A lot of ss crossers have been doing the FG thing for years.
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Looks like I'm the ashole then!
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Be sure to work on your dismounts as much as your mounts.
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Looks like I'm the ashole then!
The world of cyclocross is a cool, understanding, loving place. We have beer, and food for all at our family friendly races. We love having people from all walks of cycling life come and experience our silly brand of riding.
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Make sure you remove that little hop-skip step from your mounts. That's what forced me to mount at a fast walk for my first few weeks doing cross.

The best advice I have is to just man up and make the jump on. Concentrate on throwing your right leg WAY up and over to start, then you'll be sure to get on. Then remove that extra space, and you're gold.
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Yeah my problem definitely is the hop skip move. I think I'll just man it up...
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2gwN_kDLmA

Not quite showing a remount, which isn't really any different on a fixed gear VS a geared bike. 'Tis the DISMOUNT that makes fixed gear cyclocross delicate. Timing the dismount with a fixed gear's pedal stroke is tough, especially if you're going fast! No coasting to get yourself together, to swing your leg over.
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wow that was a buttery smooth dismount !
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