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How To Get On Your Bike | Step By Step Mount Tips For Triathletes

How To Get On Your Bike | Step By Step Mount Tips For Triathletes


– I say I thought I’d run you through a step by step process
for mounting the bike in T1 as we go from the swim to the bike. I’m going to start off with a very simple stop, leg over and go,
build that up to a scoot, leg over and go, and then
finally we’re going to finish with a flying mount. (upbeat instrumental music) Okay, so first things first I’m actually going to recommend you
ditch your bike shoes for now, so we’re not
clipped into the pedals as we practice our transitions. Instead, just opt for some trainers, as I’m wearing now, just
so you can get comfortable with it, then we can build the bike shoes back in at a later point. Now, first step for this
is actually learning how to walk with the bike or, perhaps, run with the bike if you’re at that stage. Now, a lot of people
will automatically opt for holding the bike by their handlebars, just ’cause they feel
like they got control on the bike, they can steer it around, and it feels really stable. But obviously, you’re really hunched over. It’s not a very comfortable
running position, and the other issue we
have is that the pedals are then quite close to our shins, so you often see people
knocking their shins on the pedals or even
knocking their shoes off if they were on the pedals. What we want to go for is holding the bike by the saddle. Now, actually you still
have really good mobility and movement of the
bike from this position, and also it allows you to move the bike away from yourself so
you don’t hit your shins on the pedals and you
can get around corners nice and easily. So, what I recommend is we start off by walking with the bike, just get used to walking a straight line with the bike, and then we’ll build it up and actually start weaving the bike. So, just get used to moving
the bike as you walk. And then, if you like to, you can start picking that pace up ever so slightly, go for a jog and then into a run. (upbeat instrumental music) And that is the walking or running with the bike through transition to get ourselves to the mount line. So, now for the important part, the mounting of the bike. We’ve kind of got a few
options for you here. So, the first and probably the easiest is the simple stop over
or past that mount line and just put your leg
over and get onto the bike as you normally would
when you’re starting out a ride, a training ride, from your home. The next option, which is
slightly more advanced, is what we call the scoot and go, or that’s what I’ve
coined the term as anyway. So, for this all we want to do is literally put our
outside leg onto the pedal, and we’re going to practice
this to start off with just to get our confidence. Using then the inside leg,
both hands on the handlebar, we’re going to push ourself along. Just find that balance in the bike, lean your way into the saddle a little bit just so that you find
yourself nice and balancing, get yourself in a nice straight line. Then we’re going to
advance that a little bit, again this is just to
build our confidence up. We’re going to tilt the
bike over, much further, and we’re still going to scoot along, find that balance point. And this goal is just
build our confidence up and it’s going to help
for all of our transitions going forward. Okay, so once you’ve mastered that, you built all your confidence with it and perhaps even played around with moving direction
once you’re doing it. We’re now ready to pass it all together, make this into a seamless action as we come from T1, over that mount line, onto our bike. So, obviously we’ve
been running or walking with the bike by holding it by the saddle, we then need to transfer our hands onto the handlebars. So, just do that one hand at a time, get a nice grip of that,
and then once you’re over the mount line, then put
your foot onto the pedal, and then use that inside
leg to scoot yourself along. Now, you may have worked
out on the previous stage which side you prefer. I, personally, like to mount the bike from the left-hand side of the bike, so then I’ve got my left-hand
foot onto that pedal. If you do the other side,
that’s absolutely fine, maybe try them both out and
find which one you prefer. Again, just build up your speed with this, so saddle, handlebars, foot on the pedal, scoot yourself along, and then leg over and off you go. (slow jazz instrumental music) Okay, so once you’re
completely comfortable with that, it’s now time to bring the bike shoes back in
and we have a couple of options here for you. So, you can either wear your bike shoes, so you can put them on
before you grab your bike, or you can have the bike shoes on the bike all ready and clipped in. So, if we’re going to wear our
bike shoes through transition, we’d put them on before we grab our bike, run through and as we
go over that mount line, we would put our hands on the handlebar, clip that outside foot into the pedal and then leg over and clip in on the other side as you go. If you want your bike shoes
on the pedals already, we’re going to run through
transition barefoot as we get over that mount line, it’s a case of putting that barefoot on top of your shoe, pushing down, starting to scoot, and then leg over onto the other shoe. And then, as you get your momentum up, you can then slide your feet in and strap them up and clip them up, but just make sure you
got your momentum up before you start to do that. (slow jazz instrumental music) Right now, we’re onto the stage that everyone’s been waiting for and probably quite daunted by. It’s the flying mount, but honestly you needn’t be daunted, because if you have mastered
the past couple of stages then you should be really comfortable by this point at maneuvering your bike and the whole feel of the transition of mounting the bike. Now, I would still recommend, no matter how confident you are, that you do it on a soft surface just so if anything does go wrong, which it shouldn’t do,
that you’re not worried about falling onto a hard surface. Now, contrary to what everyone suggests and believes, a flying mount isn’t a case of jumping five feet in the air and landing really hard
down onto the saddle. It’s actually just a little skip and onto the saddle. Now, if I demonstrate
holding onto my handlebars, I can literally put my leg
over and onto the saddle. And it’s literally just a case
of doing that at some pace. Okay, so when I’m starting
out with this flying mount, again just start out
with your normal trainers before bringing the bike shoes. Now, as we’re going through transition and approaching that mount line you want to go from holding
the bike by the saddle and transfer your hands
down onto the handlebars. And once you’ve passed that mount line, you can then start going up onto the ball of your foot, and then bring that opposite leg around
the back of the saddle and plump yourself on. So, it’s just a little skip up on, we’re not going too far into the air. We just slide ourselves onto that saddle. Now, once you’re more
comfortable with that, and you start to increase the pace of it we can start bringing the bike shoes in. And again, we’ve got a
couple of options here. You can put the bike shoes on before you grab your bike,
run through transition, and still exactly the same movement just obviously be wary that
you do have the cleats, which can be a little
bit awkward at times. If you want to have the bike shoes on your pedals already, you
can also use elastic bands which would just hold the
shoes in a nice good position that you can apply for straight away. And again, exactly the same movement just barefoot now, so up
onto the ball of the foot, and then leg around and on. And bring that other leg around the back, over the saddle, sliding yourself on, and then you want to quickly put your feet on top of the shoes. Some people have mastered
putting their feet straight into the shoes, I’ve
never been able to do that. Maybe it’s just cause
my feet are quite big. But, yeah, I always put my feet straight on top of the shoes, start pedaling, get some momentum up,
and then foot by foot I just put them into the shoes and fasten them up. Well there we go, there’s
a step by step process for mounting your bike in T1. Obviously, a lot of you out there are very eager to do the flying mount, but do make sure that
you’ve comfortably conquered each stage before you get yourself to the flying mount, because it will make a lot of difference. That said, if you can get yourself to do a flying mount,
it’s amazing how much time you can save. Equally, if you get it wrong, you could lose a bit of time, so do make sure you’ve nailed it to get to that point. If you have enjoyed today’s video, please do hit that thumbs up button. And if you like to see
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18 comments on “How To Get On Your Bike | Step By Step Mount Tips For Triathletes

  1. Great video, but honestly, flying mount is about getting cool points. It's saves 2 seconds at best, assuming you don't miss it and get your crotch minced (like poor Mark in Tri shoes vs road shoes video)

  2. Scoot and go is probably actually the most effective and stupid-proof way to get on your bike, but c'mon, flying mount looks so cool. I feel like having MTB bike shoes helps with confidence as well, because the cleats aren't slipping every which way.

  3. Before swing your leg over the saddle quick look over right shoulder, safety first . Triathlete can easy hurt yourself or someone during the race transition by mounting the bike, if someone approaching you let him/her go before swim your leg over the saddle. Look then swing .

  4. If doing the flying mount, why not recommend landing more on your hamstring than directly onto your butt/crotch? This is how most cyclocross riders re-mount.

  5. Pushing with the bars…never had any problems seen so many people have problems with pushing a bike by the seat….never understood why poeple do it…..

  6. I've settled on the "scoot 'n go" mount. I love running barefoot past the crowd clipping in at the mount line. I probably save 10 seconds or so altogether. I also make sure to practice mounting and slipping into my shoes a the day before a race. I tried the flying mount a few times and landed my crotch on the back wheel — I guess I can never be that cool.

  7. One thing not mentioned is to be aware of any water bottles you may have sticking out behind the seat! Make sure to include them when you practice.

  8. For short people, like myself, it's a lot easier taking the bike by the handles as we don't have to lean. You can handle it with one hand in the middle of the bars.

  9. If you want to learn quick mounting/dismounting, while under pressure, and also want some extra bike training over the winter, try out cyclocross. Then this stuff will seem easy.

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