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  1. 5 points
    The 27 april 2019 in Paris France The last year:
  2. 3 points
    Amazing ride out today. Started in the city where the streets where packed with people walking in all directions, balance where super important here so i didnt have to step off each time. My friend with the red monster is an expert at this and impressed by how fast he got through it. Here you see my monster in purple, 2kw motor and 2400wh pack with my ongoing tilted sidepad project, this is my fav design so far with the teardrop in front. the color is really nice also, sometimes it looks like its about to pop! Hands down the most fun to ride and best wheel i ever had.
  3. 3 points
    Just to inject a bit of balance. Although I did lament the poor state of self defense laws in the UK, I have never personally been a victim of violent crime; attempted or otherwise. My parents family home of 42 years has only been burgled once during that time. And my home in Texas was burgled once, when we were out. I just felt a lot safer living in Texas where defending yourself is not a crime (and that was before the "stand your ground" doctrine went into effect) and you didn't have to be a Wang Chung master to do it. No ordinary person should be forced into a physical (reasonable force) battle with an unknown criminal (unknown strength, unknown drug use, unknown weapons, unknown fighting ability, unknown intentions, unknown number of accomplices , etc) when whipping out an appropriate self defense weapon will often disperse said criminal(s) without it even being used. There are books detailing how use of a self defense weapon stopped an attack, but there are no books on how many attacks were stopped by someone brandishing a weapon. Why? Because people who foil a rape attempt or mugging attempt, etc, with a weapon, rarely report it to the police. Sometimes it is because the event is over and they just want to get on with their lives, or because "brandishing" is illegal in their state (if you pull it out you must be in fear of your life and so therefor you must use it, not just brandish it), And sometimes it is because they are not supposed to have a weapon, or a weapon in that area. So the problem quietly goes away and no statistics are ever generated.
  4. 3 points
    There's a long track record of Slime in EUCs so I don't think you need to experiment (we've already done it for you). ~3-ounces is a good approximation for 14-inch to 16-inch x 2inch wheels. An slim 18-inch wheel (KS18, MSuper) can go with ~4+ ounces. Big tires like the MSX, Z10, can go with 6-ounces. Monster tires (the Monster) can go with 8-ounces.
  5. 3 points
    Every rider has his/her own experience. When I am riding, I describe/imagine myself standing on a flying carpet as in Aladin, the magic carpet. Favorite music through my bluetooth bike helmet, favorite snacks/drinks, wear protective gear....and I become carefree and start my own wheel dancing. I have experienced a few face plants along the way due to inexperience with riding and road surface. But as time goes by, face plants seldom or rarely happen. Don't let any fear stop you...the fun and pleasure is all worth it! BTW, we are a couple --- 59 and 65 years young, also owners of 6 wheels, 7th and more coming....
  6. 2 points
    Its hard to say, usually after 50-60km or riding, its pretty low, but i do enjoy me some steep hills and high speed also goto catch up with the old fart in front of me
  7. 2 points
    I had headphones on one time because i was enjoying music while riding but i didn’t like the fact that i couldn’t hear my surroundings so i left it. Now i just take my Bluetooth Box on my backpack with velcro straps and it works absolutely perfect.
  8. 2 points
    I have always thought that hard EPS liner seems a bit too hard. I felt that something that would give more would decelerate the head a few thousandths slower. But, not being a brain injury expert I kept my mouth shut. BUT here is practically an admission that they (professional helmet makers) have been doing it wrong all this time; a softer layer IS desirable "for different levels of impact." EDIT: Think of it this way. Stunt men don't jump off tall building onto a solid block of EPS, and firemen don't lay blocks of EPS out for jumpers to land on, that would be absolutely mental. They jump onto something that decelerates them at a controlled and safe way (without a helmet even) Air bag or fireman's "blanket" so even their brains are subject to this gradual deceleration. Obviously there are other things like twisting forces in an accident, but I say lets deal with the elephant in the room first; the sudden massive impact a helmet often takes when put to use in a crash.
  9. 2 points
  10. 2 points
    I had a cyclist come zooming through a stop sign onto a main road while I had the right of way going at 48 kph. Luckily I was able to brake in time. I guess they just look for cars while they do their "rolling stops" so they don't expect a dude on an EUC coming at them to justify a full stop. Ride defensively and carefully, my compadres.
  11. 2 points
    Or should it be ”As soon as you buy an EUC, everything goes downhill”?
  12. 2 points
    To me it’s a magical combination of flying freely and skiing down an endless downhill. I ski’d quite a bit when I was young, but never got awfully excited about it. EUC on the other hand... One could say riding an EUC has pretty much taken over my life. There is absolutely nothing like it. Uphills cease to excist, everything is a downhill. Off-roading gets me into mountain biking territory, which used to be a huge thing for me. You can glide chill and relaxed, or get a proper physical workout on a forest path with a lot of big roots, or chase your speed demons down an empty road. An EUC does it all. The only mentally challenging part is if you have to stop riding for snowy months. That really eats me up, even though I have other self balancing vehicles to get me around. Besides protective gear that you don’t mind putting on and wearing, be sure to get a modern 18” wheel with a big battery for your size. Your weight can’t get the same experience on lesser powered wheels.
  13. 2 points
    I always appreciate the fact I can carve and slalom uphill
  14. 2 points
    C'mon @LanghamP. Is it really necessary to drag the conversation into the gutter? You are known to make controversial statements at times, but I don't recall you ever being so mean spirited? Let's take the conversation up a notch, OK?
  15. 1 point
    I had a collision with a cyclist this morning in Toronto. I was crossing a street on a Gotway MCM4. I was waving my hand to a car driver who was waiting for me. And suddenly a road bike made a left turn at a high speed (~30km/hr) and was on my path. I did not have time to break and ran into him directly. Fortunately, none of us fell down. I was shaken for a while and pushed the wheel for the last block. The guy was rude and accused me being illegal riding a motorized vehicle on sidewalks. I decided not to argue with that asshole. It is true that I was my fault partially. I was at about 15km/hr trying to cross the street quickly and did not pay great attention other than the parked car. But I should also let the cyclist know that it was also a problem of his being riding too fast. The collision occurred on an intersection , not on a sidewalk. Most Toronto streets are too dangerous to ride with cars. I do ride on separated bike lanes and sometimes on streets with bike lanes. But I do ride on sidewalks if I feel that the street is not safe. For over a year, I have no problem on sidewalks - not running into pedestrians once and getting no complains.
  16. 1 point
    Hey @Murphy Roeder or @FJ Catherine Abaya, Do either of you think you can help out @prasket with finding some local rides in Downtown?
  17. 1 point
    It’s still alive. Pooping like crazy and wanting to bite everything in sight. I hear some bunnies aren’t as destructive. I guess I lucked out and got one of the odd balls. It’s soft and fluffy and cute, but man it’s got attitude sometimes. If it doesn’t get its snacks it shreds up its cage paper and flips his waterbowl over like a disgruntled prisoner. Not a good pet!
  18. 1 point
    Nah. I'm probably riding at half your speed and I rarely ride and text. BTW I'm writing this post while riding. . . . Just kidding. "I'm riding! Leave me alone!" Nice one.
  19. 1 point
    Went for me like this, too. Every helmet I ever tried and the Proforame I bought made me think "This thing is rock hard, it's going to hurt in even a light crash." And just like you I believed the builders would know what's best, there's a reason every helmet is like this. But apparently common sense does make sense here, and a nice soft cushy comfortable helmet might even be safer than the usual hard stuff. Your fireman and stuntman analogy is perfect here. A softer helmet would be more comfortable to wear, too, any hard helmet will hurt in time on a bad day. Personally, I'm more interested in comfort and protection for the light and medium, more likely crashes than a theoretical ultra-rare worst case (where I assume it's mostly down to luck anyways).
  20. 1 point
    That's exactly the types of "messages" being thrown on my passing those little devils They don't need to see the weird looking unicycle to start those nasty callings, the other thing that triggers such behaviour is walking in bus driver's uniform Then they're throwing abusive words on me, sometime throwing little gravel street stones near by me, to provoke ... or even trying to walk me over like I was a grass ... Deffo the uniform is much worst to go out, than riding EUC hahahaaaa That's great your wife's riding too !!! I were thinking of my wife, to teach her, but she's kind of person that falls on straight smooth surface ... So I'm a bit worry to see her on uniwheel, lol Enjoy Wednesday !!!
  21. 1 point
    Trust me i know 🙁 it must be a Bradford thing, i get heckled all the time . how much was that,, give us a go, that's sick, how cool, pull a wheelie, your living in the 2020s mate . When i go anywhere else people are nicer lol i don't get heckled as much , it's just strange people have never seen them before.. It's mainly positive though . Blackpool is lovely to ride people think it's normal there , there's people on scates, bikes,euc, scooters,eboards people are just amazed 😊.i got my girlfreind riding the other day so I'm taking her to Blackpool on Wednesday 😊😊 I'm happy with the bike helmet but i deffo need a full face for when i feel I'm gunna burn up some tarmac lol
  22. 1 point
    To be fair young men everywhere are bad news, which is why the Ancients invented marriage for them as a way of turning them into good news. However, culling them has been and always will be the most used way of lowering their numbers. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida_School_for_Boys https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-us-canada-47912145 To be fair, that's just one school that had a mere 100-300 killed kids over its 100 year period; the US policy of eugenics had thousands of orphan boys killed each year. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugenics_in_the_United_States The most commonly suggested method of euthanasia was to set up local gas chambers.[7] However, many in the eugenics movement did not believe that Americans were ready to implement a large-scale euthanasia program, so many doctors had to find clever ways of subtly implementing eugenic euthanasia in various medical institutions.[7] For example, a mental institution in Lincoln, Illinois fed its incoming patients milk infected with tuberculosis (reasoning that genetically fit individuals would be resistant), resulting in 30–40% annual death rates.[7] Other doctors practiced euthanasia through various forms of lethal neglect.[7] Of course, today we have the altogether more civilized way of euthanasia by abortion, which Freakonomics theorized was majority responsible for the drop in crime among black urban young men, with jail time initially reducing crime but then increasing it as released felons can't find work. If you're a country with these kinds of problems, like say Cuba in the 1970's, then the best action is to simply send your aggressive young men overseas, such as the Sea People and, perhaps in modern times, to Germany and other Sanctuary Entities that welcome such men for their cultural and economic enrichment.
  23. 1 point
    Spännande med batteriprojektet, du får rapportera vidare hur det går sedan. Hoppas att detta inte innebär att msupern hamnar oandvändbar på bänken någon längre tid dock Ja, det tycker jag, nu börjar det ta sig! Jag har gjort några premiärturer redan till jobbet, men sista gången var det nollgradigt, började snöade och blåste som jag vet inte vad när jag åkte hem.. Jag har precis investerat i den här inför att den riktiga värmen kommer för övrigt, så jag är pepp: https://www.absolute-snow.co.uk/V/Demon_Flex_Force_Pro_Body_Armour_Top_L_BlackGreen-(135112) Funderar på en full-face hjälm också, börjar få någon typ av skyddsutrustningsgalleri hemma snart..
  24. 1 point
    Was wondering what others memorable or outstanding reactions or questions they have gotten while riding about. One of my favorite things anyone has ever said came from a coworker- "Man that thing is the coolest, you look like a bounty hunter from Star Wars every time you pull up" This guy seems to be the most likely to get a wheel, he's very interested in getting one but he can't afford one supposedly. So he won't even try it once or get the feel of it because he's afraid he'll get addicted and really want one. That's one thing I like about the inmotion styling, it does look like something the Dark Side elite imperial army would use. I just need to get that Boba Fett rocket backpack.... My first time trying to learn to ride I went out real late in my places parking lot....and just as I was about to take my first tries some drunk guys walked up and saw me just as they exited the bar (They had illegally parked at my apt. complex's lot). The guy was staring at me for a while. I was wheeling it around stalling, waiting for them to leave before I tried to ride it and he asked if it was an e-bike, I'told him what it was and he yelled to his friend "Hey Bill, this guy is from the future, he's an alien" On my first real public voyage I made the mistake of trying it out just as all the kids got out of school, so as you can imagine a lot were making loud noises and yelling question at me. I get kind of annoyed when kids yell at me "How much does it cost?!" So I just reply "About tree-fiddy!" every time now. Yesterday I had a nice conversation as I waited for my food at Rapid Fired Pizza with an older couple. The guy was real curious about it and told me it's something he'd see on this show he watches called "TBD". I told him they've been a thing since 2011 and I was perplexed why more people haven't heard about them,. He was surprised and told me to be safe and wear head protection (I don't unless I go above 10 mph).
  25. 1 point
    @PogArt Artur I strongly suggest that you try on a helmet before you buy it. I had 2 that I bought online without trying them on. Both were very heavy and uncomfortable. One of them horribly restricted my peripheral view. ---- My first BMX helmet was non-ventilated. Even in mild temperatures, my head would sweat profusely . I went to a BMX trade show and tried on as many as I could. I finally settled on the Lazer Revolution. It just fit. Was light. Well ventilated and I could customize it to my needs. But that's for me. The fit and comfort might be different for your head. Then there is your 'budget'. But if you plan to ride aggressively or in dangerous environments, do not skimp on quality. I must also mention that I have another 'higher protection' helmet that I used when downhill'n through trees (forest). Trees + speed = Mr. mashed potato head. NB: Try before you buy. .
  26. 1 point
    I’m afraid this one isn’t reasoned out that easy. As I have just cleared the difficult incline, my speed at the crucial moment is zero. So even if anything happened, like the wheel gave up on me, I would most likely just step off without drama. I think I just have to find a suitable spot and rehearse the situation a few dozen times. Good to hear that you are finding better foor positions. My rule of thumb is to stand as much forward as I can without notably compromising the ability to emergency brake. If I’m blasting around with the MSX doing repeated strong accelerations and brakings, I have started to offset my feet a bit after all: The other foot less than an inch forward.
  27. 1 point
    What does it feel like, is there anything else like it? Once you get the hang of it the wheel will feel like a part of your body and you'll have the sensation of floating over smooth surfaces. On rougher surfaces or trails, you'll feel a crunchier and more difficult ride - but you'll also feel very engaged with the wheel as an extension of yourself... It has similarities to longboard surfing (both feet pointed forward) and skiing, IMO. Can it be a relaxing activity where you're just quietly ghosting along? Relaxing, yes; but only in terms of narrowing your focus. Concentration and focus are two different things...I'm talking about tuning everything out except the factors that are conducive to safe and enjoyable riding. But it's not an activity where you can space out and gawk at the scenery while texting... If you're out for a relaxing ride, is is physically or mentally demanding? Yes, because physically and mentally demanding things are relaxing to me. My experience is informed by a long background in a rather extreme sport/discipline. Riding is what you make of it. I suppose one *could* simply mount their wheel, lean forward, "not fall" for 15 minutes and call that a relaxing ride; but that wouldn't be satisfying to me. I try to push and make the activity very physical. It's a great core workout and terrific for lower body strength. There is a "zen" to riding that is amazing - but to get there you need to be able to focus and concentrate. You need to remain vigilant while at the same time letting go of tension and learning how to live with and enjoy the danger. Seeking physical and mental balance (and you need both to ride well) is an undertaking worth doing in life as well as on the wheel. It's a hell of a lot of fun and the sensation of riding is wonderful. Would headphones be a problem (not in traffic, on bike paths)? As a beginner I would suggest you eschew headphones. You'll want to listen carefully to the wheel whir on the path and get to know the sounds of other riders (bike, skateboard, walkers on their cell phones, scooters...etc.) coming up behind you. Once you're tuned in and riding comfortably I don't think headphones would be a problem because you'll be sensitized to the noises around you and will be able to filter them through the music or audiobook. Hope this helps!
  28. 1 point
    Now that's the ticket. You are off like a rocket 😉👍
  29. 1 point
    What I personally would do if I were you. Learn to ride. Get some distance in. get protection gear. then sell the wheel after a few months to a friend that wants to learn and buy a more powerful wheel. Upgrades and modifications are great for wheels you intend to keep for over a year. With starter wheels, those are good for learning and teaching others. You don't want to mess around with them too much or you will just end up throwing money away when it breaks. Cheap wheels are cheap.
  30. 1 point
    Μπερδέυτηκα άσχημα. Ηθελα να προτείνω Κυριακή 14 και πρότεινα 21. Μέγα λάθος. Οπως και να έχει αν δεν βρέχει αυτή την κυριακή θα κατέβω. Φυσικά ισχύει και για 21!!!!!!!!!
  31. 1 point
    Awesome. If you want early releases, you can enroll as a beta tester here: https://play.google.com/apps/testing/com.littlesunsoftware.wearwheel Then, once I have something new to test you should automatically get it. (may need to manually update from the watch). Anyway, let's try this technique. I don't have anything to try yet, but I'll let you know when.
  32. 1 point
    Depends - if it's due to a defective/misadjusted charger it's about a non issue. Chargers are cheap. If it's the battery it's most likely due to some bad battery cells inside the pack. That's a safety issue (danger of fire) and the packs have to be replaced - or if one can do it right just the bad cells... But new packs are almost the same price as this wheel (at least imo in europe - no idea how much they are in the US)...:(
  33. 1 point
    The original release date was supposed to be around this time last year. I had an order in with Minimotors for months. It finally looks like things are moving forward, at $6000, it's as much as a small car in Asia.
  34. 1 point
    nope, but then again most pads dont touch my legs.. try just adding some padding slightly thicker than the factory pads right below them like two layers of this stuff or whatever else.. its probably hitting right on a nerve or something.. it used to be a problem for me with my bony ankles but after more than 15k on all sorts of eucs my ankles and shins could literally stop a bullet, i feel nothing lol so it was purely conditioning for me that took a long time. from the sounds of it its a weird spot that its hitting just right, so do try literally anything just below the pads thats thicker than they are to see for sure if thats what it is
  35. 1 point
    I can’t ride fast stably WITH tightening my grip. My legs would turn to jello quite fast, which is a perfect measure of a riding technique gone wrong. Getting the tire pressure correct for your wheel, weight, and preference is crucial. You should aim for maximum riding comfort in every way. Anything uncomfortable will introduce fatique, which increases all risks. If you get the wobbles, carve. Don’t squat or try to squeeze the wheel, as those usually makes the wobbles worse. That’s the physical side. But you are right, mental barriers are with us on every ride. Luckily, riding more helps! My worst barriers are related to short but steep off-road inclines. Usually I get to the top fine, and then have to step off because I don’t have the guts to lean forward anymore. If I’d just find a better tire for the MSX, I’d do a lot better. I think...
  36. 1 point
    ................... Yep..... It is a mental war. Keep in mind that you do not have a problem until you start thinking. The part of the mind that was driving was over run by your so called smart thinking brain.
  37. 1 point
    You have the right intentions. Renting seems like a bad idea, but letting people try wheels is the way forward. That might be a shop giving out a beater wheel or just Joe Everydayrider letting people try. Two advantages: It's supervised, letting people do less dumb stuff. You can do the "hold my hand and we ride together" trick. As soon as a person can stand on the thing while holding on to a wall, they can ride while holding the hand of another (skilled) rider. Much faster learning than tackling it alone, and a pretty much immediate sense of achievement for the learner. Letting people try under supervision is the best thing. Right after that comes just riding and being seen so people think "Hey, what is that, that looks nice!". Maybe some "Wanna try?" events where people can be shown the ropes? And focus on the "You can try alone, but it will be much faster if you hold my hand" thing.
  38. 1 point
    I almost had a collision yesterday coming home from work. I was riding slowly since I had just started out riding in the dedicated bike lane, some courier (the worst offenders) had cut through traffic, between cars, crossing lanes and suddenly was in front of me and barely avoided crashing right into me. I'm glad he didn't stop because it would have gotten real ugly real fast. I've had it with cyclists.
  39. 1 point
    you have an pedal assist recumbent? you can get one that is just throttle controlled. But even throttle controlled there are two flavors. one is pedal first, need to get up to 5 mph before you can use the throttle. options are out there to make your recumbent much easier to ride. age isn't a barrier to learning. if this 80+ year old lady can learn, so can you: In the beginning of learning, you will use muscles that you have never used before and that can be discouraging. But with a few hours of total learning time, anyone who puts their mind to it can learn. Also you can ride as relaxed as you want shortly after you "click". If you ride in bad streets or terrain, then you need to bend your knees and it will be hard on your knees. If the pavement is smooth, you don't need to bend them and can just be almost locked out. I used to ride like that and it is really relaxing, just if you hit a bump, it transmits to your teeth, the few you may have left. Most say it feel like flying. Nothing like this as when you get good at it, you can move around objects without even thinking. It will become a part of you.
  40. 1 point
    It's a hard question to answer because it requires foresight, but these 2 wheels are kind of apples and oranges. Coming from my viewpoint now I'd 110% tell you to get the KingSong 16S....because it's what I wish I'd have bought from the beginning. But that's only because now I know for sure that EUCs are amazing and I love riding them more than any other PEV. If you know for sure you are going to like EUCs then you need to get the KingSong 16S. It is a great starting wheel but you definitely will not outgrow it. The range and speed are optimal for the price and almost any setting. If you end up really liking EUCs you will be kicking yourself for getting a V8.....lovely wheel but it's too limited to grow into most users needs.
  41. 1 point
    Dave, thanks for the advice. Just so you know, I've read threads, watched oh so many videos, and pretty much mapped out my self-training curriculum. Nothing else to do right now but live vicariously off YouTube and these forums! I have an old nylon cargo strap that I've already cut the buckle and hook off of, and which is in the pile of "EUC stuff" waiting to be used for training purposes. When I finally have a wheel I'll find out what my experience is vis a vis the Great Training Strap Controversy! I know (intellectually) not to hold on to it or try to use it for balance while on the thing, and will try to rein in the visceral temptation to grab on for dear life. I don't want to derail this thread further, though, and will surely start a new topic (or pile on to the great sticky thread about learning to ride) with my experiences and progression.
  42. 1 point
    57? No worries. I think the average age for EUCs is probably late 40's to 50 my guess. 225 is fine, wheels like the 18" will generally be good for a 300-350lb rider, though let's be real, they aren't going far or fast at 300+lbs. EUC is not like anything I have ever felt, but similar to the feel of catching a great wave, or maybe a slalom on skis, gliding, almost like flying, especially if you get some nice fresh paved road before they even paint the line - that is the gold standard for me, so smooth, feels like bliss. EUC can be as challenging or relaxing as you like. I sometimes want speed and to push myself, but usually I ride nice and slow, very mindful of surroundings and enjoying the sensation and gently slalom. It does get demanding on your legs after a long ride, especially when you start. Many people, including me suffered a few weeks of really sore shins, knees and feet, but that quickly goes away and it never occurs for me now on any length ride, though you do like to rest now and then, as riding with tired legs can be dangerous IMO. Headphone are a big NO for me, but I ride in the city, and I want full awareness of vehicles, bikes, people etc. If I go on an offroad, I can wear them, but anything around traffic or people I want my audio awareness. I'd suggest if you do get a wheel, wear safety gear! Wrists, knees and obviously a helmet. I wear full face TSG because I don't want to smash my teeth out in the case of a fall. Nor do I need 8 weeks away from work with a broken wrist etc. I'm a risk-averse guy though, wouldn't ever ride w/o gear on. EUC was an immediate "where have you been all my life!" the moment I got on and rode in control for a distance that first time, amazing, love it. Give yourself time & a safe place to learn the basics and you'll be amazed at how fast it clicks and you just go w/o thinking about it like a bike. If you can afford one, I wholeheartedly say do it man! Plus, no more walking up the dock on your legs like a sucker!
  43. 1 point
    The thing to note on a used wheel is the battery. If it doesn’t charge to 100%, a pair of cells has been worn, damaged or died, and the range and power of the wheel will be seriously hindered. A 1200W 840Wh 16S with a dead cell is more comparable to a 600W 420Wh wheel.
  44. 1 point
    Riders @Marty Backe, @Jrkline "Wheel Whisperer", @Dzlchef, @SDmike, and myself. This is the first of a four part series of videos from our 36 mile electric unicycle ride around Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita, California on 4/7/2019. This episode features Oso Creek. Wheels in attendance were Gotway 100v Monster, Gotway 84v Monster, Gotway ACM2, Kingsong 18XL, and Kingsong 18L.
  45. 1 point
    Here is a compilations of jumping the 18XL at a BMX Park.
  46. 1 point
    my standard response to verbal abuse is FU*K-OFF !!! ...followed by FU*K-YOU !!! ...l don't give a sh*t about the "rule-book" other than "keep-left" smile & stay alive.
  47. 1 point
    If the end coming off is the only problem you could likely get it fixed pretty cheap. If you walked into my shop I would not even charge a fee.
  48. 1 point
    I think the first crash where you seriously go down without real control tend to change your perspective on gearing up. I know it did for me. We're all adults though, so even if i tend to sound as an evangelist about protection, all are entitled to make their own decisions. Personally I wouldn't go fifty meters on my MSX without at least the wrist guards - regardless of speed. If I plan to go any faster than jogging speed, I want my helmet, knee pads and elbow pads too. Having back protection and shoulder protection is more trying to cheat fate when there are other vehicles (potential idiots) around. I've looked/shopped around, to find protection that doesn't bother me. Neither to put on or wear. The ICON knee pads I wear now are so comfortable I can walk around all day with them without them bothering me at all, and they take 20 seconds to put on without hurrying. So I pull on a jacket which I would anyway, put on the knee guards, put on my wrist guard and helmet and there you are. The most bothersome part nowadays is the helmet, since I have to take off my glasses to get it on. The rest I do on autopilot, like putting your shoes on.
  49. 1 point
    Spoken like a true professional who does not ride EUCs.
  50. 1 point
    Learning to ride is essentially developing certain reflexes without thinking about it. (Thinking about what to do just takes too long to be effective.) While there is a strong symmetry between forward and backward riding that we can see and understand rationally, the reflexes apparently cannot profit from this symmetry. The situation might possibly be a bit better for a left-right symmetries, but the forward-backward symmetry seems to be of no help.
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