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  1. 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....
  2. 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.
  3. 2 points
    Or should it be ”As soon as you buy an EUC, everything goes downhill”?
  4. 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.
  5. 2 points
    I always appreciate the fact I can carve and slalom uphill
  6. 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?
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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...
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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!
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 1 point
    Here is a compilations of jumping the 18XL at a BMX Park.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 1 point
    Spoken like a true professional who does not ride EUCs.
  25. 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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