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  1. 23 points
    Went out for a night ride the day before yesterday. I've become very fond of riding at night, when the city is completely deserted. It's nice to be able to focus on my riding and on progressively taming the 18XL. I still struggle a bit with things like accelerating on wide curves (large roundabouts, for example), and get speed wobbles, wobbles when accelerating hard, and when braking (except power braking). I was out for a couple of hours, mostly practising hard acceleration, braking, carving and slaloming: I'm really starting to enjoy having to put my weight into it, it's very different from the V8, which I can just effortlessly "flick" from side to side. Also did some off-roading, which was great fun, as the paths I took are usually plagued with people walking their dogs, forcing me to limit my speed drastically. T'was fun to push the envelop and get high on the adrenaline Sidenote: @Marty Backe, I'm following your advice and using a flashlight for night-riding: the 18XL has a great headlight, but when accelerating, braking or on pitch black trails, it isn't enough. The flashlight works like a charm, and is a much simpler solution than the DIY inventions I tried to attach a bicycle light to the wheel or my helmet. I initially thought it would be tedious to be holding the flashlight all the time, but have grown used to it, and can easily turn it on or off depending on visibility, resting my arm. It also comes in handy when approaching an intersection: I put it on strobe mode to give drivers plenty of notice of my impending arrival before we cross paths, and so far, I'd say it's prevented several mishaps with cars ( @Smoother can attest to the fact those don't tend to end well...) Anyway, before I go off on another tangent, mid-ride I took a break, and realised I could have unlocked the max. speed to 50 km/h several weeks ago. So, I unlocked it (had to try 3 different versions of the KS app...but that's a different story) and started leaving my "speed comfort zone" so I can gradually overcome the wobbles (they tend to start at about 35 km/h). I noticed that I instinctively grip the wheel when accelerating hard and when I reach a certain speed, so I worked on relaxing my stance. Had a few close calls (the kind of nasty wobbles that make you consider bailing), but managed to control them. Then, on the last stretch before getting home, I pushed myself one last time, and....I was managing! Faster and faster, no wobbles, complete control of the wheel, feeling confident and....suddenly I'm airborne and sliding along the pavement. I was so focused on my riding and maintaining control of the wheel that I didn't even see the speed bump 100m (330 ft) from my house, which I ride past at least twice a day...I checked WheelLog, and since most the ride home was either off-road or accelerate-wobble-slow down, the trip's top speed (43,8 km/h) was, beyond a doubt, the speed I was going when I saluted the pavement. It happened so fast I didn't even have time to think. I landed on my right side, and based on the scrape marks on my elbow guards (and lack thereof on my wrist guard), it appears my right wrist didn't even touch the ground and all my weight landed on my elbow (perfect recipe for a nasty shoulder injury). I'm glad I was wearing sturdy skateboard-style protections and not something like G-Form Pro-X's under my clothes, 'cause even with the skid plate and thick padding, the ol' elbow was sore for a while. Aside from that, I had some tingling in my left fingers, which scraped against the pavement (might consider getting some leather gloves...don't fancy road-rash...) and a nasty hit on my lateral malleolus (bottom of the fibula). An odd place to take a hit...but a good argument for wearing high mountain boots when riding; loosely laced, to not hinder ankle movement, they do provide protection for a part of the body I'd never even considered might be affected in an EUC crash. I rode away from the crash a bit shaken and with tingling fingers, but that's about it. It was the next day when I found myself limping and with a fairly sore shoulder (not a nice feeling when you've already dislocated that shoulder twice in the past). Gearing up saved the day. Inspecting my gear later, my helmet doesn't have a single scratch, but if my head had hit the ground, it would have been from the ear downward, so anything but a full-face helmet would have been as good as nothing at all. Looks like my backpack absorbed part of the hit too, as there's a tear on the side (if it hadn't been for the backpack, that would have been my side scraping against the asphalt). Am no longer limping and my shoulder is only slightly sore, so I consider myself pretty lucky (I fell in a straight line; I could have landed on the curb, slid into a parked car, etc.). The 18XL got a couple of ugly scars, and I ripped the side pad in three different places (almost pulled it off entirely). The factory adhesive is strong stuff, just pressed on the pad for a few seconds and it stayed in place, so I reckon I'll order a replacement but leave it as is until it's beyond recovery. I can't help but remember some advice given by @Mono, I think it was, on inattention being one of the no. 1 causes of EUC crashes. I was almost home (which is when we tend to pay less attention), the streets were deserted, there were no pedestrians, cars, dogs or other "mobile hazards", and due to excess focus on keeping the wheel stable at speed, I wasn't paying enough attention to the road in front of me. In retrospect, I'm glad this happened late at night and the obstacle was a speed bump and not a person (although I wouldn't have pushed my limits like that in any other circumstance; then again...you never really know when/where someone might jump out in front of you...) On the other hand, since I moved recently, it took me a a while to locate and unbox my protective gear, so for a over a week, I'd been running errands on the wheel, on a daily basis, with no protections at all. Granted, I was extra cautious and didn't take any risks, but accidents can happen when you least expect it so...no more of that nonsense. If it hadn't been for protective gear, this would have been a nasty fall (although another small lesson I've learned is that no matter how much protection one wears, there's always going to be some part of the body that's unprotected, so I guess the risk of accidents and injuries is something one just has to accept the moment he hops on a one-wheeled fracture machine) Over and out
  2. 18 points
    Good news for electric unicycles comes from Germany: Micromobility has enormous future potential, believes Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer. Like bicycles, e-scooters should only be treated with special regulations. They can be used on cycle paths; if they are missing, they can also be used on the road. The scooters need an insurance sticker. A helmet does not have to be used, nor does a driving licence. At the same time, the Minister wants to introduce an exemption regulation for equipment without a handlebar. For example, self-propelled skateboards, called hoverboards, will be allowed to be used on public roads in the first half of 2019.
  3. 16 points
    Last night on my electric unicycle jaunt, I got to live up to the super hero look I sport when I ride. 😎 A lady was standing outside her car waving a gas can around. So I turned around and offered to go fill it for her, as she had just run outta gas. I was back to her about 7 minutes later. There were a couple of cops there with her as I returned. Also, Dee, the woman whose gas tank was getting a helping out from me, told me I was her saviour! The female cop just looked at me smiling as I rode up on a robotic electric device, looking like I just came from the next Tron movie auditions. The younger male cop told me "It's people like you who make this city great!" That really warmed my heart 💓 I pumped a ✊ in the air, said thank you brother, and sped off into the night. Maybe with more of us doing acts such as this, the fuzz will stay off our backs with upcoming regulations ... This has inspired me to do a good deed on my rides. Gonna start packing some food, extra herb, and maybe $5 bills when I can and go out to distribute happiness and goods to homeless people. One wheel, one love, one people...or something like that. Who's with me? Gonna organize some group rides this spring in LA to get out and spread the joy of our sport along with the joy of kindness towards others...Now I gotta come up with a super-hero moniker for my wheeled persona~😜
  4. 14 points
    And I am excited, but I didn't have anyone to tell who would know what I was talking about, so I thought I'd pop in and say hello and brag about my new present for Spring/Summer 2019. How are all my pals doing?
  5. 14 points
    Riding with @Sam Clegg in the hills above Los Angeles. Beautiful February day for a cruise. I want to ride like Sam when I grow up
  6. 14 points
    First group ride in the Netherlands in 2019.
  7. 11 points
    It's been raining a ton out here in the Bay Area so I decided to make my first rain video. Some additional waterproofing is recommended, but many people don't realize that EUCs can ride in the rain. Do you ride in the rain?
  8. 11 points
    Here's some you forgot and a few additional "comments": @Scatcat what sort of studs were you using? @US69 it was not King Songs fault @winterwheel how cold was it? @pico who were you dancing with? @Mono are you sure? do you have data to back that up? @meepmeepmayer so technically that was a Jaw plant then @EUC Extreme call that a face plant! watch my videos for REAL face plants @EUC GUY I have a diagram explaining where you went wrong @mrelwood Put more batteries in it @The Fat Unicyclist what do you weigh? @steve454 I found a web page in Mongolia with just the product you need for this? @Rama Douglas dance baby dance @Bob Eisenman Here's a picture of something in Boston @esajj I'm working on a device to fix that @Rehab1 Jaw!? That's nothing I took my whole freaking arm off, and still rode home! @Smoother showing off? Never show off. . I'm sure I've missed a few too.
  9. 11 points
    We are coming from so many different walks of life and interest... This board can be hilarious Someone face planted and broke his jaw, the first question: @Darrell Wesh Where were your arms? @Chriull What current were you drawing? @MRN76 Were you using any of my mods? @seage Were you a beginner? @RockyTop, @houseofjobHow fast were you riding? @tryaWhat trick were you performing ? @Rehab1, @Unventor @Smoother What protection were you wearing? @Marty Backe, @Jerome, @kasenuttyHow far where you from home ? @picoDid you read the specs? @LanghamP, I can enumerate the stupid laws you should have broken to avoid the fall... @Hunka Hunka Burning Love Were you in VR? I must be missing some...
  10. 10 points
    Im not sure if anyone here follow, but anyway.. here is a video from the project im working on.
  11. 10 points
    meet yet another great freestyler - Jérémie Champagne
  12. 10 points
    KS has promised to release some photos & info next week.
  13. 10 points
    Gameplay of my off road route today. I hope you enjoy it
  14. 9 points
    I heard my name. On a positive note my hardware boosts my WiFi signal while riding.
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  16. 9 points
    😄 @houseofjob Were your feet close or wide on the pedals? @Marty Backe If you look at my YouTube videos I have a link and description for all my full face helmets that would have prevented this @LanghamP Most of the helmets recommended here wouldn’t have prevented this. You need a $500+ motorcycle helmet with an EPS lined chin bar made of the adamantium from wolverines claws @Hsiang You fell at full speed on the Ninebot Z10? Still works fine right? That’s why it’s the best wheel in the world. @EUC GUY Anti faceplant inflation airbags are now available at my website
  17. 9 points
    New weekly meeting of Madrid EUC riders. This time in the Tres Cantos forest
  18. 9 points
    Kuji should be testing out the 16X in the next few weeks at the King Song factory.
  19. 9 points
    A little fun with iMovie 😊
  20. 9 points
    Well I think that you may have just started the first "foot fetish" thread on the forum. But seriously, you have obviously been trying to work out the best way for you, which is great - unfortunately this is one of those "every rider is different" scenarios. Having said that, there are some trends... You are quite right about moving your feet - this will promote circulation and reduce any foot pain. Lifting one heel and the opposite toe and then switching allows you to keep the same momentum, while having a "mini-stretch." The front-to-back positioning also has an affect. Keeping your feet further forward will give you better acceleration (and make it easier to go up hills), but braking will be less effective. While feet further back makes for great braking, but your acceleration will suck. So moving your feet around for this purpose is also beneficial. A growing number of riders I know of are starting to ride with one foot forward (the accelerator foot) and one foot back (the brake foot), giving you much more dynamic control instantaneously. As to inward / outward foot angle. Again, everyone is different. There is a little known rider over in California who goes by the name of @Marty Backe and if you watch almost any of his videos you will notice he rides with his feet turned inward - this bring his knees together a little more (sort of locking him into position?) and provides very good riding control (at any speed). Personally, I am more bow legged, so my feed tend to angle out a little - though I try to minimise that as shoe leather grips the asphalt better than pedals do in tight turns - sometimes making them VERY tight turns! So what does all of this mean for you? Well, not much probably... I think the key thing to focus on above all is finding a position that is comfortable for you. If you aren't comfortable you won't relax, and if you don't relax you will struggle to achieve the zen-like one-ness that gives you total control. Remember also that it will take time - even after thousands of kilometres I still discover new positions and moves - little things, just tweaks that I didn't do before. And provided you are comfortable and relaxed, the miles just get better and better.
  21. 8 points
    Different riders for sure. I’m considering selling my Z10 because I keep wishing i had grabbed the MSX everytime I’m on the Z! I reach for the Z10 for all my grocery/food/store runs because of how cool it looks and the trolley is better and holding bags on one hand while riding doesn’t really effect the Z like on other wheels. Other than that, every time i take the Z10 out I wish I had picked the MSX 😄 It’s just too slow where I’m at and the pedals are too low. I actually fell the other day for the first time on it, suspiciously after I had just slimed the tire. I was going real slow but saw a cute girl on campus and decided to show off and tried to carve hard but forgot the Z only let’s you motorcycle lean when it’s going fast😳 ended up clipping the pedals turning too sharp and falling on my side, no harm done, laughing it off. This girl came rushing up to me asking if I was okay, but not the one I was showing off for 😂 But yeah, the MSX is just such a performance wheel. When you say the Z let’s you ride differently, more agggresively; you literally have to though. That’s just how you ride it compared to other wheels. But it’s so sluggish off the line and just forget about climbing hills with any speed on it. The MSX is 5+MPH faster. It’s such a dramatic difference that extra speed gives you and the MSX accelerates way faster/easier since you can grab it unlike the Z. The height of the pedals gives you supreme confidence in taking sharp turns at ANY speed without worry of clipping them. With the Z I have to worry about if I’m going fast enough to dive into this turn and hoping the wheel fights me or else I’m scraping pedals. Since I can grab the MSX I can literally fall forward as hard as I need to to accelerate out of danger and the MSX got me. The Z you can’t grab it, you’ll fall at a pathetic angle or at least feel like the wheel won’t catch you in time. Braking... MSX you can just grab the wheel and crank it back to stop. Z you have to do fancy slaloms just to shave off speed when braking 😄 Don’t forget about the speed throttling. 28.6 already feels too slow on such a wide wheel, once it starts throttling I’m done with the wheel for the day. The MSX I can’t ever get it to throttle for the day.
  22. 8 points
    The next generation of EUC riders are coming for us all. Check out Edward in the 2nd episode of E-Rider Profiles.
  23. 8 points
    Riding on Ice, over the water Video Credit: Irina Glotova
  24. 8 points
    A bit of water fun
  25. 8 points
    Please enjoy this video of Sunset Cliffs in sunny San Diego. I wasn't planning on making a video but when I saw the footage... P.S. I swear I could see my 18XL on a ship off in the distance...