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  1. No problem. It's great to support local businesses in the EUC community and, like you said, it's worth the $40 just to meet some like-minded people and find out about great places to ride... and hopefully make some new friends. Chattanooga is one of my favorite cities and truly does seem like a fantastic place for EUC riding. I got a bit worked up about learning how to ride, too, as have lots of others, so it's not uncommon. These things are really cool and fun to ride, so they stir up emotions. Having read lots of comments on this forum about how much of a learning curve there is (and somehow missed any comments mentioning that pedal unicyclists don't have much of a learning curve at all), I had a decent amount of concern about learning how to ride before I got started. All my concerns melted away the day my wheel arrived. I'm very much looking forward to hearing how your lesson goes, so I'll look out for your post. My bet is that you may experience some pain... your face will be hurting from smiling so much! Post some photos if you can.
  2. Doesn't sound like a bad idea, but I have a feeling that you will be able to learn how to ride your EUC rather quickly. For most traditional (pedal) unicyclists there is no learning curve whatsoever (just hop on and go), or if there is a learning curve for some pedal unicyclists, it seems to be quite minimal (5 - 10 minutes). Being that you can wheelie on a bicycle and motorcycle, I think your learning curve will be similar to pedal unicyclists. The easiest way to avoid damaging your EUC is to just loop some rope through the handle that you can hold on to as a leash. If you fall off, just pull some tension on the rope to prevent your wheel from falling over. So I don't think the rental is really necessary, but if you've got $40 to blow and want to be extra cautious, it can't hurt... and you may meet some cool people at that facility. Best of luck to you either way. You'll soon be having lots of fun!
  3. On the hang gliding forum, we have members posting from all over the world, including some from Iran. On the hang gliding forum, a pilot from anywhere in the world is a fellow pilot first and foremost, and since the purpose of the HG forum is flying, any political differences between countries are never discussed. Members are most welcomed from anywhere and everywhere in the world, as long as they love flying. Given the international nature of this forum, I was wondering if there are any members on here from Iran? I would imagine the philosophy on this forum is just as welcoming to members from countries all over the world as is the HG forum. I really enjoy watching hang gliding videos from Iran. It would be very cool to see some videos of someone cruising through the streets of Tehran on a EUC!
  4. Sorry to hear that. Seems like an achilles injury likely responds differently to EUC riding than a lateral roll. For me, I think that EUC is actually helping my ankle. Has your injury improved any further or has it basically been in the same condition for a while? How does it impact your EUC riding? Do you just need to take a break every half hour or so or does it limit how long you're able to ride (even with breaks)?
  5. Your description is exactly the type of thinking that led me to speculate that it may be helpful. I haven't been able to ride as often as I'd like to, but the few long rides I've taken felt somewhat therapeutic. EUC riding ankle therapy sure is a lot more fun than traditional physical therapy sessions!
  6. Based on recent posts I've read, I'd like to add: DON’T OVER LEAN OR ACCELERATE EXTREMELY RAPIDLY I didn’t realize that these wheels could be over-leaned without tremendous difficulty. I have accelerated fairly aggressively on my MTen3 and my MSX and have never had a problem, but I have now adjusted my riding style to avoid sudden, hard accelerations in order to minimize my chances of experiencing a cut-out induced face-plant. Here’s some information on the subject from other riders: Marty Backe "After learning from the school of hard knocks, I never hard lean into my wheel, either from a dead start or while already moving. If you monitored your currents you would realize the amazing amount of load that you place on the "system" when hard accelerating." Jerome "Keep in mind I am using speed settings but actually it's all about the load on the battery-motor-controller. Also remember over leaning and extremely rapid acceleration draws amazing peak current requirements if only for seconds or fractions of a second. No matter how slow you're going, if you lean to far forward or sideways such that the the system is not able to correct, the cut-off circuit may beat the warning circuits. Gotways are more tolerant on this than King Song, but it can happen to them and all other brands."
  7. Oh, ok, now I know that you're not some sort of MTen3-riding super-human! MTen3's are great for a lot of things, but I don't think high-speed riding is one of them! I'll have to give that tip a try. Thanks!
  8. I agree. That's what I had in mind. My personal 50% of battery (or more) for high-speed riding rule is kind of arbitrary. I haven't seen a drop of more than 30%, so I figured 50% should be fairly conservative since it's close to twice the maximum drop I've observed. Perhaps it's overkill and 40% minimum would do the trick? However, with the possible ramifications of making the wrong choice, I'd prefer to be overly conservative than experience a cut-out induced face plant. Being familiar with the terrain/road surface is definitely a good one. It will be interesting to see what else people add.
  9. Now that I’ve finally had a chance to take my wheel out for a few longer distance rides (including a nice ride on a bike path around a lake), I’ve realized that my MSX instills a ridiculous amount of confidence at high speeds. Whereas, I start to feel uneasy on my MTen3 above 30 kph, my MSX keeps calling me to go faster and faster! I swear I can hear my wheel telling me, “Feels nice, doesn’t it? You know you want more! Just keep leaning forward.” I have complied up to 48 kph, but I’ve restricted myself to not going faster until I better understand the limitations of my wheel. I notice the significant drops in my battery when I’m riding. I don’t want to be in a situation where I’m asking my battery for more juice than it can provide, resulting in a cut-out induced face plant. So if I were to limit my high-speed riding to only those situations where I have no less than 50% battery level, do you think that would be sufficient to avoid a not-enough-juice induced cut-out face plant? I would be most interested to hear from members who like to ride at high speeds regarding the ways they minimize the risk and try to stay safe, so please add any other “Rules to Live By” for high-speed riding to this thread that you think would be helpful.
  10. Wow! That is quite impressive for a new rider! 25 mph = just over 40 kph! How much above 25 mph is your + ? Granted, I don't have very many miles under my belt since I'm also a new rider and I've been quite busy lately, so when I have a chance to ride, it's normally just too tempting for me to jump onto my MSX... but when I do hop on my MTen3, I'm not yet keen to ride it for any significant distances at speeds beyond 30 kph, which is only 18.6 mph. Aside from times when I'm riding on very smooth sections of road that I'm very familiar with, I usually limit my MTen3 cruising speed to 25 kph. So what's your secret to being able to "comfortably cruise" on your MTen3 at speeds in excess of 25 mph (40 kph)?
  11. Congratulations on your upcoming retirement! For some strange reason, I don't think you'll have any problem staying busy!
  12. Yes, we emailed back and forth a little while back. That's how I knew that you trained with Rob and flew Crestline. As active as you are on this forum and as busy as you must be shooting and editing great videos - in addition to everything else in your life that's going on - I'm sure it's easy to get confused sometimes, so no worries. I'm the guy who sent you the info (in confidence) on the new kind of self-balancing vehicle that I invented. I'm in the process of building the prototype.
  13. Yes, I started hang gliding when I was 12 years old on a Seagull III, then upgraded to a double surface Flight Designs Demon 175 (I didn't get the JetWing trike they sold with it, unfortunately) when I was 16 and pretty much stopped flying by the time I was 19 (one of the stupidest mistakes of my life) and didn't get back into the sport until 5 years ago. During the interim period, I earned my helicopter and fixed-wing ratings and learned to fly gyroplanes, so I did manage to avoid being stuck on the ground for a decent amount of time. I've read articles in Hang Gliding magazine (now "Hang Gliding & Paragliding" magazine) about Sandia Peak from the time I first got started in the sport, so I've wanted to fly there for quite a while! Sandia sounds like a launch where you need to be EXTRA careful to make sure you're hooked in! With my OCD, I'll probably do a hang check at least twice before launching there! St. Hilaire in France is another site that is perched atop a high cliff. It has a very steep launch ramp. Check it out: When I was watching your video, I kept thinking, "I wonder if he'll wind up near the hang gliding launch?" I thought it would be so cool to see a video with both an EUC and hang gliding in it! Crestline is the site I've flown most. I drove up in Rob McKenzie's shuttle van quite a few times, as I'm sure you have as well. The attached view from one of my flights there should look very familiar to you. It's great to meet fellow pilots who ride wheels!
  14. I missed your video somehow, so thanks for directing me to it. I watched the video and actually managed to stay sane, so it worked out well! While I can appreciate that you like the Nikola the best, my take-away is that compared to the MSX, it's more comfortable to ride, I assume it's lighter, it seems to have a better trolley handle, and it has a nice, smooth ride. That definitely sounds good, but I'm real happy with the way the MSX rides (except for the pedal dip, which I haven't yet resolved) and all the other benefits of the Nikola aren't enough to make me really covet that wheel. I feel like anything that can be done on a Nikola, can be done on the MSX, just perhaps with slightly less comfort (and a bit more effort, in terms of carrying/trollying). But as you pointed out, the MSX is better for the trails. So for my likes and needs, the MSX will do the trick as my all-around wheel. And, of course, I've got the MTen3 on the other end of the spectrum, so until something comes out that has significantly improved technology and/or fills a certain niche much better than competing wheels, I think I'll be ok for a little while. Great video, though! I really enjoyed it and look forward to wheeling up to Sandia Peek sometime. I've always wanted to hang glide from that site, so being able to do two of my favorite pastimes there will make it quite a memorable adventure!
  15. After looking at the video that @ir_fuel posted, I think countersteering on a unicycle involves changing the heading (rather than the lean angle) in the opposite direction of your turn, just prior to initiating the turn. On my pedal unicycles, I've often used that technique (at slower speeds) and the opposite lean technique I previously described (at faster speeds), but I haven't had enough time on my MSX yet to analyze these techniques on EUC's. Haha, I had a strong sense that I came to the wrong place to curb my EUC addiction! Thanks, if I can find some free time to pull myself away from work, I would definitely like to meet up with you guys! When I was a member of the pedal group, they used to meet at Grant's Tomb. Is that where the guys from your group met up with them? Or are you referring to the annual unicycle festival they have in NYC?
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