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  1. 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.
  2. Now that Iโ€™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), Iโ€™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, โ€œFeels nice, doesnโ€™t it? You know you want more! Just keep leaning forward.โ€ I have complied up to 48 kph, but Iโ€™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 Iโ€™m riding. I donโ€™t want to be in a situation where Iโ€™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 โ€œRules to Live Byโ€ for high-speed riding to this thread that you think would be helpful.
  3. 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)?
  4. Congratulations on your upcoming retirement! For some strange reason, I don't think you'll have any problem staying busy!
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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!
  8. 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?
  9. Thanks for the correcting me. Now that I've watched the video you posted, it looks like countersteering on a unicycle involves changing the heading of the wheel (not the lean angle) in the opposite direction of your intended turn, just prior to initiating your turn. The countersteering technique I had described referred to leaning the unicycle in the direction opposite your intended turn, just prior to initiating the turn. As you correctly pointed out, turning the unicycle by the weight-shift technique is fully initiated by the rider, whereas the counter-steering technique of changing heading may actually help initiate the turn. I think both techniques are good to have in your toolbox on a pedal unicycle... and probably on EUC's, as well.
  10. I don't have enough time to learn as much as I'd like to about the pros & cons of the various makes and models of wheels that are available, but now that I'm hearing all this talk about how great the Nikola is, I am curious why it would be a better choice than the MSX or 18XL? On the other hand, perhaps it's best that I don't obtain this information, given my desire not to go wheel crazy! Interesting way of describing a naturally-occurring countersteering phenomenon! I never thought about it that way!
  11. Thanks! It was something that I found rather interesting and exciting, so it's real nice to hear your similar reaction. You are 100% correct. What you described is exactly what I was doing. It is something I really enjoyed, so as soon as I heard the words "counter steering" utilized to describe a technique used to turn the Z10, it immediately caught my attention and interest. It seems like a very appealing wheel to me! I better stop thinking about wheels! I'm very new to the world of EUC's and I've already purchased an MTen3 and an MSX, which I thought would stave off my craving for any other wheels for a good while. And now here I am dreaming about a Z10! I need to tell myself: "I cannot buy another wheel. I cannot buy another wheel. I cannot buy another wheel." Deep breaths. Any advice on how to not let this hobby take over my life would be much appreciated. Thanks! I hope it's helpful.
  12. Wow, I had no idea that resolving this issue involved such a commitment to precision with regard to the the wheel being level in the lateral plane! I very much appreciate your sharing your experience. I feel like I've got quite the challenge ahead of me. Also, thanks for the encouragement not to settle and accept that somewhat annoying characteristic without first making a strong attempt at fixing it as you've described.
  13. When 36" diameter wheel pedal unicycles first came out (early 2000's if my memory serves me), I rode mine constantly and became quite adept at it. One of my specialties was extreme maneuvering. I was well known among my fellow unicycle club members (the Unatics of NYC) and the (traditional) unicycle forum members for my ability to suddenly hook turns at ridiculous lean angles. In some cases, I was able to touch my toes on the ground when I severely banked turns. The reason I bring this up is because one of the main techniques I used to hook turns on my big wheel unicycle was counter-steering. I, too, rode motorcycles, so I am familiar with it in that context. On my big wheel (36") unicycle, my counter-steering technique simply involved: (FOR A LEFT TURN) Prior to initiating the turn, I would get the wheel leaned over onto the right side of the tire. I would try to maintain the same heading as much as possible, but if I started drifting to the right slightly, it didn't matter because as soon as I got the wheel leaned over onto its right side, I would make a hard left weight-shift input to initiate the left turn. For a right turn, I did the opposite. I don't see why this technique wouldn't work for an electric unicycle, though it would probably have to be done with much care due to the higher speed. I've never ridden a Z10, but I think I would really appreciate that wheel. I have an MSX that I recently purchased that I am enjoying immensely. I don't think I've had any need to implement the counter-steering technique on my MSX, but I haven't really been paying attention.
  14. That's what I figured. I haven't put many miles on my MSX yet, so I'm still finding it fairly annoying. I'm looking forward to putting more miles on it and reaching the doesn't-bother-me-at-all stage. That's interesting that several wheel have this quirk.
  15. Hey @Cracka, any updates on your pedal dip situation? I've had three rides on my new MSX and I'm noticing the exact same kind of pedal dip that you are experiencing. I'm a new rider, too. I went the other way than you. The first wheel I purchased was the MTen3 and then I bought an MSX. I put about 30 km on the MTen3 so far. I chose the MTen3 and the MSX because I heard from several riders that they are at the opposite ends of the spectrum. I am extremely happy with my decision to get these two wheels. The MTen3 is real zippy and highly maneuverable, but not so comfortable to ride at high speeds (I haven't ridden it above 30 kph yet). I don't notice any pedal dip at all on my MTen3, but it's very pronounced on my MSX. I'd be interested to hear if you figured out a way to minimize the pedal dip on your MSX or did you just get used to it, so it's no longer an issue for you?
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