I’m new to the forum and am here to explore whether an EUC could be a fit for me even though I have hip replacements and don’t want to fall, pretty much ever. I discovered the EUC by accident when I was out walking my dogs and a young man zipped by me on his wheel. IMO, he was traveling much too fast for the bike path we were on and zipped by so fast I couldn't even tell you if he wore protective gear, but as a former motorcyclist, I was intrigued about this mode of transportation and wanted to know more.
I've watched a ton of videos and read a number of posts, checking out the different EUCs. I’m intrigued by the few EUC’s that offer a seat and wonder if riding seated offers a slight degree of additional safety in bringing the center of gravity down as well as allowing both feet to be put down quickly in the event of an emergency stop. I notice also that those EUC’s with seats are generally the highest power options and generally not marketed as beginner wheels.
I’ll be a conservative rider. I won’t be pushing the speed limit of the wheel as I don’t want to risk injury or dislocation of my hip replacements. So basic question is: do you experienced people think I can learn from the get-go to ride seated? I realize there are devices out there that are specifically a seated unicycle with a fat tire and handle, but I don’t like this set up as they seem too big to walk into a store with such a device which is what I’d do with an EUC rather than leave it unattended outside.
I’ll also add that I plan to learn to ride standing with ‘training wheels’ sort of. I have a bike trailer/stroller that I use when I walk my dogs. I tether the dogs to the stroller so the stroller absorbs any pulling by them instead of it torquing my hips. Eventually, it would be nice to use the wheel to ‘walk’ them in this setup so we could zip along a little faster, but in the beginning, I could just use the trailer/stroller as my ‘moving rail’ to help with balance as I learn.
So, thoughts? Should I pursue learning to ride an EUC, a large one with the seated option, or would you say it’s not advisable under the circumstances? Btw, I’m mid 50’s and female.