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    MTen3(RIP), MSX

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  1. My MTen3 was easy. Turned it off and carried it. Though the couple times in a hurry to get on the train I failed to hold the power button long enough to turn it off and the wheel goes spinning alarm screaming away. >_< No really, it's not a dangerous uncontrollable machine. Perfectly safe! What I'd give for a kill switch... The MSX though... yeah. The coil whine(?) is pretty loud, especially in an elevator with others. The poorly positioned handle can lead to control difficulty if your not careful. Reduced max speed and torque so that it's less dangerous in crowds would be another option I'd like. Though having climbed onto a powered off IPS i5 and face planted when first learning... there had better be some unmistakable indicator that it's in limited mode.
  2. Another vote for straitening up some for a bit. I've also found relaxing, releasing unnecessary tension from my legs works too. Do both. ^__^ Building up needed muscles makes it much easier to relax. A lot of dynamic riding, carving / slalom, whatever can be quite a workout. I've done a lot of this recently and it's made a noticeable improvement. I also find shifting my weight on the petals, one foot mostly heel and the other mostly toe, works really well for killing wobbles. I use this now mostly for hard breaking and when straitening up isn't an option (uneven ground).
  3. Ugh. I find that to be both true and not. People who disregard the safety of cyclists and pedestrians surely gives no consideration toward EUC riders either. I've had cars blow past me WAY to close, or drive past to make their right turn in front of me. And then there's those that seem to panic, not knowing what to do. Pacing me as I ride in the bike lane, afraid to pass? I've had a oncoming car stop at an intersection with no traffic light or stop sign, only me in the left turn lane waiting for a break in traffic. Most drivers seem pretty sane. Maybe hesitate a little or ogle a bit. A few are idiots though, and present an out-sized distraction and danger. I've been riding with a bicycle helmet, sport goggles, and neoprene face mask (because it's cold). It was enough to save me big time on my fall. I've been looking to get a full face helmet, mostly to reduce the hassle. I full helmet instead of three separate pieces. Peripheral has been my primary source of reluctance, though. I haven't tried a helmet mounted mirror, but I've been riding with a small mirror on my arm. Leaves a lot to be desired.
  4. Rolling is good in some situations, but you have to be in control to properly roll. The rolls I've done have all been after an unplanned dismount and I'm stumbling, too leaned to recover. I have time to mentally plan and enough footing to control entry into the roll. Trying to roll as a reflex sound like a bad idea. Not locking your arms strait is probably the best reflex to develop. And keep your elbows out. Best advice I can give though is staying engaged in your ride, mentally and physically. The sooner you recognize your unicycle ride is headed toward a RUD (Rapid Unexpected Dismount), the sooner you can start planning your escape.
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