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About Scottie

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    Greenfield, Indiana
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    16X, 18XL, V3 84V Monster, MSP

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  1. You are doing very well for the time you've been at it, much better than me. Getting up and going is the hardest part and you've done that already. It only gets easier now, and it sounds like it will get easy for you pretty quickly. Just don't leave your quiet practice areas until you mastered directional control, stopping where and when you want to, and can free mount reliably (doesn't have to be pretty ... just reliable). Congrats ... lots and lots of fun are not that far away.
  2. I wonder if he gets annoyed by skateboards and bicycles too! Such a strange comment. Were you doing annoying things? Or did he think the mere existence of an EUC was annoying?
  3. I still love that wheel! It is fun just watching it.
  4. Rekindled Romance It reminds me of the story about the frog that comfortably boiled to death when it was put in a pot of water and the chef ever so slowly turned up the heat and the frog got used to the heat until it was cooked. Well, I didn't get cooked. But I did slowly get used to the 16X forgetting how to do do things properly ... toes going up or down depending on turn direction ... and the in past couple of months the 16X pedals have been wanting to dump me of the front when slowing down. But like the frog, I got used to it as the months passed. And there are the old sayings that play in my head, "If it isn't broken, we will keep fixing it until it is " or "If it is not broke, don't fix it ". But then I remembered reading some posts on the forum here and there about when it is time to calibrate this wheel or that, the MSP in particular. So I searched the forum and ran across some posts about the 16X that fit my issue. I did a calibration and now it feels like a new wheel. The pedals are much better behaved about staying level after turns, not perfect, but a lot better. And the pedals are much better about staying level during speed changes. It is such a stable platform now that it has become one of the primary choices for a cruise now, rather than just a wheel to goof off with in front of the house. The Mten3 should take that spot soon, along with being the wheel kept in the car for whatever need arises (until it gets to cold for that). More Riding Buddies The Indianapolis Facebook riding group has added a few members. The last ride was pretty big for this part of the world. We started with six EUCs and a boosted board. Halfway through the ride, one of the EUCs and the board rider bailed out for home. But then we picked up a new EUC rider that had one week of of EUC experience. He is a college age guy that had some one-wheel time (that electric one wheel, wide tire skateboard). He has a natural skill and rode so well that a few of us hated him ... the hate that comes from love, admiration and jealousy! And of course we still like him after all that stuff. I just got back from a nice ride around my local area with one of the Indianapolis guys that came out to my small town. He just got an S18 and was busy jumping of curbs and speed bumps. (We have two S18's in the group now, a black one and a white one). He has been riding EUCs three years and took to it like a duck to water. We stopped by our local skate park and he did the stairs a couple times and did a few jumps off a ramp. I am to big and old for such things and kept my 16X firmly on the ground due to my special relationship with gravity and inertia.
  5. I don't want to side-track this great thread, but I have wondered about this. I thought it might be more like the cliche of 'never forgetting how to ride a bike'. Fortunately I have not had to take an extended break from EUC riding to find out.
  6. Amazingly, I just got back from a ride like that. I started at 3:30 AM and rode til 6 AM and owned the town, going anywhere I desired, like a breeze flowing around with no concerns for traffic or any other people related things. It was pure freedom. Zen riding did not just click for me, it has been a slow evolution that culminated in this ride. I found myself flowing around with no concerns for obstacles in the dark because the the headlight was enough lighting for the subconscious reflexes that can now take care of things. The months of EUC conditioning of the legs, back and feet made the ride physically effortless. I saw things that I've missed while riding during the day because attention has to be paid to all the people moving around in their cars and such. The focus was on the quiet world and not me trying to manage the crazy wheel around a crazy world. I did not want to go home, but I am going on a big group ride today (maybe 10 people) and I wanted to be rested and charged up for that. @ShanesPlanet that was a nicely written piece about what most of us are looking for.
  7. Do we start a support group? ... Or just let the addictions play themselves out? I am inclined toward the later, and I hope it takes a long time. And around here, wheels are honored and respected more than usual!
  8. Please post a photo of the ankle pads. I am thinking of what to do with my MSP in that area, while waiting for power-pads. I can see that. Although I am a Function over Form guy, appreciating what the wheel does more than what it looks like, I do find myself admiring the look of a wheel. Fortunately for my eyes, they have a wide variety of taste, so none of the EUCs offend my artistic sensibility. I find the S18 very interesting to look at.
  9. I like the comparison , even though you do not like the V11(or SAAB and Citroen) appearance !
  10. Scottie

    Gotway RS

    This recent video is from a EUC seller, but I think it backs up your statement about a couple of the non-suspension wheels still being relevant good choices. I don't think I agree with everything in the video, but most of it seems right. The range topic is heavily addressed which relates to recent comments.
  11. A lot depends on the type of tire. Starting at time 1:50 of this video, Mike discusses the feel of the CX tire. And near the beginning of this video there is Chao Yang vs CX talk. I have the Chao Yang on my 16X and it is very willing to carve. Check this out also.
  12. As I was reading that, I was holding my breath. MSP's are doing amazing things around the world under the skillful feet of great riders. And good luck never hurt anything! After seeing the great videos and reading things like yours, I know I'm not worthy of it ... but I'm keeping it anyway! There is something about people watching that causes us to over-ride common sense.
  13. Thank you sir! Since I've become a little more adventurous on the MSP lately, I have a set of these on order for it and the Monster. Are these close to the type you speak of?? My local riding buddy is on a Monster and he says these transformed the wheel for him. Like you say, for the MSP they will help get me through an unexpected incident. And for the Monster ... they will just help make it go easier. As you well know, that big wheel takes a lot of pedal input and/or grabbing the factory pads with the legs. I'm hoping to be able to ride it further, since it shouldn't be so tiring with these. Power pads of any type will be a new experience for me. Yes ... you are right. I will never need to worry about a pothole at 60 kmh. Sketchy - as in very quick to obey my every thought? Or so quick it works ahead of my thoughts? And for the V11, will I need a ladder to mount? Okay, roger that. Working on both. I am almost free to enjoy it! And I almost went for the cover, then I saw the Chooch video and how you've padded yours up. I think will wait on the cover and see how some carefully placed padding helps, starting where the scars are.
  14. RS ... It's Calling Hint: Right-click any links, and select 'open in new tab' to keep the continuity of the story going. A short, short time ago, on a road close, close by ... I've been enjoying the day-time rider (MSP) a lot lately. Because the MSP encourages lots of 'Tom Foolery', last week I took a short-cut across some grass and was about to get back onto a sidewalk. I misjudged the height of the sidewalk concrete above the surrounding ground due to the grass masking it somewhat. As I hit the edge of the sidewalk at about 5 to 6 mph (8 - 9 kph) the wheel stopped because I lacked enough intent/lean, but my body did not stop. @Mike Sacristan talked about and demonstrated rolling in a video a while ago, similar to this guy. I have that sort of thing always playing in the background of my mind, and when the wheel stopped, I managed a nice tuck and roll on the concrete sidewalk, with not a scratch. As I was in the middle of the roll (and such things seem to take a long time ... like being in a car crash) I heard my wheel banging around as it was crashing and I was more worried about it than myself. The wheel was fine since it stayed in the grass. Naturally people only see you take a bad fall. After this one I wanted to take a bow, but nobody was there. Yesterday I was stopped and standing on the MSP in the grass by the side of the road, while holding a sign pole to steady myself while waiting for traffic to clear enough for me to cross the road. After the road was nice and clear of traffic, I started to cross. Again, with the grass and not enough intent! I took off to too easily with the lean and the MSP stopped at a bump while I had to step off. The wheel continued on into the road a bit. I did not see the MSP as I jogged off the wheel, but the sound of the MSP crashing on the rough asphalt and doing the Gotway dance filled my ears as I felt bad for the wheel. Under normal circumstances, this would have been one of my many non-issues. But this time the wheel flailed around loudly on the old rough asphalt. It left a mark! I guess we are all the same. Just like you see on YouTube, when someone drops a wheel during a crash, unless there are bones sticking out, or too much blood, invariably everybody runs over to their wheel to see how bad it is, thinking "How's the wheel? Is the wheel okay? Save the wheel!" I also have the same thoughts about a wheel that Chooch describes at time index 1:27 to 2:07 of this video. I want it to look nice ... stay nice ... as long as possible. But ultimately there will be scuffs, gouges, and other battle scars. That's the nature of riding around on one wheel, unless you are avoiding having any fun after having learned to ride. Anyway, I'm getting some of the foam tape to prevent further scars and possibly some damage. I should have done it earlier, but I did not know the behavior the MSP was going to bring out of me, such as taking more chances about randomly going this way or that and the inevitable hazards. After a couple years, like Chooch said, I will not care what it looks like, as long as the battery stays inside and it keeps running safely. My night-time rider (18XL) does not see such hazards and damage because at night I'm forced to ride like a Straight Man and keep everything on the up-n-up, at least for a while. If something was to break on the MSP, or get too badly cosmetically damaged to make it embarrassing to ride, the Gotway RS torque model will have to step in as the replacement. Just as Chooch mentioned in the video, the MSP is a good rough and tumble wheel. Its a blue collar wheel, jeans and T shirt, like me. The 18XL and V11 seem a little white collar, suit and tie ... for steppin' out bad ass, but fancy, like James Bond. There is a time for both types. Speaking of James Bond, are we ever going to see EUC's featured in a major big-time movie? Mike, your assignment should you decide to accept it: is to write, direct, produce, and star in a movie where the damsel in distress is rescued from the evil villain. Replace the white horse with a black EUC! Or maybe the white 18XL will do. Off Topic Warning: Most of us have waited, or are waiting for a wheel to come. I find that I am enjoying the wait as much as the actual receiving of a wheel. It makes me salivate, anticipate, and wonder what the new wheel will be like. I am wondering if the Mten3 is going to be too sketchy. Are the V11 pedals too high? Did I waste my money or can I adapt to them? I'm thinking I can. It should not be as bad as ordering that 1st one and not knowing how to ride at all. That was a big leap of faith. I forget where I heard this, but someone said that when you buy a wheel, you are highly motivated to learn to ride it, much more than if someone just let you try their wheel out to see what you can do. You can walk away from that one. But the one you bought ... not so much!
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