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  1. Yeah, when I'm not on a surface I know is smooth I bend my legs slightly but I also slow down (~15 mph or less). Bent legs at higher speeds just results in immediate wobbles until I straighten them. But I've only been doing this less than three weeks.
  2. Thanks for the tips. At this point I can stop easily, guess I just needed practice, though I'm not so good at one-foot stops and typically have to grab the handle after stopping to keep it upright. So still not at the point where I can do stop-and-goes but I'll get there I'm sure.
  3. How do you limit the max charge? Is that a wheel controller setting (set via the app)?
  4. I bought the Bell Super Air R MIPS and am satisfied with it. Haven't crashed it but it is ridiculously light but seems robust, it has MIPS (vital for safety) and a knob you turn to lighten or loosen it. Chin bar is removable but I kept it on of course. The viewport is so wide that I can barely see the chin guard (and only when looking straight down) and can't see any other part of the helmet.
  5. The lower back soreness is due to your constant bending over to pick it back up. I got the same thing the first day or two, then never again because after that point I could actually ride it. When riding it, your back should be perfectly upright; you lean your legs forward to accelerate but it's recommended (at least by Kingsong) to keep your back upright instead of leaned. I also had the issue with it turning after mounting, which is due to the wheel not being upright when I get my second foot on it. I kept having it leaned to the left, causing it to turn left. It's just practice. I'm still not great with mounting and have the turning issue sometimes but am getting better at zero-speed mounting without wiggles.
  6. I'm just an inexperienced beginner, but have you tried using the app to set the tiltback speed very low (like 15 km/h) to safely verify that it works correctly?
  7. A group ride would be fun. I'm getting much better at turns and at stopping, and at very slow riding (like walking speed). I still struggle a little with mounting but have been focusing on doing it while stationary and I tend to get it by the 4th try if not earlier. Where do you guys ride?
  8. Thanks for your advice, I will try ensuring my right leg is bent when doing the skating method, which I try to avoid but sometimes have to resort to. It's now been a week since I got my EUC. At this point I still sometimes struggle to mount it, but I suspect that when I try to bring my left (off) foot up, I'm actually maintaining the lean to the left until both feet are on and then hastily trying to correct the balance. I think I need to practice gradually making the wheel upright as I bring the left foot up and onto it. I do sometimes manage a zero-speed mount and go, which is what I want because I feel I have much more control than with a skating method. I read somewhere that making the legs straight is one good way to fix wobbles, so I make sure to do that whenever I feel a wobble coming and it always works. It's hard to get used to though because it seems counter-intuitive. Turns are coming more naturally; I do sometimes find myself getting tense after initiating a turn and reflexively pushing with the outer leg, which of course just straightens me. But turns get easier the more I do them, and I just play around with shifting my body to counter any feeling like I'm going to fall into the turn (at low speeds especially). But I can NOT stop. Every time I try to bring it to a stop, it starts to wobble as it slows and I end up grabbing the handle and jumping off, with quite a bit of forward speed. Very inelegant and a bit painful to my knees and feet. I cannot leave the safety of parks/campuses until I can reliably and quickly stop and this skill still eludes me. That's my main frustration.
  9. I did another session yesterday evening and one earlier today. I still struggle to start it on level ground (succeeding eventually after numerous attempts) but finally I figured out I didn't have the wheel at the correct angle before lifting my other foot. Sometimes it would be too upright, resulting in a lean to the right after I mount it followed by a sudden right turn I couldn't correct for well enough, or it would be inclined too far to the left, so after mounting it would turn left suddenly. I need to get the angle correct and then I can ride it. I was able to successfully mount and ride a couple of times after I realized that. I did repeatedly experience a wobble today at around 10 mph. Don't know if it's the wheel or me. Have trouble trying to eliminate it.
  10. What I meant was, previously I'd been standing upright and basically trying to press down on the front of the pegs with the ball of my foot, which barely worked. Simply shifting my weight by leaning worked significantly better and allowed me to propel forward. Maybe with experience I can do it without so much of a lean, but as a beginner this seems to be the way to do it.
  11. My EUC (Kingsong 18XL) arrived at around 5pm two days ago; I practiced a tiny bit with it that evening and a few times yesterday, and during today's session I finally managed to actually ride it, going in circles and around a trail and everything, up and down slight hills! After much trial and error, I figured out a few things that made it finally click for me, which I haven't seen anyone mention before: Start on a slight downhill! A hundred times easier than starting on flat ground! Lean forward a lot to move forward; don't try to put weight on toes Foot placement seems to be largely irrelevant Keep feet pointed inwards so they're flush with the shell Use arms and upper torso to counter-balance when it starts to wobble If it wobbles, just keep going and let it fishtail left and right; don't give up and dismount Push down with the inner foot to turn Empty college campuses are absolutely perfect for learning People keep advocating using a fence or railing but I found it did more harm than good; it forces you to have to maintain a straight line (requiring a dismount when you stray) and grabbing or pushing the railing imparts a sideways force that is very difficult to compensate for. It's very useful for learning to mount but not for anything beyond that, in my opinion. I also tried skating (freely mounting with one foot and pushing with the other) but this is also needlessly hard because having the off foot trailing behind throws off your balance. Instead I found it easy enough to fully mount it while stationary or barely moving, but I would try to push down with toes, barely go anywhere, and of course have to immediately dismount. I did get it to the point where I could stay on it for a second or two, moving forward, but it inevitably turned to one side or another which I couldn't correct for well enough. This is where the downhill came in handy so well. I found a slight downhill and when I started on it, it was SO much easier because gravity compensated for me inability to go forward, and once moving everything became very easy; I could immediately turn and figured out how to correct for wobbles (powering through them even if it means letting it fishtail a bit). This is also how I figured out that trying to put weight on my toes doesn't really do much and leaning forward worked much better, allowing me to power back up the hill so I could make complete patterns. Also at no point did I ever become sore. Granted it has foam pads, and I have a Roll.nz neoprene cover over it, but I did not ever use a death grip with my legs like so many people seem to be doing. I just kept them lightly touching the shell, with my feet pointed inwards, which helped a lot. Foot placement on the pegs did not seem to matter. Anyway after a few trips starting on the downhill, I got the hang of it enough that I could start on level ground as well, by mounting while stationary then leaning forward (and not being afraid to use my arms for balance). So happy! I really thought it would be weeks or even a month before I could manage a real ride!
  12. Is it sort of like braking with inline skates? (I get my first EUC tomorrow, also a K18XL, and am trying to learn what I can beforehand.)
  13. Thanks for the replies, that was helpful. I also liked the hill climbing demonstration on that video; part of my interest in the 16 is to be able to comfortably tackle hills, which there are plenty of around much of California.
  14. I've never ridden a EUC but am about to pull the trigger on one (likely the 16X). I'm a pilot and would love an ultra-portable vehicle I can stow and use once I land to travel around, plus when charging my electric car (45+ minutes) it would make it much easier for me to go and do stuff. But I wonder what experiences you guys have taking these around town? I mean, commuting between home and work is simple because it's secure at both locations, but what about when you want to go to a crowded park, beach, mall, or restaurant? To an extent you can roll them like luggage but that seems like it may be awkward...? Do you ever just use a bike lock around the wheel to secure them someplace outside? Or do you throw it into a strong backpack and carry it that way instead?
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