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  1. Congratulations! It's fabulous you've learnt so quickly. 300km in the first three weeks is very impressive. I took longer but I'm happy with my progress and am now riding freely on trails and bike paths. There's more and more of us older blokes riding these things.
  2. SEPTUAGENARIANS UNITE! Are they really that bad? I have no experience of wheels other than my own V8F which seems reliable and robust, especially with the EUC Bodyguard. I'm glad I'm only heaving 14kg in and out of the car and it's so slim it slips into the perfect spot in the campervan. The only maintenance I've done is pump the tyre up and tighten the tension screw on the pedals which come loose with all the crashing to the ground.
  3. There's a picture at the end of the previous page. The dents don't look so "massive" from this angle, but the fibreglass is crushed and the aluminium dented in. I straightened it out after each hit. It completely protected the injury in exactly that spot.
  4. My response is, "If you think you're too old, you are too old". Oh dear, I'm 72 and having the same thoughts! But I told my wife, only this morning, that I won't buy an S18 until I hit either the speed limit or the range limit of my V8F. So I've tied my hands really... In reality I doubt I'll ever reach the speed limit of the V8 - whatever daredevil there was in the youth has gone now - but I would like to test my endurance and the wheel's range on a long ride. I'm sure I'll be able to engineer a ride where I have to walk home the last kilometre or so, thereby fulfilling my pledge
  5. Because I started this Ankle Armour thread I suppose I should wind it up. After great service, and saving my left ankle from several heavy hits which would have stopped me from riding for sure, I have pensioned them off. I've learnt to kick the wheel away if I mess up a start or if I have to jump off. The initial injury has healed and the fear of hitting it again has subsided. I just don't need them anymore. Would I recommend ankle protection for beginners? Definitely. The very first time I tried to mount, on grass, the wheel spun round and hit me on the left fibula, above the ankle lump.
  6. I'm very happy, and a little proud, to be now riding out and about in public. It's true, now I've left the safety of my carport railing my confidence and competence have increased exponentially. I find myself able to ride on grass and bumpy, broken concrete. I'm riding up hill and considerably more nervously downhill. I can now lap the house, transiting from concrete to grass, uphill and downhill, taking tight turns and passing through gates. I did three laps yesterday without putting a foot down or holding on. The hardest thing is turning corners while holding back going downhill. I've b
  7. I ventured out of my carport today for the first time. I met a woman and her children who were all riding in the park and I was inspired to join them. I stayed near a railing, but I was out there in public. Funny how difficult it is to cross these little psychological boundries, but I feel so much freer now.
  8. Hi @Scottie, yes, I'm moving away from the rail gradually. I'm now riding diagonally across the carport to deny myself any support as I launch off. It's amazing how challenging that was the first few times, like the difference between walking along a plank on the ground and walking along it a metre up. Same thing, more fear. I can also free mount and ride diagonally across if I start in the corner next to the rail, but It's so much more difficult to commit if starting in a non-railing corner. I had my first real fall last week. I messed up mounting away from the railing and tripped over t
  9. My original ankle injury, which is still raised and a little sore after two months, is on the outside of my left ankle, three fingers width above the protruding bone. You can see by the damage to my left ankle armour that the wheel hit several more times in exactly the same spot. In my opinion, trying to step on and go when you can't already ride is pretty dangerous. A bigger wheel might have broken my ankle. Ok, I'm old and not very nimble anymore, and I'm a beginner and don't really know what I'm doing, but let me try to explain what happens. I try to control the wheel with my right dom
  10. Paulo Mesquita, Might I direct you to my Ankle Armour thread. Those pedals can do real damage to your ankles, and you just know it's going to hit you again in just the same spot. I'm learning on a 14kg V8F. I can't imagine what would have happened if I'd been hit by a machine that was twice as heavy and twice as powerful. If you step off with the wrong foot when it's leaning the wrong way, it will drive around in an arc and attack you from behind!
  11. Hi Paul, I'm 72 and just learning now. My advice is to learn to ride before you learn to mount. My old legs were not able to control the wheel after stepping on. I wasted a month and suffered some ankle damage trying to step on and go. Find a hand rail, or like me, install one in your carport or garage. Moving along a railing allows your feet and knees to strengthen and get used to holding the wheel. After 5 half-hour sessions, spread over a week I was able to ride 17m (the length of my railing) without touching except at the ends. Now I know what it's like to ride, where my feet have to
  12. Could someone please explain what these cheerful sounding "Bing Bong, Bong Bing" beeps mean on my V8F? It used to only do it when I turn it on and off but today it was doing it continuously but randomly as I was riding up and down the carport. It also makes those noises in response to Darkness Bot, but I have that turned off. As a beginner wobbling along slowly I doubt these are cut-out warnings.
  13. Here's a short video of me not touching my carport railing after 7 days. Tentative, inelegant, but I'm riding! https://vimeo.com/496705754
  14. Ha ha. TBH, with several novices, multiple capsizes, near disasters and long portages, dragging kayaks and canoes over slippery stones, the whole trip took 6 hours. One couple did actually get out and walk!
  15. Thanks Scottie for the encouraging words. I had it in my head that you have to be able to mount and dismount before you can ride, but of course you don't have to if there's something to cling to at the end. I take your word of caution about mixing with the public too soon. Technically in Australia you are not allowed to ride PEVs anywhere except on private land but some states seem to be relaxing or ignoring this. Not so Tasmania, so far, but there is a recreation ground down by the river which has a large bitumen area, originally for Fire Fighter's games in the 1960's. Plenty of room to blund
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