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About TheSlyGiraffEV

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    Nik+ AR, Tv2, E+ | Other: OW+

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  1. Honestly, nowadays people not in the know just call it a "one wheel" in normal conversation with me. "Hey, I like your one wheeled thing!" "Hey Mark, I like the videos of your one wheeled scooter! "Hey, how fast can you go on that one wheel?" So... I don't even bother correcting anyone anymore. It was tedious to have to go "Well, actually 'One Wheels' are the name for the ones that look like skateboards but with one go-kart tire but I ride the devices with pedals on the side of a motorcycle tire, and they are called Electric Unicycles, or EUCs..." and then halfway through the expla
  2. I’d say this is the first question to consider if you’re deciding between the AR, or any other smaller battery wheel since the AR is the most affordable of the big battery wheels.
  3. Indeed..if you are worried your kids will hit the upper limit of the MTen3 quickly, then I suggest going with the MCM5V2, which is what my daughter has moved onto. I sometimes forget how small and light she is (65 lbs) so the performance she gets from these wheels is pretty minimal load.
  4. Safety depends a little on how skilled you can ride on it. The faster you go, the more you need to confirm your confidence in controlling the wheel and keeping it stable. If you get the 84v version of the MTen3, you should be able to cruise up to speeds of 23-25 mph. For my daughter, I usually set a speed alarm for her at 22 mph to keep her from going to that speed too often. 19 mph should be no problem for the MTen3 to keep up, but again, the faster you go, the more skilled you need to be.
  5. Greetings all! I've been looking to get some kind of armored jacket for my daughter. The current available offerings are pretty big and bulky, and I'd imagine would make her look like a football player or a dwarf straight out of Lord of the Rings on a EUC. So for now I just have her pad up with regular elbow pads and a decently thick jacket but would love something that has some armor pads, particularly back armor. She sees my different armored (yet somewhat stylish) jackets (leather and mesh jackets with armor pads) and wants one similar. Women adult sizes, even double x small is
  6. I really liked the added features and updates the V12 has,...the adjustable pedals, the touchscreen, plus that modern look! However that 1750 Wh is a major buzzkill. It's how I felt when I saw low battery sizes on the Hero and S20. If on a group ride, someone is riding a V12 (or say an RS19) alongside folks riding a Nik+AR (or EXN or Sherman or something), that V12 is gonna get some range anxiety Midway through the ride. It's a major buzzkill, not to be understated. In practice, it's kind of like this: If you're both riding say 30-35 mph average, the V12 wil
  7. Just wanted to share context regarding my experiences with my 7 year old daughter who learned to ride with me earlier this year. I started her out on an 10” MTen3 and due to the general friendliness of that smaller wheel to kids, she was able to learn very quickly. In a few months, she was able to outgrow it (i.e. frequently hit the speed alarm beeps), so I got her onto my first wheel, the 16” Tesla v2. While she was able to apply her experience to learn that wheel quickly and enjoyed the extra power and speed over the MTen3, she didn’t feel as agile on it due to the added weight and the size.
  8. Been loving my NikolAR a lot since I bought it just because it does most of everything that I want in a wheel while being quite affordable. I’m in that 240 pound riding weight area. Been able to ride comfortably in long 60 mile rides without compromising my usual average speed, take it on separate 20-30 mile rides without having to charge in between, go on speedy group rides of around 30 mph average (and kind of keep pace with the speedsters), and even some mild off roading. The wheel has surprising torque to get me up fairly steep inclines, and aside from unusually hot days, runs pretty cool
  9. I originally set 65 mph, but changed it to the fastest available. Honestly, it's not speed that's the limiting factor for me... it's mainly cost of the wheel, budget, and whether or not I mind how heavy the wheel gets since weight usually increases with power and range. I want that power and speed to be there with headroom if I want it even though I rarely go faster than 35 mph. I prefer to enforce self limits than have my wheel decide that for me. It's very similar to why I'd want that type of speed in my car even though I usually follow usual speed limits. Examples include tempor
  10. Great advice given thus far. Here’s a few things I’ve been doing since learning to feel more comfortable in riding in traffic. Mind you, I’m never really fully comfortable riding in traffic, not even in my car. Distracted drivers are everywhere. 1) This goes without saying, but I’m going to say it anyway: for the traffic roads, wear your best armor. I usually go full face motorcycle helmet, armored jacket, moto gloves + wrist guards, moto pants, leatt dual axis knee+shin guard, thick high ankle shoes. If you fall in the street, you’ll be glad to have it on. 2) I bought
  11. I have size US 13 feet, and having smaller pedals messed up my foot placement in the beginning. I used to put my foot so that it would cover up the pedals as best as possible. It wasn’t later that I started shifting my feet a little more forward so that my ankle was closer to the axel, or the pedal hanger, rather than behind. This made my toes hang off, which was uncomfortable because toe grip cramped up my foot, but ultimately more comfortable when riding than having my ankles too far behind the axel. Then I got larger pedals to reduce the overhang/toe grip, which solved that orig
  12. Came in for this. My standard for EUC speed and capability is, and I don’t think it’s too unreasonable here, is to be able to keep up with a regular pedal bicycle…Not an eBike, a bicycle, on a bike lane or similar as part of a road. I think when folks see numbers like 25, 35, 40 mph, yeah it seems pretty fast by the numbers, but these speeds are commonly achievable by the bicyclists I meet, particularly on clear flat or downhill areas. I didn’t really know about it until actually being out there and riding alongside these bicyclists. I don’t normally ride fast…usually i
  13. EUC price tiers have shifted to be more expensive unfortunately. If you’re looking for a NEW wheel with the best bang for your buck at the budget of $1500 flat, there aren’t really that many options unfortunately. Best bet is probably MCM5V2 and then get some protective gear with the money left over. If you’re looking for speed though, you’ll be hitting the upper bound of 25 mph pretty quick. I used to recommend the great deal of the Tesla v2 that can hit closer to 28 mph previously costing $1300 but sadly, they are discontinued and the next iteration, the T3, is priced new at $1799, o
  14. I don’t like holding selfie sticks, so I use an old Ricoh Theta 360 cam attached to a selfie stick attached to my wheel by way of velcro straps to get most of my camera footage. Not as worried about it getting damaged in a crash since it’s not a top of the line camera and is pretty reasonably priced on eBay should I need a replacement. The Ricoh Theta app lets you focus and crop the 360 footage to focus on whichever direction you want during scenes, though it doesn’t remove the selfie stick like for the Insta360 cameras. So it’s nice to be able to focus on just riding, but then look th
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