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    V8, MCM5, MSX

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  1. Fantastic! I hope this becomes a standard for how wheels are compared - brilliant approach.
  2. Brilliant! I'm sure that took a lot of work - well done!
  3. Thx for posting! I saw those and wondered if they would work for charging e-stuff.
  4. That's how my charger behaved as well with my MSX. It didn't bother me because I rarely needed a full charge and liked to go easy on the batteries. In fact I normally set the charger to 90% which gave me 80% on the batteries.
  5. Solowheel classic: Jeep CJ (solid, pioneer of a genre) Solowheel xtreme: Jaguar E-type (gorgeous and way ahead of its time - 18") KingSong 16b: Ford Bronco (wide, stiff, short... comfort like a LEGO brick) Inmotion V8: Mazda Miata (sleek, versatile, pretty... good for everything except cross country drives) Gotway MSX: “Mammoth Car” from Speed Racer
  6. @Cumulus Libre you are a rockstar for taking control of your health and finding something that works. I'm terrified that you'll fall and make things worse of course, but you seem pretty cognizant of the risks/rewards, so I can only give you two thumbs up! On wheels, I'll offer a few comments on ergonomics and tires that may or may not be helpful. I learned on a very skinny wheel (solowheel xtreme). Due to that I have a *really* hard time on wide wheels, and particularly 'short' wheels that press against your leg low. I like to ride one-footed. Well not really ride, but come to stops gracefully (pulling one foot off to balance and wait at a light or whatever). So being able to control a wheel with one foot is super important. A skinny wheel that is lighter (and locks against your leg higher) gives you WAY more control one-footed. With my xtreme (or glide 3 / V8) you feel like you're wearing the wheel... very easy to control with one foot. And painless if you add a little extra padding. My KingSong 16 was not skinny. The extra weight of the wheel, wide pedals and lower contact point made it really hard to manage with one foot -- and very painful to ride one-footed due to the pressure point on the leg (much more leverage with the wider pedal stance and lower contact point... can't change physics). My new MSX is like this as well (the higher pedals reduce leverage but that effectively lowers the contact point with your leg, so that's a wash). I live with it. I kind of 'hop off' (with one foot) at stops instead of smoothly lowering a leg when I come to stops. You get used to it but skinny would be better. Which gets me back to you. If you have a highly dominant leg, controlling the wheel with one foot might be critical. The V10 is great -- I did a test ride on one. But it was heavy so if you get the chance to ride other wheels definitely do. Here's where I ended up after 3 years and 6 wheels (casual riding only - people like Marty Back ride more more before breakfast than I ride in a month. I do < 500 miles a year). Anyway, I use my MSX for longer rides like commuting and fun, but my V8 is used daily wheel because it's so much easier to manage (light, nimble, easy to ride in the city, tons of power, super easy to switch to the trolly handle, lift out of the car, etc etc). The MSX is MUCH more forgiving on bumps, cracks, dips, etc., though, so it's safer to ride at speed. The big tire is cushy and smooth - but all that extra weight makes it a beast to lift, manage with the trolly, control with one foot etc. The V10F is a gem - I rode a V10F briefly and loved it instantly. It felt larger than a 16", with a notable feeling a heavy wheel spinning up. The wider tire would really help over the V8 on trails. Speaking of, I chose the Gotway over the V10 only partly because I wanted something different (plus I was under the momentary illusion that I wanted to ride fast like Tishawn Fahie or EVWhere). The V8 is nimble, like a Mazda Miata. I wanted something that felt like a 70's Cadillac. I ruled out the awesome z10 due to comments about the rigid ride - I was really going for that cushy cruiser that could roll anything. The Monster might have been more on point but the MSX is a blast to ride and very forgiving (if bulky). Anyway, stay safe and get strong!
  7. People have spoken a lot about the side-to-side angle of the MSX pedals (and with good reason). There are two other factors as well though. First is 'riding at all' -- EUCs can be hard on the feet. I've been riding causally for years and my feet still get sore in as little as 5 minutes (depending on shoes, etc). When I ride more frequently it gets better. I've also learned to sort of stretch one foot at a time (so just the toes touching - kind of like moon walking). That helps. Next is the front-back angle of the pedals. I find a few degrees forward tilt (3 or 4) to be much more comfortable than flat pedals that are perfectly horizontal. The MSX allows you to change this through calibration -- it's a bit tricky but worth it IMO. I'd be curious to know what other people run their pedals at, front-to-back?
  8. The Glide 3 (aka Inmotion v8) might do the trick too, and it happens to be much less expensive. I'm about your weight and can ride the v8 slower than walking speed with near zero effort, including dirt and gravel paths. The trick is to get the tire pressure just-right for your weight and terrain (soft enough so it's not skittish on the rocks). If you have roots, ledges and steep inclines, however, you might be better off with bike or scooter setup.
  9. Someone said the control board was likely replaced -- wouldn't that reset the odometer and explain the low miles on a wheel that had a little more wear & tear on it than that?
  10. When I learned to ride a regular unicycle on trails I fell a lot (and... still do). I had the most trouble with surprises -- if there's no warning at all you barely have time to protect your face. I even ran the numbers at some point (gravity minus reaction time only left a fraction of a second to lift your arms). With EUCs it seems to be almost all surprises, so the danger factor is high. The pogo-stick posture doesn't help any either. Anyway, this thread (plus the injury threads) have been helpful, scary and eye-opening. I've always worn a helmet but nothing else. With a faster wheel in the queue (thx @Jason McNeil!) I've decided to up my safety gear a bit. Here's my plan: * last-mile commuting (~ 22 kph, suburbs & city): ProTec skateboard helmet + light-duty wrist guards (same as before, but adding some wrist protection) * longer/faster rides: full face helmet (fox proframe just arrived), wrist guards (Flexmeter D30 -- thx @fbhb et al) , and probably my serious skateboard knee pads until I find something with a more modern type of impact foam.
  11. Congrats to all of those that were able to break their cigarette addictions. Truly. Several of my best friends are going to live much longer lives because of vaping. I know the addiction remains but my understanding is that people consume less nicotine as vapers since the unit of consumption is a draw or two instead of an entire cigarette. I have no direct data on that but I'd like to think it's true. As for 2nd-hand cigarette clouds - not a fan (same for domesticated dogs, but that's another story). I don't care for vape clouds either but would gladly zip through some banana-cream-pie smelling fog (plus the unknown toxins) over the well understood dangers of cigarette smoke.
  12. I learned to ride unicycles late in life - easily one of the most challenging things I've picked up. There must be some overlap because I was able to ride an EUC easily when the time came. I'd guess unicycles are about 10 to 30x harder to learn than EUCs (hour for hour). They are similar in that they're both somewhat fringe activities that attract attention, and both can be learned by anyone but for some reason the learning curves scare most off. Anyway, for me, the unicycles are for challenge and exercise whereas the EUCs are for fun and transportation. This is the video that made me want to learn "MUNI" (offroad unicycle riding - I had no idea how long it would take to learn trail riding!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtJZVHkhm-M
  13. I ordered a wheel about the same time as you from the same vendor (green & fashion...). As people have noted I didn't see much tracking until it was in-country, and in my case both the international and the local shipping happened to be very fast (a nice surprise, and probably the luck of the draw). Anyway, my experience was positive and very recent, so hopefully that gives you some re-assurance. Side note: getting set up to use a credit card on ali for the first time took a few days and was pretty invasive... still not sure how I feel about that.
  14. I’ve noticed a change in my city over the last couple years as people have gotten used to seeing them. Before it was nonstop questions (while moving) and positive comments… now it’s mostly ambivalence with a few shout-outs from kids. But the other night… that’s when my wheel finished it’s death spiral from ‘cool’ to ‘whatever’ to flat-out dorky. It was dark - I’ve got all the crazy lights turned on and I’m zooming up the sidewalk by a bar. There were a bunch of smokers outside and one of them says to the others “what… a… NERD!” I dunno… maybe I wasn’t going fast enough to be cool. In their defense I was balancing a hot pizza box and talking on my watch-phone at the same time.
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