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  1. pico

    Another Foot Position Thread

    Lucky dude. You meant both feet are parallel, right? If I were you, I would strive for a totally symmetrical stance with a very slight toe in. (ala speedy feet or marthy) This is not comfortable for all of us but for it will give you a lot of flexibility. Single foot riding and backward will then come naturally. Carving and acceleration are easier as it will be like walking or cross country skiing. Weight shifting from one foot to the other avoiding tight squeezes and the dreaded wobbles. The shoulder and arms naturally follow. (not flaying but following) The advantage of the toe in is that it allows the forward knee (When going forward) to be closer to the center section of the wheel. Great for smoothness, stability and control. Added benefit, by shifting the weight from one foot to the other you avoid fatigue. When I go backward, I gently cancel the toe in and put more weight on my heels. This the way I taught my GF. YMMV I foresee you are the next Hirsute, brother.
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    Things the manufacturers don't tell you.

    Well, In trying to keep this thread in the right track, yes, there are things that the manufacturers DON'T WANT you to know. As stated above the "stupid electronics design engineer" lives under unbearable constraints. One common ploy of "stupid management" (that is how we call them) is to start PRODUCTION before we even finalized the design. With the advent of firmware this has become HIGHLY prevalent. Guess what? OFTEN the first batch of product is imperfect. As a customer, whenever I see V1.00 or V1.01 of anything, I stay away...
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    Things the manufacturers don't tell you.

    Everything is possible... Corporate wants it cheap to manufacture. Engineers want it perfect and wait until they are sure it works as planned with the best possible components and redundancy. Marketing want to sell it NOW and of course promised the moon... Technicians want it easy to repair. Customer want it cheap. Performant and reliable. Do you see the contradictions? Oooops! I forgot, distributors want a high profit margin...
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    Things the manufacturers don't tell you.

    I would never do that. If not broken don't fix it. Unless you have been doing pendulum for 5000 miles... Don't forget infant mortality on electronic boards... Dismantle the wheel and cause a wire to be squeezed by accident naaaaahh!!!
  5. pico

    Things the manufacturers don't tell you.

    Funny, I remember my physics teacher: He used to say: people don't read the specs... I hated him. Later in life I understood. Manufacturer actually tell you all of the above. Failure rate? After seeing the tumbles those wheels are subjected to, I am always surprised they keep on ticking. You maybe right on infant mortality. On the other hand I would have liked to see failure rates after this initial phase. Jumping curbs? Anyone? Read the manual. Just for another smile. Operating temperature: read again the specs. IP ratings, again read, I can go on and on... Slush and burried in snow anyone?... Some fools even hack carefully tuned firmware...(hey, I may do it...) There is even one that I suspect is repairing wheels to put them back in service or on ebay... A lot of fails don't resist careful investigation. For your info, I am just a stupid retired electronics design engineer... And, yes, I also do stupid things with my wheels... like puting 175 lbs on one pedal. No, no and no say the SPECS... p.s. I like your thread, we can also add: "and users don't want manufacturers to know they do with their wheels"
  6. Allright, great! Now that you know how to ride, we want to see you dance! (your other talent, you said...)
  7. 100% in agreement. These things talk to us, its up to us to listen. Also got smacked really hard at 0 mph Remember my video "The harder they fall"... Vertical head velocity can be pretty nasty...No time to fall pretty judo style.... Above 25kmh with no helmet? Not for me... On the other hand I can hardly see myself doing tricks with full face helmet and too much padding. Want to stay as light and agile as possible.
  8. 25F is -4 deg C . At this temperature the internal resistance of the battery is way higher than say at the optimum 25 deg C. You were riding at 60% with the equivalent of a sub 150 Wh battery. This is the major culprit IMHO. Get well soon.
  9. Sincerely sorry to hear that. I have a V5F and this has never happened to me except when voluntarily fooling around on a very steep slope. I would like to know the ambient temperature and your weight, please.
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    Glad I took everone off guard! LOL!
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    My tribute to my GF.
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    Great stuff! Thank you!
  13. pico

    Newbie question

    Ooops, be careful, the type of wobble I was refering to are deceleration induced wobbles. Yours are rider induced wobbles. You will get rid of those by alternating your weight from side to side like skying. Do not squeeze the wheel. Sorry for not specifying.
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    Newbie question

    True. Tyre pressure can make huge differences on the V5F. You may even have to deal with the dreaded wobbles. Be ready to experiment. Your weight and geometry of your legs may make a difference. The wheel has a high center of gravity and high pedals for its size. To boot the pedals are solidly canted up. The V5F set me back a serious 4 weeks of training coming from the laggard X3. It was really worth the trouble... Check this training video that I recently dug out from my hardrive. Super fast and minimal corrections to insure smooth backward riding.
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    Newbie question

    I own both VF5 and Ninebot One E. The V5F is way faster reacting than the ninebot One. I personnaly love the two wheels for different reasons. V5F is more a toe/heel machine, and Ninebot One a body throw machine. Practice on both and I think you will be able to handle mostly any wheel. Once you get fully familar with both you will be able to transfer the different skills from one to the other. Great fun!