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  1. How long have you been practicing in total? It takes time. But each time I get on, I find I do better than I did the day before, which is as much as I can hope for... As for steering, I'm just a newbie too. But I'm finding it's easier to steer with my toes than squeezing with my ankles/calves, just as I can write more legibly using my fingers instead of my wrists and elbows.
  2. Thai-lad

    In the news...

    In April we had: https://www.willitsnews.com/2016/04/29/hack-and-squirt-foes-challenge-industry-technique/ (timber industry kills unwanted trees but leaves them standing in place, I never heard if the ballot measure passed) Then a few months later we had https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mendocino_Complex_Fire according to wiki, the largest recorded fire complex in California history... But nowhere was there any mention if the areas burned had been previously been subjected to hack and squirt deforestation....
  3. Thai-lad

    In the news...

    Speaking of electric rates, hope you're not with PG&E... Earlier this year, a federal judge asked the company to detail any role it may have played in causing the Camp Fire, which killed more than 80 people. Company employees reported power outages and flaming poles near the starting location of the fire. Thursday, the utility company submitted a revenue increase proposal to the CPUC which would, among other things, fund wildfire precaution measures. And you thought the utility company was going to be out of pocket for any liabilities relating to fires from power lines??
  4. Thai-lad

    In the news...

    How much is the annual insurance premium? Add that to the cost and you're close to the price of a new EUC each year... As to keeping cars 11 years... yes thats the average age of an auto in the US. As it gets older not only does it need more and more of the rubber based materials replaced, but for some models those parts begin to get difficult to find.
  5. Thai-lad

    In the news...

    Mileage is not the point. Cars are routinely used to travel longer distances than their daily commute which skews that number. Only daily commuter miles and local errands are going to be substituted by a PEV. More to the point is how often new car buyers replace their vehicles, every 6 years is what I've read. Average private PEV owners? No hard data, but a reasonable guess would be at most once a year? How long do cars typically last? 11 - 12 years? A PEV? 2 or 3 years? Add to the typical car the cost of the recommended maintenance schedule as per the owners manual, vs PEV only new tires and/or inner tubes. I would say that 3 to 6 PEVs to replace one car is a more appropriate number.
  6. Thai-lad

    In the news...

    A detailed look at the benefits of adapting cities to e-scooters... https://www.wired.com/story/e-scooter-micromobility-infographics-cost-emissions/amp
  7. 5 hours of practice over more than a week's time, and I finally am starting to feel a little bit in control of this beast, and using some of the balancing skills I previously developed with this home-made balancing board while waiting for my wheel to be repaired. Till now I was too concerned I would fall over at speed and twist my ankle to properly correct the cycle when it would tilt left or right, so any extreme lean or wobble and I would prepare to bail if in the open, or reach for a wall/fence/pole/rail (whatever was handy). Too freaked out over the forward motion, or lack thereof (my feet were too far back). Today I lined up the back of my heel with the back of the pedal, outside of my foot with the outside of the pedal, and just kept my upper torso aimed at the target and used the same balancing motions I learned on the balance board to auto-correct. Can now do 4 or 5 meters in a fairly straight line (my limited space today precluded going further) then brake and stop next to the wall for a quick turn around, rinse and repeat. Tomorrow will try in a more open space. Can skip along on one foot but still not touch and glide. Leaning slightly against a wall to steady myself before hopping on. Finally had some fun today! Love reading all the history of others who have gone through this process previously. Has encouraged me to keep practicing even when it was more frustration than pleasure. Update: Got in 2 more hours of practice this week in a slightly larger space, and now I can travel about 10 meters (30 feet) before running out of room, with about a 70% rate of success (still losing steering control/balance some times), so next session will head out to the empty parking lots and try riding in the wide open spaces ... Definitely seeing and feeling the improvement with each session, today was more fun than frustration, sometimes it was kind of a zen thing... just think "go there" and the wheel and I did. Guess you can teach an old dog new tricks
  8. I got caught with a bad front wheel wobble on my motorcycle a couple months ago. I rode it out safely, but I believe I know why it happened. I waited too long to make a turn, then turned and banked sharply. Unfortunately, my front wheel was underinflated and the sidewalls flexed too much. This set up a side to side wobble as I tried to correct each change of direction. I wonder if the same thing is responsible for sideways wheel wobbles on EUCs, especially ones with wide tires and thick sidewalls that people underinflate to cushion the ride.
  9. Thai-lad

    New GotWay Nikola 17''

    Just in case you wanted to know what the real cost of li-ion batteries are... https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-05/latest-bull-case-for-electric-cars-the-cheapest-batteries-ever and this video has a pretty good description of what goes into a Tesla (car) battery pack
  10. In my case I had a hard time staying close enough to the fence for it to be useful. Today I used the wall of a small cabin located on my land to lean against when starting, but moved away from it while trying to ride on the surrounding cement apron. Reaching out to the wall (or the tennis court fence the first day) would throw off my balance. After an hour I'm too hot and tired to continue, as riding while tired will lead to accidents I fear. Tomorrow I hope to progress from one legged skipping/hopping along to moving the free foot onto a pedal before hopping off again. I jammed my knee a little bit stepping off too stiffly once on the second day, but nothing painful by the following day. Just sore muscles. I'm using short leather hiking boots to protect my ankles. I don't expect to try riding along the road to commute till January at the earliest. Hope you don't make things worse for yourself by riding while injured. It would be a shame if you totally incapacitated yourself in a second fall.
  11. A lot of progress for 3 weeks with an injured knee! At my age those kind of injuries take forever to heal, so I'm not going to try and push it too hard. But maybe I'll find a cyclist to ride with me and use them for balance soon. I'd try a shopping cart but the nearest one is a 20 minute drive away.
  12. One thing I wasn't expecting is what a workout hopping on and bailing off a wheel would be. An hour is about all I can manage in this 90° heat. Getting to 100 hrs will take a while at this rate.
  13. Not wanting to hijack anyone's thread, but being at a similar stage of learning, I thought I'd contribute my level of progress as an over 60 year old guy also trying to master this beast. Day 1, spent an hour hanging onto sidewalk railings and grabbing onto tennis court chain link fences. 2 meters was about all I could get without crashing. The railings and fences were somewhat counterproductive, I kept reaching for them from too far away instead of rebalancing. Day 2, an hour of pole to pole under covered parking. Pendulum swinging works ok, 6 meters before falling, whoo hoo! Day 3 and 4. An hour each day in a smaller cement patio region at home. Worked on one foot techniques like pivoting in a circle, and bunny hopping/skipping. Worked up from a couple inches per hop to eventually a couple feet. Ah-hah moment came when I realized I could not steer the EUC with my single foot and ankle, the foot pads were too slippery and my ankle muscles too weak. Twisting my body to steer wasn't working either; wheel kept stubbornly turning the other direction. Then it dawned on me that the wheel was just going where my knee was pointed. Aim my kneecap where I wanted to go and the rest followed. Obvious in hindsight, right? Area was too small to practice much riding, but did manage to go about 4 meters and feel like I was mostly in control. I'm learning on a KS14C. So far haven't fallen, have full protection including shin protectors so my calves and ankles aren't too sore. For you experienced riders, does this bring back any memories?
  14. Thai-lad

    New GotWay Nikola 17''

    I am talking about Asia. Where sometimes people do ride motor scooters on sidewalks 😠 and often bring them inside at night. But can leave them outside (often under covered parking ) (and often with security guard) when going into classes at school or shopping/eating/working. (and no, schools are not going to allow EUCs in what are already overcrowded classrooms at most high schools where the majority of motorcyclists are located). So I don't see them selling many $1700+ wheels here, especially those aesthetically designed for a younger, less afluent crowd, who ride most of the scooters here. As for older enthusiasts looking for a long distance wheel, the design misses the mark, IMHO. There are many things they could have done to make the wheel more appealing to them, instead of creating a mobile disco. Lastly, even a 1600 wh wheel has only 120 batteries. That's less than $500 wholesale, I'm guessing. So if rumors of $2K+ price point are true, I predict their attempt to emulate Apple's approach to pricing will ... fall flat...
  15. Thai-lad

    New GotWay Nikola 17''

    Yes, I've ridden to work on Stockholm trains so know exactly what you mean. That's why I mentioned that it would be competing with scooters here in Asia. But as a last mile commuter wheel it has a lot of competition from other makes and models, it needs to offer something special besides looks to justify that kind of price. It's clearly aimed at long distance riders with the huge battery offering, which isn't what a train/bus commuter is typically looking for. It's tall case will potentially make it more difficult to bring on buses and trains. The super wide handle doesn't look like it's going to be very comfortable for lifting/carrying, though I admit I could be wrong on that point. So who exactly is the target market for this wheel? Disco lights and boom box audio suggest a younger audience than the typical 40+ year old enthusiasts on this forum...