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  1. John Hearsey

    What helmet type?

    I do like that the chin guard is fixed and not removable as I would never take it off anyway. Also, I have a large head and with its different size inserts it is is easy to adjust the fit. I think you will like it a lot!
  2. John Hearsey

    What helmet type?

    At my 50 mile mark I did not see a bad sidewalk joint (new rider over confidence...) which grabbed my wheel and down I went, face first. It happened so fast it was over before I knew what happened. I had full gear on but I was wearing a bike helmet, so I got a bloody split lip and banged up nose. I was very lucky on the teeth... Now I always wear a full face helmet and I am so used to it I don't even notice it any more as it is light, comfortable and has good air flow. It is a Fox Proframe.
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    Ever Buy Stuff That You Probably Don't Even Need?

    Funny, I once put a long bolt thru thru a round handheld kitchen brush and have been using it with my cordless drill to clean the shower...
  4. @John Hearseyout of curiosity, what is you unicycle resting on? I just used a sheet of plexiglass that I bent with a heat gun.
  5. I too am still learning and recently removed the extra padding from my KS14s which helped a lot to reduce the scratches. I have not upgraded the pedals yet but am getting more and more tempted as I hear from those who have...
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    ewheels complimentary wristguards

    I too agree that it is a nice service by Jason to include the wrist guards. Although pretty tight they serviced me well on my many "learning" falls. I do actually like the design as I can wear my Apple watch for the Darknessbot app. For anyone else who likes this style of wrist guard but need something a little larger I found and bought these in x-large and they are plenty big. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009SU9UBS/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  7. John Hearsey

    Age Thread

    I was 73 when I started riding and have now ridden a couple hundred miles. Problem is I just don't bounce like I used to when I hit the ground.
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    Riding style: Bumpy roads

    Since I am also new to this I am very familiar with what you are going through. At the fifty mile mark I was starting to relax a bit as I had reached that "beginner overconfidence" point when I took my eye off the sidewalk just long enough to miss a 2 inch high jump from one section of the sidewalk to the next. The wheel stopped dead in it's tracks and I did not. I was wearing protective gear including a good bike helmet but that did not help with the "face plant." Now I am wearing a full face Fox Proframe... Now that I have passed the 100 mile mark I find it is much easier to mange the bumps and breaks in the road, so you do learn how to handle the wheel better as you continue to ride. By the way, I also wear knee pads and they totally saved my knees, so I never ride without them...
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    THE HELMET THREAD

    I am a new rider that recently face planted with a Giro bike helmet. I now wear the Fox Proframe helmet and I really like it. It is so comfortable I almost forget I am wearing it. The visor does not really interfere with my vision at all.
  10. Just about anyone can be bitten by the EUC bug. I saw an ad for the Segway miniLITE which somehow lead me to discovering the electric unicycle. After much research and many videos I thought "I have to get one of those! It would be so much fun to ride!" Being over 70 I did have some reservations, but eventually rationalized through all of them and am now learning how to ride my new KS14s! I was right. This reminds me of my downhill skiing days. It's like flying without having to leave the ground... An electric skateboard or scooter never caught my interest. By the way, thanks to all of you here on this forum who have helped me so much learning all about this subject!
  11. John Hearsey

    Yet another bitten by the EUC bug

    OK, that may in fact be what I am hearing. It does make me nervous about riding the wheel so that helps to defray my fears - thanks. Yea, I have and am wearing protective gear with wrist guards at the top of my list!
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    Yet another bitten by the EUC bug

    I actually did a short video with the sound but I am limited right now on the file upload (~3mb) But if this is normal then I won't worry. I am just a little nervous right now about something that might end up throwing me off the wheel ...)
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    Yet another bitten by the EUC bug

    That's a good idea so I tried it and still the same vibration. It is actually audible as you begin to accelerate and actually sounds like a grinding noise.
  14. This forum has been tremendous in helping better understand EUCs as well as being a wealth of information about all kinds of things, so thank you all! I just bought a KS14s and I am now attempting to learn how to ride it. Funny, @Jason McNeil, in his into message he sent when I bought the wheel suggested I use a shopping cart for learning and I tried a variation of that by using my electric mower instead as it is not too heavy. Is is actually helping me get a feel for the wheel and how to balance on it. One thing became very clear rather quickly was to look up and ahead rather than down at the wheel (of course I knew that!). I am starting to believe I might actually be able to do this! I also do have a question. When I just start to move the wheel either forward or back I feel a vibration in my feet as if the wheel is "hunting" for the balance point. It stops vibrating as soon as I start to move. Just wondered if this is typical behavior or there might be a problem with the wheel. Thanks @Jason McNeil for including the protection foam padding which I have put to good use as I know the wheel is going down a lot in the near future anyway...
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