I have been riding a few months and have really enjoying this hobby/sport. Learning curve has not been to bad, and having a lot of fun doing it.
I currently have a 14" Ninebot Segway S1 with 150 miles on it. I feel comfortable using it on suburban streets and on sidewalk with moderate and heavy pedestrian/bike traffic. It has served me well and taught me how to ride, but feel it is limiting me now. Constantly hit the 20 km/hr and can't keep up with bicycles. The rage is quite limiting too. I'm heaver at 200 lbs and and get 10-12 miles out of a charge. I took it on vacation last week and me with 20-25 lbs of gear would make it to the beach 5.5 miles away, but would barely make it back (limping the last mile). It time for me to move into an intermediate wheel.
I have 2 goals. One is to have a fun wheel to ride around town. The other, once I get more proficient and feel comfortable in the city, is to have a "last mile" fair weather commuter. With 2-7 mile suburban leg to either the train or subway and a 1/2-2 mile urban leg. Gotway build quality and fragility are scaring me away from them. Still think I will crash one in a while. Leaves me with Kingsong and Immotion. I am leaning towards Kinsong thinking its built better. Don't know if I should stay with a 14" or go bigger. I'm leaning towards a KS14S for it's agility and smaller size. I'm thinking the 30 km/h will be fast enough for me, but would like some input on that. Is it a wise choice for someone 200 lbs with 20 lbs or so of gear? Would a KS16S be a better fit? should I even consider an 18" wheel?
Please share your thoughts, opinions and pro/cons of my options.