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  1. travsformation

    New riders and wheel's "learner speed limit"

    Yeah, I see what you mean. For some of the cheaper models I looked at, M was size 53-57, and L was 58-61. Those extra inches make a hell of a difference... And since price is an issue (100€ max.), whatever I get isn't going to come with switchable inserts... I read somewhere that it's not a bad idea to get a helmet that initially feels a bit tight, since the foam eventually compresses and adapts to your head, while an initial perfect fit can mean that later down the road the helmet might be a bit looser than it should
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    THE VIDEO THREAD!

    With winter jacket and all protective gear, 77 kg. There are some much steeper hills where I live, I'll see if I can get some decent footage I can post
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    New riders and wheel's "learner speed limit"

    Looks like I should have inspected the helmet more closely before getting all excited. I ordered an M and they sent me an L... Way too much wiggle room, both sideways and up and down...not sure it would protect me much from a faceplant. The chin-guard also hair a fair deal of flex to it, so after retuning it, I think I'm going to get a proper motorcycle helmet , and get it in a physical store where I can try it on. Damnit! Guess I'm going to have to wait before I can hit Mach1 on the V8...
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    V8 offroad. How tough is it?

    Good to know! Thanks! I think I'll order some slime AND some spare inner tubes so I'm ready for the first puncture
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    New riders and wheel's "learner speed limit"

    Full-face helmet arrived today, so good-bye 25km/h limit! I'll let keep in mind of all the great tips you've given me, and hopefully, common sense will prevail once I jump on the wheel! (It's been raining like mad for 3 days, so all work and no lay makes Jack...CRAZY!)
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    V8 offroad. How tough is it?

    Yikes! Glad they're going for the wheel and not the rider....what kind of snakes d'you have in Missouri? All the weight on one wheel....makes sense. Have you considered/tried slime? I'm considering it as a preventive measure, just to be on the safe side Another consideration for a straight air valve is its length: if it protrudes too much, you might have issues with iit hitting the EUC's shell
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    THE VIDEO THREAD!

    I'm impressed with how well the V8 is handling the steep hills in my neighbourhood
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    Barcelona, in Spanish

    Y quien viva en pueblo, no fuera de las grandes ciudades, como es mi caso, no ahí la policía no tiene ni idea de la normativa así que es raro que te digan algo. Yo me los he cruzado varias veces y como mucho se me quedan mirando en plan "eso que leches es?"
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    Warm-up & stretching to prevent injuries

    I asked my girlfriend (she says hi, by the way!), and she told me that for this scenario, the most important factor is strength. Weak muscles are more likely to be injured, while stronger muscles can take the impact with less strain. I didn't mention lower body muscle strengthening in the original post because riding the wheel actually strengthens them, so what is most needed is flexibility (obtained via stretching). In addition to strengthening the shoulder muscles I mentioned, you could add biceps and triceps strengthening exercises (just look up "strengthen biceps/triceps" in Youtube and you'll get more exercises than you could every need). And of course, to exercise them in a balanced way that doesn't cause stiffness, it's advisable to stretch afterwards (this applies to all muscles, so stretching should also be done for the shoulder strengthening exercises mentioned in the original post). But for upper body, you don't need to strengthen and stretch immediately before riding, but in general. Although warming up shoulders and arms before riding is definitely beneficial Hope this helps!
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    Komoot - trip planning, navigation & recording

    @Seba I just tried it out, and it works great, and pretty much offers the whole package (offline maps for my region were free too). Until now I've been using Strava for route recording (when I know where I'm going or am just leisure riding), and Google Maps + Wikiloc for route planning & recording: If I wanted to go to the supermarket taking only small residential roads to avoid main roads, I'd plan the route with Gmaps and then run wikiloc in recording mode, so it would record the route and I could use its navigation function the next time without having to use Gmaps. The downside of this system was that Gmaps is a hassle when navigating: you have to add a ton of waypoints, and every time you reach one you have to unlock your phone and tell it that you want to continue. Adn while wikiloc does offer navigation (if you pay the 4.99€ yearly subscription), there's no audio navigation. It's great to be able to do everything from the same app, as well as choosing the profile (elevation, type of roads, etc.). Being able to see the route by just hitting the power button is extremely useful, and there's a fantastic route-planning option where you can just select a pre-planned or pre-recorded route and reverse the order (it was very useful for getting back home after shopping ). I've also found the average and max. speeds to be much more precise than in Strava (which was giving me max. speeds of up to 58 km/h on my V8 ). The only drawbacks I've found so far are the inability to change maps (it only uses OpenStreetMaps; in Strava it's only Google, but you can choose "normal", terrain or satellite), and the elevation info is fairly off. All the same, great app, it will definitely be staying on my phone and will surely come in handy! Thanks for sharing!
  11. Hi, Here goes a topic that I think is definitely worth posting about. My partner is a physical therapist, and after I had a minor knee-tendon injury during the first few days of riding, she mentioned that warming up and stretching wouldn’t be a bad idea for EUC riding, since to a great extent, it involves maintaining the same posture for extended periods of time, which can lead to muscle, tendon and ligament fatigue and stiffness, which in turn, makes one much more prone to non-impact injuries in the event of falling/jumping off the wheel, or can potentially make them worse. For example, falling off the wheel and landing on just one leg can involve a considerable impact, and muscle and tendon stiffness (due to the riding stance and lack of stretching) will make an injury (sprain, tendinitis, etc.) much more likely, or worse than it would have been if you’d warmed up and stretched to maintain flexibility. @meepmeepmayer and @Mono mentioned that they hadn't seen this topic brought up in the forum, so I had my partner walk me through the biodynamics of EUC-riding and give me a few warm-up and stretching exercises to help minimise the over-stress that certain parts of the body are subjected to when riding. Bear in mind that a great deal more muscles, tendons and ligaments are in play while riding than I’ll list here and to cover them all would involve a lengthy, multiple installment publication (longer than this one ) that I doubt anyone would be interested in reading, so for the sake of brevity and pragmatism, I asked her to narrow down the list to the soft tissues subjected to the most stress and most prone to injury. BEFORE RIDING, you should ideally warm up a little. The best and most simple exercises you can do, that pretty much cover most of the muscles you’ll be using (legs, hips, core), are: Squats: (If you’re in a hurry, 10 squats are better than nothing, but 15 is better) Marching in place / high jog: (10 with each leg should do; for a more thorough warm-up, aim for 20) As part of the warm-up, some joint movement is also beneficial. Some of the most useful exercises are: Standing hip circles: (5-10 repetitions in each direction for each leg; the broader the circles the better) Circular knee warm-up: (5-10 repetitions in each direction) Circular ankle stretching: Aside from the warm-up, some LIGHT stretching can go a long way in terms of preventing potential injuries. I’ll detail the different soft tissue “components” of the musculoskeletal system that are stressed the most/more likely to be injured, how they come into play in terms of EUC-riding, and how to stretch them. IMPORTANT: Plantar fasciae (foot arch): (aka the part that hurts like hell when you’re beginning) Involved in base stance (the more forward your foot is positioned, the more they’re stressed) and acceleration. Stretching exercises: Tibialis anterior (muscle and tendon): Used for braking and when leaning back (e.g., going downhill). Stretching: Achilles tendon: Used while in base stance and when accelerating. Stretching: Calf muscle and soleus: Used in base stance and when accelerating. Stretching: Calf: Soleus (deep calf muscle): Hamstring (posterior thigh muscles & tendons): Used while in base stance and while accelerating. Stretching: Quadriceps: Under the greatest stress when braking and leaning back, but also tense (albeit less so) when in the base stance and accelerating (to balance out the force being applied by the hamstring). Stretching: If having trouble balancing (which you shouldn’t, you’re damn EUC-riders!), you can use one arm to support yourself on a wall, rail, fence, etc.. If you don’t feel any tension on your quads in the position shown in the video, pull your leg further back, so the leg being stretched isn’t parallel to your other leg and your knee is further back (keep your back straight while you do this). I recommend holding your foot from your ankle. Doing the same exercise but pulling from the base of your toes is another way to stretch your anterior tibialis). Hip adductors (inner thigh): Used to press legs inward against the wheel and for turning. Stretching: (Sexy Legs Workout...potentially sexist/objectifying, I know...but what can I say? I looked at several different videos for the same exercise and she’s the one that explained it the best. Seriously.) Hip abductors (outer thigh): Used mainly for turning. Stretching: In short, there are tons more muscles, tendons and ligaments involved (as in everything), but these are the main and most important ones. If you’re in a hurry, the most important ones to stretch are hamstrings, calves, quads and anterior tibialis. To stretch hamstrings + calves, follow the first exercise in this video. Just lean forward to stretch your hamstrings (with your foot relaxed), and do the same thing but pulling the end of your foot towards you to stretch your calves. For quads and anterior tibialis, refer to the comment below the quadriceps stretching video. Additional tips: When falling, your reflex reaction is to use your arms to break the fall. Protective gear helps prevent injuries from the impact part of a fall, but as others have pointed out (in regen-related threads), energy can neither be created nor destroyed, only transferred into another form. Meaning, in this case, that the abrasion resistance that wrist and elbow guards provide allows you to slide, thus reducing the intensity of the impact, but also transferring that force upward, towards your shoulder. This creates a high risk of shoulder injuries and dislocations (which are painful as hell), so it’s definitely worth strengthening the muscles involved in keeping the shoulder in place: mainly deltoids (rear and front), pectorals, and the latissimus dorsi. Strengthening biceps and triceps isn't a bad idea either. (All of the links above are for strengthening exercises). It's also important to point out that you should always stretch after strengthening exercises, as flexibility is just as important as strength, and not doing so will lead to muscle stiffness. And lastly, the better shape you're in, the less prone you are to injuries. And so this doesn’t turn into a multi-page soliloquy, I’d say those are pretty much the basics (glutes and abs also play an important role in balancing and forward/backward motion, for example, but are unlikely to be injured when EUC-riding or lead to unrelated injuries). All the same, if anyone thinks I missed something important (perhaps your partner, @Elzilcho), don’t hesitate to add it, nor to correct me anywhere I'm wrong or suggest alternative, easier/better exercises I know it’s a drag to think you have to do all of these every time you want to hop on your wheel, but these should actually only take 5-6' before riding and 10-15' max. post-riding. Otherwise, an abbreviated version, or stretching them at another time several times a week (after exercising; avoid intense stretching of muscles that haven’t been previously warmed up) is definitely better than nothing, and can go a long way in terms of preventing a broad range of injuries (particularly ankles and knees). In any case, I hope this is useful (it feels nice to be able to give back to the community after pestering all of you with questions since I joined the forum). Happy (and safe) riding! Sidenote: I’ve tried to be as neutral as possible and find an appropriate "male/female/elderly physical therapist" ratio for the Youtube stretching exercises, because I feel it's the right thing to do, and because I know the subject of posting content of bikini-clad women and scarcely-dressed female EUC-riders has been discussed in this forum. My apologies to those hoping for more cleavage & yoga pants
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    Barcelona, in Spanish

    Ya ves, es ridículo...y para colmo, muchas de las ordenanzas municipales contradicen la normativa de la DGT (lo cual, en teoría, no pueden hacer). Spain is different.... Por cierto, ¿hay alguna asociación de usuarios de monociclos eléctricos o vehículos de movilidad personal? Estaría bien unirse e intentar hacer presión...sino, van a seguir haciendo las normativas sin contar con nuestra perspectiva y, como ya se va viendo, eso no es nada beneficioso para nosotros...
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    Barcelona, in Spanish

    La regulación del UCE en las principales ciudades de España: https://www.heraldo.es/noticias/aragon/zaragoza-provincia/zaragoza/2018/09/09/asi-esta-regulacion-del-patinete-electrico-las-principales-ciudades-espana-1265763-301.html
  14. I'd also like to add my own massive THANKS to everyone in the community for the wealth of useful information you've provided over the years, which has been extremely helpful during my learning process (and kept me busy and learning on raining days when I was going crazy because I couldn't hop on my wheel!). Like @Girth Brooks (who also offered me some very useful information in another thread; thanks!), feet placement was an important factor for me too, particularly in terms of learning in the hilly area where I live. Aligning the back of my shoe with the rear of the pedal made it infinitely easier to go down steep hills without gripping the wheel as hard as I could in fear of falling on my butt. Aside from a means of transportation, I also desperately yearned for something entertaining and challenging, as I've been going through a rough patch, and learning to ride the wheel has proven to be the perfect choice, as it's been very constructive (mentally) to challenge myself to learn something new, and extremely rewarding to see my efforts pay off (that certainly doesn't happen in my work life... ), and how well the tips I've read about or received directly have worked. And lastly, I'd like to point out what a fantastic community this is. It's not just the shared interest and the spirit of collaboration, but also the general lively and friendly tone of the forum, which is super welcoming to newcomers and makes the theoretical part of the learning process much more fun (as opposed to reading a dry, how-to manual, for instance), and makes it much easier to open up (and admit how utterly clueless we are) Thanks to all and HAPPY (and safe) riding! May the (electric rolling) force be with you!
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