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  1. I have to open my 18XL up to change the tire. I’m having trouble envisioning the silicone adds abs the duct tape ramp. Any addition description would be appreciated. Thanks!
  2. On v1.12, I preferred to calibrate the wheel to be a few degrees forward of level. On v1.13, it doesn’t appear to be necessary or helpful. Also, my pedals are easier to fold.
  3. Anyone else getting a low rhythmic whirring out of what appears to be the control panel area following the update? (Rides nice, though.)
  4. On a second read, I see I misunderstood you. You didn't say that he exaggerates his arms. You said that he exaggerates his motion (e.g., lean angle) using his arms. I agree.
  5. Great video, hadn't seen that before. Tnx! Though I think it demonstrates what I've been trying to articulate. Tishawn is achieving a similar lean angle to a slalom skiier, but his movements are very different. A skiier would have his shoulders more aggressively rotated in the direction of the turn, with this arms pointing in the same direction as the carving turn. But Tishawn rides a wheel like a goofy footed snowboarder. Because a wheel is not a snowboard and requires counter-steering to carve at high speed, Tishawn is using his arms as a counterbalance and moves them in the opposite direction of the turn. (Snowboarder's don't do this to the same degree because they don't have to worry about uncontrolled tip-ins from counter-steering.) Compare Stephen's video, the images of Tishawn I pasted below, and the Ligetty slalom video and I think you'll see what I mean. Stephen looks like a skiier. Tishawn does not. They appear to be the same only if you look at the lean angle of the wheel, while ignoring the upper body and hips. (BTW, I'm curious to know whether Tishawn rides a skateboard goofy-footed. I bet he does.) So I maintain my view that Tishawn is doing something unique, until shown otherwise... Agree that he is always in control. Disagree that he chooses to exaggerate the motion of his arms. I would argue he uses them exactly to the degree he needs to to counterbalance the tipping in of the counter-steering wheel. No more and no less. Which is why the degree of motion of his arms changes with the degree of lean-in angle in the turn. If I'm right, then there is no exaggeration. And that is sort of the definition of control, right? (Well not quite, but you get the point.) To say that that he chooses to exaggerate his arms I think doesn't give the purposefulness of his movement enough credit. As for choice, I have no doubt that he could ride well using other dynamics and not use his arms in the way that he does. But going back to tennis, it's like saying Nadal has no choice but to whip his arm around his head and generate so much so much top spin. Of course he does. But then he wouldn't be Nadal. (BTW, I hope it doesn't seem like I'm being critical of his riding. Just the opposite--I'm jealous. Which is why I've spent so much time thinking about it.) Finally, apologies for hijacking this thread. I have been interested in this for some time and am clearly suffering from a lack of anyone to chat with about it. For some reason my family doesn't find this interesting... I'll stop now.
  6. And by "most of us," I mean everyone I've every seen, other than Tishawn.
  7. I don't think I'm over analyzing to say that it's more than flashy hands. Though there's that as well. Most of us ride pretty straight on, so when initiating a counter-steering turn at speed--by first turning the wheel away from the direction of the turn so that the wheel falls into the desired turning direction--we can arrest the "fall" by putting pressure on the outside pedal or even using our outside leg on the side of wheel, thereby arriving at the desired carving path. Same way a motorcycle works. And the hip release motion is a lot like skiing, which I'm very comfortable with. Tishawn on the other hand rides on an angle like he's carving on a snowboard, except that the pedal orientation keeps this angle fairly subtle. He too counter-steers at speed to initiate the turn. But because he's at an angle, he can't as easily control the speed with which the wheel falls into the turn with his outside leg, and so he uses the pendulum of his arms to help arrest the fall. If you don't coordinate the arms the right way, the wheel continues to fall into the turn unabated. Done well, it can make for some very sharp turns and changes of direction. Done poorly, well, you get the idea. (I had to learn the hard way, of course.) Said another way, most people rotate their shoulders in the direction of the carving turn, and as a result our arm/hands follow in that same direction. Tishawn does exactly the opposite, because he needs his arms as a counter-balance to the counter-steer. For the reasons stated above, I think it's more than that. Tishawn would fall to the ground if he didn't move his arms the way he does. The fact that others can carve an equally sharp turn while not moving their hands makes it seem like he's doing it just for fun or to be flashy, but I think it's all driven by the choices he makes in in other aspects of his riding.
  8. Playful is a great word to describe his riding style. A poor word choice by me. But I would still argue that it’s non-obvious. Otherwise more people would ride like him. I know I would. I liken it to Nadal’s forehand in tennis. Maybe it’s not counter-intuitive that a person can generate extreme pace, control and spin hitting the ball the way he does once you see him do it, but in the millions of collective man-hours spent playing tennis, only he has figured out how to actually do it. This is interesting. Serious and respectful question: does what you are doing approximate what Tishawn is doing? Because I’ve been wondering whether I should spend more time mimicking him, which would require some serious re-jiggering, or whether I’m wasting my time. I’m generally pretty coordinated with such things, so I figure if some / many people can make it work then I should be able to as well. On the other hand—going back to the Nadal analogy—some people go where others cannot follow. And I’ve not found a single example of someone using what I believe to be his core riding characteristics. I only know what I see on video, unfortunately, which is an imperfect sampling...
  9. When I am in the middle of traffic and the "pressure" is on to start without a hitch, I go with the the method you stumbled upon. In fact, my first movement is pressure on the heel, which brings the wheel under me somewhat aggressively, before weighting my toes. It makes it that much easier to get my center of gravity just a touch ahead of the wheel's centerline, so that I smoothly fall into the forward movement. I sometimes struggle with the kickstart. I think it's because it's more challenging to keep you center of gravity ahead of the wheel while you are kicking the wheel into forward motion. I'm working on it though. For the reasons that others have mentioned, it's seems like a valuable skill to have it the toolkit. A note (and warning) about patterning yourself after Tishawn: I have studied some of his videos because he rides like no one else and I found it really interesting. I tried to follow his movements it and felt incredibly challenging and damned dangerous. On a superficial level, his technique is counter intuitive because he moves his arms opposite from everyone else. When he carves right, both of his arms swing out to the left as a counterbalance. And vis versa on the other side. No one else does this. He is still counter-steering to transition between carving turns like all the other high-level riders, but he gets there in a unique way. After playing around with this and more studying of the videos, a light bulb went off in my head. He rides a wheel like he rides a skateboard/snowboard, with a dominant foot and a non-dominant foot. You can see it in his stance and hips, and how the mechanics for carving in one direction are for him are slightly different than carving in the other direction. It's like he has figured out how to snowboard on skis, for lack of a better description. Once I started to visualize it this way (I ride an electric skateboard, kiteboard, etc., as well), I was able able to replicate some of his movements without killing myself. But there were a few near misses. Anyway, those still shots posted above reminded me of this process, and I thought I'd mention that if you are going to study Tishawn in particular, you need to be a little more deliberate about it than you might guess. I wouldn't be surprised if even his starting motion (including the re-hip hinge) was somewhat unique to him.
  10. I haven’t tried blocks yet. When it’s up in blocks, doesnt the wheel spin? (Or maybe not b/c it’s level?)
  11. My 18xl has been bobbing around from level. I’ve been following the tips here re: calibration in the hope that I can get it to stop. But so far no luck. It feels stable for a time , but then inevitably the pedals start to tilt back as I get up to speed, and then if I push it a bit it levels out again. Almost like a boat coming up onto plane. And then when I slow down and do a sharp turn at walking speed, the pedals dip forward before coming back to level. When I stop riding, it settles back to level I’ve been using level app phone and standard water with the same result. Is there anyone else who has this pedal bobbing problem and can’t get it to go away?
  12. This extender slides over the 18xl mudguard in a pinch (and with a small tweak). Makes it look like a duckbill though. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00591PTTW?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_pd_title
  13. I don’t know that violent is the correct descriptor. On my slow speed tests it did put me in an aggressive braking position. Not violently so, but inevitably so. In fact, I think the lack of violence may have added to my confusion when I first tripped the threshold by accident. I felt disoriented, rather than pushed around. If you know it’s coming and go with it to a full hard brake it seems natural enough. But if I were surprised it again with no warning, I think I would struggle to keep my poise.
  14. So your tilt back threshold was lower but the warning thresholds were not? That’s scary and would really mess me up.
  15. Hey, thanks for the note. I’m getting my miiles in now so I’m ready for my commute out to Waltham when the spring weather hits! I saw someone on Z10 just the other day, but otherwise the streets are pretty empty...
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