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  1. Not my content. This video helped to influenced me grab my own wheel. Casual ride with some nice music. Slydogstroh primarily has Onewheel content, but is now starting to ride an EUC.
  2. I got an Euc as a gift for my birthday and would love to learn how to ride it with out crashing it I live in Albany NY but willing to travel too
  3. Hi all! New to the forum & new to the hobby/lifestyle:) I'm looking to pick up my first wheel and I've found a Z6 and a V8, both second hand for around the same price...what do you guys think I should go for? Open to any and all advice! (Based in the UK, weight 85kgs, use will be mainly to commute 6miles round trip)
  4. Hi, EUCers! Incoming newbie here seeking advice on whether it is advisable to get the Ninebot One Z10 as my first and only wheel. I have some skateboarding experience from my teen days but that's a whole lifetime ago. I am in Malaysia where Ninebot has an official presence and from whom I would purchase the Z10, so I believe support won't be as spotty as I see it is in US/EU. Use case: I lie to myself that it will be commuting/mixed use but the truth is it will most likely be used purely for joyriding with some gratuitous errand runs thrown in to justify the purchase. I have both a car and moped for long- and medium-range transport. My workplace is about 6km (4 miles) from my home but I would just use my moped for that as it would be so much faster. I've actually booked the InMotion V8, thinking this should be my starter wheel. But I worry that I'll get bored of the 30km/h speed in a few short weeks. Although I suppose this also means that I am less apt to break my neck flying off a much faster wheel that I probably won't have learned to fully control yet, but I just can't keep lusting after the Z10. Would really appreciate any feedback on my intended lunacy. PS There aren't any sellers peddling KingSong and GotWay in Malaysia so it's just InMotion and Ninebot at the moment. For GotWay and KingSong, I'd have to make my way down to Singapore to pick them up.
  5. Hey wheelers, LA is riding and rolling on closed streets!! Almost a thousand RSVPs so far. I'm going. RSVP using this link: http://www.ciclavia.org/ciclavia_culver_city_meets_mar_vista_palms If we want to meet as a group then reply to this post. I'll be riding the Metro rail there.
  6. Hi everybody! I'm new to this forum, but from spending a couple of hours reading different posts, it seems like a very devoted one. Awesome! I am looking for my first ECU. I have previous experience driving Segway PT a couple of times with great success and enjoyment (pretty fast learning curve for that one). For a long time I have been interested in ECUs, and now that it has been allowed in Denmark, I really want to try it out. Here are some information that hopefully can help you provide me with some of your helpful advice: About me: Height: 180 cm Weight: 100 kg About my future ECU: Best value for the buck Able to carry my high weight Will mainly be used for commuting to work (1,2 km) and to the gym (2,5 km), but also around town Hopefully I get so excited about riding that I will go on longer trips, so some range would be great Either cheap to be intended for a starter wheel (should be able to sell for a decent price afterwards) OR have the potential to be a riding wheel for many kilometers Preferably possible to buy it in Europe Anything I have forgotten to mention? One thing I can't figure out is e.g. if I should just purchase e.g. a Ninebot One S2 (669€), use it as a starter wheel and be OK with it getting scratches - and then sell it for a decent price (at some point when/if I want to get a more expensive/feature packed wheel) - or if I should go all the way and get a wheel I might keep longer (but which also can become scratched from my initial learning curve). I have read many topics in here (especially recommendations for first wheels), but I am still super confused on what would be the best choice for me. I hope you can help. All inputs are highly appreciated. Huge thanks in advance!
  7. Hello all! I have never ridden an electric unicycle before and am wanting too start riding! I live in a steep mountainous town (some hills are 15°) and wanting an easy transportation type to get me between town/work/home. Here are some things I would want in the electric unicycle. At least 15° hill climb, be able to ride at least 5km on steep hills, be able to go around 15-20km/h, and not easily broken (since I will definitely crash a lot) and be able to carry me (150lbs). I have been looking at buying an EUC for more than a year now and I have finally decided to put down the money to get started! I have been looking at buying the King Song 14D but I need input from the experts (you guys) not unhelpful beings (my alter ego). Also money is not a big problem since I have a part time job (but please keep it below $1500 CAD). Can anybody help me?
  8. Hej Hope somone can help me deside wich Teamgee model to buy. Found a realy good deal at gearbest.com, but all the specs look compleatly the same to me. Loking to buy either the T1, G1 or F1B. And the deal runs out this friday. Thx
  9. This is a general guide for beginners. It is pier to pier advice from a fellow enthusiast. Not responsible for results. Post is likely to be edited. Can I learn ? If you have normal movement of your legs and feet. If you can walk a miles (1.6km) in gusts of 20 mph ( 32km/h) winds without assistance. If you are strong enough to withstand falling to the ground and don't mind bumps and bruises then yes you can learn to ride an electric unicycle. Riding an electric unicycle combines the skills of walking and riding a bicycle. When you walk forward you lean forward first then move your feet to catch yourself. It is the same motion on an electric unicycle except you can't just step to the side. Like a bicycle you have to steer the wheel to catch yourself side to side. This takes time and patience to learn. Note: We have several forum members that experience pain when walking more than 100 yards ( 91 meters). In stead of employing a wheel chair or sitting on the couch they have found freedom using EUC's . While this might not be recommended, it seems you will not change there mind on the subject any time soon. I myself respect their decision. Learning to ride is a challenge. Determination in most cases is more important than skill. Don't expect to be able to ride efficiently in a few days or even weeks. Should I learn? Risk is involved. It is like learning to ride a bicycle or skate board. Unlike a bicycle you are depending on an electrical device to keep you from falling. Some people see an electric unicycle and have to have one. If you are not one of those people the electric unicycles may not be for you. How long does it take to learn to ride? While some people can learn to ride around in a few hours or days most of those same people would not be able to ride comfortably with bike and pedestrian traffic. In most cases it takes 15 minutes a day for a month to be able to ride peacefully down a bike path. Unlike learning to ride a bicycle most people learn gradually. In the beginning any wrong movement can upset your balance. As you get better you can move more freely. Example: As a beginner I had to use both hands to adjust my glasses while riding because if I used one it would throw off my balance. I could not turn my head to see behind me and any small bump would almost send me to the ground. Three months later and I could turn my body around and video record my wife as she follows behind me while I blindly hit speed bumps. ( NOT recommended , result may very ) The point is you learn slowly over time. One additional reason that it may take time to improve your skills is that you may need to build up your leg and core muscles. Don't worry, all you have to do is continue riding the unicycle. As a beginner It is a one wheeled leg and core workout center. Once you have learned to ride properly it becomes more of a calf builder. Wich Electric Unicycle should I buy? This topic starts wars that rival the US Ford Vs Chevy war. Several factors come into play: Weight and Aggression. The power of the unicycle is important. The unicycle has to be able to over power your moments. If you are heavy or aggressive you can over power the unicycle and fall on your face. Knowing this helps but having the proper unicycle is better. The unicycle uses beeps and tilt back to warn you that you are getting close to the limits. If you gradually become more aggressive you should hit a beep before you hit a limit. When choosing a unicycle you should pay close attention to the weight limits. Keep in mind that the weight given is for maximum weight of a non aggressive rider on flat ground. Quick maneuvers, rapid changes in speed , bumps at high speed and dropping off curbs with an under powered unicycle can over power the unicycle. Wheel size. The bigger wheels give a smoother ride and tend to be more stable at high speeds. The down side is that they are less maneuverable at low speeds and more difficult for beginners and non weekly riders when riding up hills. The geometry requires more force on your toes to lean the wheel enough to go up a hill. Once you build up the calf muscles the hills disappear but if you go months without riding your calf muscles disappear. Smaller wheels tend to give a rougher ride. They are more maneuverable at slow speeds and less stable at high speeds. They are also easy hill climbers. See hill climbing physics here Battery Size. The bigger the battery the further you can go. Keep in mind that the bigger motors can deplete the battery faster and that it makes the unicycle heavier. Also batteries that are too small for a rider are over worked and do not last as long. Motor Size, A larger motor gives you a larger safety margin. Remember the unicycle has to be able to control your moments without being over powered. A larger motor is also faster and more powerful. Now the bad news. Bigger and more powerful means more expensive. Plus the added weight means that when you crash you are more likely to damage the unicycle. This is why some people choose to get a beginner unicycle. A beginner unicycle is a unicycle that you don't mind damaging and takes damage well. Some of the unicycles that are known for speed do not take damage well. After you have learned to ride you can trade up and sell your beginner Unicycle to the next beginner or keep it as a backup. When people come along and say, " That looks fun! Can I try!?" I tell them, "Sure !" and pull out my beginner unicycle. While learning to ride you can party protect your unicycle from low speed damage with padding and automotive door protector. You can wrap your unicycle with padding or an old towel or blanket and lots of packing tape. Just make sure nothing can get in the wheel. After the padding is removed you can continue to protect the edges of the unicycle from getting scratched with a roll of automotive door protector. Note: 2018 We are still in the beginning days of the electric unicycle. Changes and improvement are happening every day. It is best to research the product you are buying. You might want the " I got one first" people to test the wheels before you get one. There has been surprises, good and bad with all brands. Where do I get one? Beware of old stock. The most expensive part of the unicycle is the battery. The batteries only last so long even if not used. When unused batteries sit on a shelf too long they can loose their charge and fail to ever take a charge again. Older model unicycles tend to lack improvements and updates. Even when you think you are getting a new unicycle you might be getting one that is a year old. Getting an older unicycle is not always a bad thing. Just make sure you are not paying new price for an older model. Places like eWheels.com and Speedyfeet.co.uk are there for you during and after the sale. If you have a problem chances are they can and will help. You can buy from other good electric unicycle shops but you need to research their reputation first. I have always enjoyed buying things on E bay but it is not likely the best bet for an electric unicycle at this time. 2018 Buying from a friend or fellow enthusiast is also a good place to get a deal. Your Protection You should always wear protection. The very minimum protection should include wrist guards and helmet. The most likely part of your body to get hurt is your hands and wrist. Your wrist guards do an amazing job of preventing that. The most important part of your body to protect is you head. That is where we keep our brains and we need those. When looking for a helmet it is best to chose one with extra coverage. The common bicycle helmet leaves a lot to be desired. Better helmets include, Skate board helmets, Snow board helmets, White water helmets, and for full face protection, BMX helmets, and paragliding helmets. Other protection strongly recommended, Knee pads, elbow pads, shin guards, dirt bike body armor, motorcycle jacket. Tips Foot position Most people start out with thier feet too far forward. This will wear out your calf muscles quick. Every unicycle and person is differant. Positions may very. A good starting point is to have the back of your shoe even with the back edge of the pedal or the front of your shin on the center line or the unicycle. For more control on bigger unicycles while going up and down hills you can move one foot forward and one back. What to expect when learning to ride My feet hurt after just five minutes. - This is common in the beginning phase of learning. I am exhausted after 15 minutes. - When you are learning you tend to use every muscle in your body to balance. It gets much easier with time. I can't figure this thing out. - You are over thinking. It is easier when you don't think about it. The longer I practice the worse I get. - Shorter more frequent sessions are better. I forgot everything I learned yesterday. - It takes a few minutes to get back to where you last left off. I would do better in a wide open parking lot. - Not true. After learning basic skills big open spaces can be scary and lack purpose. They make you think about what you are doing instead of naturally responding to surroundings. The Wobbles - Wobble is tricky and never really goes away but we learn to control it. A bump or over correction usually starts the wobble and a repeated over correction keeps it going. Proper foot position can reduce the affect. A change in momentum can stop the wobble. When a wobble accrues you can stop it by: Turning, slow down, shift your weight, favoring one foot, take a deep breath, or even stop trying to stop the wobble. The worse thing you can do is freak out. I like to call it the force feedback loop error. I can't turn right. - No one can. It is a heavily concealed secrete among unicycle riders. Just kidding. Most people are right foot dominate. Turning right requires you to trust the left foot more than you are used to. It will come with time. Doing figure eights around fixed object helps get over the problem. I freak out when I get near people. - And you thought you were above psychology. It is easy to lose confidence when you are not really sure how you are doing what you are doing. While you should always be safe and leave proper space between you and others your comfort zone will likely shrink smaller than the people you are around. People keep staring at me - They have never seen anything so cool before. At college, a student on a nice electric scooter stopped and said under his breath as I passed by " I feel pretty lame right now." Mistakes to avoid Tire pressure - When you receive your unicycle the tire pressure is usually too low. Riding with low tire pressure can damage the expensive hard to find tube and reduce the life of your tire. Filling the tube to the proper pressure can be difficult. The valve is often difficult to access. Once the proper pressure is achieved air that is lost while disconnecting the pump makes a huge difference in your final pressure. Pitfalls - Always watch the ground in front of you for pot holes, bumps, roots, uneven pavement, curbs, slippery surfaces and anything else to trip you up. kids, dogs, angry spouse .. Over confidence - After learning the basics people become too confident and push themselves past their abilities resulting in injury. You might think you have learned everything but you will be surprised how much better you get each month. Lifting the unicycle while turned on. - The unicycle will spin the tire to maximum speed in an attempt to level it'self. If this happens continue holding the unicycle up off the ground while it pitches a fit and eventually turns it'self off. Putting the unicycle back down before it has turned off could result in damage to the floor and tire. Leaving the unicycle turned on while on public transport - Sudden unexpected movements can send the unicycle on a dangerous mission of it's own. Transporting upright without a case. When the electric unicycle is on it’s side I will not turn on. When transporting upright, if something hits the power button it will turn on. If the tire is touching something it will either burn rubber or move forward. Putting your unicycle in a bind - stopping against a curb then trying to climb the curb over amps the power system. Avoid such power binds. EUCGUY damages MSX pushing car. Water - As of today's date electric unicycles are not water proof enough. While some brands are better than others water can still be an issue. Although most models can handle lite rain, wet roads and shallow puddles it is best to keep them dry. The buttons and connections on top have been a problem. Check your model for warnings. Storage - Electric unicycles store an abundance of energy. If punctured the batteries can become a fire hazard. In the case of a home fire the batteries can add fuel to the flame. Charging - Batteries should be charged at least once every six months. It is best to unplug the charger from the power source and the unicycle once the unicycle is charged. Reduces possible hazards and damage. Links to my posts Thoughts as a beginner My progression starting out. This is why it is harder to get a larger wheel up a hill Expiation of how wheel size can affect force needed to climb hills This is my wheelhouse. Stand or storage I made for my unicycle in my work van 2007 E350 Ford van vs. MSuper cost per mile Cost of an EUC versus a one ton van cost per mile Cool Stuff Stands Hansolo and Tbx Nicolas Eugene Sazhin FoamieNinja
  10. Hi, I bought Koowheel K5 hoverboard for my niece. She is 8 years old and about 25kg (55 lbs). Often when she gets on the hoverboard, it is not activated. It's like no one standing on it. Are there any necessary settings for this age and weight? Whan adult stands on it lights on boths side are on and everything is OK.
  11. Hello all! 25 year old first time rider here. Doesn't seem to be a lot of younger guys on this forum, but I'm very glad I found this community. My backstory: I originally bought a Segway Minipro last week. After riding it for about 2 days, I already felt limited by the speed (10 mph when you're trying to travel more than a mile feels pretty slow). I actually ran into someone on the street who was riding an electric unicycle. Someone at my work also rides one so I decided to try one out. I found this forum this past Friday, ordered a King Song 14D on Monday, and it arrived today (Wednesday). Amazing how quickly that progressed...LOL . Anyhow, I received it today, and I basically unboxed it and jumped on it as soon as I got home from work. To all the people who recommended picking up shin guards, thank you so much! I wouldn't have been able to practice for more than 10 minutes without them. Anyhow, I watched a video tutorial posted here on how to ride them and everybody was saying 5-8 hours to get comfortable riding one. As a result, I got on the EUC today expecting a really tough time and lots of falls, but actually it wasn't nearly as bad as I expected. Riding the EUC felt very similar to riding a snowboard to me (not sure if anyone else feels the same way). I managed to make it around my block after just an hour of practice (super proud of that). I captured some of the footage on my phone posted below! I'm still fairly wobbly at low speeds, and I have trouble taking off from a standstill. However, once I get going, I can do a pretty decent job of staying on and keeping it going. I've gotten a total of 1.5 hours of practice in so still a long way to go, but this thing is so dang fun! A couple of questions: Did I buy the right EUC to start? I'm not going to lie, I was already wishing I had more speed and it's only my first day of riding! I should probably figure out how to turn the speed limit off first, but I couldn't help but think maybe I should have gotten the Tesla... Second, how do I turn off the speed limit and the "please decelerate" voice? That thing scared the sh*t out of me, and some people down the street definitely heard and started laughing...lol Lastly, how do you guys pump up the tires? Mine came a little low, and the valve is pretty difficult to reach. Do you guys use a valve extension tool or something? The wheel definitely didn't come with one. Thanks for reading, and I look forward to participating in this community!
  12. Hello! I bought a "used" Ninebot One S2 just 12.30.17. It said "Milage: 2.6km" in the app and had one noticable scratch near the handle. So I got an almost brand new thingy for 330EUR. I watched a few How-to-vids on U-Tube of cause.... I made my first tries on that evening on the shoulder of my wife after attaching a luggage-belt to the handle and turning the handle-shut-off off. Next day I made some exercizes along a nearby wall and my first freehand trials. Got no further than a few meters. Whilst doing that I had more than doubled the milage. Dunno how the seller had given up that early... On new years noon I started may 3rd exercise. This time I suddenly/accidently made my first ride of approx 100m and was very excited! Watching neighbors who had seen me the day before were suprised that I was already able to stand on this disc, even if it was very wobbly and only every 10th start was a lucky one. In the meantime of just one week I can say that I'm able to decide which way to go, stand on that EUC for as long as I want - most cases but not secure enough to go narrow passages or very curvy ways. Yesterday I made a single trip of about 8km mostly on bicycle-ways and just before the end I had my first real throw-off on a curvy, narrow, wobbly sidewalk. I know I'd better walked that short piece of shitty way before but was too lazy to stop and get off... Now I have one old pair of jeans more for dirty work in the garden. And my lovely One S4 has one big scratch more on the side... All in all I am very lucky! This sport is a big fun and I'm looking forward to meet some peeps with wheels around town soon!
  13. Good afternoon all! Brand spanking new to Unicycles and E-Unicycles to begin with, I am on the fence after researching and mostly looking at specs and safety. I will be traveling a few miles to a Bus Stop to and from my home as I commute to work, I am looking at a two wheel setup. I am leaning toward the Inmotion V3 Pro or the Swagtron Any ideas which would be a better fit for my needs and easier to learn with? Im kinda concerned ill fall in LOVE and have to upgrade to a more expensive wheel soon! I plan also to use this as transportation going around the city I live in, 5 - 7 mile trips round way. Thank you all!
  14. I am looking for an entry level EUC & would like some help to choose one. I am a senior, weigh 200lbs (90kg), live in southern British Columbia where we have some nice weather but we do get rain. Some of the wheels I've looked at are, in no particular order, Segway One or Ninebot One, (seem to be the same unit), King Song 14D, One other possibility is a used Gotway ACM 1300wh. I know the Gotway ACM may be more than a beginner unit but the weight capacity is quite a bit more than the others. With the others if I wear a back pack with a few items in it I'm at the weight limit of the unit. Don't know how critical the carrying capacity is. One of the things I want is a walking handle as I like to & need to walk for exercise and I plan to combine walking & riding but when walking I don't want to have to carry the euc. I am aware that the Segway/Ninebot does not have a walking handle but I am sure I could rig one up. I'm also aware of the 12.5 mph speed of the Segway/Ninebot but as a newbie I don.t see that as a major issue. Any other suggestions that members of the forum may have would be appreciated. Thanks in advance......Vic.
  15. Hi Everyone, first time posting, new to EUC's and new to electric rideables in general. I first started off on a huge rabbit hole into electric skateboards. That market is awash and rife with issues, but as I was getting close to selecting one, I saw a FabTrav video with the Gotway Monster in it, and I had to lift my jaw off my desk. That led me to a second rabbit hole into EUC's, which is a much smaller place by the way, and I think I've got my choice nailed. I think I will go with a Tesla. The reason being that it's the newest, and while I am not one to chase specs, the market is so new that every iteration of these vehicles seem to come with refinements to the design and technology. Getting something new really matters when only earlier in the year, you weren't getting nearly as much bang for your dollar. Here's what I need it for: Daily driver, needs to be very dependable for commuting. Rain friendly. I don't plan on riding in crazy downpours but able to handle the mild Pacific Northwest moisture and rainfall. 20-30 mile range minimum. Bonus range is just icing. I don't love that the Tesla is 40+ pounds but I can live with it because the specs are beefy compared to what you get in an electric skateboard for the same money. Here are my questions though: What do I need to know about cut-offs? Is Gotway known as unsafe and Kingsong safer safe-ish in comparison? How does Gotway's customer service fare? Do you get the support you need when things go wrong? In general, how often are you tinkering and finnicking just to get it to work? I'm not talking about making improvements, I'm talking about after-market tinkering just to preserve basic functionality. Is there a seller I should avoid? Is there a seller I should definitely use? ewheels? Thank you, and anything else you might advise for a newbie, I greatly appreciate it.
  16. Hello all! I have never ridden an electric unicycle before and am wanting too start riding! I live in a steep mountainous town (some hills are 25%) and wanting an easy transportation type to get me to work. Here are some things I would want in the electric unicycle. At least 20% hill climb, be able to ride at least 2km on steep hills, be able to go around 20km/h, be able to ride in slick conditions (is this possible?) and not easily broken (since I will definitely crash a lot) and be able to carry me (150lbs). I am also 16. I have been looking at buying the Inmotion V8 but I have heard some controversial posts about it. Also money is not a big problem since I have a part time job (but please keep it below $2000 CAD). Can anybody help me?
  17. As some of you know I have spent the last 5 days learning to ride EUCs for the first time. I chronicled my progress here. I want to summarize some of my thoughts about my experiences here in the general forum as I see there are at least 3 new riders waiting for wheels, I think at least two of them are getting the same one I learned on - a KS 16s. I will try not to repeat too much stuff that is covered in the riding mechanics sticky. 1) I did a lot of inline skating, snowboarding, martial arts, etc. I still fell all over the place when I first started. But when it got better, it got better really fast. I went from being able to go 1-2 meters before falling on day 1, to 5- 10 meters day 2, and then hundreds/thousands of meters day 3. By day 5 I could ride for infinite amounts of time without falling over and have decent control over the wheel in most situations. Struggling through the first couple days was frustrating but it was worth it. 2) Personally, I only fell once in the last 5 days and maybe 60-70 km of distance covered as a completely new rider. My wheel fell a lot though. I always was able to jump clear and stay on my feet. I learned in a parking lot that had cars in it. Ideally, when you jump off the wheel you would step off the backside so the wheel doesn't run into you. Unfortunately for me since I didn't want the wheel to hit anyone's car and I decided early on I didn't like the strap that meant I had to kick the wheel or put my leg in front of it to block it to stop it from hitting cars sometimes. Just today I had to jump off my wheel and block it with my shin to stop it from hitting a small child on a scooter who decided to dash right in front of me without warning after staying in one place for at least 15-30 seconds as I approached them. The mother apologized profusely but I guess all that practice kicking the wheel down so it doesn't spin off and hit stuff paid off. Would have been awful if it ran into the kid probably. This is a more painful way of dealing with it than a strap - but I don't have any nerve endings in my shins anymore from Taekwondo so thats a plus I suppose. If you find your legs getting beat up maybe wear shin guards and face them in the direction you are getting hit (most people turn them towards the wheel on the insides of their legs). 3) Since your wheel is going to fall a lot regardless of whether you do or not, if you care about the cosmetic appearance of the wheel you probably should pad it. I followed some advice from @Hunka Hunka Burning Love and wrapped it with carpet padding and duct tape. Everything that is covered is 100% unscathed. I didn't cover the bottom of the pedals or the handle though and both of those have some scuffs but I don't really care *that* much. For my ninebot I covered the handle also but I was too lazy to cover the KS handle when I knew I would need to make a cutout for the button to extend the trolly and I was too lazy. 4) If possible you probably want something covering your fingers. It is hard to wear gloves under wristguards however but since I didn't really do much falling I actually had my fingers get more beat up than anything else because of all the grabbing and holding for a concrete wall I did to try to stay balanced initially. Grabbing a rough brick or concrete wall while falling down over and over again for a few hours is definitely going to chafe to say the least. I'd still choose wristguards over gloves just because friction burn heals faster than a broken wrist but I could see an argument the other way too. You're guaranteed to get beat up hands in the first day or two, falling badly enough to break a wrist is probably unlikely unless you completely eat it frequently and fall down a lot. 5) As @meepmeepmayer frequently advised me, sometimes you just need to wait. I made big jumps in ability from just taking a break from it for a bit and going back later. I practiced twice a day for the last 5 days, once in the morning or early afternoon and then once late at night before I slept. 6) I wore heavy boots to protect my ankles from getting beat up by the wheel, both from squeezing the wheel too hard trying to force it to balance as is common when starting, and also from jumping off it. Sometimes a pedal would clip one ankle when I jumped off or fell and the extra support is also nice since I probably would have sprained my ankle on day 3 or so if I hadn't been wearing the boots. 7) All the beginner videos present the following drills, usually in this order: Ride along a wall for support (or with a friend). Ride from pole to pole. Learn to mount by kick-pushing and getting your kickoff foot onto the wheel as you are moving forward. Learn to go straight without support. Learn to turn in circles. Learn to stop. I would suggest skipping the learning to mount part. Just use a wall or whatever to get situated on the wheel and try to go away from the wall as long as you can stay on the wheel. Learn to mount later. 8) Don't get discouraged! Everyone can probably learn this eventually, some faster than others, but it takes a bit of adjusting to. If a practice session is not going well or you are starting to do worse or get tired, just stop. Take a break and come back to it later. Sometimes when you come back later you will suddenly be able to do the thing that was frustrating you earlier. Anyways, good luck and if you have any questions or whatever about what I did, just post in this thread and I'll try to answer them.
  18. Hello, I would really appreciate some opinions whether the One S1 is good for beginners. My crazy sister has always talked about hoverboards, but recently she has found some article about unicycles and particularly about the Segway https://buyerscaptain.com/segway-ones1-review/ So me and my parent we are thinking to surprise her for her birthday. The problem is that I have seen some horrible videos of people falling from this things and I wonder if it's good for beginners? Thank you in advance guys!
  19. I received my V5F+ yesterday and have had a lot of difficulty getting starting learning this thing. I've watched several videos and tutorials and did a lot of research prior to its arrival, and am still struggling to get on the thing comfortably. I've seen a few showing a person practicing by putting one foot on the pad and balancing while slowly bringing the other foot up, but this put tremendous weight against the calf of the mounted foot and is a bit painful. After 2 days and hours of practicing, I still cannot mount without it hurting my calf and wobbling all over the place trying to get upright. Additionally, the process of mounting and dismounting puts a lot of stress on my calf, to the point of my calf being bruised a very dark shade of blue and purple. Is this normal, or am I doing something wrong? Also, most videos show it touching both calves, but my calves physically cannot touch the pads at the same time because I guess I'm slightly bow-legged or something. Is that an issue for stability or is it workable?
  20. Hi all, First I'll introduce myself before I just barge in. My name is Michael Hensen and live in Almere, the Netherlands. 46 years, self employed software engineer and love to go paragliding abroad. I guess that will do :-) I became interested in EUC as I saw somebody zooming past me while I was riding my city bike. What the hell was that ?! I started searching the Internet and found what is should be. After watching numerous video's I came to the conclusion this is not a kids toy so I wouldn't embarrass myself if I should ride it. Started looking around and found me a Ninebot One E+ with an OK price from a Segway company here in the Netherlands. So I've ordered it and today it arrived.. Charged it fully, installed the app,stuck all protection on it so now I am ready to start learning, but it is much harder then it looks in all videos I've seen.. As most of you are seasoned 'gliders' or whatever it should be called, I have a little question.. In most video's I've watched they mention the so called 'CLICK'. Can anybody elaborate on what this click is? I tend to think it is the way you control the EUC on low speed with quick snappy rotations from the hips to keep it balance, just like the steering of a bike, or is it something else.. Otherwise please explain what I am looking for so I can take advantage of some pre-knowledge :-) Meanwhile I'll start my practicing on a parking lot nearby and it also has a grass patch so that could be a nice start point too, should give me a softer fall.. :-)
  21. Lots of people read this forum for the first time when they're trying to decide what wheel to buy for the first time. There are many threads on the subject, but I thought it would be useful to consolidate and summarize the top recommendations from experienced riders. Please vote on the poll so we can help guide newbies to a good decision for their first electric unicycle!
  22. When I first rode my bike next to a live unicyclist I was fascinated, completely mesmerized and the thought struck me that no matter what it would take and even if it would be my last accomplishment, I wanted to learn riding an electric unicycle. Since I was really determined I kept a diary of my progress. And here it is. Nothing particularly special about my training compared to other reports, except that it took me a bit longer than what most other people say. And this is just the reason why I finally decided to upload it to this forum. Even if you are 50+ - and with all the physical handicaps that may materialize by this age - you can do it. Day one. After patiently waiting for almost two months for my KS16 to arrive in Hanover, Germany the tension and anticipation grew almost to unbearable dimension. Waiting the last few days was far worse than the sixty or so days before that. But finally, as the delivery service’s website correctly predicted a van appeared at midday and the driver lifted a big box out of the trunk. By that time I was at the doorstep of our house and thus saved him two floors with a 21kg load and me another precious 5 minutes before I finally could embrace my new toy. Regrettably, it could have arrived two weeks earlier if ScooterHelden in Berlin had ordered another batch of batteries and BMCs in time for the delivery of the new batch of KS16s from China. But so I had to wait for the upgrade to the 828 Wh version and was slightly miffed about that avoidable additional delay. Apart from that the service of ScooterHelden was really good, friendly and competent. Since I had an appointment with my horse the unboxing had to wait until that evening. The parcel showed several dents and ruptures but seemingly nothing that had damaged the contents which are a manual, the charger, and of course "IT", my brand-new 17kg KS16 monster. Luckily they designed that handlebar so I have to carry it only the two floors up to my apartment which is enough weight lifting exercise for me. It was late but I decided to nevertheless give it the first try that same evening. Since you are probably all aware of the unresolved legal - or better illegal - situation on EUCs in Germany, a few days ago I was looking for a suitable training ground in Hanover and found one at the Expo 2000 fair grounds at the southern outskirts of the city. Since I don’t know any fellow riders around here, actually none anywhere else, I had decided I had to learn riding by myself. So I found this parking lot with an approximately 80 meter straight fence with a mostly smooth railing and tried the first meters holding onto the railing step by step to get a first feeling for the pedal action of the KS16. At the end I would turn around and reverse the path clinging to the railing with the other hand. Since no support wheels were provided I did not get to use those. I think the KS16 even lacks the possibility to attach auxiliary wheels at all but since you read everywhere in this forum that these wheels should not be used longer than half an hour I did not miss them really. So that first night I only managed to slowly roll meter by meter and became slightly doubtful whether I ever would be able to master this challenge. However, I was and still am resolved that this is what I want, no matter how long or how much practice required. Day two. I returned to my railing the next day and continued crawling up and down the parking lot. For the first time, I managed to break contact with the railing and "float" for 1 to 2 meters before I grabbed the railing again. Balancing the wheel is really challenging, of course at slow speed the more so. Stop and go over and over. From the beginning it was easier to have the railing on my left side but I was convinced I had to practice both sides so I continued up and down the railing. I recharged the KS16 that night but only one of nine bars had gone. It seems, the 828 Wh battery is a really nice energy buffer. It should suffice for all the riding one 85kg person intends to do in one day. Day three. Continued along the straight fence up and down trying to extend the moments without support from touching the railing. Developed a good feeling for slowing down by bending backwards, heels down. Used the Bluetooth music streaming device feature. It is fun and makes time fly. By pressing the "Auxiliary Button" one can ride with or without music respectively Bluetooth. Changed to another section of the parking lot/railing which was previously not accessible due to parking cars. But since that Thursday was a public holiday in Germany, no cars that day and also for the rest of the prolonged weekend that followed. Day four. Set third speed limit to 10kmh to avoid accidents with the fence, speed limits 1 and 2 are deactivated. By the way: what is "Ollie speed limit" in the Kingsong Android App? Is that Pidgin English for "trolley speed limit"? Managed to extend hands free runs to approximately 10 meters and also to slightly increase speed (to about 10 km/h). When I went to my fitness studio later that day after four days of EUC practice I was surprised how easy all the exercises felt that day. Learning to ride an EUC seems to be a good workout. Day five. Sometimes I was able to ride on my good side approximately 20 meters straight without railing support. Once attempted a down slope path but quickly abandoned it, not near enough control. I found that mental barriers can spoil a good run, like when I expected one of the two cracks in the railing going down on my (bad) right hand side. Riding the other way those cracks could not be felt as much but going down I became more and more afraid of hurting my fingers or even getting stuck. That fear alone made me increasingly unsecure and helped to spoil the ride. Day six. Became frustrated since going up with the railing on my left hand side improved significantly but at the same time going down the other direction with the railing on my right side the ride actually worsened! I kept bumping my precious KS16 into the railing, simply because my right arm and hand were slower to grab the railing, as I realized later. Started to attempt correcting an erroneous deviation from the path to the right by counter steering to the left rather than reaching for the railing. Was really happy the first time it worked. A small sign of progress. Day seven. Changed to another part of the park, with the possibility to ride continuously with the railing on my (good) left hand side. Part of that path is paved, the rest is made of seasoned (build around 2000) wooden planks, some of them loose and others protruding, so that riding across them is a little bumpy and make a dangerously cracking sound almost like breaking wood. However, I actually got to more riding the wheel since I didn’t have to ride on my bad, right hand side. Also riding (and turning) on the wooden planks was a little bit easier since the surface was smoother and the wheel thus easier to turn. For the first time I was able continuously ride the whole length of the two sections of the path (wooden or asphalt, each about 40 meters). Day eight. Left glove became entirely torn, need another one. I ride with skating helmet, hard wrist protectors and protectors for elbows and knees. Improved to correct course deviation to the right by counter steering to the left, back to the railing and safety. Day nine. Got more confident and proficient in riding more often longer stretches without railing support and also a few times riding a small distance away from and back to the railing. Stopped riding on the wooden path a) for fear of meanwhile protruding screws and since space for riding curves is limited. Initiating the ride became easier and quicker but still I need railing support to take off. Had to strengthen my gloves with heavy ductape, especially the left hand side one. Was able to better concentrate on the "wobbling" i.e. trying to stabilize a straight path by actively balancing and tilting the wheel and shifting the centre of gravity from one foot to the other in a circular motion way similar to the pedaling of a bicycle but with much smaller radius. Started to actively and consciously let the safety belt loose while riding and only using it to catch the wheel when I had to jump off. By the way, so far I've made only twice unintended contact with mother Earth, leaving only a bruised ankle and a sore bum. I read on the web that people recommend not to use the safety belt for an extended period. For me, however, it is still really helpful since I can avoid almost any crashes, save the environment (parking cars!) from an EUC going berserk and can quickly resume riding. Day ten. In general, so far there has been slight but noticeable progress from day to day. Today I had for the first time an aching back the first half an hour of exercising. Good sign or bad? Lesser pull on the safety belt. I tell myself to "release the brakes and wobble / enjoy the equilibrium!" Yesterday I did a firmware update from KS16B v1.13 to version v1.18 with no noticeable changes (perhaps the odometer does work now?). I also set the speed limits "3" and "Ollie" to 15 km/h today since I got annoyed by the frequent warnings at around 10 km/h. For the first time riding the wheel I entered a different part of the park connecting the two railing gates (about 40 meters apart) and got ahead two thirds of the way through plain open "sea" before I eventually had to jump off the wheel. Without any support in reach on either left or right hand side, just by balancing. Some take-off speed is needed at the beginning so starting from a full stop at one of the gates didn’t work. The feeling of entering into "unguarded" territory with no support on either side was like plunging into a diver's pool from the height of 10m with no safety net. But repeatedly and gradually the surprising feeling materialized that the wheel actually can make you float 12cm above that sea of stones. That's the miracle of EUCs. Like a magic carpet! I was able to ride more often small turns away from and back near to the railing. Felt great! If I had to describe the feeling of riding an electric unicycle to a novice, I'd say it is like flying a magic carpet. Day eleven. Got my car TÜVed today, almost no serious defects. Not bad for a car of 15 years ... But I digress. Managed today four (4 !) times to cross the entire "open sea" just by balancing, no support, all in one go. Though I had the feeling of tilting way too much forward but nevertheless I got across safely. Also "wobbling" gets better, especially when consciously "releasing the brakes" first. Called ScooterHelden today: "Ollie" is the tilt back speed limit. That figures. Seems they had a recent problem with a KS16 firmware upgrade. It might have been interrupted through Bluetooth blackout, which in my experience can happen easily if you block the straight line of Bluetooth rays between mobile and KS16. As a consequence, a technically fine motherboard had to be replaced since it could not be turned off anymore and once the power was totally cut, it turned the wheel into a brick. Lucky my upgrade to v1.18 went smoothly the other day. However, I was extremely careful not to cause any interruption and to make sure enough power was on the wheel and on the smartphone. ScooterHelden suggested I turn to a bicycle shop for a tube extension to check the pressure, since it is so tightly fixed that I cannot get an ordinary car pressure valve attached to it. The positioning of the feet on the pedals is critical and in my case slightly asymmetric. The suggestion from ScooterHelden to learning to take off with a KS16 is to practice riding on one leg only. Sounds difficult but at least it can be learned by myself with one hand at the railing. Day twelve. Knees hurt, unused to the task of a shock absorber. Most often managed to cross the "open sea". For the first time managed to take off freely without railing support. Riding feels awfully forward bent, also seems the pedals are dipping forward. Suspect too far forward posture. New calibration of pedals? Tire pressure? Later turned out to be correlated with feet positioned too far forward, backward or asymmetrically. Looking for new, closer training areas. Want to check trim/calibration and riding styles some time soon. Day thirteen. No riding today: weather was cold and wet, right knee hurts considerably (apply cooling, IBU and relaxing on the couch). Visited an art exhibition instead and a Schoenberg concert later that evening. Day fourteen. More confidence during riding. Succeeded more often in crossing the "open sea", that patch without railing on either side. This actually feels like plunging from an airplane in 10.000 feet: scaring and exhilarating at the same time. Managed free take-off a couple of more times. Worked on a symphony (or merely a playlist) for the unicycle. Difficulties in steering, very shaky. First self video recording. Many accidental jump offs. Later nicely piloted an Aquila 210 over the city and my training grounds. Day fifthteen. Kept feet aligned strictly in parallel (even though the right foot and knee hurt some); up to now I had mostly allowed my right foot to point slightly outward but the parallel alignment gave better stability and less wobbling. Attempted free take-off and riding circles. Little success at the price of one week's riding break because of badly hurting right knee; even had to see a doctor. Fortunately, the ligaments are still intact but the right knee was significantly swollen, hot and fiercely hurting from the distress of jumping off the wheel. - one week forced break - I used quark poultice with good results: the swelling and pain subsided, only the whole flat smells like a cheese factory after a few days. Retterspitz poultice also works well and has a more pleasant smell. Day sixteen. Switched from light, stable, padded hiking boots to my everyday sneakers (actually high performance super comfy running shoes). This allowed better contact to the wheel but at the same time put more pressure on the ankles. Used 2 x IBU to stifle the pain in the right knee. Again succeeded in crossing the "open sea" but most of the time did not leave the inner rectangular course. Day seventeen. Managed to ride upright instead of leaning forward. Fixed the wheel between my ankles which stabilized the ride by steering from the feet but was also gradually hurting the ankles. Practiced controlled free breaking and full-stop. Day eighteen. 2 x 500m straight continuous rides! Pain in the ankles and the right knee but often managed a stable ride. What is missing of course: free take-off and landing as well as riding curves. Day nineteen. More stable, effortless ride for brief moments. Practiced soft full-stop and slight meanders. Sang with all my might today in my choir's rehearsal and am very much looking forward to the concert at the weekend. Day twenty. Noticeable (bad) wobbling. Only little pain in right knee and foot. Briefly riding in light rain, pedals become slippery, must apply grip tape. Other causes for wobbling include feet placed too much forward or placed asymmetrically or unaligned. Day twenty-one. Tried new paths in the park. Two accidents resulting in more scars on the faithful KS16. Slight pain in the right knee. In general rode at slightly higher speed with more often speed warning beeps. More wobbling with the right hand side, had had a bad night's sleep. Day twenty-two. Previous two days lot's of rain. Both knees hurt but also some more relaxed riding episodes. Practiced slowing down and full-stop. Bought a new heavy duty adjustable belt for 2€ at Obi's (just had to re-sew the cord after repositioning the buckle). It can be made continuously adjustable around the waist and also around the handle bar of the KS16 with a single click. It can really easily be unfastened and hidden beneath a shirt. It almost does not spoil the "cool impression" of an e-wheel rider but works really well to stop the wheel from going berserk after an accidental dismount. And as long as our German politicians fail to grasp the beauty and ingenuity of electrical unicycles and we are illegal before the law riding an EUC, I'm sure going to continue wearing that belt and, of course, safety equipment. I also bought a cheap heavy duty pair of DIY gloves to wear under the wrist protectors. Very useful during training along railings covered with bird droppings. Day twenty-three. Almost no progress; right hand side riding remains critical, repeatedly bumping into the fence. Exercising free take-off only with the help of 2 x IBU that day. Also rode my horse today and had a heavy fight with her when she got scared by a trailer with most probably intoxicated persons on it. Luckily I stayed on top of her and in the saddle. Day twenty-four. Rode the wheel for about three hours, at first rather shakily but towards the end almost effortlessly! Some good moments mounting and dismounting the wheel freely (puts stress on both knees). A little bit of slalom instead of plain straight riding. IBU silenced the knees. Also need to devise a method of directly choosing a particular sound on the mobile with clumsy gloves on. Day twenty-five. Almost no knee pain even without IBU. After 45 min riding for the first time established a "flow" with stable and effortless riding. The reason: I rode upright with the knees bent significantly and pressing the ankles against each other which enabled direct, fast steering from the foot on upwards without the upper torso. Also practiced braking to a full-stop. This must become second nature if I ever want to ride through traffic. Also had some controlled and fluent free take-offs. First right turn inside another part of the park! Only a few 10's of meters but it's a beginning. Really need grip tape since right foot seems to change position especially after free take-off. Day twenty-six. Bought grip tape in a skateboard shop and affixed it to the pedals. Just placed it onto the rubber and started riding. It really gets heavily glued to the pedal, does not move a millimeter. Not really beautiful but sticks to the pedals and effectively inhibits feet sliding across the pedal. Nevertheless I had too high expectations starting today’s ride, wanted to immediately "flow" along on my KS16 with the effect that riding on the right side did not work almost at all. After one hour it improved somewhat with more upright, knee bent position. A few good free take-offs. Right ankle got sore and bleeding. It did hurt quite some but I know I just have to practice, practice, and again practice. May be turns tomorrow? Or free riding? At the end both knees were hurting again, but I did not take IBU. Day twenty-seven. One IBU and it took less time than yesterday to arrive at a relaxed driving style. Right ankle sore and bleeding, hurts a lot. I try to get beyond the pain. Later applied anti-inflammation and disinfecting gel to the ankle and a Retterspitz poultice to the right knee. Finally I had the courage to enter the inner paths of the park, with no railing. Was not too successful, but managed one left- and one right-hand circle with many aborts but also a few longer stretches. The next day I skipped riding because of the severe pain in the right ankle and went to the fitness studio and sauna instead. Day twenty-eight. Small breakthrough today. Started with one IBU and had no pain at all even with a sore, bleeding ankle at the right foot and knees slightly complaining from the workout at the fitness studio yesterday. I couldn't ride yesterday because of the ankle hurting intensely. I bought soothing, disinfecting gel, poultice and pads and applied those today before riding. Together with the IBU I almost felt no pain at all and was consequently becoming more and more relaxed until I had the wheel comfortable fixed between my shins and was balancing mainly by the lower extremities, even doing a few slight small slalom movements. A couple of times I was just riding longer stretches (100m or so) and also often exercising slowing down and coming to a full stop both sides of the railing. I still need to use the hand rails since they helped me avoiding stress on the knees through repeated stop and go, mount and dismount. Riding really started feeling effortless and pleasurable. I also did a few free starts, about half of them were good. The wheel has always been and is still running smoothly, now set into the so-called “cycling mode”, the stiffness medium grade. After two sessions of riding the app showed 58 Volts, so I am going to recharge it tonight. I ride at about 3.2 bar tire pressure, which with my now 83kg gives a solid, not too hard feeling of the surface structure, a compromise of being easy on my knees and having low friction. Contrary to my initial worries adjusting the tire pressure works nicely with the proper compressor valve at the car gas station, even without the tube extension that was mentioned in the KS manual. Speaking of which: the title line of my manual reads KS16A whereas before and after the firmware upgrade from 1.13 to 1.18 the app says KS16B. So the A, B identifier is firmware specific? Anyway, I don't feel the need to upgrade again soon especially since there are reports of resetting the odometer status and a seemingly non-negligible risk of bricking the wheel by another firmware upgrade. Will be doing some distance and velocity measurements of the Kingsong android app hopefully soon as my driving becomes more stable. Got out my exoskeleton from rehab after surgery of my right knee a few years ago and tried it on again but at the end decided to ride without it and just be very careful with the right knee and its ligaments. Day twenty-nine. Just had one hour's time riding before our choir concert. Used it to exercise stop 'n' go, acc- and decelerating and a few free take-offs. After the concert when riding my bike back home through the city of Hanover I was tempted to get my KS16 out again and enjoy the warm summer evening but instead decided to relax at home and nurture knees and ankles. Day thirty. Again only one hour's riding time before I surrendered to the on-setting rain. Just took it leisurely like yesterday, exercising stop 'n' go, acc- and decelerating and free take-offs. Later went listening to today’s choir concert Solomon by Handel (4 hours!). Again at night after the concert I thought about riding some more but again refrained from it, mostly because of the bad ankle and doubts about my riding capabilities. Weather is supposed to be changing to the worse over the next days, so I will probably have to take a break from EUC riding and instead go to the gym. Day thirty-one. Started with the usual loop along the railing and sooner than before was nicely balancing between the feet and knees, even doing minimal slalom. Wobbling significantly at the beginning. Later managed to stand stably with toes stretched out and contact from feet to ground. No pain at the ankle (small poultice) nor at the knees even though no IBU taken. Power break practices went relatively well. Also practiced almost-fullstop 'n' go, quite ok on either side of the fence. Did not venture into the new photo exhibition section inside the park. Maybe next time. Then after approx. 1 1/2 hours and a short break I went back to the large parking lot without fences or railing. It is difficult to step onto the unicycle precisely symmetrically without support. Managed to (wobbly) ride full circles either side but had to take an IBU and Retterspitz poultice afterwards. Last time I tried this, it was pain for a week with no euc riding. This time I hope to be fit for riding tomorrow again (except maybe for bad weather). Day thirty-two. Medium sized breakthrough :-) First, even with yesterday's attempts of free riding and circling almost no pain in the right knee. The last time I tried that I had one week of serious pain, consultation of a physician and total unicycle riding abstinence. Thanks to IBU, Retterspitz and disciplined practicing this time I avoided that fate. Second, today for about 15 minutes towards the end I reached the point where riding straight became automatic, almost involuntarily, without thinking about it as if done all by itself, relaxed and just enjoying the breeze and environment (again with the help of one IBU in advance and Retterspitz poultice after while writing this). If my knees were both healthy and durable I should have switched to free riding from riding along hand railings long ago. But this way I am spending much more time riding (including practicing start, accelerating, decelerating, straight power break and full stop) rather than stepping on and off the unicycle thereby minimizing the stress on my knees while learning to ride. As another improvement I learned not to place the right ankle so tight against the KS16 any more thereby reducing the friction and pain considerably. Today, one layer of band-aid was enough to keep the skin from getting sore or bleeding. I also increased the speed limit to 20 km/h. By the way, there is a new sound emitted by my KS16 starting at about 15km/h (my previous speed limit). A whining sound almost as if something was causing additional friction but with no malfunction recognizable. For the first time I ran the batteries down to 57V, 40% or five bars out of nine left on the LED power indicator after two days of exercising (what was the recommendation for a safe voltage lower bound again?). Anyway, that feeling of riding in a straight, erect posture with minimally bent knees, both feet grounded, stably and easily as if the wheel was driving all by itself was just exhilarating. Also felt the conscious experience of turning by bending the outer knee and extending the inner leg. After today's exercise I felt agile, relaxed and pliable, this time without too much sweat. I hope I'll be able to recreate that style. Unfortunately over the next few days weather is supposed to change to heavy raining with some thunder and lightning thrown in (and a short business trip right after that), so regrettably before getting again onto my beloved KS16 there will be ample opportunity for my old bones to get a recreational break. Also repeatedly practiced free take-offs. Looking at the right foot while stepping onto the pedal helped to increase the accuracy of positioning the foot on that pedal. So far I had just looked ahead where I wanted to go and stepped on blindly. Because of the grip tape on my pedals repositioning a foot after stepping on is not easily done: you'd have to shift all weight to the other foot again, essentially riding one-legged to be able to lift the opposite foot in search of a better stand. Also improved the timing of free take-offs: without haste, almost as if in slow motion and very controlled. If the position of both feet is too asymmetrical then just stop riding right away and try mounting again rather than fighting subsequent wobbling instead. Again also practiced straight deceleration up to a full-stop, nicely controlled on either side of the fence. Experimented with stationary idling but with no success. Day thirty-three. Again started with high expectations since the previous exercise went so well. And indeed it did take only about one half of an hour until I was riding well balanced, not by itself like the last time but rather comfortably. However, still always close to the hand railing, either side. As soon as I digressed too far from the fence I became insecure and unstable (except conquering the "open sea" for approx. 40 meters). The difference is entirely psychological since neither the wheel nor ground did change. That's why I finally decided to ride on an open stretch, an almost deserted bicycle lane. Did not go as well as I had hoped for. I was not able to recreate the smooth, erect riding style from earlier this week. Must practice more out in the open. Hopefully right knee won't fail (1 x IBU before and Retterspitz poultice after). Also got another scar at the inner right foot from a freely spinning KS16 after an emergency step-off. Produced an instrumental version of Seal Lullaby and another version of "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" replacing the guitar part with a saxophone. Since my horse had lost a horseshoe we couldn't go riding. After some fine spaghetti according to my favorite recipe and subsequent nap I felt eager for another euc exercise. I must leave the railing. As has been said many times in this euc forum, one should practice without walls, railings etc. This is what counts and prepares for the real adventure. So I took the plunge. Searching for a suitable spot at the Schützenplatz in the middle of Hanover I discovered a deserted parking lot at the KFZ Zulassungsstelle - how appropriately. This is where you ideally would collect your permit for the euc, the certificate of street worthiness and operator's license for piloting the wheel on public grounds. But not so tonight or any time soon for that matter, thanks to German law and policy makers. Those are more tuned into promoting electrical cars with huge sale's benefits as if they'd be the 21st century's ecological saviors of the environment. - With these benefits they could have donated two KS16 to me! Anyway, I took the plunge - as said before - and practiced more free take-offs and riding. Boy, that Kingsong KS16 is really built to last. Today I had my series of involuntarily jump-offs with subsequent crashes of the wheel. It took the beating with dignity and numerous bruises to witness. Although the number of scratches rose constantly the wheel still seems fully operational. I even managed to reach erect equilibrium for a few seconds a couple of times. Definitely need to practice free riding more. Day thirty-four. Went for a brief training at the KFZ parking lot before heading for the train to a supercomputing conference. Just went up and down without riding turns but dis- and remounting at each end. Felt wobbly most of the time. Had an unequal, unbalanced stand: all the weight most of the time on the left foot. Day thirty-five. Major progress. After three uneventful days on that supercomputing conference I was seriously missing my wheel when I rolled home from the station on my purely mechanical scooter just in time to grab the wheel and go for a late evening exercise at the KFZ parking lot before it gets dark (1 x prophylactic IBU and Retterspitz afterwards, possibly the reason for a smoother, less wobbling, more stable ride). Although I had a three day break my right knee felt sore. However, for the first time rode two consecutive laps on either side, all with free take-offs and the necessary turns. Had watched a couple of euc videos last night and remembered that one guy stressed the fact that after take-off one should immediately reach for an upright posture. Exactly what I wanted to concentrate on and it worked just as well as steering from the feet/ankles but without clamping the wheel. Was able to slowly and smoothly ride along. Did not use a second pair of thick socks nor poultice and did not miss either. Was many times able to step onto the wheel symmetrically or alternatively to abort with a controlled power break. Definitely progress compared to the last time even with that three day break. I can (barely) ride. I should be more confident about this after those long hours riding along the railings in the Expo Park. Think about the flow before take-off and don't jump on in a haste. Don't look too long at your feet after take-off but into the direction where you want to go, especially in turns. Day thirty-six. Major setback, frustration set in. Struggled half an hour before I could ride more than five meters. Cramps in the left upper hip. Ok, although already 6 pm it was still 30°C in the shade outside which felt like 50°C with the helmet on. I was sweating profoundly and the sun was low and blinding. I had spectators (had to share the track with a motorcycle driving school with one teacher and student), was somewhat exhausted from the day's work at the office, haven't by far gotten enough sleep last night and haven't eaten properly and so on and so on. After one hour I finally once managed one contiguous round on the right hand side and two rounds on the left hand side. At the beginning, I did not have the will, trust nor focus to stand erect right after mounting and that's probably why I repeatedly failed. Did a number of uncontrolled, tight swerves whereas I instinctively but without significant success tried to steer by shifting the weight of the arms and upper torso instead of using the legs from the knees downwards. Also did not consequently stop and remount when my feet were positioned too asymmetrically, which of course led to more wobbling and more aborts. Yesterday I was much more concentrating. Too high expectations today from the start as well. No IBU but Retterspitz poultice after. Right knee is swollen but not very painfully so. At least I came off without any injuries after another even less successful series of attempts after a short break (didn't wear extra protection around the feet and ankles this time). Day thirty-seven. This afternoon I was able to reconnect to some extent to the success of the day before yesterday. What a relief. It took me some 30 minutes before I felt sufficiently stable and confident with free take-offs and to be able to ride about 100m on my new, open track for today at the Expo grounds without railing or fence. Was there already in the morning but thunder, lightning and heavy showers forced me to abort. In the afternoon the air was still hot and humid and I sweat a lot. But I was many times able to smoothly take off entirely without support and also managed several controlled stops plus a few random and mostly unsuccessful attempts to turn around by 180°. All in all today's riding for me counts as proper riding and that's why I'm happy about it. After a short break I set up the video camera. The footage - literally and figuratively - is ok, most often I ride with a near erect posture. Also a few nicely controlled full-stops can be seen. It felt almost as good as it looked. But again I was not entirely equally balanced and had difficulties to put equal load on either foot. Next time maybe I should start with some stationary balancing exercises on the wheel, just to get a better feeling for equal support and load distribution. - Also need to think about practicing turns. My mantra of a successful ride so far therefore has become this: 0) Don't mount unless and before you are absolutely certain of what is going to happen next: where you are going; what actions are planned next; which escape maneuvers are available. - Actually, this is much like singing according to written music; if you are able to mentally anticipate what comes next, the sound will come out right. Don't step onto the wheel in a haste, under internal or external psychological pressure or against fear. Your take-off will fail. 1) In case of an asymmetrical mount or otherwise unbalanced feet immediately initiate a (power) break to a full-stop and try re-mounting the wheel again (without haste - just take a deep breath). 2) After (re-)mounting from a full-stop get into an erect posture as soon as possible and stabilize your posture by immediately leaning slightly forward to accelerate to at least a leisure walking speed of about 6km/h. 3) Feel the connection of your feet to the pedals (and from there to Mother Earth) and of the ankles and lower legs to the wheel (leaning against but not clamped); this contact is an essential prerequisite to be subsequently able to steer the unicycle. 4) Although you can steer by movements of the torso and/or upper extremities (like many beginners as myself still do) but only up to a certain degree and precision. Proper steering should originate at either side of the hip and subsequently be executed by the knees, lower legs and feet, just like ballroom dancing or motor biking. - No need to violently spin the whole upper torso around, which often would be too slowly reacting and subsequently causing loss of equilibrium. A small twist or tilt with the feet is almost effortless and sufficient to change direction. With higher speeds you can lean more into the turn. 5) Know when and where to stop. This is absolutely necessary. Fast decisions are vital in traffic. Without a proper plan to come to a halt you challenge your feet, shins, knees, ligaments etc up to the point of breakage or rupture. That risk is serious, no matter what age you are. Decide where to stop, gradually reduce speed by leaning straight backward and step off the unicycle only after you have come to a full-stop. It is vitally important to dissipate the kinetic energy of a (potentially very fast) ride before you step off the wheel (e.g. by leaning backward and possibly turning) because otherwise that energy would have to find its way through less stable parts of your body and/or the wheel and potentially cause serious damage. Day thirty-eight. I slept very little and felt quite exhausted and therefore was almost reluctant to go riding for the first time. But nonetheless made up my mind and drove to the KFZ parking lot, wondering with whom I might compete for space today. The Segways? The motorcycle driving school? Or other folks? - This time it was an old big, blue US car with the son on the driver's seat and the dad (presumably) outside. Are they seriously taking driving lessons here? Anyway, not anymore after I arrived, for heaven's sake. My right knee hurt a little from yesterday's workout and since I'm out of Retterspitz and cream cheese I used one IBU which kept the pain down but still there is a noticeable swelling. Anyway, I was resolved to do at least a little exercise on the wheel. At first, it was hard to take off, but sooner than previously I managed to ride shorter distances. After the big blue US car and its two drivers left, I attempted full rounds on the parking lot, starting with the left hand side. And low and behold - I was going on and on, round after round even loosing count of the number of rounds (probably around ten or so). :-) That was a first, and significant progress over previous attempts. Was equally balanced on both feet, did not have to work hard to achieve balance, and even the turns felt nicely controlled the longer I was riding. And later I was even able to do the same on the right hand side (although fewer rounds than on the other side), which was more difficult since the space for turning was at one point somewhat narrow and I had to fall back on upper torso movements instead of turns initiated by the feet to manage the turn. Both times I failed to dismount properly with active breaking but no harm done. Decided to call it quits for the day, let the right knee recover and go home after such nice progress. Again I was feeling very tired. I have never before rode such distances in one go even and without railing and including turns: 8.5km total distance with avg. speed of 9.7 km/h within 52 minutes. Top speed was 17kph, mileage is now 428 km, deduct the 85 km the odometer showed when I powered the wheel on for the first time, I'm at 343 km total. So only after training for about 350km I learned to ride free for longer distances. Day thirty-nine. Entirely useless, today's attempt. After only one hour’s sleep last night, a shitty day at the office, my voice almost unrecognizable, I took a brief nap and after that decided to go riding again. The weather report predicted rain for tonight but I was determined to ride for as long as possible. When I drove to the KFZ parking lot the first rain drops where already on my windscreen. When I started rolling, more rain drops appeared. Remembering lessons from my motorcycle driving school I was afraid of slippery conditions on wet grounds especially at the onset of rain and here I had only one wheel to balance rather than two. The Kingsong manual was also explicit to avoid wet road conditions. So all in all, I was under time pressure to immediately start riding, afraid of the continuously worsening road conditions, and altogether in not so good shape. Of course, in violation of my own rules (see above) that resulted in aborted take-offs, jerky balancing efforts and only very short riding distances. It would have been better to skip the whole session, next time I know better. I just hope that one IBU in the morning, one tonight and a new Retterspitz poultice will be enough to sooth the right knee. Maybe take a break for another day or two, since weather isn't supposed to improve much anyway. Day forty. Started at 6:30pm, when the Segways where already on tour and the motorcycle driving school was luckily only doing talking near a stationary bike, actually not riding at all. Anyway, after 15 minutes or so I was again riding in circles, left hand side significantly better than right. Later the Segways returned and I paused until they stopped zooming across the parking lot. Then I had the courage to mount again for the first time with spectators watching and I rode round after round (of course on my better side). Was quite happy about being able to repeat that progress of a few days ago and soon drove happily home (by car of course). Day forty-one. Had to present my horse to the vet for vaccination, which went ok except that while riding the horse before that her left front horseshoe has nearly come off. Luckily I found a smith to fix it the next day. Since I had the wheel in the car I was thinking about a suitable space in the vicinity to ride a bit. The near-by airport has smoothly paved roads around it which are not heavily frequented by cars (although I met a big tractor and a fast passing motorcycle; enough excitement for the day). Anyway, I rode for about an hour and after that had an average of slightly more than 10km/h on the app, that's including the time for short breaks. Another record as well as the maximum velocity of just over 18km/h. About one in four attempts of mounting the wheel was successful so that I could ride a longer stretch. Because of the grip tape it is almost impossible to even slightly correct the position of the right foot on the pedal after stepping on. Slightly scratched the right ankle again from repeated mounting attempts. Forgot to run the metering app. Sometimes the wheel wobbled a bit, sometimes I was riding really smoothly. Also paid attention to practice controlled full-stops, which worked more often than not. Once I met a guard on a quad riding along the inner perimeter of the airfield who was probably sent to check me out. He seemed calmed about my presence and realized I was not a threat to airport security since he just rode on and did not return. I'm making slowly progress since it took me again a shorter time and fewer attempts to actually get rolling. My right knee was complacent since I had one IBU in the morning and am now wearing the Retterspitz poultice again. Not sure whether I'll be riding again tonight, e.g. on the KFZ parking lot with some curve exercises, but must not overdo it. Day forty-two. Progress: the second attempt to mount the wheel at the airport succeeded. I reached over 20km/h for the first time and improved slightly with power breaking by tilting back with both feet instead of mainly the left one. However, I was riding slightly stiff with more weight on the left foot and the left arm forward, not relaxed nor equally balanced. Must practice more relaxed, balanced stance - and also turning. Right knee hurts with no IBU so far, only poultice and cooling after. Used (horseback) short riding boots and chaps which was nice for the ankles but bad for the knee (more direct vibrations) and also more thickly padded, which changed the mounting position a bit and gave less room for wiggling. After about half an hour several cars appeared so I decided to call it quits. Day forty-three. As announced the KFZ parking lot was closed by the Red Cross, at least half of it so riding in circles was not possible any more. The other half was in hot demand by motorized visitors of the Schützenfest so for the next few weeks no practicing here. I therefore drove to the Expo grounds to the big parking lot without fences. It was almost empty but very windy. I started with standing balancing exercises and managed to ride a few oval circles, left hand side better than right, but also swerved often uncontrollably and a few times violently jumped off the wheel, which my right knee soon started complaining about (although I had the second IBU for the day and am currently wearing the poultice and cooling). Really amazing what beating the KS16 can take without failing. So far many scratches but it still keeps rolling. I took a short break but when I tried to start again I couldn't, the pain in the knee was too strong. So I drove home slightly frustrated. It seems my right knee is the limiting factor in this game. Otherwise I'd be more practicing free riding and curves and probably making better progress. Day forty-four. After resting my knee yesterday all day I was really keen on getting back onto the wheel. I even thought of riding at work during lunch break but did not feel proficient nor courageous enough to ride on a busy public bicycle lane, even if that was going absolutely straight for 2kms. Some other time, maybe. I searched Google Earth for another suitable spot where I could practice start, stop and riding circles. Found a hopefully unguarded school yard 10 minutes by car from home. Only myself with the wheel and a guy practicing basket ball. It took me about 10 minutes before I managed to the stay on the wheel for a couple of rounds. I was practicing circles (left hand side is still the better one) and later even for the first time smaller circles and figure eights. Was quite happy about the success. No more pain at the ankles with only two pair of socks and one band-aid. Also mounting became noticeably easier each time. Most of the time when it failed I was afraid of something, a bump, the basket ball player, not being able to enter the curve in time etc. Had one IBU before I took off and a poultice and cooling now right after. Maybe next time again with music which I had turned off since I have been riding without railing support for better concentration. By the way, the KS16 stores some data of the current session by itself which can be read out with the app even by connecting only at the end of the session. The mobile phone does not have to stay connected all the time. Since about two weeks the app does not connect properly when started for the first time but only after exiting and starting again, don't know why. Had asked Scooterhelden today about the type of battery in my wheel but they have not yet responded. I would like to understand the discharging behavior of my wheel and when and at which voltage it does become unsafe for riding. Day forty-five. Right knee critical, took two IBU today and one poultice. First video with circles and figure eights and the first buttplant, painful but nothing serious. I was for a moment unfocussed and not sure which direction to ride. Apparently no lasting damage done to rider nor wheel. Just when a few guys turned up to play basket ball, perfect timing. Edited the video and put some of my own music under it. Did not ride smoothly today, was shaky on the right side. Had to tighten my muscles to remain in a stable state and of course it neither looked nor felt relaxed this way. However, circles and figure eights were ok, as yesterday. Day forty-six. Rode twice today, the first time on video (no music added to this one) and screen recording of the Kingsong app v3.0 with voltage, current and power readings (had to revert some setting under the phone’s developer options to get it working again). Unfortunately I picked too low a screen resolution and did not turn off adaptive screen orientation with the result that although I could read the numbers while watching the recording but optical character recognition with ffmpeg -vp fps=5 and tesseract was not able to extract most of the values correctly. I'll try again some other time. On the second run, I recorded the screen of the Kingsong app v4.0 from Milbay with nice graphics as in the Kingsong Apple app. Both screen recordings show a wild fluctuation of the current between 0 and over 20A and the v3.0 (actually v1.2) app also showed the corresponding power variation between 0 and close to 2000W. 20A is quite something and there were also peaks as high as 40A. Riding was almost as before with a few joyful moments of relaxed riding, stability in curves and also for the first time riding smaller curves (about 6m diameter) and experimenting with steering by rotating around the vertical axis and not tilting the wheel to ride a curve. Right hand side turns continue to be more difficult. All in all small progress and yes, again, a hurting right knee (one IBU, poultice). Next time, I want to try the stiffest riding mode, especially in turns and getting to ride more relaxed. I did some research into battery chemistry to figure out the best/safest point to get off the wheel based on its discharge curve. The batteries are either 64 x INR18650-35E Samsung or NCR18650GA Sanyo, Scooterhelden did not remember exactly which of those two. They'd have to reopen the case to check and make sure. Also read about motor technology, battery physics and drive control issues. I want to understand at which residual voltage the wheel becomes susceptible to BMS or main board cut-out due to lack of power and when I should quit driving considering environment, wind, geography, inclination as well as my weight and driving skills. I read that Kingsong KS16 starts to tilt at or below 54V which should be very much on the safe side. Anyway, I was surprised to see those enormous and instantaneous fluctuations in current and power probably due to accelerating, breaking or bumps. All that must be quite demanding on the batteries and the control board. No wonder wheels with less powerful batteries cut out "out of the blue" when there is simply not enough juice left to do anything else. I read that with an KS14 800W motor and an 680Wh battery Kingsong only allows about 500 Wh to be spent before they tilt back to announce the end of the comfort safety zone. Someone reported 1.5hours of riding time at about 28km/h with that configuration before the tilt. If the limit is actually set to be 3.37V for a single cell then there should be still a comfy safety margin. Thinking about all these specifics and risks of a modern unicycle it becomes understandable that German legislation with its urge to perfection and control stalls under that challenge. Anyway, I predict that should these vehicle one day be allowed to operate legally on German roads apart from insurance etc one precondition will be that they must be attached by a strap to their rider to reduce the risk of an abandoned wheel going berserk. Day forty-seven. Problems mounting the wheel. It took more attempts to get riding than before. I guess I was a little scared and not really confident. Rode alternating left and right hand side for many rounds but almost no figure eights, those where really difficult today. Did a screen recording of the Kingsong v3.0 app voltage, current power screen and actually was able to extract the data by ocr and into a spreadsheet. Got some nice graphics which show the rapidly changing current. Tried to map that onto the video footage but somehow the video editor did not get the two movies into one, probably because of different resolution and frame rate etc. Knees quite ok but with the help of IBU and Retterspitz. Day forty-eight. About the same as yesterday, riding for about one hour at the school yard. Mounting was difficult, mostly it took around five attempts before I could ride. Again did several rounds in one direction before I changed, only one or two figure eight's. Oh yes, and rode around the container building once. Videotaped the ride and recorded the Kingsong v4.0 meter screen. Hope to be able to merge those into one movie this time. Tried the stiffest mode but reverted to the medium setting, it felt softer and more comfortable. Day forty-nine. I still not completely understand what has happened today but it felt like a major breakthrough :-) My first short - only 15km all in all - unconfined discovery cruising tour along the perimeter of HAJ. Rode a few times back and forth and, what should I say, did not have once to dismount the wheel unintentionally, rode stably and comfortably with both feet connected to the wheel and to the ground, upright posture, slightly bent knees, mastering the turns some shakily but others smoothly. Was riding nicely at about 18km/h, heard the 19km warning a couple of times. Slowly mounting the wheel also went better than e.g. yesterday even though I had only a short night's sleep. Breaking worked and also accelerating and decelerating. No pain anywhere and without IBU (but one poultice after just to prevent swelling). Experimented with several gadgets: both v.3 an v.4 Kingsong apps, music, one new Android data logger app I found in the EUC forum (works really nicely and saves wheel data to a csv file, about 2 Mb for an hour; below there are two diagrams of today's rides). Ulysses speed measuring app didn't work properly probably because of missing satellite connection. Also tried S-Health cycling fitness recording app (when it first talked to me over the KS speaker via Bluetooth I immediately came to a controlled full-stop since I did not understand the message clearly the first time and was worried that the KS16 itself was talking to me possibly with a warning about an imminent engine failure; it turned out it was only an utterly harmless announcement about time, velocity etc after each kilometer). I think I may quit this diary hereafter since from now on it is more like riding the wheel, not just practicing. Maybe if something special happens I might return to the pages. Today I completed my unicycle riding equipment: 1. One Kingsong KS16B :-) 828Wh shipped to my door (1850€). 2. One mountain bike helmet; my motorcycle helmet was too heavy, too warm, with bad visual to either sides and bad hearing; also, my inline skater helmet does not have chin protection; so I bought an integral bicycle helmet with open visor cut widely to the left and right hand side and with an adjustable sun screen on top (150€). 3. An rear mirror attachable to that helmet, so I know when to dive for shelter when that tractor monster, mad motor biker etc approaches (12€). 4. A set of hard wrist, elbow and knee protectors originally for inline skating (about 30€). 5. A pair of thick socks to protect your ankles while learning (5€). 6. A pair of DIY gloves to be worn beneath wrist protectors to protect the skin of your hands while training along railings (2€). 7. I ride in my running shoes, they are firm, comfortable, stable and absorb minor vibrations which is good for your knees (130€ but not bought for unicycling). 8. Some medicine to suppress pain in ankles and knees while learning (50€). 9. A small bicycle bell with adjustable strap to wear on your index finger to alert others (2€). 10. The strap. One end is hanging loosely from and around the hip (continuously adjustable) and the other end has a loop with a buckle to be wrapped around the KS16 handle bar; this does not affect balance, keeps both of your hands free and saves "precious" hitting hard ground or other sensitive and expensive objects like cars or people in case of emergency dismount. No need to tie or untie knots. A must (3€ and a little stitching). 11. Adhesive sandpaper to avoid slipping on the pedals (skater shop, 5€). 12. A suitable training area (railings, no traffic, 0€). 13. Numerous pieces of software and information useful for a techno-affine e-wheeler (0€ so far). 14. Good music collection for your mobile beat box (€ varies). 15. Healthiness, fitness, time, determinacy and patience (priceless, unfortunately cannot be bought). 16. Liability insurance if and when it becomes available (maybe around 50€/a). 17. Registration as motorized vehicle suitable for public traffic, also if and when it becomes available (30€?). 18. Electrical charging costs (50€/a). 19. Mobile phone (Android or Apple) to configure and communicate with your wheel (?€, you probably have one already, don't you?!). Day fifty. Rode 15km today - Kingsong says 19,6km but as has been said in EUC forum, Kingsong apparently does not calculate the distance properly, always about 25% inflated. I compared to Runtastic Pro which has collected the whole trip even from within my pants pocket. So my current total mileage is about 357km not 552km as the Kingsong app shows (and deducting the initial odometer setting of 85km). Again no accident or inadvertent dismount. I went pretty far into the forest on a gravel road, actually one of my previous horseback riding trails. Everything went fine, got even used to the uneven surface. The rear mirror in the helmet is not yet in the optimal position, will have to adjust it once again. Need to practice more turns on the school yard. Went inline skating afterwards in spite of the humid 30°C. No IBU, no poultice, no pain :-) On a slightly defeatist side note, it occurred to me that riding a unicycle will probably not be my preferred mode of transportation for e.g. sightseeing in nature: a (not electric) bike has longer range, is more stable, more comfortable and provides convenient exercise from moderate to sportive. The position on a unicycle is less comfortable because less movement of different body parts is required plus you have to stand all the time as opposed to sitting on a bike. The ideal mode of transportation in the woods for me is still on horseback: you get exercise, have company, are traveling most ecologically, again do not need electricity and are in intimate contact with a living being. Ok, there may be also disadvantages which I leave the gentle reader to fill in according to his personal preferences. If I want to enjoy speed a motorcycle beats the uniwheel all the time and also has a much greater range. Inline skating is about as fast as unicycling and can look as elegantly but does not need an electric battery (and is therefore much cheaper). It also has a larger fitness value and like bicycles is much easier to defend legally. I should draw up a matrix of the various modes of transportation and their benefits, disadvantages and total cost per kilometer travelled. Anyway, unicycling is mainly suited - where it is legalized - for urban short to medium distances and in good weather, for short range pleasure cruises or just - or perhaps mainly? - for showing off. I have a nagging suspicion that the latter point may be one of the, if not the key "driving" factor for an eWheel, but that's ok with me :-)
  23. So I just finished day four of my first ever EUC riding. I thought it might be helpful for new beginners to see what my experience was like. This has been quite a journey! So first, about the hardware: king song ewheel.com exclusive 800w 840wh 14" model with all the new features, thanks to Jason Mcneil! I received it in one business day on December 31st. It shipped from Florida and I live in Phoenix. In the box is the standard stuff, but no wrist guards. Also, this new model with 840wh battery does NOT have the USB charging port even though the manual says that it does. I can't seem to get the Bluetooth speakers to work, so I wonder if this feature was left off of this model as well. I can connect to the app but not play any music. I'm using an iPhone 6S Plus. Also, if you've never owned one of these before (which I haven't- this is my first one), this unit is heavy! I'm not actually sure exactly how heavy but definitely 30 pounds. I would recommend that a beginner start with a lighter unit. The weight, coupled with my inability to ride or balance it, made for a very steep learning curve. Aesthetically it doesn't compare to something like the IPS zero or ninebot, but man is it solid and feels like high quality. In four short days I have managed to mangle the holy heck out of it, but I've already made peace with that. So on to my learning experience. Let me start off by saying that I'm 28 and about 160lbs, 6' tall with no experience and relatively out of shape. This machine was HARD to learn! Both my friend and I were so discouraged after two days of practice that I almost gave up, which wasn't really an option when you consider how expensive this unit was. Let's go by days: Day 1- mostly riding around inside with my hands on either side of a hallway. Couldn't go two feet without crashing and leaving black tire marks all over the carpet. I would suggest not riding inside especially on carpet. Played around for about 3 hours total this day and never went outside. Day 2- tried to go outside for the first time with the help of my friend. I held onto his arm and tried to learn my balance. Any time I let go of his hand I would immediately crash. Did this for about 2.5 hours with little success. Day 3- this day I decided to try on my own and was mounting using my hand on my garage door as support. Felt comfortable going forwards and backwards while keeping my hand on the wall. My driveway is small though so after I would let go I would have a very small area in which to ride before I hit a wall, car, or bush. Made very little progress so I tried going out into the street. Was able to ride maybe 10' before falling. I had a safety belt on this entire time as well, so it was physically exhausting falling so many times and having to essentially lift the unit so that it didn't go spinning out of control. I had to give up due to exhaustion. Note that the pedals hit my legs in multiple places and I have many nasty bruises from this day. Day 4- this was today and boy let me tell you did it feel good. I decided to go to a park with my friends and my dad. The park had huge flat grass fields which was ideal for me to learn on for a few reasons: 1, I didn't have to wear the safety strap which was a huge plus. 2, when I crashed I could simply walk off and not worry about too much damage to the unit, and 3, when I crashed it hurt a lot less. Today I was able to learn to ride and successfully mounted on my own and rode for 600' without falling off. It felt so good! I finally found some semblance of balance and not having obstacles in my way was the biggest help. I'm now trying to learn to turn which is hard but I'm getting the hang of it. So, I thought I would share some tips that helped me and might help you too. 1. Wear safety gear! I wore a helmet, wrist guards, knee pads, elbow pads, and then I took two full sized towels, folded them and wrapped them around my legs, taped them together at the seams, and put stretchy pajama pants on over this. Yes I looked ridiculous but I avoided all further injuries from the unit spinning and clipping my legs. Also, the towels are somewhat heavy so it doubled as strength training for your legs. I've found that I'm working out muscles I never knew I had and each day these muscles are becoming stronger, helping me to get better. But PLEASE wear wrist guards. I would have had some nasty scrapes if it wasn't for those. 2. Don't try to learn in small places. The house, hallways, driveways, and small crowded streets are all terrible places to learn. You can't get a sense of how to ride without being able to careen off in any direction for a long time. This was the biggest help in my learning. 3. Having a friend hold your hand is OK but it's better to practice mounting yourself, as this is the hardest part. I would mount and dismount dozens of times to try to get the feel for it. Along with this, if your foot isn't in the right position simply dismount and try again. Foot placement is key and when you're learning you won't be able to adjust your feet while riding. 4. When you fall, roll with the fall to minimize injury. 5. If you don't want a scratched unit, buy some cheap yoga mats and pad the heck out of it. Also, buy some sidewalk or skateboard grip tape to put on the pedals. most importantly don't give up!!! I truly didn't think I could learn this but after today I feel much more confident. Just keep at it, accept that you WILL crash, and be confident in your wheel. Confidence and relaxing is huge. I havent had a chance to take any video yet but hopefully I can soon. If you have any questions please feel free to ask!
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