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  1. Hello to all the knowledgeable and helpful people who post here. I'm wondering if anyone has advice for my situation. I'm 56 y.o., 6ft, 220lbs., in decent shape. I was really excited about learning to ride an EUC. I did most of my falling on astroturf (like falling on a cloud), but a couple of falls on asphalt, too. At 3 weeks, I was to the point where I didn't fall anymore except for cause. Lots to learn, not ready for streets, not a speed demon, but not a scratch from EUCs. Then, riding my e-bike, due to dumb user error, I fell hard on a steep hill. Dislocated right (dominant) shoulder, with a glenoid (socket) fracture. I had arthro surgery on 10/03, and am in a shoulder immobilizer til 11/18 (6 weeks). At that point, surgeon says shoulder will be at 50%; 3 months = 80%; 6 months = good enough for "contact sports." I've broken bones in my life. This one has been the least painful, but really sucks because I was JUST getting started EUC riding. Super excited. Sense of accomplishment. Then BAM! Shut down. When I say "EUC" to the physical therapist, surgeon, most friends, and family, they hear "Death Trap." They say I should never ride again. So that's not super helpful. Has anyone had a similar injury and can give me advice on when I can start riding my EUC again? I want to start the day I get out of this immobilizer. Surgeon says 6 months (but his reference is football injuries, he doesn't know EUCs). I obviously can't think about this without bias. I don't want to re-injure and have to start the clock over. But I REALLY want to get back to it. I'm not a daredevil. I hadn't fallen on my EUC since the 10th day, and I never fell in a shoulder-injuring way. I just want to ride smooth paths, no bumps or speeding, just get time practicing. Any thoughts or advice of any sort would be very very much appreciated. I need the wisdom of experienced EUC riders--people who understand the addiction and the risks. Thanks in advance!
  2. So it finally happened. One of my hobbies got the better of me. Two weeks ago, I was riding my King Song 18XL on my lunch break. I was on a park road that leads to the bike trail. The speed limit was 25mph and there was a car in front of me. He started slowing down (probably checking me out), until we were doing about 10mph. So I decided to pass. I leaned into it and as I pulled up alongside him the wheel beeped once and turned off. I was probably up to about 25mph. Usually, if I get too aggressive, the wheel beeps a few times and tilts me back. This time it just quit. Next thing I know I'm sliding across the pavement with the wheel tumbling past my head. Luckily I was wearing all my protective gear so my helmet, elbow pads and wrist guards took most of the impact. Minor Road Rash, Bruised hip, Separated Shoulder. I'm having surgery next week to repair the shoulder. The wheel has a broken trolley handle and a few scrapes, but fired right back up. Battery was at 80%. Album Link: https://imgur.com/a/WGwaOuj Wheel is a little beat up, but otherwise fine. The Pads took some battle damage. That shouldn't be there....=P
  3. I had a crash at 30km/h because the InMotion V8 switched itself off. This is clearly comprehensible and reproducible. I broke my upper arm several times and am now unfortunately disabled for the rest of my life. The arm is only half movable, as is the shoulder. But I am glad that I am still alive. The company InMotion is not interested in my crash and not in the defective device, which only ran about 80 kilometers, so it is almost new. The communication was aborted by InMotion, they don't even want the defective device back for examination. A warranty service was rejected. Who made similar experiences with this company and its products? Thanks in advance and always a good and secure ride FastFraenzje
  4. EDIT 12/2018 There were humorous certificates embedded with these posts but the links have timed out over time. Sorry. I think it's high time we "Planters of the Face" be recognised for our achievements, and contributions to the merriment of our fellow EUCers by sharing, in excruciating detail, our pain and injury, in the futile hope that they might not follow in our face foot steps. towards that end I have created this FACE PLANT WALL OF INFAMY. If you believe you deserve a certificate for you contributions to face plantism, pop me a private message, simply stating the approximate date, (month, DD, YY) and I'll create a certificate for you, and carefully hang it on the "wall" for all to laugh at admire, just like mine EDIT. Classes added. 1st. Class for actual face contact. 2nd. Class for no face contact. 3rd. Class for full face helmet contact. tell me what class you achieved, and also your approximate speed.
  5. Hi, Here goes a topic that I think is definitely worth posting about. My partner is a physical therapist, and after I had a minor knee-tendon injury during the first few days of riding, she mentioned that warming up and stretching wouldn’t be a bad idea for EUC riding, since to a great extent, it involves maintaining the same posture for extended periods of time, which can lead to muscle, tendon and ligament fatigue and stiffness, which in turn, makes one much more prone to non-impact injuries in the event of falling/jumping off the wheel, or can potentially make them worse. For example, falling off the wheel and landing on just one leg can involve a considerable impact, and muscle and tendon stiffness (due to the riding stance and lack of stretching) will make an injury (sprain, tendinitis, etc.) much more likely, or worse than it would have been if you’d warmed up and stretched to maintain flexibility. @meepmeepmayer and @Mono mentioned that they hadn't seen this topic brought up in the forum, so I had my partner walk me through the biodynamics of EUC-riding and give me a few warm-up and stretching exercises to help minimise the over-stress that certain parts of the body are subjected to when riding. Bear in mind that a great deal more muscles, tendons and ligaments are in play while riding than I’ll list here and to cover them all would involve a lengthy, multiple installment publication (longer than this one ) that I doubt anyone would be interested in reading, so for the sake of brevity and pragmatism, I asked her to narrow down the list to the soft tissues subjected to the most stress and most prone to injury. BEFORE RIDING, you should ideally warm up a little. The best and most simple exercises you can do, that pretty much cover most of the muscles you’ll be using (legs, hips, core), are: Squats: (If you’re in a hurry, 10 squats are better than nothing, but 15 is better) Marching in place / high jog: (10 with each leg should do; for a more thorough warm-up, aim for 20) As part of the warm-up, some joint movement is also beneficial. Some of the most useful exercises are: Standing hip circles: (5-10 repetitions in each direction for each leg; the broader the circles the better) Circular knee warm-up: (5-10 repetitions in each direction) Circular ankle stretching: Aside from the warm-up, some LIGHT stretching can go a long way in terms of preventing potential injuries. I’ll detail the different soft tissue “components” of the musculoskeletal system that are stressed the most/more likely to be injured, how they come into play in terms of EUC-riding, and how to stretch them. IMPORTANT: Plantar fasciae (foot arch): (aka the part that hurts like hell when you’re beginning) Involved in base stance (the more forward your foot is positioned, the more they’re stressed) and acceleration. Stretching exercises: Tibialis anterior (muscle and tendon): Used for braking and when leaning back (e.g., going downhill). Stretching: Achilles tendon: Used while in base stance and when accelerating. Stretching: Calf muscle and soleus: Used in base stance and when accelerating. Stretching: Calf: Soleus (deep calf muscle): Hamstring (posterior thigh muscles & tendons): Used while in base stance and while accelerating. Stretching: Quadriceps: Under the greatest stress when braking and leaning back, but also tense (albeit less so) when in the base stance and accelerating (to balance out the force being applied by the hamstring). Stretching: If having trouble balancing (which you shouldn’t, you’re damn EUC-riders!), you can use one arm to support yourself on a wall, rail, fence, etc.. If you don’t feel any tension on your quads in the position shown in the video, pull your leg further back, so the leg being stretched isn’t parallel to your other leg and your knee is further back (keep your back straight while you do this). I recommend holding your foot from your ankle. Doing the same exercise but pulling from the base of your toes is another way to stretch your anterior tibialis). Hip adductors (inner thigh): Used to press legs inward against the wheel and for turning. Stretching: (Sexy Legs Workout...potentially sexist/objectifying, I know...but what can I say? I looked at several different videos for the same exercise and she’s the one that explained it the best. Seriously.) Hip abductors (outer thigh): Used mainly for turning. Stretching: In short, there are tons more muscles, tendons and ligaments involved (as in everything), but these are the main and most important ones. If you’re in a hurry, the most important ones to stretch are hamstrings, calves, quads and anterior tibialis. To stretch hamstrings + calves, follow the first exercise in this video. Just lean forward to stretch your hamstrings (with your foot relaxed), and do the same thing but pulling the end of your foot towards you to stretch your calves. For quads and anterior tibialis, refer to the comment below the quadriceps stretching video. Additional tips: When falling, your reflex reaction is to use your arms to break the fall. Protective gear helps prevent injuries from the impact part of a fall, but as others have pointed out (in regen-related threads), energy can neither be created nor destroyed, only transferred into another form. Meaning, in this case, that the abrasion resistance that wrist and elbow guards provide allows you to slide, thus reducing the intensity of the impact, but also transferring that force upward, towards your shoulder. This creates a high risk of shoulder injuries and dislocations (which are painful as hell), so it’s definitely worth strengthening the muscles involved in keeping the shoulder in place: mainly deltoids (rear and front), pectorals, and the latissimus dorsi. Strengthening biceps and triceps isn't a bad idea either. (All of the links above are for strengthening exercises). It's also important to point out that you should always stretch after strengthening exercises, as flexibility is just as important as strength, and not doing so will lead to muscle stiffness. And lastly, the better shape you're in, the less prone you are to injuries. And so this doesn’t turn into a multi-page soliloquy, I’d say those are pretty much the basics (glutes and abs also play an important role in balancing and forward/backward motion, for example, but are unlikely to be injured when EUC-riding or lead to unrelated injuries). All the same, if anyone thinks I missed something important (perhaps your partner, @Elzilcho), don’t hesitate to add it, nor to correct me anywhere I'm wrong or suggest alternative, easier/better exercises I know it’s a drag to think you have to do all of these every time you want to hop on your wheel, but these should actually only take 5-6' before riding and 10-15' max. post-riding. Otherwise, an abbreviated version, or stretching them at another time several times a week (after exercising; avoid intense stretching of muscles that haven’t been previously warmed up) is definitely better than nothing, and can go a long way in terms of preventing a broad range of injuries (particularly ankles and knees). In any case, I hope this is useful (it feels nice to be able to give back to the community after pestering all of you with questions since I joined the forum). Happy (and safe) riding! Sidenote: I’ve tried to be as neutral as possible and find an appropriate "male/female/elderly physical therapist" ratio for the Youtube stretching exercises, because I feel it's the right thing to do, and because I know the subject of posting content of bikini-clad women and scarcely-dressed female EUC-riders has been discussed in this forum. My apologies to those hoping for more cleavage & yoga pants
  6. I see many videos of unprotected riders, as well as riders who wear differing amounts of protective armor depending on the ride they're planning. What's the minimum safe amount for a low speed ride? I recommend this as a test. Take your wheel outside on the pavement. Stand next to a wall. Lean the back of the wheel against the wall. Don't power up your wheel. Mount your wheel then gently push off. Try to hold your balance, but feel free to fall forward and try to catch yourself when you no longer can. This is what falling off a wheel would feel like at no speed. Any forward momentum at all would make it much much worse. If you are able to get up without injury, then your protection works. If you break your wrists, ribs, shoulders or smash your face, perhaps it would be time to order some better protection once you're back from the hospital. Not brave enough to try? Can't say I blame you. Maybe think about it next time you take a low speed ride....
  7. I hope this is a useful poll to learn more about which protection gear forum members typically use and how serious injuries from EUCing are.
  8. I had a quick trawl through the site and have created a tongue-in-cheek "EUC Injury" Bingo card based on rider's injuries and experiences. We are a rather accident prone bunch! EUC-INJURY-BINGO-CARD.pdf Is anyone close to shouting Bingo? I'm over halfway there. There's obviously a serious side to this - EUC riding does have inherent risks. Please consider safety gear, check your wheel regularly and ride within the limits of yourself and your wheel!
  9. so i was in a group ride, i was riding next to a newer rider who a few weeks ago got his ks14s 850wh and we were riding slowly and carefully with a few other riders. and towards end of the day he still had about 50 percent battery and we decided to ride a little down the road at moderate speed. and his wheel simply, cut out and he faceplanted and his hands were bleeding he hit his head and the wheel rolled to the side i helped him but he was hurting so we checked the wheel... everything fine and 50 percent battery and it cut out at about 25 kph (he is 90 kg) but he was still riding carefully he had tiltback set to 30 kph and alarms to 27, and there was no beeps, at all and it was on a straight even road an unfortunate accident. does anyone have a good explanation for this? or what happened?
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