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  1. Hi, my name is Mauricio, i am from Bogota, Colombia, in my country there are not much EUCs, so I have had the luck to met someone here who taught me some basics. at this time, i am able to ride, make turns, (not to tight), mount without help, brake, etc, however, I have a slight fear, if i will have to stop, mount, and go forward in the middle of a hill, (up or down) is there any consideration to take, any variation of my body inclination, for mount and start to go forward? Sorry i have had to use a little help of deepl, for write here Thanks in Advance
  2. I've been really digging down into the details and trying to make a nice dense video with everything you need to know how to get rolling for the first time. Its a complete beginners tutorial covering the gear, tips, the basics, where and how to practice riding so you can stay on. Successfully taught someone how to ride in just 1.5 hours!
  3. Yeesh... First off, i hope this is in the right area. I apologize if not! So i just got my KS-16s the other day. I tried it for the first time yesterday and was able to ride a good 20 metres without falling. I was pretty proud of myself, even though the tire pressure was super low. I posted a video of me riding on social media, and my younger brother, who is like a wizz, saw it and was like "I'm coming over!". I'm like, "oh no...." Fast forward... we're in the school playground..area thing..its all slanted and sloped and terrible and he hops on. I can already tell hes found his center of balance within 30 seconds. "Oh no.....". I try to quicken my pace to keep up with him... I fall off the wheel a few times an it smashes into the inside of my legs....welp, there goes my stamina. (This actually did kill me though because by the end, i couldn't even ride a foot without stepping off when it rubbed against the bruise. My legs are gonna need to get used to this/conditioning. Fast forward again. The wheels tilting a little bit much and i cant climb at all, my brother suggests we put air in the wheel. At this point, he can ride smoothly, by the way. At the 20 minute mark. I'm still weight shifting like crazy and losing my mind. So we head back home and connect the pump. Tell me why the pressure is 7 psi, lol... How? LOL. Anyways, we pump it up to 40 psi and head back out. My brother is now riding at max speed and looping the school getting "Please reduce your speed, you absolute Muppet" messages from the wheel. (I may have added the Muppet part). I cant even stand on the wheel, as the newfound firmness makes me fly all over the place, and my legs are sore so its hard to even get on it. My mind is all over the place, i'm overthinking and feeling intimidated by the wheel. Also this gloom falls over me. "What if i never learn this thing? How is this ever going to feel normal? I just don't get it...". This is where we've left off. I'm tired, bruised both my legs and my ego. I'm honestly feeling pretty defeated, but then, its only day 2. I guess just having someone show up, and outdo you in seconds makes you feel like you're behind the curve, and that small voice in your mind that tells you "This is impossible" becomes a shout. So i'm curious. Did any of you guys feel like this right at the beginning? And if so, how did you get past that feeling? And were you a quick learner or slower? I'd love to hear some other experiences to maybe cheer up LOL Thanks for reading~
  4. A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to discover the world of electric unicycles. I stumbled upon it as I was researching different e-scooters options that could relevant as a practical commuting device in Manhattan. My research led me to the following conclusion: no e-scooter, or e-skate comes close to the performance, range, compact size as an EUC. The problem was, I didn't know anyone who's even tried an electric unicycle and maybe saw once a rider quickly zipping through Broadway street, standing magically tall on a fast spinning wheel. Fortunately, I stumbled upon this forum and after combing through the invaluable info, I finally purchased my first wheel from the outstanding Jason at eWheels who had it at my house the next day: A King Song K14S. As I've learned a lot from this forum, I wanted to share some tips in the hope that something will find them useful. Getting on the wheel - Learning to be stable on a wheel doesn't take more than a few days but in my short experience, requires two important things: excellent video tutorials (my favorite are from the French "tuto de la semaines" - Hirsute) and a friend with a wheel who can take your hand for an hour. The latter I still couldn't find but I was fortunate to find myself in Paris for a few days and subscribed to a lesson (electric wheels are much more popular in France than in the US). Padding the wheel - The first few days, I would, of course, fall a lot. I've read some tips about padding but actually found what I think worked best for me: - Foam strips with adhesive, high density isolation: Available in different sizes and thickness - Hyper-reflective RIM tape by CustomTaylor33: I've rarely on Amazon seen such a highly rated product from a small business. I actually reached out to Taylor who sent me the custom pieces the next day. As you can see, these are indeed very reflective. - I also added a vinyl film but I'm actually not sure it's necessary. Padding ourselves - One item that I would recommend for winter riders is a pair of gloves with integrated (and removable) wrist guards. I've only found a product from DaKine Upgrading the wheel - As many of you already found out, the XL Pedals that Jason masterfully commissioned are a game changer for using the wheel. It used to feel like standing on a stool with the smaller pedals. Now it reminds me of seating the large leather seat of an SUV. Thank you for all your help and support. Raphael
  5. Be gentle... Please forgive the following.. Lack of suitable protection, i have now bought some Flexmeters and a meter roll of bandages. The potato quality video, my phone is boss as at video, but the free online editor i used spits out crap. The constant shots of my ass (you love it though). The peeing dog. I have nothing else to say here. The lack of any talent what-so-ever. I promise the following going forward.. Nothing. (Whoops, this isn't my wedding vows..) I will try again, and again. and then take a break if i still don't get it. Then i will try some more. More really bad jokes and awkward talking to the camera. Cheers yall.
  6. So I’ve been riding about 2 months now . I’ve learned how to ride with one leg , so one leg spins , ride slow , carve back and forth ect...but riding backwards is still seemingly impossible for me . As soon as I get going I can’t help but turn sharply to one side or the other . Just wondering how others learned and if there were any tips or tricks . Thanks !
  7. 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
  8. Challenge accepted! In my original thread, I had realized I wanted to wait for the new wheels to come out before picking out my first wheel. But in my impatience, rather than buying a “starter” wheel I would quickly outgrow, I thought maybe I could get started on my “second” wheel, which was likely to be an MTen3. Sober voices advised me to reconsider, but I figured I could take a careful and patient approach since I was going to have to wait regardless. Worst case, I figured I would put the rocket back in my proverbial pocket and learn on my “main” once I knew what that would be. This is an MTen3 512Wh purchased from @Jason McNeil at eWheels (Thanks Jason!). For your advice and amusement, here is my learning log so far (2 days): Day 1: I inflated the wheel to 40 psi, and attached some clumsy ad-hoc bumpers made of pool noodles. The wheel arrived with the calibration obviously way forward of level, so I calibrated the wheel to what I thought was level (used a level on the pedals). 45 min in the garage: Damn, this thing is scary. How am I supposed to balance on it when it feels like it wants any excuse to bludgeon my ankles? (I wore some old steel-toed high-top sneaker/hiking boot hybrids I had on hand) I used two chairs to get mounted, getting a feel for the pendulum back and forth and how wheel decides which way to push. I tried to use a belt as a strap, but I wasn’t coordinated enough to hold the strap while using the chairs, and the this belt had some elasticity that made it feel dangerous to use, so I put it aside. I did a couple of supported turns around one of the chairs, but not without some minor mishaps. In trying to free ride about five feet to a third chair, the wheel took a couple of minor spills and one just strong enough to knock off some of the noodle bumpers but otherwise scratch little more than the pedals. I stopped out of exhaustion and heat — it’s already in the 90’s here — and although I was up for another go that night, other plans got in the way. No falls or injuries to myself. Some minor cosmetic injuries to wheel. Day 2: My butt and back are sore. The back I blame more on manhandling the wheel than on riding it. Not sure about the butt. Legs are fine, probably on account of a career that has me standing most of the day, and a habit of regular walking. I reduced tire inflation to 30 psi after reading more on forums. Wheel calibration still looked off, so I redid that. I improvised a better strap out of a luggage strap. My wife helped me secure my noodle bumpers better. 30 min on a stretch of sidewalk: I feel like such a tool. My wife offered to take my hand on a stretch of sidewalk back and forth a number of times, as I tried not to use more support than necessary. Alas, I needed a lot of support. Good thing she is, um, supportive. Nevermind that it looked to the neighbors like she was walking a still-dripping newborn calf. I stopped after my legs were feeling wobbly enough that it was getting harder rather than easier. The new strap worked out a lot better: No falls or injuries to myself (or my wife). No significant spills for the wheel. A few hours later... 30 min in the garage (shade!): Yeah, I don’t know about this triangle method. I went out mostly to try to practice walking the wheel under one leg and then lifting my off leg towards an eventual mounting maneuver. I experimented a lot with foot positioning and knee angles to try to feel what people are talking about with this. I got to where I could kind of pivot around on my off foot, but nowhere near being able to hold my off leg airborne for even a moment, except in an awkward hop. The height at which I have to bite the MTen3 into my leg feels way too low for that maneuver, like I would crack my leg in half trying to support my full weight. No successful mounts, until I resorted to using a wall for a bit. The improved sense of mass centering from the triangle training did at least make mounting from the wall feel easier. I had enough room to try and make a wide arc around the garage unsupported, but never made it more than half way, and never felt very stable on these attempts. I wonder if my second attempt at calibration did more harm than good. I stopped out of a combination of drenching sweat in the heat+jeans+gear and aerobic exhaustion from all of the stepping and bending over to walk the wheel back to the wall. The strap is still working well to prevent damage. My right inside calf is a bit tender, but no falls and no other injuries to myself. No new spills for the wheel. A couple hours later… Put 2 oz. slime in the wheel (exactly, as measured by kitchen scale) and reinflated to 32 psi — with @Marty Backe's video giving me the confidence needed. I then precisely re-calibrated on my most level surface with a level (looks good now) and did another 5 minutes of my garage antics to distribute the slime. Seemed stable enough. Two hours later... 15 min on a stretch of sidewalk: Who’s a good wife? She is! She’s a good wife! We repeated our morning walk, but by the end of this one we were going a little quicker, I was standing taller, feeling a lot more stable, and it probably looked to outsiders more like I was walking my wife than the other way around. If nothing else, I think I have the psi and calibration dialed in. I let go a few times, but only made it as far as about 5 meters before making a controlled step-off and tugging on the strap. I started to get glimpses of the “it” I’m trying to get, and stopped the session when I felt previously-unactivated leg muscles start to wobble out of energy. No injuries to myself. No new spills for the wheel. Looking forward to tomorrow evening, when I’ll have my next riding opportunity. Questions: Being the only one I know of around here with a wheel, it’s hard to know what’s normal for me, my wheel, or wheels in general. Here’s what’s on my mind tonight: From the first power up, the wheel has always had a kind of purring vibration and faint sound that fluctuates, like there’s an honest-to-god spinny thing in there... but I was under the impression that the only gyro is on a chip — that all balancing is handled by motor torque adjustment. Is this vibration just the feeling of the motor elements taking turns doing the microadjustments that keep the wheel stable, or is something wrong with my wheel? Unlike yesterday and this morning, as of this afternoon, when powering on the wheel, I got a double chirp, sometimes right away, sometimes a few seconds after. I thought maybe this was a battery indication, as I hadn’t charged since yesterday. But having charged up to full before my final session today (as indicated by green charger light on OEM charger), it was still doing it (the first time, but not on two subsequent times). What does this mean? I’d kill for a manual. Fully charged (per charger) and idle, WheelLog reports a 100% charge but a voltage only in the mid 60s. Isn’t this an 84v wheel? How does that work? Are the sport/soft modes worth playing with at my stage? Are they even staying at whatever I set them to? I thought I had read somewhere that the Gotway app defaults it to something every time it is loaded. Thanks for all your advice and support! I’ll keep the log going until you or I are sick of it. [I thought about putting this in the dedicated MTen3 area (feel free to move it?), but since my first wheel choice is unusual enough that I thought it might be of more general interest.]
  9. Hi all, I am new to this forum and this strange fascination, so I thought I might provide some background. A couple of years ago, on my way to a boat show, I stopped in disbelief at the roped-off part of the parking lot. I couldn't believe my eyes: here were people (or maybe robots or remote-control show-room dummies ?) gliding around without any apparent body movement ! As I watched closer, I saw they were standing on some kind of car battery sized box mounted on a single tyre, very strange. It turned out they were real people, demoing and selling a novel transportation method, allegedly easy to store on boats and fun to use in and around marinas. After I waited and watched, this guy asked me if I wanted to try. Yes, for sure, and I felt both elated and a bit ashamed of being walked like a dog, astraddle a one-wheeled car battery with encouragement of skimpily clad members of the opposite sex. The magic evaporated when we got to the little matter of price, no way I could spend more than 1500 € on something I wasn't sure I could either master physically or justify as a worthwhile investment. Fast-forward to last Saturday, the local supermarket has this parking-lot clearance sales with lots of stuff to look thru. I guess the boat show test ride somehow rewired my reptilian brain as I can not remember anything except coming back home with a unexpected piece of alien technology. Alien ? Star Trek for sure. When I try to get on top of the box, I really need to Klingon. It also gives a new insight to the standard Klingon greeting of "Today is a nice day to die." I have tried voice control, thought control, nothing works except the exquisite, detailed and (mostly) learned advice on this wonderful forum. Thanks, I will experiment and report back when I have something worthy of mention... Here are the specs and a picture, please don't laugh... Battery 132Wh Charger 67.2V 2 A Motor 300W Tyre 14x2.125 Range 15-18 km Max Speed 10 or 12 km/h Weight 10 Kg
  10. New Inmotion V8 arrived from SpeedyFeet (thank you Speedy Feet) yesterday (Friday 5th January), to great excitement. Unfortunately, the weeather here in Northern UK was terrible so couldn't get out. So day 1 of practice consisted of around 1 hour of standing on it and some wobbly transations across my office (around 3 metres wide). It felt like I was learning a little just getting the feel for balance. Wasn't long before right calve and right ankle in a bit of discomfort(!) Today (Saturday 6th January), better weather and a trip to a stiff fenced basketball area, identified as ideal for EUC practice. It has paths around the outer area of the basketball enclosed area so scope for doing circuits over an area 'around the outside' of the basketball pitch. Practiced for around an hour, but that was enough as fatigue set in. Really pleased with progress, and was able to ride multiple circuits around the exterior of the basketball court. Please note this was not by any means in a very controlled manner. Two particular areas I want some help/feedback with: 1. Foot position - after a while I placed my feet further back on the foot plates and I thought (but I'm not sure) that this seemd to give me better control and 'feel' for acceleration and braking. Is this issue of foot position important. Quite often, I'm so unsteady mounting that I don't get my feet in the same position on each side!! 2. The wobbles - as I felt I was improving and ventured to try going faster, I found that the wheel seemd to develop the wobbles. Any tips? 3. Ride in a straight line - Often I struggled to go in an entirely straight line, could this simply be a combination of me being a learner and not having enough speed makes me unstable and more prone to deviate off the straight line? Finally, one other thing I would say is that this thing makes you new friends! Virtually every passer by was stopping to watch or to chat, mostly in awe of this machine noone seemed to have ever seen. Little do they know how bad my riding is compared to you more experienced guys on this forum! Looking forward to tomorrow and going again
  11. Hello everyone! So, just got a shipping update, I am to expect my Ninebot E+ next monday! Must say I am super excited....I got to thinking after reading and watching some EUC training videos, a majority of the time in the beginning stages the EUC takes quite a beating! I saw one video where the battery ejected out of the EUC! after a small tumble in the parking lot. I was wondering what people here do to "protect" their investment while they are learning, and by protect meaning try to prevent it from getting beat up in the first few weeks of training. I do understand a tumble here, a dent there and scuffs and scratches but I would like to minimize that during my first few weeks until I get somewhat of a hold on what im doing! lol I was thinking maybe duct tape? draping an old sweater/jacket over the thing? cutting out an insulated shopping bag and taping it over the wheel....any thoughts??
  12. Hey All! One stop shop here!! Just as the title says, let me know what you have & need/want done to improve your EUC experience! Also providing maintinence plans & services! Talk to you soon!
  13. Hi everyone! I was reading your forum from time to time recently, finally got to introduce myself write something. I got myself my first euc (is this a proper way to abbreviate?) - V8 a few months ago. I learned to ride it in like 3 sessions of around 20 minutes and felt pretty confident after that. I do snowboarding and amateurish ice skating from time to time in winter, I think that helped. It was very tiring and sweaty to learn (even when it was cool weather yet - 5 to 10 Celsius... and I'm in a bad physical shape, slightly overweight - 183 cm\95 kg). Fun fact, I learned to ride on an almost flat tire (I figured it out after learning...). First place I rode outside the yard where I trained was a car service station across the road, and got the tire pressure up there. I rode for 1.5 months without any protection - almost every day, averaging 10km per day I think. After a couple of weeks I got comfortable at hitting the default 25 km\h max speed via somewhat fast acceleration and cruising around 24 afterwards. I never wore any safety gear. Mainly because I was lazy to buy it. I crashed 4 times. First time, i lost my balance on some bumps, leapt of the thing, ran 3 steps and fell on grass. Scratched my right wrist, stained my clothes, got a little shocked - nothing serious. Second time I crashed into a cyclist when we both were cutting a corner in an underground crossing (i was turning right, she - left). A little bruise on my thigh, the cyclist was ok as well. The third time.. I went kind off road. Was an abandoned asphalt playground with cracks in asphalt and grass growing through it all over the place. AFAIR I was turning and rode on some bump and I lost balance. I fell at a really low speed (less than 10kmh, I think), but I bloodied my wrists, elbows and an ankle really hard, tore my jeans. Still, nothing too serious. Now the 4th crash was a really bad one. The road was perfectly flat asphalt and it was straight. Dunno if that mattered, but the battery of the device was around 50%. I pressed the device really hard to accelerate uphill. Around the moment I expected it to lean me backwards (so around 25 km\h), it didn't happen. Instead, it dropped me forward. If fell on my hands and rolled. I stood up in big shock. I didn't feel my hands mostly and overall felt very weak. Luckily there were people around to help me - call an ambulance, collect my stuff (I had earphones in my ears, and was holding a plastic bag with some light stuff in it). After a couple hours of waiting ambulance, riding to hospital, sitting in a line in emergency, etc. I got my both hands in cast - fingers were free (except right thumb), but after them full casts locking my wrists and elbows. I severely broke my left radius bone near wrist, got a slight fracture on my right radius bone near elbow, and broke my right thumb's metacarpal. And a bunch of scratches all over my hands as well (while the scratches from 3rd crash didn't fully heal yet). Moreover, after a week doctor discovered that my metacarpal wasn't healing properly, so I had to be operated (without cutting, but with anesthesia, bone fixing and inserting some needles (or spokes?) (not sure of a proper medical term) to properly hold em). Luckily after almost a month of suffering almost without hands, my elbows were freed (new, smaller casts were made). 1 day after, I could do a lot of stuff with my hands, I was so happy, and a day after I finally went back to work (I'm an IT worker, I could use keyboard an mouse to some extent already). Long story short, by the end of this week (I hope), my casts and needles (spokes?) will be removed and I will start getting my wrists agile again. I am willing to ride again - it is just so much fun - close to snowboarding amount of fun. Of course, first I am going to buy protection for wrists, ankles and elbows. Still hesitate to buy a helmet - I just don't see myself falling on my head, how could that possibly happen? I think I will try it out, if I find a not too obtrusive and easy to put on\off one, I'll get it. Another thought I have regarding my last crash... a day before it, I adjusted pedal tilt position to be completely parallel to the Earth - 0.0 degrees. IIRC by default it was around positive 2 degrees - so here's a question to V8 users - how do you have that setting configured? That's all I wanted to write for now - thanks for reading!
  14. What I’ve learned/Tips on how to learn to ride from my own experience. Gotway ACMs+ Here’s where I’m at in my learning curve. I can now ride for blocks on city streets and sidewalks. I can get on the unicycle freestanding without the use of a pole or wall for balance. I’ve only ridden 26 total miles. 1. First, know that you’re going to fall and then fall some more and a lot after that. At least I did until I figured out a few things. Yeah I know, kinda obvious. 2. Your legs are going to get bruised on the inside near your calf muscles. Also expect abrasions on your legs as well. I just ordered a pair of ProForce Shin Guards from Amazon. I haven’t tried them yet and may not need them now, but I’m going to wear them at least till my bruises are healed. 3. Don’t learn to ride on concrete or pavement. Your unicycle is going to get really, really banged up. Also, because … No. 1. 4. Riding modes in the app. I have the ios app. There is soft, comfort and power mode. I don’t know what these actually do, but perhaps they’re self-explanatory. 5. The settings you enter in the app seem to be lost when you log out. So keep in mind that you may have to re-enter them after reconnecting your unicycle via Bluetooth. Also, if the app isn’t on (as in you pushed the power button to put your device in sleep mode) it will disconnect from the cycle and although the riding settings seem to remain, the app will no longer track your progress (time, avg. speed & distance). When you reconnect, the stats are reset to zero. Except total mileage of course. 6. Tilt Up Rocker Speed: I didn’t understand exactly how this worked and it caused me to fall 10 times more than I should have. Speed and balance are obviously interconnected, right? I thought that as a beginner, I should set the speed to the lowest. But THAT speed is barely enough for you to keep your balance. The Tilt Up Rocker Speed is also known as the tilt back. It serves as a warning that you are reaching the maximum speed you set. It isn’t a speed limit for the unicycle and won’t keep you from going faster than the set tilt back speed. What it does when you reach your maximum speed is tilt back the pedals. If you disregard this, and don’t slow down by leaning back, the tilt back will get so bad, that it is impossible to keep your balance and you’ll crash (so in a way it does limit your speed…by force). If you have a tilt back speed set, be aware of the feeling of the pedals. If your feet seem to be tilting up, slow down immediately and the tilt will go back to normal. You can turn the rocker/tilt off and go as fast as you want. 7. Pedal tilt: My unicycle came with about a 5 degree upward tilt (toes higher than heel). I’ve read that some riders prefer it this way and others say the pedals should be calibrated to as near level as you can get. I use the iHandy Level app on my iphone. I’ve tried it with the pedals inclined, level and declined. I didn’t notice much of a difference, so I’m sticking with level for now. One last thing about tilt. Setting the pedals at a decline will not keep the pedals from tilting back once your reached speed. The unicycle will continue to tilt back to the point you can’t keep your balance regardless of how much of a decline you calibrate your pedals. 8. Calibrating the pedals: Make sure your unicycle is on and connected to the app. a. Press the cog wheel (settings) in the upper right corner of the app. b. Select Calibration setting. c. You will get a warning pop-up, just press okay. d. You’ll hear 3 beeps and the gyro in the wheel that keeps it stable will disengage and the wheel will move freely back and forth as it does when it’s off. e. Place a level on a pedal or eye it and hold the wheel steady, tilting backward or forward to where you want the angle of the pedals set. f. Hold the wheel at that angle and press the on button to turn the unicycle off. g. Keep holding the unicycle at the angle you want and press the on button again. h. You’ll hear a succession of quick beeps and then a long steady beep. i. Turn the unicycle off again. j. Now the angle is set. k. Turn the wheel back on and the gyro will settle at the new angle. I think I’ve found the best way to learn to ride. It only took me a couple of hours over two or three days to advance to where I’m at today. Which is still novice. But I’m riding it. Yay! 1. I took my GotWay Unicycle to the local park. 2. I found a nice thick grassy area that had a nice straight path. Learning to ride in the grass has several benefits. a. I could crash at 20 Kpm/hour and not get hurt. Grass stained yes and bruising of my inner calf muscles from gripping the wheel and abrasions when making contact with the wheel while falling. Hence the shin pads. b. The unicycle won’t get beat to hell from bouncing on pavement in a spectacular Indy-500 like crash. c. The uneven terrain, bumps and the unexpected hole is great for learning to keep balanced. Once I learned to keep my balance in the grass, the street was cake. 3. I balanced myself on the pedals using a post or fence. 4. I set the power setting to Power Mode and I turned off the Rocker/Tilt back speed. 5. I leaned forward and allowed the speed I acquired to help my balance. 6. I rode from one pole, tree or fence to another and back and forth. 7. After I was good at this and could ride around the entire park in the grass, I worked on getting on the unicycle free-standing. It came surprisingly easy. The first time I tried it, I got about two feet before falling over. 8. I’m right footed, so I kept my right foot on the pedal and leaned the cycle over until the other pedal was an inch or so off the ground. You’ll feel the balance point. 9. I kept my left foot as close as possible to the left pedal, either directly next to it or a little behind. 10. I then quickly lifted my foot onto the pedal and leaned forward for speed and balance. I had a tendency at first to go left instead of straight, but after practice I got better. I just repeated this process over and over. The third phase was learning to ride on the sidewalks that twisted and turned through the park. To slow down for making corners, I found that rocking myself backward (slow) and forward (speed) to nail a good balanceable turning speed worked for me. It’s sort of like pumping the brakes on a truck while driving down a steep decline. I also learned how to bend my knees to accomplish sharp turns at slow speed. These are some of the things that I wished I’d known at first. For new riders, hopefully, this will help overcome some aspects of the learning curve that I went through. For the experienced rider, please comment, correct or add as necessary.
  15. If you are a beginner about to train on the Step-n-Roll, you will want to wear protection, not only from falls, but from the unicycle itself. Its sharp edges and hard surfaces will abrade your skin. Experienced riders, who aren't gripping the sides of the housing in a desperate effort to stay balanced, will not likely experience its ergonomic shortcomings. Update 170524: With less than 10 minutes total on the pedals, the last time I mounted the unit and attempted forward navigation, the machine pitched me forward violently. Every time I have turned it on since then, the motor jerks to full speed, the emergency stop is activated, the motor stops, and the beep turns on. On opening the controller panel, I found a loose connection in the yellow wire that I assume comes from the wheel position encoder. I pushed it back in, made sure all the connections are tight, and powered up again. BAM! Same thing. Needless to say, I'm frustrated. I think the most likely fault is in the wheel position encoding or the gyroscope. I guess that if a traction MOSFET went bad, the wheel would probably stutter rather than accelerate to full speed. Thoughts?
  16. Day 1: King Song 1 - Free Ride 0 First impressions... SMALL, it's actually a lot smaller that I pictured it. Looks very nice all black. Didn't get far on learning to ride it. Only manage to get on it with the help of a door way, but then the fun ended as a realized the tire pressure was way to low. Turns out is basically flat, not enough air to even move the pressure gauge. I don't have a hand pump that I could find and couldn't power the compressor. I see what people say about the design of the value stem being really bad... it's horrible. What a big let down though to find the wheel you're so excited to try has arrived with "no" air in the tire. The game ended before it started with King Song taking the day. Hopefully Day 2 will be better.
  17. 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!
  18. Day 1: King Song 1 - Free Ride 0 First impressions... SMALL, it's actually a lot smaller that I pictured it. Looks very nice all black. Didn't get far on learning to ride it. Only manage to get on it with the help of a door way, but then the fun ended as a realized the tire pressure was way to low. Turns out is basically flat, not enough air to even more the pressure gauge. I don't have a hand pump that I could find and couldn't power the compressor. I see what people say about the design of the value stem being really bad... it's horrible. What a big let down though to find the wheel you're so excited to try has arrived with "no" air in the tire. The game ended before it started with King Song taking the day. Hopefully Day 2 will be better.
  19. I believe it had been repeatedly suggested in this forum that learning single footed riding solves the problem of adjusting the foot position. The problem however is: my desired foot position with both feet on the pedals is quite different from what I find a safe position with only one foot. That means I can only adjust to the ideal position while riding already double footed. Double footed adjustment is after all not overly difficult. I can simultaneously put weight on the forefoot of one foot and on the heel of the other foot (without changing the driving state at all) and twist the foot which I want to change in position. Twisting moves the foot in direction of where the weight is, I am not sure why that is, but it works reliably. I don't ride much single footed, because it's after all not overly comfortable, but to make it feel safe I need to turn the forefoot inwards (anti-Chaplin position). Like this I have more sole on the pedal (I'm living on big feet) and a stronger push, almost like a lock, with the shin towards the EUC side. For me it was a game-changer to find this position. This is not a position I would like to keep riding on both feet however, where I prefer to have my natural forefoot outwards turn.
  20. This video is for new electric unicycle users to learn how to ride!
  21. Man, I have to say that I feel like I'm losing my mind. I have been very happy with my progress at learning the EUC after an admittedly rough start. I can now go off road, up and down curbs (on a 14" wheel mind you) and do 180 degree pivot turns all without falling or even coming close to falling. My balance overall feels incredible and I love the "training" aspect of wheel riding. However! I cannot ride backwards for the life of me. I'm really struggling with riding on one leg as well. The amount of pressure that is pressed against the calf and shin bone is punishing. I bought some new boots to try to alleviate this issue (in fact, I have a whole body armor set now, these are the items): body armor: https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/837/25776/Fox-Racing-Titan-Sport-Jacket-Body-Armor boots: http://www.cyclegear.com/ALPINESTARS-Tech-7-Enduro-Off-Road-Motorcycle-Boots (the white version) pants: http://www.cyclegear.com/ALPINESTARS-A-10-Air-Flo-Mesh-Motorcycle-Pants I feel much safer in the gear, but the boots definitely inhibit my ability to quickly maneuver. Mostly the problem is the grip on the KS14C wheels, even though I put industrial grade sidewalk grip tape on them. Anyway, I'm really frustrated with this riding backwards situation. Also, riding on one leg, I can go straight but have a hard time controlling my speed and definitely can't make any turns except for sharp left turns that basically turn into tiny little 180 degree turns that then stop me. Perhaps I just need more practice, but if anyone has tips for riding backwards, I'm all ears.
  22. 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!
  23. Spoiler alert: this rant contains a lengthy and unbearable amount of frustration venting and western-a**hole-arrogance! Disclaimer: I’m consultant to high-tech industries. I sell hot air for a living (and to pay for gadgets). I’m in no way affiliated with any EUC manufacturer or distributor. I’m not even trying to sell my consultancy services here, as I am committed to a project running until the end of 2016. By that time, Gotway, you will be out of business if you don’t listen. Dear @GotWay MCM I have been slightly upset with you lately for your lousy customer communication (http://forum.electricunicycle.org/topic/827-worried-my-gotway-mten-purchase-may-go-sour/). You seem to have a policy to make it as difficult as possible to buy your products. That got me thinking. You came first to give us serious high-performance EUCs. And I bet, you consider yourself a „product innovation“ company, huh? I strongly believe, there are just 3 main differentiators to achieve a sustainable position of any business in the marketplace: product innovation, customer relationship and price. If you want to be successful, you have to shine in one of those aspects and you may be mediocre in the other two. As your treatment of customers is far from even being mediocre and your prices are above average, I guess you see „innovation“ as your strong point. Get real, Gotway! Look at the Mten I just have so much trouble buying from you. It’s an utter design failure and you know it. Just from looking at the videos - including the ones @Jane Mo publishes for promotion - any single Mten you can spot is covered in layers and layers of foam, pads and similar provisionally contraptions. Because it’s damned near uncontrollable the way you sell it with it’s naked shell. What does that tell you, Gotway? From it’s very introduction of the first version (when? summer of 2014??), your product has been incomplete. Innovation? My a**! Why am I trying to buy it then? Because 10-inchers is the only EUC segment, the competition did not catch up with you. Yet. With the other segments, 14-inchers for volume sales and 18-inchers for commuters, the competition passes you right and left. Yeah, you finally hired a designer to get the mcm3 out of the ugly-duckling-corner - big deal. That just gets you to „me-too-level“, not ahead of the pack where you need to be as an innovator, Gotway. So, now that many EUCs don’t look like cheap toys anymore and feature decent performance, what’s left to innovate? Sure: the weight/range ratio. Leapfrog progress on that part needs superior batteries. You’re not Tesla, dear Gotway - you are buying the batteries like all of your competitors. So: not much potential for leadership in that field for you. The million dollar question: now that EUCs look like products, what’s keeping the „OMG, that’s sooo coool“-masses from running to the next shop and buying one? Let me be the one to tell you the obvious: convenience and fear! Convenience: only the silliest idiots believe, they can just hop on an EUC and ride it. Everybody else expects a massive learning curve as an entry barrier - and rightfully so. It took me ages just to find the right foot position on the pedals and after 8 months riding I’m not even sure, I found the perfect place yet. Why isn’t my stupid wheel helping me learn??? All it would take are a few primitive sensors of the shelf from the next electronics store and five lines of software to tell me exactly, what I’m doing wrong and how to improve. And you, Gotway? You keep me puzzled, where is front and where is back on my GW18, arrrrrgh. Fear: to many casual observers, EUCs look like witchcraft, as they seem to defy any law of physics known to mankind. This mode of transport practically screams „you can hurt yourself“. We know: as long as you stay well inside a safe envelope of parameters, you don’t. That needs reliable feedback at any time, whereabouts in that envelope you presently are riding. Do you think for just one minute, Gotway, that your silly beepers are an answer to this absolutely vital question? Hell, they don’t even adjust the volume to the environmental noise around me! My car radios do that since the age of tape recorders. Shame on you! Here’s an example, of what I would consider helpful feedback: Me: stopping my wheel in panic. The pleasant Gotway voice in my ear: „That was close, Tilmann! You just used up to 92% of available breaking power. Want advice?“. Me: „Yes“. Gotway voice: „For minimum breaking distance, try leaning back in one swift motion, but not quite as far as you just did. Stay at that angle, until you almost come to a stop. Want me to say ENOUGH when you reached the right angle and UP when it’s time to go upright for a perfect stop?“. Me: „Yes“. Gotway voice: „Noted! I also prepared a breaking training session for you“. Me: „Later“. Gotway: „Ok“. Why don’t you help me managing my fear that way, Gotway? You don’t even have to buy additional sensors for that. You already produce all the data required. Just add software (yeah, you cheap shot: and a little more processing power). If you follow my advise Gotway, all of us „seasoned veterans“ will hate you for that, as it will allow any John-Doe-faltrate-tourist type to look as cool as we do in no time, without paying with pains and bruises as we did. But you will be still around in 2017 and sell EUCs to customers far beyond your reach today. In case you didn’t get the wakeup call yet: in 2017 you are more than 50% a software company or Gotway will be Noway by then. Need help? Hire @esaj! He’s lightyears ahead of those plumbers programming your sorry excuse of an app. Why do I bother telling you all that? Because, Gotway, despite all of its shortcomings, you gave me the transport of my dreams! It’s because of you, that I begin my mornings with a bright smile, looking forward to my commute on my GW18 to work. And I really, really thank you for that gift! I want you to stay and I want you to be the one giving us the iWheel! Love, Tilmann
  24. So as to not hijack anyone's thread I decided to start my own. The reason for posting this is just to, hopefully, help encourage others that are learning. I've had a couple of times when I was discouraged because I wasn't making any progress. Yesterday before I went out I said that "I'd better make some progress!" and I did. Today I made even more progress. Also, I am going to include some things that I have started doing that I think are helping me. Today was my 9th day of practice. When I go out I can usually only practice for 15-20 minutes. Partially because it's HOT here (around 97 degrees Fahrenheit) and my back usually gets tired from bending over and walking the 9B1 to my launch site (but no more of that). I've been practicing in my kitchen more during the day. I feel it is helping me get better. I also tried mounting unassisted in the kitchen and I think I did pretty good at it. I tried both the hop on and go and the push off (skateboard) methods. I went to a nearby Elementary school parking lot again. My first launch was from my car. All other launches were unassisted. My first unassisted launch was a success as well. And I did good riding (not great, but good). On my very first 'run' I went mostly where I wanted (a first for me. Usually I went 'wherever' and just was able to navigate enough as to not hit anything). I went around the bigger part of the parking lot a few times. It's more like a few small parking lots connected by car paths (see the picture URL below). So that means there are more curbs to miss. I've wanted to find a bigger parking lot but this one is so close to my house and there aren't too many people to see me (like if I went to a store parking lot). I didn't wobble most of the time (like I usually do). It seems like when I wobble it's because my feet are arguing... or getting tired. Sometimes I was even relaxed (hands by my sides). I was able to intentionally squeeze between a curb and a speed bump (about a 3' gap) twice but bailed once. I was successful at speeding up when I needed more speed and slowing down when I thought I was going too fast. I fell twice but they were just because I tripped over the 9B1 after failed unassisted launches. It seems for me that each day my first or second 'run' is the best. I may have some other decent ones but usually not as good as the beginning. I think this means that some muscles are getting tired. They must be muscles that I haven't been using much. During my first run today my turns seemed more natural. Later it wasn't as fluid. It was like I was over-thinking it. The next few days are going to be hotter. I may have to practice in the dark. Here's the school where I practice: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7oev598hxU2UEV2emJIX2ZnSlk/view I have been doing many of the things recommended on this forum but here are some things that I have just started doing the last 2 times out that I am contributing to my success. They may not actually be what's helped; maybe I am just getting better... But I think they are helping. I am sure some will say these are wrong but maybe it will help someone. Maybe as I get better I will no longer need to do some of these things. - I deflated my tire some. (I know this one will have to be temporary. I think I will add a little bit of air at a time.) - I have started putting my feet right up against the 9B1 and squeezing to hold it between my legs. At first I was just trying to balance. But I wasn't getting the bruises everyone was talking about. Now I am getting bruises but I think they are just temporary. - Previously I feel I was trying to balance with my hips or with my entire leg (and maybe when my balance was way off this was necessary). But I would usually start going straight for about 6 feet and then veer fairly sharp to the left (my first 'long' run the other day was a series of lefts, wobbly straights and sharp lefts, just enough to dodge curbs and cars). It was a struggle to go right. But while I was practicing in the kitchen today I found that if I pushed with the balls of my right foot I would veer to the right. I think that helped me make the small adjustments that I needed to make when I was out today. Finally I want to say that I think that if I can do this just about anyone can. I've done a lot of things in my life and I was usually a good student. But I am getting old now and most of the things that I have done were when I was a child, teen or young adult. And they were before I acquired some of my injuries and health issues. But I think this practice is going improve the strength and coordination of the muscles needed for balance that I have, apparently, not been needing to use much. One thing I never could do when I was a child was ride a unicycle. I hope this helps someone.
  25. I just replaced the learning strap with this nylon rope from home depot with a carabiner. The purpose is to act as a safety cord when you fall off. My concern is with pavement riding on the regular streets. Don't want my wheel to go and hit oncoming traffic. A small inconvenience but a big insurance for safety.
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