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  1. Hello EUC Forum Members, TL;DR: Help me pick between a V5F+ and V8 for a thin tall lightweght guy commuting 5 miles each way in the hellish temperatures of FL but who may move to PNW or UK and may need 10 miles each way. I posted yesterday in the General forum about deciding between the heavily discounted Segway One S1 and the V5F+. I knew I wanted the Inmotion wheel but liked the idea of learning on the cheap Segway plus finances are stretched right now. I ended up not getting the S1 leaving me thoroughly in Inmotion territory. I'm pretty fixedd on the idea of the V5F+ but the current sale price of the V8 on ewheels puts it at a comparable price range. So once again I turn to the experience of this forum for help. About Me: 39 years old. 155lb. 6ft 1in. In other words tall and skinny. I'm into tiny living and greatly appreciate portability, compact size, light weight, quality build, longevity, simplicity and repairability in a product. Getting all these in a product would be awesome but I'm happy to sacrifice slightly on some of these desired traits for big gains in others and will pay extra for something that ticks all the boxes. I enjoy cycling and this has been my main method of commuting (Brompton H6R) but current conditions make doings so the absolute puts (see environment below). No experience on unicycles, electric or otherwise. I will be learning on this device. Environment: RIght now I live in coastal Florida. It's hot. Horribly hot...and humid. Usage can be expected in temperatures ranging from low 80's in the morning to mid 90's in the afternoon. I try to avoid being out in the Florida rain storms but if caught out then it is like raining through a wall of water at times. Storms are normally short and avoidable but torrential. I avoid deep puddles but in the storm standing water draining from the road can be a 1/4 inch deep. Terrain is flat as a pancake apart form the odd canal bridge. Florida is not forever though. In the next 12 months I expect to find myself either in the Pacific North West or England. SImilar environmentally to each other. Moderate temperatures. Rarely hot or cold. Usage from mid 40's to mid 70's. Hills are a distinct possibility but I'm not going to insist my EUC drag me up the equivalent of Everest. I'd rather walk it than burn the device out. Rain is highly likely in the places. Unavoidable due to its persistence but generally lighter in nature. Usage: Mainly commuting and errand running. Commuting right now is 5 miles each way but I'd like the optio to do a little more and I'm not sure what the commute will be when I move. The odd recreational cruise would also be desirable. Not looking to do tricks, stunts etc. Maybe some trail rides/grass etc but not looking to off road the thing. What I'm Looking For: Crazy top speed is not important to me. I've no desire to loose excessive skin, any teeth, or my life. Mid to upper teens will be more than enough I think, but I'd like to be able to set my tilt back a few MPH under the EUC limit to allow a good reserve of power for safety's sake. I want the EUC to be able to deliver if I screw up and overlean or hit an unexpected pothole, bump that requires extra power for stability. I would prefer to have a larger battery/long range. I don't expect to use it all up but would like to not have to charge at work. For longevity purposes I'd also prefer to use a charge doctor to cut off the charge at 75 to 80% capacity and only run it down to around 25%. This is because I'd like to eek as much Life from the battery as I can regarding charge cycles while retaining a usable range once it starts to age and capacity drops. I also don't want to drain lower than 25% to ensure good power delivery when needed for safety, even at the end of my day when I'm wrapping up my commute. Right now my commute would just be using the EUC. In the future it could involve buss or train so portability and size is important. Headlamp is highly desirable, tail light is desirable. I like to be seen. I have a great head mounted front and rear light unit on my bike helmet (Light and Motion Vis 360) but the more the better. I'm not going to be in the financial position to have multiple wheels so this device has to last me a few years. This is why getting it right first time round, reliability, and maintainability through self repair is important. I hope this covers what I am looking for well enough to get advice. Below are the pros of both the V5F+ and V8. I'd appreciate additional input on suitability and which you would choose having had experience with EUCs. Pro's of the V5F+ over the V8: Awesome range allowing 50% charging cycles, plenty of reserve after anticipated use and margin for degradation overt time. Lightweight. Compact size, Calf and optional ankle padding Good tail light Slightly cheaper Posts suggest this is a very well built reliable EUC (I've seen some build quality issues in posts about the V8; tire rubbing, LED's quitting, water affecting the power button) Not covered in crazy lighting Pro's of the V8 over the V5F+ More powerful motor when needed (unexpected events, carrying extra load (groceries in a pack)) Good top speed allowing room for a power reserve during unexpected events? 16" wheel (I ride a Brompton folding bicycle with 16" wheels and already feel every bump. Going smaller raises concern for stability in the face of potholes, bad sidewalks etc) I would purchase form ewheels. The V5F+ is $895 right now. I would add the $100 bundle as I want the trolley handle and cover (for protection while learning). The fast charger would be a bonus but I'd probably not use it so may sell it to recoup costs. This brings the V5F+ cost to $995 without any claw back form the sale of the fast charger! Ouch. The V8 is $999. Trolley handle is built in so no extra cost there but I would buy a cover at $49. No fast charger with the V8 so couldn't recoup anything. Total for the V8 would be $1048. Difference between the two is just $53. So. What do you think. Are my pro's valid? Any I didn't think of? Any of them invalid or just not worth being a pro? Input and opinions after you put yourself in my shoes.
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  3. When I purchased my Ninebot One E+ (thank you untilgone.com) I started out learning to ride on the outside of a tennis court. I wasted about a week on this. The grass outside the court was way to irregular and it really annoyed the dogs living in the adjacent property. I finally smarted up and moved inside onto the smooth asphalt. The attraction of the tennis courts was the fence to cling to for support and the enclosed area. I've had a couple of experiences of my wheel cruising away nicely on its own. I'm still testing my tether design. The learning process proved painful. My ankle bones and my shins complained bitterly. Shadow Conspiracy Super Slim Ankle Guards and Shadow Invisa-Lite Shin Guards solved the pain problem. The shin guards are easy to twist to cover the inside of my shins. With the pain gone, the wheel became amenable to control. BTW, riding gear includes a helmet, fabric motorcycle jacket with shoulder/elbow armor as well as a level 2 back pad and Shadow Invisa-Lite Knee Guards I found Kuji Rolls youtube video, How to ride electric unicycle most helpful. His approach is learn to ride the wheel first and then learn how to mount it. Last week I declared my independence of the tennis court fence and within a few minutes I was able to mount from either foot. The hardest part of learning to mount was getting my body (weight) forward. I found swaying back and forward on the wheel the best exercise to learn the correct riding posture. If your posture is not forward on the wheel you will have little control and you look like an unattractive hula dancer as you roll around. Today I had my first ride in the wild. I dropped my car off about a half mile from home and as I had the wheel in the car I decided to ride the wheel home. The route is all private roads so I didn't think I could wreak too much havoric. It was good to experience the irregularities of a real road. I did have some set back. I don't know why as I doubt if I was near the top speed of the e+. The battery was at 26%. Two weeks ago I ordered my next wheel (Kingsong KS16S). Unfortunately it arrived early. It's now setting in its box mewing at me to let it out. Pennbruce Las Vegas for the winter North East PA for the summer
  4. 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~
  5. 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!
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