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400km and still waiting on first crash

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As the title suggests, ( not including my very first day of learning to ride. ) I have never came off an euc. The only bother I’ve had is dismounting and not being able to keep the wheel under control with one foot on the ground and the other on the pedal. But hopefully ive mastered that now.

My question is, how frequently do people have accidents, when was your first, how many km’s since your last? 

Side note. Im yet to buy myself saftey gear, and the fastest ive ridden is 36kph. 

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I've only come off three times- twice on grass.... 
The first, the grass was hiding a pot hole - the wheel bounced off of it. 
The second, the grass was water logged - the wheel just sank

The third was low speed - I was trying to ride backwards and lost balance

On the plus side, the grass provides a nice soft landing! 

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My lasts falling were simulated when I training judo fall breaking. But I often lose control, getting painful hits by the wheel when it bounced out of control in jumps.

Side note, I yet to use one of my helmets for EUC riding. I doing downhill and jumps at 25km/h

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Fbhb, I appreciate your concern, as i share the same one. Altho My thoughts are the saftey gear will give a psychological over confidence boost and lead to my first crash. 

Haha, grass is where i learned too. More out of fear of scraping up my wheel though. Id recomend learning on grass the slipperyness and uneven ground sets you up good for the easier smooth surfaces 

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8 minutes ago, ir_fuel said:

At 36 kph you'll need a full face helmet too. Cutouts are violent.

I couldn't agree more about full face helmets. I have only ever used a Ruroc helmet offering full face protection (as per my Avatar), but have just upgraded even that to a TSG Pass, which I am finding is perfect for EUC use.

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I have limited experience with helmets. Are these full face helmets designed for motocross? Skiing? Basically what kind of shop would i find them in? I have a big head and trying before I buy would be nice. Id like to push past 36kph but the wobbles get me 

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6 minutes ago, Ipsiain said:

I have limited experience with helmets. Are these full face helmets designed for motocross? Skiing? Basically what kind of shop would i find them in? I have a big head and trying before I buy would be nice. Id like to push past 36kph but the wobbles get me 

Ruroc helmets are actually based in the UK and also have a great returns policy if the size proves to be incorrect. There is even a video on the website showing how to correctly measure for your size. I have bought two RG1-DX helmets, plus accessories online from them and have had fantastic customer service. Even better news is that they have an End of Season Sale on, due to finish in 2 weeks, so if you are keen on this style of helmet you can grab yourself a bargain by following this link: https://www.ruroc.com/en/

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7 minutes ago, Ipsiain said:

I have limited experience with helmets. Are these full face helmets designed for motocross? Skiing? Basically what kind of shop would i find them in? I have a big head and trying before I buy would be nice.

There are nice light downhill mountainbike full face helmets  - discussed somewhere in the safety gear section. But one has to be be careful for the ratings/certifications!

7 minutes ago, Ipsiain said:

Id like to push past 36kph but the wobbles get me 

Could be your way of standing on the wheel/some insecurities or imbalance from your side that makes the wheel wobble. Like for me the wheel starts some slight wobble if i break downhill or "kneel down" (not that i could really kneel down on the wheel - just bending the legs a bit more 😎)

Or it could be an unbalance in the tire/wheel. There were also some topics with "how to balance the tire" around here.

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20 minutes ago, Chriull said:

Could be your way of standing on the wheel/some insecurities or imbalance from your side that makes the wheel wobble. 

I thought it was my second speed alarm that might be making me nervous, so i turned it off but still no difference. I think foot position on the pedals might play a role

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13 minutes ago, Ipsiain said:

I think foot position on the pedals might play a role 

I have wobbles at hi speed when I ride tired due a long ride, riding over lot of bumps or riding kneeling and crouched. It seems to be related to the rider strength and how fit can he hold the euc with his feets, placing it correctly make it easy. Also I been noticed how easy are for new users to get wobbles, that point to the rider ability/strength for find the wobbling cause

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Posted (edited)

Another New story that reminds us all of the injuries that can occur riding EUC's and that too much speed and too little protection don't work well together!

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Haha, yeah i read that and it was what made me create this one. Id personaly not ignore the warning beep. I mean its there for a reason, to ignore is just asking for trouble. Im just curious how many riders here are yet to experience their first fall. 

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Crashes don't have to be frequent.

I've had a fall on my hands when my cables melted going slowly uphill (maybe after 250km), and did a superman when I hit a very unexpected big rock in the middle of a wide smooth bike path (maybe after 2500km). Both very unlikely to occur again freak accidents. A lot of crashes seem to be such things, after all not many reasons to fall on a EUC in normal riding.

I had no other crashes (with falling), just some runoffs from the tire slipping on leaves or mud or some obstacle. 3500km on my ACM.

Get wrist guards, knee guards and a (ideally full face) helmet anyways. I bought the first two after my two crashes respectively and hope I'll get my helmet before I have a crash that convinces me to wear it:efee47c9c8:

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13 minutes ago, meepmeepmayer said:

I've had a fall on my hands when my cables melted going slowly uphill (maybe after 250km),

Please tell me more about this. Was this on your acm? What model was it? If i’m going uphill for any period of time i’ll have a peek at the temperature read out in the app hoping to avoid such a thing as melting cables

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Your a sensible guy warped. Im much like yourself in the way I don’t try anything risky. Although I dropped a curb once just to see what it was like. I’m guessing riding style is the most likely cause other than mechanical/electrical issues ( which may be inturn caused by riding style ) to cause crashes

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I am not sure I understand. 

Crashing is falling or hurting oneself or total loss of control or all of those?

I don't mind falling at all. I do mind (a lot) hurting myself.

 

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Perhaps I shouldn’t have mentioned about not having safety gear. It looks like i’ve touched a nerve with some people.  I thought it was relevant. No gear makes me super cautious and aware of my surroundings . Of course there will always be factors out with my control.  

Seriously though I appreciate your warnings and others personal experiences! I want saftey gear Im totally all for it, i just haven’t got round to it, my spare cash has depleted since purchase of the wheel and a recent holiday. I like the dual purpose of the full face helmet. To conceal my identity, that way insults and abuse will feel less personal. And i’ll be able to walk around my neighborhood without everyone knowing im the “gypo” on the “Segway”

oh and by crash, i mean unintentionally dismounting your wheel, you go tumbling and your wheel goes flying past you and all the embarrassment and shame that comes with it if someone sees you.

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8 hours ago, Ipsiain said:

As the title suggests, ( not including my very first day of learning to ride. ) I have never came off an euc. The only bother I’ve had is dismounting and not being able to keep the wheel under control with one foot on the ground and the other on the pedal. But hopefully ive mastered that now.

My question is, how frequently do people have accidents, when was your first, how many km’s since your last? 

Side note. Im yet to buy myself saftey gear, and the fastest ive ridden is 36kph. 

Crash will happen. The question is not if but when. When? When you become super confident, as shown in your post.

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