Kevin Posted September 4, 2015 Share Posted September 4, 2015 My first wheel arrived today - brand new IPS XIMA LHOTZ (is it just me or is that a lot of capital letters? ). I'm happy to say, I had a really good time getting started - all told, about an hour to feel comfortable riding around the apartment complex (though it still takes me a few tries to stand up without a railing).The following are my major takeaways so far:16" is bigger than I expected! I can only imagine how massive the MSuper 18 is...Don't use it on your living room carpet. I now have awful black marks where the tire spun when I tried to pick the unit up and carry it a few steps.Some observations about getting on:Calf pain can be greatly reduced if you start with the unit at an angle away from your leg. For example, if your right foot is on the pedal, let the unit lean 30 degrees to the left and it won't hurt nearly as much.It's very difficult to balance until moving at about a running paceIf climbing on without the help of a railing, a 'push' start (sort of like riding a skateboard) helps get some speed to start withTurning seems to be more affected by pushing one hip down than by trying to lean to one side. @Majax mentioned this in his video: http://forum.electricunicycle.org/topic/328-tg-f3-unboxing-review-first-impression-and-general-unicycle-riding-tips/Balancing seems to be mainly done by turning in the direction that you are falling. However, this only works with enough speed.I've been doing wobbly figure 8's in the parking lot, and the biggest problem I have is controlling speed while doing the sharp U-turn at either end. I find that when trying to do very sharp and prolonged turns, I tend to slow down and then eventually have to step off due to not having enough speed to balance. I played around with trying to fix this problem, and found the following:Trying to keep speed up by going on tiptoes through the turn doesn't workTrying to keep speed up by bending over so my upper body is way forward doesn't workI've had some success by consciously trying to *avoid* bending my waist, and keeping my hips forwardThere appears to be a difference between 'front' and 'back' on the wheel - the pedals seem to be slightly tilted toward the back, and if riding the wheel backwards this makes it VERY easy to scrape pedals to the pavement when trying to turn. This is especially bad if trying to turn uphill (the road is slanted in my apartment complex).Anyway, things are looking good so far! I'd write a review of the wheel, but I really don't have the experience to make any judgments. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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