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whats the oldest age one can ride an euc ???


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1 minute ago, scubadragosan said:

I became 50 years younger. Others thought I was a 18 years old teenager on the wheel! COVID is really on my side keeping my face all covered!

Yeah, Now when woman cross the street to avoid me I just assume it is because of COVID and not my ugly sinister appearance.  :roflmao:

“ Thank you for being safe ..... ;)“ 

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There are 80yr olds with 60 yr old bodies and vice versa. I dare say that although a typical 80yr old has a much higher risk of fracture on falling, the type of 80yr old who would gravitate towards EUC riding is likely to be already active and in better health thereby making for stronger bones, better balance & and lower risk. if anything we need more activities to juice up the mind/body as we age. At 80, if I can play ping pong, ride euc and get it on with my wife (not simultaneously - although that would be something!!!!) I think I would be pretty happy!!! Something to shoot for ...

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Thanks for all the considered answers. I'm 71, not 80, and still relatively active. Reading all the feedback, I think I can be careful and protected enough to avoid serious injury. I can jog, (not for long!) and I can take a fall. I tripped over the other day dragging branches to a bonfire and went down on my hands and knees and hip. Nothing was broken, but I'd have been less sore and scratched if I'd been wearing safety gear!

Ooh, it's exciting. I think I'm going for it!

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My V8F arrived a week ago. Fantastic! Unfortunately so far I have been restricted to very light sessions of a few minutes a day because of a bad fall a few days before THE ARRIVAL. We live on a cliff top and it gets steep very quickly if you're in the wrong shoes...

Anyway, I'm improving in my one-foot control, and today I was able to do a full pirouette on the lawn, my left foot spinning on the ball. I drove round and round until I got too dizzy. With the angles just right there was no pressure on my right knee at all.

Unlike when I try to scoot forwards on one leg, but that's getting a bit easier too. Thank heavens the 1970's windsurfing accident tore the ligaments in my left knee,  my non-dominant side. I wouldn't trust my left knee with what my right is having to do on the wheel. Anyway, I can now drive forwards nearly a metre on the grass.

Only a couple of times though because this really kills my kidney area which took the brunt of my fall. Five minutes a day, I've really got to let my side get better first...

Look, I know these are paltry achievements in the scheme of things, my pirouette and my one metre run, but to me they are encouraging signs that this will be possible for me. Woo Hoo!

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3 hours ago, Ubute said:

Look, I know these are paltry achievements in the scheme of things, my pirouette and my one metre run, but to me they are encouraging signs that this will be possible for me. Woo Hoo!

That's really awesome, I hope I can be as adventurous when I get older! Here are some tips that I can't resist giving you (regardless of age I suggest this to all new riders):

  1.  Take it slow, baby steps everyday, don't rush.
  2.  EUCs are very hard on your legs and feet, especially when you just start. After a while muscle memory will start to kick in and it will get easier and less painful.
  3.  Wear padded shorts (as well as the standard 4 pieces everyone recommends - full helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards). Padded shorts are the most underrated piece of gear you'll buy. They are cheap, comfortable to wear, and someday they will save your ass, literally (and your hips too).
  4. Once your up and riding: I have recently discovered that compression socks and compression knee braces pads really help to reduce reduce the fatigue and aching that most people (regardless of age) get after a long ride.
  5.  Use the EUC World app if you have an Android, it is far superior to the InMotion app.
  6.  Speed cap your V8F in the software to 25 kmh for at least your first year (it is like this by default - I'd leave it that way forever). 
  7.  You can easily overpower the V8F if you lean too hard forwards or back. From the start it is a good idea to train yourself to never accelerate hard and never decelerate hard.

Good luck have fun!!!

 

 

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16 hours ago, Tryptych said:

That's really awesome, I hope I can be as adventurous when I get older! Here are some tips that I can't resist giving you (regardless of age I suggest this to all new riders):

Thanks Tryptych for the encouragement. I think your tips are excellent from even my limited experience. I'm actually thinking of reducing the speed cap to 15km/hr because that's going to be scary enough for a while I imagine. It might also give me a taste of tilt back, which I understand can be disconcerting. I'd like to experience that before I face it at higher speeds.

I have already bought padded under-shorts as part of my essential gear. "Bumsavers" the Roller Derby girls call them and I'm not embarrassed to wear them too. You just don't ask, "Does my bum look big in these?"

It's interesting that the only safety gear I have that was designed for EUC riding are my GyroRiderz gloves. I'm a guitarist and the fear of messing up my hands is almost greater than hitting my head. There's no way I was going to wear just wrist guards. Everything else is from a different sport. Motocross knee guards - Leatt Dual Axis; skateboarders' neoprene ankle guards and elbow guards; slalom skiers' helmet.

When I first got interested in EUC about eighteen months ago I agonised about it all, my age, the risks etc.  I concluded I was a stupid old geezer who was clinging on to youth, so I abandoned the idea. But it didn't go away and it crept up on me again. Now I've realised that I AM a stupid old geezer who is clinging onto youth, so why not embrace it? Back then hardly anyone on Youtube was wearing safety gear. EUC riding seemed to be mostly about wafting along bike paths in the countryside. Dig deeper and you could find dudes cruising through the New York traffic in t-shirts and shorts, that's it. There was obviously a dare-devil element, but that's not what attracted me. I was drawn to the magic of moving like that, the simplicity of the machine, the direct control through movements of the body rather than through handlebars and levers. And it seemed like something an old geezer could do without too much effort, after the learning stage of course.

Now the same Youtube pundits are sporting split lips and broken wrists and are all advocating safety gear. (Some are still filming themselves riding without any while they talk about how essential it is!) My fantasy didn't originally involve suiting up like a Road Warrior but I've taken safety seriously.

Pity about EUC World because I'm on Apple. Has anyone used Darkness Bot?

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most excellent  Another geezer in the ranks.

I’m 62 and about 6 weeks in. You’ll have a blast, and sore feet and sore legs and sore parts you didn’t know were still there. To protect the bones I started with wrist, knee, elbow and skating helmet but getting tangled up in the wheel one day landed me on my shoulder and hip. More sore parts, but nothing bad. So a Super DH helmet, motorcycle jacket with level 2 armor and Demon’s hip+tailbone belt were added. The last tumble was practicing going over speed bumps (very low speed) and that put a mark on my jacket. It would have hurt, but didn’t. So day glo robocop is my look now, and I must say it’s not as bad as it looks. But I think I’m in pretty good shape for the next crash, which will of course be at low speed (working on balance for next summer when I intend to spend time off-road)

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Hi guys. I'm Guy. I'm 63. I started riding a V8 a year and a half ago. After about 3k miles on the V8, I upgraded to a 2.7 kWh Nik+, wish I could figure out a seat for it, and love it at 700+ miles. Bicycle and light skate gear for the V8, Pro motorcycle and pro skater gear for the Nik. I have many health challenges, even with balance, yet I ride! Lately I've had balance issues at speed. Hopefully that will pass. Yea man! Ride at any age! Medical professionals and EUC vendors said that I should not purchase an EUC. Yet, I did, and have made it through the learning process to now use the wheel instead of a car. I don't do the tricks as younger riders do, yet I can style/dance/carve with the best of them. Especially to a good song.  Still wish I could ride backwards! Peace, all my EUC friends, from Maine...Guy

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21 minutes ago, Johnny Rocket 98908 said:

I just taught a 70year old how to ride and he bought a 16x, and is loving it! If you are in shape and have a desire to ride, you are not too old!

 

 

mten not an ez learner wheel! im sure he will find 16x way easier!!!

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52 minutes ago, amelanso said:

mten not an ez learner wheel! im sure he will find 16x way easier!!!

Hell, he's already got it licked! Steepest part of the learning curve is getting rolling! I agree, the mten makes the very first stage tough, but man is it ever the greatest for continued training. I love my mten, its made of awesomsauce and double cheese! Mten is the best for learning to ride backwards.

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Personally I don't think age per se is an issue so long as one is physically capable. As another poster wrote, its what happens if accidents & the resultant injuries occur & who can deny that possibility is likely esp for a beginner.

So besides the standard taking it slow & easy, I believe its extremely vital for the more elderly amongst us to gear up as much as possible. The young can stumble fall & get right back up but who can deny that its not so simple nor easy for some of us (& I include myself). So IMO, best thing would be a sound exercise program for GPP ie. General Physical Preparedness & short of falling, to gear up so the injuries are limited to the least if such should happen.

There's another thread on this so 'cuse me for beating a dead horse here but IMHO, I feel an Aerostitch Roadcrafter suit to be almost like an equivalent of the Iron Man suit as least in regards to handling EUC speed crashes. I hardly wear mine nowadays as I've weaned off bikes but I have tried it a few times riding my wheel/s esp when I was learning. One time I face planted on grass hitting a depression at speed & besides the tumble, I felt nothing. Ofcos besides the RC, I was wearing a ff helmet & wrist guards too. That said, I think it'll be the same result even if I eat it on asphalt. 

So gear up as much as possible is my $0.02. Regardless of age, it may not be possible to avoid accidents but it might be possible to ameliorate the damage to a great extent.

 

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2 hours ago, ShanesPlanet said:

 Mten is the best for learning to ride backwards.

Why is that - I have damn near destroyed my ankles with the vorpal pedals while learning backwards. What makes the mten so good for backwards (besides less mass to de-anklify)?

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23 minutes ago, amelanso said:

Why is that - I have damn near destroyed my ankles with the vorpal pedals while learning backwards. What makes the mten so good for backwards (besides less mass to de-anklify)?

I found that its torque helped minimize the time in transition. Its also less mass to try and change direction. Lowering the tire pressure on the mten made it pretty easy to just stand at near still. THIS stand still is the KEY to riding backwards. The actual riding backwards is not hard as its similar to forwards. Its the transition. I find the smaller, lighter and immeditate response of the mten, to be the key. I can idle in place/pendulum on the mten now, I can hardly ride backwards on my 18, as that pesky transition gets me sometimes still. However, the mten bites me more than any wheel I own. I just think it REALLY likes to lunch on ankles:angry:. Its that instant torque that gives it a mean bite, like a rattlesnake. Such a small wheel, but i still respect it. Amazingly tough little bugger too! Its very freeing to have a wheel that takes a beating and you arent even mildly interested in trying to catch it..it bites! I really am quite amazed at how fond I've grown of it. I blame @Marty Backe for my mten disease. I just WISH they made a RollNZ for it! I treat my mten like my old skateboard. Toss it down and start the battle. I keep beating it down and it keeps kicking my ass. LOVE IT!

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On 11/22/2020 at 2:23 PM, ShanesPlanet said:

I found that its torque helped minimize the time in transition. Its also less mass to try and change direction. Lowering the tire pressure on the mten made it pretty easy to just stand at near still. THIS stand still is the KEY to riding backwards. The actual riding backwards is not hard as its similar to forwards. Its the transition. I find the smaller, lighter and immeditate response of the mten, to be the key. I can idle in place/pendulum on the mten now, I can hardly ride backwards on my 18, as that pesky transition gets me sometimes still. However, the mten bites me more than any wheel I own. I just think it REALLY likes to lunch on ankles:angry:. Its that instant torque that gives it a mean bite, like a rattlesnake. Such a small wheel, but i still respect it. Amazingly tough little bugger too! Its very freeing to have a wheel that takes a beating and you arent even mildly interested in trying to catch it..it bites! I really am quite amazed at how fond I've grown of it. I blame @Marty Backe for my mten disease. I just WISH they made a RollNZ for it! I treat my mten like my old skateboard. Toss it down and start the battle. I keep beating it down and it keeps kicking my ass. LOVE IT!

You're welcome :thumbup:

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