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I’m curious about your learning experience on the Mten. I’ve read opinions that it’s not the best learner because it’s squirrelly.

 I thought it might be ok because “small” is less intimidating. And if you can manage a small tricky wheel, the skills will transfer up.

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I have a part time business teaching people to ride wheels, these days I don't even bother with other wheels to teach beginners; MTen3 is the best teaching wheel and it isn't close. 

It isn't about intimidation; it is because it is the only wheel that is possible to ride at beginner speeds, 2 to 5 km/h. Learners can truly ride at their own pace and gradually develop confidence and work their way up to speeds needed to stay balanced on bigger wheels.

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Oh sure @OldFartRides, I'll talk about my learning experience.  1st - since it's my first wheel - I have no comparison to EUC's in general as of right now.  (soon to change in a few hours when i get my new one and play with it after work).

i have played a lot of sports including balancing ones (skiiing (alpine and water), snow boarding, etc..  not brilliant at any sports for sure, but I watched a bunch of videos.  And I did what they said.  having decent balance is totally helpful of course.

I picked it up in 15 minutes.  I started on a chain link fence and first standing on it....gave fence a death grip.

walked it slowly back and forth along fence, and i quickly realized, if i don't let go of this fence, my body will never center itself.  And so I squealed with fear as I rolled my first feet across the pavement at 1 mph.  LOL. and of course went back to the fence a bit - but quickly just let it go and rolled around.  

So for a nervous nelly like myself - I think the Mten3 was great to learn on.  fun and slightly terrifying at the same time.  I just padded myself like the State Puft Marshmallow man and only fell once actually at 1 mile an hour.  it did bite me in the ankles, so i wore volleyball knee pads (for first times out) around my ankles the next time out and when it plowed into my left ankle a second time, it bounced off my knee pad on the outside.  got used to it pretty quick.  trickiest part was mounting of course...which once I learned to straighten my back quickly - it was a lot easier.  which of course i'm still not 100% great on it.  

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@winterwheel I totally agree.  from my little learning experience on Mten3 - I spent most of the first run going less than 5 mph.  at times, the MPH, when i dared look down, was not even registering 2 mph.

I think a big part that makes the Mten3 really good for learning too is that when the EUC clobbers you, and it probably will when learning, it is 25 pounds, not 50 pounds.

When the Mten3 spun into its tasmanian devil spin when i was learning - the pedals hit my ankles a few times.  I can't imagine if that was 50 pounds.  my ankles and legs got bruises for sure.  I would have been way more scared to have a bigger wheel on my first go. 

on top of that.  25 pounds is heavy for me to carry.  I think many would like something they could put in their car and drive to a spot (with someone of course to make sure they're safe if they fall), and learn on the wheel and be able to lift it back into their car or onto the bus/metro etc.  for all those reasons.  i'd have more insight if i had other EUC experience.  

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That is the only real problem with MTen3, it can turn into an ankle breaker if it hits the ground, all that torque on the tiny wheel tends to send it flying in unpredictable directions.

Next on my todo list is to modify the pedals so they can't do so much damage when they the shins or ankles, or develop some kind of universal neoprene lower-leg protector.

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Maybe these would help. 

 

$24.99

Storelli BodyShield Leg Guards | Protective Soccer Shin Guard Holders | Enhanced Lower Leg and Ankle Protection | Black | Large

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Excellent suggestion, exactly what I'm looking for, thanks! I'll be ordering a test set shortly to see how well they work. Seems like they only come in one size, at least on amazon.

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@winterwheelyes, that was my only issue learning on the Mten3 i think.  the ankle biting.  thankfully, usually jumped out of the way in time.  I use Leatt knee/shin guard (but as you know they only protect upper shin).  and then on the first few days of learning, volleyball knee pads flipped out on ankle.  looked very ridiculous.  

@Paul A this looks great to protect the ankles/shins while learning.  did not ever see those with all my research.  had looked at soccer shin guards but have never seen any like this.

honestly considered wrapping my ankles in bubble wrap the first couple days after the first ankle hits.  did not happen often - but when it did, it felt like someone was caning my ankles.  would be a bummer to see someone quit too soon on such a fun sport.  but if they're protected, they'll be hooked.  to be honest - i had to overcome some fear after a particularly hard hit on day 1.  if someone has plenty of protection on ankles/shin area (along with the rest of the safety gear), no problems at all learning on this.

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@Paul A yes, you're right.  because Mten3 is small and keeps spinning for a moment.  so much power in such a small package.  when i get on my 2nd wheel this week, that will probably make a lot more sense to this newbie. luckily the ankle biting only happens for the first few days of learning for the most part (worst day 1, maybe a little day 2, etc...).  have control most of time pretty quick, or if you don't - you learn quickly to not be near it when it has a tantrum.  but controlling the little beast is also why it's so fun.  like you took a small roller coaster off the tracks.  or like riding a little wild horse.  

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It does happen to a much lessor extent on larger wheels, a couple of us learned on V5F back in the day and had sore ankles to prove it, but on those it's just a matter of pedals bumping into ankles when stepping off into the path of the wheel.

The MTen3 is a whole different ballgame. When it falls over and the tire hits the floor in that instant before it cuts out (due to falling over), it turns into a bouncing little demon  wheel and the entire shell -- including pedals -- goes on the attack. It can do a 360 rotation and bang into your leg before you even realize what is happening. 

This is definitely because it is so light, all that power in such a small package compared to really any other wheel.

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haven't you heard,  the minimum number of wheels is two, that way if a friend wants to try you can let them play with the reject/training wheel rather than your nice main wheel, whole reason I haven't ditched my ninebot c+.  Sure, hop on the ninebot, if you are about to crash hop off and let it hit the wall, who cares, sturdiest piece of crap I've ever ridden.

The mten3 is a cool and expensive wheel though for a reject wheel unlike my ninebot, whoever gets it will have fun with it.

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@winterwheelnice. can't wait to ride other wheels to compare.  wish i knew what the V5F experience was like.

all sports are uncomfortable or cause some pain on occasion.  even with the bites, I have not smiled so much learning on the Mten3.  people are super curious.  like they see this weird little alien ship cruising past them with the lights.  had a cop cruise by me when I was learning first day.  he just smiled and kept going by.  what is nice too about the size, is that it isn't intimidating to anyone.  the cop was probably like - whatever.  

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@meepmeepmayer thanks for moving the learning to ride mten3 thoughts!  

@Heyzeus yes, i'd love to keep the Mten3 as 2nd wheel!  Mten3 was my first EUC. it rocks.  I have a motorcycle license and owned a motorcycle, ridden on and off road motorbikes, ridden plenty of stand up jet skis, sit down jet skiis, have ridden gas powered scooters, and ridden ATV's old and new, of course spent plenty of time on motorized boats in my life.... have a couple of ebikes right now (would sell one of the two ebikes but of course people won't let me because they like to ride it!), and so i have to give up the Mten3.)

given all my experience on motorized anything (gas powered and electric)...honestly the Mten3 is built really well and seriously rocks.  it is a small tank.  it took lots of hits.  and it didn't bat an eye.  and for someone with motorcycle experience - i was totally shocked at all the power that this machine provided.  i was not missing power at all.  it felt insanely fun going relatively slow speeds on this.    

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