Popular Post Kitty Posted January 28 Popular Post Share Posted January 28 I have known about electric unicycles for several years and until earlier this year had no idea how far they had progressed. Guess none of you go the same routes I take. But thanks to the magic of YouTube I happened upon a video by Marty Backe and was very intrigued. Was this my solution? Could I, at my age, ride that thing? Obviously I answered yes to those questions and many more. I wasn't thrilled at buying a wheel that would burn my apartment building down and had to get past that fear. Don't use your batteries if they get in an accident without getting them checked or replaced. Don't get them wet and use them, especially after midnight, and don't overcharge them. And do not mod your batteries. If I followed those rules I felt a quality wheel would be safe to keep inside. I knew I wasn't planning to go as fast as the wheel could go so cut-offs are not a bit issue with me. Then it came down to what kind of riding I wanted to do. No jumping and no racing but nice smooth cruising is what I was after. Marty seemed to like that style of riding so my mantra became "I want to ride like Marty." But which wheel? Begode doesn't seem to care one wit about safety so that company is out permanently. I did not like the idea of keeping batteries in thin plastic boxes and decided to wait until something came along that actually protected those components. And suddenly the Sherman S popped into view. The suspension was nice but I like the batteries in nice metal boxes - on the outside anyway. The rim seems much stronger and one full charge should be able to take me around 100 miles on a strong motor. Sold. Or bought. It arrived about three weeks ago and just unboxing it took a lot out of me. I'm strong but not as strong as a young guy so it was a bit difficult getting it out of the box. So I flipped it and lifted the box out of the way and there was my nice, new Sherman S that I could do absolutely nothing with because I did not know how to ride it. Between the welcome monsoons in Southern California in January and the chore of figuring out how to get it down and back up the stairs (I live in a second floor apartment. Took some time but has been solved) this morning I took the wheel down the stairs and headed toward the train station for a nice large, grassy park in North Hollywood. By the way - is there a good way to hold that friggin' handle? I sure don't know a good way. It worked, but..... The park turned out not to be the ideal place to begin to learn. The grassy area was terribly lumpy though the dirt path was great. There was no wall or series of poles to practice with even the trees had branches too low to try to circle the tree. I tried with one tree but my helmet caught a low hanging branch and off I went. For a while I just sat on it and tried to see how far I could ride it before it began to topple over. I could go maybe five feet on average but there were a few times I was able to stay straight for maybe 20 feet. Progress was made this day! The faster you go the easier it is to control. But I also needed to stand up on the pedals and see what I was capable of. Not much it turned out. Yes, the wheel is heavy and is over half my weight. My leg muscles are not trained to hold up a Sherman S but I did what I could. I stood beside a tree and put my right foot on the pedal. As I supported myself with the tree I put the left foot up on the pedal. This did not work all the time but over the course of a half hour I grew less afraid to get back on. Then I began to do pendulums. You know, go back and forth in one place. I remembered that it was my toes and heels that really drive the wheel and when I began to use them it got much easier. More progress. I found it comforting to just stand on the pedals. Not afraid at all. Of course, I wasn't moving either. And by the way, I wore a nice pair of tennis shoes and the pedals were great. Granted - my first day but once I was on the wheel I was unable to adjust my feet. In all, I stayed out working on learning about 90 minutes. By the time I got home I was totally and completely exhausted. This was exactly what I was after. I'm not sure what part of me was working but it took all the energy I brought with me. The kickstand bit me a few times on the back of my shins and I only got pedal bit once and not too bad at that. Tomorrow if I'm not too sore I'll take it to the parking lot where I live and ride back and forth along the wall as I get used to moving. I doubt the weight is going to make it easy for me but in time I'll adjust. I had the idea I would be one of those people who hop on their wheel for the first time and just get it. Turned out not to be the case but that's okay. Tomorrow is another day. 11 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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