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Congratulations and welcome to this forum, you will love the V8 I am sure. I had the same idea at the start to get my wife started but that failed so in the end I justified to myself to get 2 more wheels.

 I am lucky my wife doesn't mind me buying something I truly enjoy. She refuses to let me buy a motorcycle again as I have had way too many accidents.

Learning is the fun part some people learn super fast others take a little time. You will be sore just like doing anything new with your body that you are not use to. 

I learnt in my hallway just stepping on and off, leaning back and forth understanding what an euc was. When I got comfortable I went outside on flat ground I sort of knew how I can step on and decided to just go for it. I didn't use any walls to push off as I knew it would slow my progress. Drop the wheel a few times trying to get on, once I got on it was like balancing and turning was like leaning on a skateboard.

Trust in the euc to hold you upright, just concentrate on blance left to ride. You will get there just takes time and uour body will adjust.

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Congrats for the choice, V8 is a really nice wheel.

I've ridden my V8 350km now and haven't ever fallen. I lost the control once in a sharp turn but managed to keep my balance, the wheel did tip over and there's a small scratch on one foot support reminding me of that incident. So, it is possible to learn ride these things without "falling over, a LOT", if you're careful and if you don't push yourself over the limit of what your current skill level allows. Therefore I don't even recommend anyone to buy a "learning wheel" -- it's just waste of money as you can keep the V8 unscratched if you're patient.

You cannot really learn the tricks of steering and keeping balance in advance by reading this forum. You can read what your gesture should be but the finesse can only come with practice. What you need to do, is take your time and give your brain time to adapt. Do some practicing at moderate speed in safe location, SLEEP and try a bit harder maneuver next day. It is amazing how much easier the control is after sleeping and resting for a while. I practiced inside my house in a hallway (we still had snow on ground), just to get the basic skill of getting on/off the vehicle and accelerating/braking. Then outside, I was able to ride straight paths almost instantly but accurate steering and sharp turns were problem. I just did some steering exercises at low speed, they were really hard at start but then my brain started to "click" -- one day when I started a ride, I just noticed that the sense of steering comes naturally without any effort. And it keeps getting easier and more automatic all the time. However, at this point you should remember to stay alert, I think most of the accidents come when people start to feel "too confident" of their new skill. Always wear protection, these things are full of electronics and software which CAN fail.

 

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Thanks for the tips everyone and for welcoming me to the forum.

I will try to document my progress on Youtube, unless it gets too embarrassing in which case those videos will go the way of the dodo. :) 

- Allen

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Question for the group: Is there a preferred brand/model of knee/elbow/wrist guards?

I don't want to purchase too much in support of the hobby at this point but protective gear is a necessity so I want to make sure I have the right stuff.

I already have a helmet from my old motorcycle days so I am set there.

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4 hours ago, WARPed1701D said:

Ditto. I did the same thing today. Same machine. Same company. Although online. Not sure my wife will get on it either. Can't help with tips as I'm in the same boat as you but welcome anyway from one noob to another. Its a nice place here.

Cool, and thanks for welcoming me. I wonder which of us will receive our V8 first.

What, isn't everything a race? :)

- Allen

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1 hour ago, AllenF said:

Question for the group: Is there a preferred brand/model of knee/elbow/wrist guards?

I don't want to purchase too much in support of the hobby at this point but protective gear is a necessity so I want to make sure I have the right stuff.

I already have a helmet from my old motorcycle days so I am set there.

Wrist guards are more important than your helmet. In fact, I'd say a helmet is optional. I've never worn one. 

Many may disagree, but just my opinion!

Unlike a bicycle, your hands are going to be free all/most of the time.
9 times out of 10, if the worst should happen and you fall off, your hands (and thus, wrists) are going to be ground zero for the most abuse. Followed by your knees.

So don't go cheap on them. Make sure they're proper shock-protecting wristguards and NOT orthopaedic/medical wrist-supports. They must have that u-shaped shock-absorber and ideally a splint on the reverse. (picture below).
I use 'Triple 8 Hired Hands' which are awesome (Amazon)

The 'K2' range are also ok, and cheaper - you can pick these up on Amazon too for a few £/$.

With the Triple 8's, If you get those, make sure you order a size up from what you think your hands are. I have Trump hands, and the large fits me pretty well.

Knee protection is recommended too, maybe get some slim ones you can wear under your jeans/trousers. Or go for big ones over your trousers if you don't care about appearance!

Welcome to the club!

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Welcome! Is nice to see new people getting on euc. Hope you enjoy it.

My advice is mostly the same as @CaptainKBLS said. But getting emphasis in the one foot control when you walk with other (without getting the two feet on the euc). Something like a soft skateboard Impulse. That's really improve your handling and give you confidence nearly as walk. Also pivot around the planted foot is easy and fun exercise what's helps learn euc mechanics and also is the start point of lots of tricks

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Wrist guards are more important if your instinct is to put your hands out and slide your crash out. Most people are in this category.

Helmets are more important if your instinct is to shoulder roll, with your arms up and your elbows out. People who did skating and other sports fall into this category.

Basically, if you think during your crash that your head might dip below your waist then wear a helmet as that's very disorienting for most of us. Rather than focus on what equipment to buy, I'd recommend practicing falling. Try falling on grass or a mat at first from standing, then walk and crash. If you practice every day until your wheel arrives then you should be a pretty good faller.

 

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16 hours ago, Paddylaz said:

Wrist guards are more important than your helmet. In fact, I'd say a helmet is optional. I've never worn one. 

Many may disagree, but just my opinion!

 

I disagree, I think it's insane to ride w/o a helmet. it takes almost nothing to give trauma to the brain. You can hit your head falling while walking and suffer damage to the brain, swelling, bleeding, etc. A helmet is non-negotiable for me. Stay safe Paddy!

 

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I haven't been wearing a helmet but 13mph is my peak.  I get an ugly hat head after taking that helmet off but I'll have to get over that.  Thank you for the warnings.

I did a face plant less than 5mph.  Thank God it was on grass and didn't get hurt.  I think I jam my thumb and although it didn't hurt bad it still ache a little even after several weeks.  I was expecting to be thrown and was not expecting a smash and happened so fast.

A guy at work passed out and fell flat on the back of his head.  He's been out of work for over two weeks.  He must have hit hard and now he is having memory loss and loss of balance...hasn't showed up to work yet.  I pray he gets well soon.

I need to put on the gear!

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19 hours ago, AllenF said:

Question for the group: Is there a preferred brand/model of knee/elbow/wrist guards?

I don't want to purchase too much in support of the hobby at this point but protective gear is a necessity so I want to make sure I have the right stuff.

I already have a helmet from my old motorcycle days so I am set there.

You may be interested in these recent posts:

And @Hunka Hunka Burning Love has this extensive thread:

 

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On 6/29/2017 at 9:33 AM, AllenF said:

Hey guys!

I joined the forum today after placing an order with Jason for an Inmotion V8. I figure I'd get the order in before the upcoming upheaval and price increase because of the  joint venture between Inmotion and Solowheel. 

Welcome to the club Allen!   Learning to ride?   Well ... it's like getting to Carnegie Hall ... practice practice practice  :-)

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40 minutes ago, Chris Westland said:

Welcome to the club Allen!   Learning to ride?   Well ... it's like getting to Carnegie Hall ... practice practice practice  :-)

I got to Carnegie Hall just using an Uber. :D

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7 minutes ago, AllenF said:

Thanks for the tips Marty. I just placed my order for two sets of the Pro-Tec knee and elbow combo and Demon wrist guards; one set for me and one for my wife. Yeah, they're a little more expensive than I'd hoped but hey, we only have one life, and anyway we are not Spring chickens anymore so we need all the protection we can get. 

I think you'll be happy with the quality and protection they offer. I really feel safe when I have everything on. The Pro-Tec gear is still going strong after a year of riding over 2000 miles.

Good luck :cheers:

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