electricpen Posted August 14, 2017 Share Posted August 14, 2017 As some of you know I have spent the last 5 days learning to ride EUCs for the first time. I chronicled my progress here. I want to summarize some of my thoughts about my experiences here in the general forum as I see there are at least 3 new riders waiting for wheels, I think at least two of them are getting the same one I learned on - a KS 16s. I will try not to repeat too much stuff that is covered in the riding mechanics sticky. 1) I did a lot of inline skating, snowboarding, martial arts, etc. I still fell all over the place when I first started. But when it got better, it got better really fast. I went from being able to go 1-2 meters before falling on day 1, to 5- 10 meters day 2, and then hundreds/thousands of meters day 3. By day 5 I could ride for infinite amounts of time without falling over and have decent control over the wheel in most situations. Struggling through the first couple days was frustrating but it was worth it. 2) Personally, I only fell once in the last 5 days and maybe 60-70 km of distance covered as a completely new rider. My wheel fell a lot though. I always was able to jump clear and stay on my feet. I learned in a parking lot that had cars in it. Ideally, when you jump off the wheel you would step off the backside so the wheel doesn't run into you. Unfortunately for me since I didn't want the wheel to hit anyone's car and I decided early on I didn't like the strap that meant I had to kick the wheel or put my leg in front of it to block it to stop it from hitting cars sometimes. Just today I had to jump off my wheel and block it with my shin to stop it from hitting a small child on a scooter who decided to dash right in front of me without warning after staying in one place for at least 15-30 seconds as I approached them. The mother apologized profusely but I guess all that practice kicking the wheel down so it doesn't spin off and hit stuff paid off. Would have been awful if it ran into the kid probably. This is a more painful way of dealing with it than a strap - but I don't have any nerve endings in my shins anymore from Taekwondo so thats a plus I suppose. If you find your legs getting beat up maybe wear shin guards and face them in the direction you are getting hit (most people turn them towards the wheel on the insides of their legs). 3) Since your wheel is going to fall a lot regardless of whether you do or not, if you care about the cosmetic appearance of the wheel you probably should pad it. I followed some advice from @Hunka Hunka Burning Love and wrapped it with carpet padding and duct tape. Everything that is covered is 100% unscathed. I didn't cover the bottom of the pedals or the handle though and both of those have some scuffs but I don't really care *that* much. For my ninebot I covered the handle also but I was too lazy to cover the KS handle when I knew I would need to make a cutout for the button to extend the trolly and I was too lazy. 4) If possible you probably want something covering your fingers. It is hard to wear gloves under wristguards however but since I didn't really do much falling I actually had my fingers get more beat up than anything else because of all the grabbing and holding for a concrete wall I did to try to stay balanced initially. Grabbing a rough brick or concrete wall while falling down over and over again for a few hours is definitely going to chafe to say the least. I'd still choose wristguards over gloves just because friction burn heals faster than a broken wrist but I could see an argument the other way too. You're guaranteed to get beat up hands in the first day or two, falling badly enough to break a wrist is probably unlikely unless you completely eat it frequently and fall down a lot. 5) As @meepmeepmayer frequently advised me, sometimes you just need to wait. I made big jumps in ability from just taking a break from it for a bit and going back later. I practiced twice a day for the last 5 days, once in the morning or early afternoon and then once late at night before I slept. 6) I wore heavy boots to protect my ankles from getting beat up by the wheel, both from squeezing the wheel too hard trying to force it to balance as is common when starting, and also from jumping off it. Sometimes a pedal would clip one ankle when I jumped off or fell and the extra support is also nice since I probably would have sprained my ankle on day 3 or so if I hadn't been wearing the boots. 7) All the beginner videos present the following drills, usually in this order: Ride along a wall for support (or with a friend). Ride from pole to pole. Learn to mount by kick-pushing and getting your kickoff foot onto the wheel as you are moving forward. Learn to go straight without support. Learn to turn in circles. Learn to stop. I would suggest skipping the learning to mount part. Just use a wall or whatever to get situated on the wheel and try to go away from the wall as long as you can stay on the wheel. Learn to mount later. 8) Don't get discouraged! Everyone can probably learn this eventually, some faster than others, but it takes a bit of adjusting to. If a practice session is not going well or you are starting to do worse or get tired, just stop. Take a break and come back to it later. Sometimes when you come back later you will suddenly be able to do the thing that was frustrating you earlier. Anyways, good luck and if you have any questions or whatever about what I did, just post in this thread and I'll try to answer them. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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