claycase Posted August 21, 2015 Share Posted August 21, 2015 I'm a newbie that only started trying to ride a exactly a week ago. Since I'm chronologically gifted (old if you aren't being politically correct) I'm 59 and though I am not broken down I want to make sure I don't hurt myself seriously before I can get in the groove. Things have been going fairly well. First day was on the support/training wheels for about 40 minutes the first day. Got over that took them off and went to a garage at work and used the available wall. I practiced like that for about 20 -25 minutes Till last Sunday when I began to realize my tires might need some air in them. They were almost flat. I wanted to fill them but since I have a TG-T3 I found out that this would not be an easy thing. I'd known about the difficulty even before I got my cycle arrived so I ordered a TG-T3 air pump from Geek Buying the same week I ordered the TG-T3. Geek Buying mailed it to me on Aug 7th but it still hasn't arrived. I went one day without practicing. The next day I tried to fill it with a regular pump. It just wasn't going to work. Then it occurred to me that I would have to open the Cycle up to get a decent angle on the air plug. This was a major thing for me. I'm the type of guy that would prefer for things to be perfect straight out the box. If I have to mess with something I would rather return it for a new one or pay someone to fix it. Yet, I could see, from all the things I've seen online and especially on this forum, that having one of these devices will entail working on it. So I got my screwdriver and hex wrenches and opened it up. I used a Lezyne Pressure Drive (a hand pump) I'd bought on Amazon. I learned the Lezyne here on Electric cycle forum and it worked perfectly.With the tire filled I headed back to the garage. I headed back to the wall and back up on the horse. I inched along. If it can be said that a person could get rusty by missing a few days then that was me. I don't know if I was scared or something but I knew I wasn't going to be there long. I decided to try to see if I could get going away from the wall at all. I cast off went a foot or 2 wobbled and stepped off. I did it again and this time I went faster - which really wasn't fast but all things are relative - this time after I went a few feet I leaned forward to pick up speed. I did then I guess I wanted to slow down and leaned back or something and the wheel went forward I went back and hit the concrete floor. I was glad I was wearing a helmet and my elbow pads. I banged up my right wrist when I hit the ground. The cycle was beeping and the buckle locking thingy had broken on the strap. I could feel a little pain in my wrist but I knew I was okay because I was laughing and now I knew I was going to stay a little longer. I got back up and went to the wall again but this time I had no strap to hold on too. I had seen a video by the guy from Speedy Feet where he shows you how to ride the 9bot and on it he was pretty much anti-wall and all about having to find the balance without help but said to use the wall to get up but once moving try using your arms out to help balance you. I did that and I started going 5 feet then 7 feet. Always falling off after a short distance but I never hit the ground. I just would stumble off and let the wheel skid off. I repeated this many time in the next 15 to 20 minutes so much so that the security guy came out to see if I even worked there. I must have looked like some kid that snuck onto the premises. He recognized me and watched me repeat my ritual over and over. Me laughing each time I ended the same way. I was having a ball. There were moments when I would start off and I would have a feeling in my brain that said, "This is it," or "This is the feeling" then ultimately I would start to turn - mostly to the right and not be able to bring myself back to straight. Once I managed to do that little shimmy back to the left that I've seen suggested to keep from falling but I couldn't shimmy back to the right or back to straight. It felt like there were some muscles I had to build up or something. Then once I was falling to the right and i just went with it and kept turning but eventually lost balance doing that too. I finally stopped. I was sweating like a pig, my wrist was throbbing and I needed some water but I was smiling from ear to ear. I know that I didn't go very far at all and I really felt like a toddler taking my first few steps but I know in my mind I was soaring at points. I only hope I can get back at it tomorrow. Hello everybody,Wanted to update this. It has been almost exactly a month since I wrote that I felt like a Toddler. I believe this was posted on August 21st and It is Sept 20th. I have made significant progress. But not without some pain. I must really love this sport/hobby thing because I know I would have given up long ago. I want to thank everyone that gave advice here and really everywhere I looked on this forum. I literally followed every bit of advice I consumed here. I got so much help here that it made learning much easier. I mean that sincerely. Knowing that most people just didn't hop on their device and zoom away made me feel I was not alone. In December I will be 59 and a half made to me felt like I was becoming elderly and might be going through a second childhood or something then to find out that a great number of my contemporaries were doing the same thing made me realize I was born at the correct time. I can tell you for a fact that neither my mother or father would have even thought about climbing on a bike at my age much less these unicycles. Now I get around very well on it. I work at night and it is also when I do my riding. I find wide open spaces. My favorite when I'm at work is the open parking lot and covered garage. I use the Garage to weave in and out of the parking columns once I learned how to ride steadily at a slow speed. When I'm home I head out to a local Target Shopping center parking lot at like 2 in the morning and zip around it till I get my fill. I always think the cops will show up and chase me away or arrest me for trespassing or something but it hasn't happened. (I'm a black man and in America that can be considered hazardous... but if I got to go what better way). Anyway, there are people that work there at that hour, cleaning or restocking I guess, and recently they come out an watch me. It made me nervous at first but not anymore. I think they are amazed and like it.The things you learn about your balance makes you know more about your body. I studied Tai chi for a long time and in many respects it is just like that. I don't go backwards yet - don't know that I need that but would like to be able to stop and back up a few feet as a maneuver. It might come in handy. Still can never be sure that when I get the second foot up on the pedal (which would be my right foot) that it is in the right place. I can not lift it and move it so I do all kinds of shimmying to slide it into a comfortable place. Hope that consistently perfect mount will come soon. Any too much said. Just wanted to say thanks to all you. I love what you all do here. To anyone new here that might be reading this I want you to know that I can barely ride a bike, I don't skate and would never get on a motorcycle. Something about this and the futuristic feel of it got to me. If you feel that way too then know that I am 100% sure you can do it. It ain't easy... but if I can do it you certainly can. I am in the ninebot nation now which I think sped up my results. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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