Airwheel X3 Electric Unicycle cool
I want to buy this. Any suggestion? http://www.afterpartz.com/us/weekend-de ... wheel.html.
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xoltri wrote: ↑I bought a similar one of these, not an airwheel but a CXM. It's a blast to ride and it is actually useful if you commute. It's so small that you can just throw it in the trunk of your car. And you don't have to worry about parking an expensive electric bike outside because you can just carry it like a suitcase and put it under your desk. The charger is light too so you can charge it at work. I sometimes have a 27 minute walk in downtown Edmonton from where I park to the office. Last week I took the wheel and it took only 15 minutes, and it was fun instead of tedious. Once you get some practice, you can mingle amongst pedestrians when the sidewalk is conjested and then blow past them when the path opens up. Nobody has seen anything like this before so you get a lot of attention, and that could be a plus or a minus depending on your personality. The other advantage is both of your hands are free if you want to drink a coffee, talk on the phone or carry an umbrella. That, and you don't get sweaty.
Be careful with the listed specs though. With a 132wh battery I only get about 8km range. I weigh about 95 kilos, so if you weigh less you'll get more. Top speed on mine is 14km/h before it starts beeping at you. Not blisteringly fast, but about 2.5 times faster than walking. It sure feels fast when you are passing pedestrians anyway. I've driven it on gravel, grass, dirt, shale, pavement, wood plank sidewalk etc. It's very versatile. My least favorite to drive on is soft grass, the other surfaces seem to do just fine.
If you know Edmonton at all, there is a hill downtown called Bellamy Hill. I was able to easily go all the way down and back up with no issue. Very impressive. The wheel will go down significantly steeper grades than it will up. Mine is rated at 30 degree incline.
As for the learning curve, within 10 minutes I could ride in a straght line. It took about 3 days until I was comfortable enough to take it downtown. The first part of the learning resulted in sore calves and blisters on your ankles from gripping the device too tightly between your legs, but that stops once you get better. Now after about a week I can do tight circles and am going to attempt to learn to ride backwards. Yesterday I used it to tow my two kids in their red wagon, they thought that was pretty fun. My wife has been learning too, it's taken her a bit longer but after a week she can almost comfortably drive it around the sidewalks in our neighbourhood.
I bought this thing as a toy mostly, wanted something to take camping. But after using it I can definately see how it could be useful as a serious commuting tool within it's limitations. If that's your goal you'd want one with a bigger battery though.
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