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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

How long does it takes to learn how to wheel?


This is the common comment when people sees an electric unicycle rider wheeling pass them. Part of that impression was formed because the person is trying to balance on one wheel to move around. People generally associated an electric unicycle like as a Segway with a handle to assist a rider but the only catch is, there isn't any remote controller or handle to help the rider.

So how does the rider balance themselves?

An electric unicycle assists the rider in staying upright by using an electric motor and gyroscopes controlled by a computer that is fed data from accelerometers and other sensors. There are sensors that line along the rim of the wheel call the hall sensors and the wheel uses the hall sensors and gyroscopes in conjunction with an electric motor to measure the Y Axis dimensional movement to a Central. Processing unit keep the unit upright. It also uses sensors with the gyroscopes to measure the Z Axis dimensional for safety feature and cut off the power to the wheel if it had sensed the self balance electric unicycle have toppled side way.

So in short, the most difficult part of balancing on the wheel has been taken over by the wheel itself. The rider will only need to learn how to balance left and right. Sounds easy isn't it?

Humans have more than 5 senses besides sigh, sound, taste, smell and touch. There are other senses such as pressure, itch, pain, thirst, hunger, balance etc… Training on electric unicycling help students discover their sense of balance. The ear is a sensory organ for picking up sound waves and allowing us to hear. But it is also essential to our sense of balance: inside of the inner ear is the vestibular system (the organ of balance). 

We have trained closed to 600 students in the span of 3 years and has developed a proven technique to help the riders discover their sense of balance. There are a fixed set of exercise that the rider will have to go through to help them discover their sense of balance and familiarize with the wheel. Based on our average learning time for the students, it takes only about and hour or two to move the wheel around. We even have students that can wheel in 5 mins (due to their wakeboarding and yoga background)

Electric unicycling is not exclusive to only the young people. Having said that, it is really an activity suitable for all ages. We have riders as young as 4 years old and as old as 73 years old. So if they can do it, so can you. Join us today. For more information, you can send us an email to info@thewheelies.sg

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