In another thread, I asked about this thing. Well, on Wednesday I picked up a similar item at a shop in Sacramento.
Here’s what I’ve learned so far:
[ul][li]It’s completely counterintuitive. When I tried it on an eight-mile roundtrip Thursday, I was afraid of falling off the thing so I was leaning my body opposite the direction I was turning the front wheel. 'Tain’t the right way to do it as the way I was doing it brought me to a halt.[/li][li]The “junior” version, which is the one I got as it was the only one being sold, is fun but requires me to squat down a bit more than I probably should have to. OTOH, it does get going pretty quickly. The thing’s rated top speed is 14 mph but I believe I got going faster than that on the flat.[/li][li]Friday, I watched the videos on the website I linked above & on the website I linked in the other thread. To be more precise, I observed the riders in those videos. I did not listen to the spiel (mainly because I forgot to take my headphones with me to school and thus couldn’t listen to the sound). I observed exactly what those riders were doing with their torsos and their legs. Turns out that to ride the thing properly, one must (a) lean into the direction of the turn, (b) push the opposite foot against its platform, and © just slalom along after that.[/li][li]Finally, always carry the toolkit that comes with it when you use the thing. The action of rocking back and forth (what the trikke site calls “rock and roll”) does make the screws unscrew.[/ul][/li]
It’s really a lot of fun now that I know how to do it. I’m not going to say what I’ve described above is authoritative, just that’s what I’ve discovered in my grand total of two days and one night doing it with some speed and one day (Thursday) with a heck of a lot of energy spent to no avail. As soon as I can afford it, I’m going to get the adult version!
What I want to know now, though, is: how the heck does it work?