Q: Where can I use my AeYO?
A: Wherever inline skating is permitted. This includes hiking and bike paths and pedestrian zones where skating is permitted or tolerated. In Germany not on the streets, because AeYO is not considered a street-worthy vehicle according to German law.
Q: What's the difference between the "Regular" and "Large" models?
A: The legs of the AeYO are 8 cm longer in the "Large" model, resulting in a stride about 14cm longer than the "Regular" model.
This is designed for taller people with longer legs. Shorter individuals might find that the longer AeYO legs of the "Large" Version would get in the way. Very athletic individuals might want to add 3-5 cm (1-2 inches) to their height when deciding which model to use. So if you're 173 cm (5 ft 8) tall, you might choose the "Large" AeYO model for an extra challenge.
On the other hand, users up to 180 cm (5 ft 11) can use the "Regular" version as long they take it easy and don't make huge strides. The "regular" model is somewhat easier to steer and requires less steering space.
Q: Can you switch between "tall" and "regular" for different users and skating styles?
It's possible. We sell the legs as a complete set with their corresponding brakes for € 110 (incl. VAT) for the sandblasted grey finish and € 160 (incl. VAT) for the glossy black finish. Switching the legs is no problem and can be done by the user easily.
Q: Q: How old do I have to be to use AeYO?
A: AThe geometry and design of the AeYO require certain prerequisites which have less to do with age than with body size:
As a rule, once you've reached European shoe size 36 (US Men's 4, Women's 6; UK size 4), you can use the AeYO.
Q: How easy is it to learn how to skate with my AeYO?
A: Compared to roller and ice skating, keeping your balance and stopping are hardly an issue for AeYO users. You just have to understand the basic principles of ice skating. Anyone who has experienced ice skating or ski trails in alpine skiing can start AeYO skating right away.
If you have no knowledge how to get into a skating movement, it's helpful to have someone show you how. Most beginning AeYOskaters get the idea after just a few minutes.
The skating technique applicable in AeYOskating is more similar to the one in nordic skating than to pure inline skating. If you're an experienced inline skater, you might need a little time to adjust to the AeYO movement.
Q: Do you really not fall when skating with AeYO?
A: Falling on your AeYO is very rare, but, of course, it's possible. It almost always happens in one of two circumstances, and, if you're aware of this, you can then usually avoid falling:
It's important that the front wheel not tip over the obstacle. To avoid that, raise the handlebar slightly, tilt in, and then lean into the obstacle, distributing your weight appropriately.
Of course, the safest way would be to hit the brakes before you get to the obstacle and then cross it slowly step-by-step until you get used to your AeYO.
2. Tipping Over Sideways:
AeYO's construction encourages a balanced, symmetrical position. If you inadvertently tilt the handlebar too far to one side or focus too much on "elegant" gliding on the skate, it's possible to love your balance and tip over sideways. This can usually be avoided by a quick counter tilt with the handlebar.
Q: I've fastened my feet into the skates. What happens if I fall? Isn't that really dangerous? And how will I get up again?
A: Of course, the chance of injury when falling can't be excluded 100%. The AeYO's construction does not raise the risk, however. The skates are very short and connected to the device. Twisting on just one side is almost impossible and has never happened to the best of our knowledge. Moreover, the strap is simple Velcro and can't produce too much pressure on your foot.
If you fall on the AeYO, you most likely will hit the ground with your shoulder, your elbow, or your knee. We recommend that you wear the appropriate guards.
Standing up again in your skates can be difficult. But it's simple enough to open the strap and pull your foot out of the skate. Just raise your foot, loosen the strap, and pull off the skate. Usually that's enough to do this with the skate nearest the ground.
Q: What are typical newbie mistakes?
A: Many beginners lean on the handlebars and push their upper body forward as if they could no longer stand up straight. You can skate with the AeYO in this position, but you'll be too far from the handlebar, the AeYO legs will appear too short and your body posture won't be good. It's better to imagine yourself pushing a shopping cart or skating behind a baby stroller or buggy. So stand up straight, go easy on your knees, and start skating from the hollow of your back.
Most often, the handlebars are too high. This limits your freedom of movement. If you keep the handlebar lower, your knees will work better with less impact and your weight will be shifted forward. This will help you to avoid accidents. If you stand too straight, you risk raising the handlebar: This should particularly be avoided by beginners, because this can cause instability for the moving legs of the AeYO.
Q: Why is AeYO only available on your shop?
A: roducing the AeYO's high-end components and constructing the apparatus are labor-intensive processes which drive up the costs. But because we want as many people as possible to have the chance to enjoy skating with AeYO, we've decided to market AeYO directly. This helps us to keep the prices affordable for many.