Xiaomi MiJia M365 My First EKSperience
Disclaimer: This is not a review. This is a disjointed commentary on my experiences with M365.
A few months back, I decided to buy a Xiaomi QiCycle for coding days. I bought it not to save some gas money, not for exercise, but specifically for coding days. I drive Diesel cars so my gas consumption is substantially more bearable than Gas cars so getting a QiCycle was definitely not due to economic reasons.
Now that I have a QiCycle for coding days and going to and from near places, why did I get a Xiaomi M365? Well, for one, is because it is soooo damn fun to ride.
Frustrations Before Bliss
I got this M365 dirt cheap on Facebook. Someone was selling for Php13,000 and that was too enticing not to grab. YES I AM VERY IMPULSIVE. After buying, this was when I experienced two frustrations. One by my stupidity, the other by luck.
First, I was initially very disappointed as M365 was not able to pull me uphill. I am obese yes, but I am barely 90kgs. I thought M365 was weight-ist. It was really frustrating I wanted to sell it. Then I read the label. Green Light is eco mode. Damn that was idiotic. When I used in normal mode. Zip zap! That was amazing! It was so fun that I circled our village multiple times. Even my dad got in on the fun and loved it!
Here is the second frustration. A friend of mine has been scooting for quite some time now in Makati and he never had a flat tire once. On my first ride, boom, FLAT. This was incredibly infuriating as I had to get a grab to work (Php139), if I used the car it would barely cost me Php40. (Mileage of Hyundai Accent is about 13km/L).
That was when I decided once is more than enough and bought Honeycomb Solid Tires from Bee Store Lazada (Which costed me an astounding Php1,700) and additional Php1,000 for installation. Yes I could have installed it myself right? Yeah, no. I’d rather pay someone to do it than do it myself and risk destroy it.
After the tires were installed there is assurance now that Flat tires will no longer be a problem. I’d gladly sacrifice ride comfort over unexpected unusablitiy which then includes unexpected expense. I know my route and I know when to go faster and when to slow down so personally, solid tires is the way to go.
As mentioned earlier, I typically don’t buy stuff for economical reasons. I’ve spent Php30,000+ for QiCycle solely for coding days and getting an M365 seems redundant. Yes and no. Yes it may seem redundant but for me M365 has some niche uses.
I love MilkTea and this love has made me suspect to diabetes. I tend to forego going to the gym because the gym near me is 3 flights of stairs with almost always no parking. I can’t leave my QiCycle on the ground floor because the chain maybe cut and people will blame me, the victim, and offer me hindsight advise like ‘Dapat kasi nilock mo ng 1000 locks’ (you should have used 1000 locks for your bike), ‘Alam mo naman na maraming magnanakaw iiwanan mo pa unattended’ (You know it is dangerous to leave unattended why leave it?). Carrying a 27kg bike 3 flights of stairs sounds and is hard. Hence this is a use case of M365. Going to the gym. As of writing I’ve already went once! How devoted will I be going to the gym moving forward? I don’t know but currently, M365 is a much better option.
As mentioned earlier, I replaced the pneumatic tires with solid tires. On plain roads, riding does not feel that much different. If the road is not plain, this is where the solid tires is a literal rattling ride. There is an ongoing road reconstruction near me and I go through it all the time and that thug thug thug thug thug rattling in your head is a certainty.
I’ve read that M365 is supposed to have about 30km mileage, unfortunately for me, for the past 3 times I used the scooter to work, from my house and to the office, I go from 100% to 50%. My work is only 7km away so this is a bit of a disappointment. But I then realize, this is probably due to multiple inclines, some steeper than others as well as my heavy weight. So, I understand this mileage and do not hold this against the scooter. Better hit the gym more than I planned, I guess. LOL.
Lastly, justifying my purchase, riding a bicycle and riding an electric scooter are vastly distinct. There is a familiar joy in riding a bike (I bike to school back in the day) whereas riding my M365 is like riding a toy. A fun big boy toy that puts a smile on my face whenever I push the throttle. And I don’t know about you guys but I personally think that as long as that frivolous thing I bought makes me happy. I’m ok with it. And riding in our village, riding to work and from work, bike or scooter, devoid of traffic with extra time to spend to play games, play with your dog, chatting with family, or whatever you do is definitely worth the premium.
I don’t want to give too much comparison between the QiCycle and the M365 as I intend to make a comparison on it in the future. So for now, Thanks for reading!