Smoother

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  1. Why am I suddenly craving a pizza?
  2. @UKJ asked me where I had seen @zlymex s pedal extension photos. Well I found them in this thread @EU GUY has some toe risers that I thought were neat too. edit. Can't find his toe wedges but here are his version of pedal extensions. I believe I saw his wedges on his own sight, which must have been in a link somewhere.
  3. Pedal extensions are illegal in "somewhere" 😉
  4. What? No! I didn't say that. I have flown to Spain and back, and I have wheeled hundreds of km around Spain, but I haven't tried to take my wheel on an airplane. Two completely separate events. Sorry to disappoint. 😕
  5. I've been absent from the board for almost two months ( been busy settling back into life in England), but I have been riding. I managed without a car for a month, relying on my wheel to travel. After that I needed to travel further, and public transport in England takes forever to get anywhere, and it's hellaciously expensive. Example Poole to London about 120 miles, £51. I have flown to Spain and back for less!!! anyway, I found myself in Bournmouth yesterday, and because I had my wheel with me,I went for a cruise along the magnificent beach. I'm not joking, having spent 5 months exploring the beaches of the Cote d'Azure, and Spain's Costa Blanca, and Costa Dorada, Bournmouth beach is just as awesome. so I'm cruising along, estimated 20kph, when I hit a small series of unseen bumps. I handled them fine, but my wheel (ks14c ) must not have liked the power surge required to stay in equilibrium, because I got ( yet another) violent pedal tilt back which threw me down the road, like a baseball batter sliding into home, face first. I hit the ground so hard, I couldn't keep my face Up, so my chin got a bump and scrape that drew blood. Today I have a scab about 2 cm square. i also hit the ground so hard that I bruised the pad of my left thumb and the tip of my left little finger was numb for about two hours. note I was wearing wrist, elbow, and knee pads. No injuries to those areas. Pads are good! additionally, both my shoulders hurt. Right now I move my arms like someone trying to learn how to control new prosthetic limbs, I.e very slowly, and I can't carry much weight. i also scuffed up my leather jacket. I was not wearing a helmet, but a typical bike or skate board helmet would not have protected my face ( I'm looking into this) This has been my worst, overall, and first real face plant ( face hits road) ever. And I was cruising along on level pavement at a sensible speed ( plus the bumps) why did it happen? well, I had been riding a while, and I didn't start the day with a 100% charge, so I was down around 53% power ( looked at app after the crash, not before). As I've said before, less than 60% on a small battery ( mine is 340wh) need to be handled conservatively. So why didn't I handle the trip conservatively? Well, actually I thought I did. Firstly, the LED readout on the ks range is wildly optimistic. It was lit up showing 60 to 80% with its woefully inadequate 5 bar range! But I knew that meant mat least 50%. Secondly, I was riding level, smooth pavement. Thirdly I was not pushing the speed, I was several miles into a mild 15 to 20 kph cruise. Fourthly, I was not showing off. this thing came completely out of the blue. Have I mentioned that I HATE the Kingsong violent tilt back? As I said, it wasn't the bumps that threw me down the road, it was Kingsong sudden and violent tilt back that threw me off. What's the point of an accident avoidance scheme that includes a violent accident as its modus operandi?
  6. After my face plant yesterday, someone asked me if I'm running the latest firmware. I thought I was because the 14c never gets upgrades. But I was just lookin in the app and low and behold there is an upgrade, specifically 1.25. I'm running 1.23. now, hearing all the horror stories of bad "upgrades" on wheels and phones and computers, I didn't want to rush into 1.25 until I've heard from someone using it. Btw, what is is supposed to have fixed, the app isn't clear about this. I look forward to so intelligence on the subject
  7. Glad you weren't hurt. go down the recycling center and pick up some handle bars from a discarded bicycle, then hold them out infront of you when you ride,p in the bike lane, Monty Python Holy Grail style. Then you will look like a bike rider, because, technically the driver didn't see a bike rider in the bike path, just a guy who was moving faster than he realised. Edit. We are invisible. We look like pedestrians but we move as fast as cyclists. Always be prepared to take avoidance manoeuvres.
  8. If you can't see the next 2 seconds of your current route, you might want to sell your wheel and go back to walking. Or get better glasses. I said "see" not "predict". And while our routes may change every day the next two seconds is ALWAYS right there infront of you, even if you've never been that way before. Don't over think what I said.
  9. I came off the other day ( yeah, what's new, right?!) but it got me thinking. Here's what I wrote in another post: the other day I was about to cross from one smooth surface to another, on the same level. No biggie right? Wrong. You see there were women ( why did it have to be women?) walking on the other smooth surface, so I had to cross further down, behind them near where these parallel surfaces ended, and not in my usual spot, somewhere nearer the middle. at about 15kmh, what I didn't notice was that these two level surfaces WERN'T level near the ends, only around the middle. Well you can all write the next bit yourselves, can't you! At 15kmh the wheel hit a 4cm edge and stopped long enough for me to start my low level flight. I did manage to run it off, despite being old and out of shape. The women, who had just passed through, were not impressed, but I got no sympathy either, boo hoo. 😉 Maybe I should have hit the dirt hard, instead. At lower speeds I might have made that unseen edge with a huge wobble and a lot of flapping, but at 15kmh I was a runner before I even knew it 🏃🏻... End quote here's Lassies standing over the true, level surfaces in an area I have crossed several times before: now, here's Lassie at the not so level part: notice leash 3.0, and in the background is the beach where I found it. i was crossing from blue to grey at about a 45deg. angle more or less in line with this photo. this is where I ran off my dismount: See that sandy patch, with the tree and boulders? That's were I finally stopped. if that had been a cliff, or a wall, or a parked car, or a mother pushing a stroller with babies in it, if, if, if... we often ride in a straight line, down a sidewalk or a bike lane, etc, so the next 2 seconds of our journey is like the last two seconds..I.e. Straight infront, no drama. But if we weave, or slalom, or are changing direction; even on an arrow straight path, the next two seconds changes every, eh.. two seconds, or so. So now, if we come off, (and coming off is ALWAYS an option) where will our momentum take us? Out into a busy street?over a cliff?into a wall? Into a tree and or boulders? in this example, I was lucky; my run off path was mostly clear. But if that tree or the Boulders were 1m this way, I would have had a vertical face plant, or banged up wrists or both, like the bike rider with a front wheel for a nose ( see recent post) when I was learning to fly ( real aircraft) and when I flew paramotors, being aware of the terrain, and knowing where to do an emergency landing (at any given moment) was part of the drill; and staying out of situations that afforded no safe "out" too. I suggest, that we adopt (if you have not, already) this, "where will (my face) land if I come off right now" mentally. I'm not saying to wheel in fear, just to build it into your routine, behind the scenes, thought process.
  10. Thanks, I'll upgrade tonight. 40kmph here I come woohoo!!! just kidding. @fourthewin have you connected your app to the wheel (via Bluetooth, of course)?
  11. Can't help you with that one. Mine (iOS) says 1.23 and 1.25 is available for download. I might bite the bullet tonight and download it since answers to my question about 1.25 seem favourable. To be honest I'm not expecting miracles. I doubt I'll even notice the difference,
  12. Hence my Avitar. And yes I was wearing headphones at the time; they help drown out the sound of me screaming, as I crash and burn. 🙈
  13. Ah yes good point, but you may be overlooking that if the wheel you describe has a max of 12.5mph then you realistically aren't going to be cruising at that speed; more like 9 to 10mph. And if your S1 has a small battery as my ks14 does, then you will still be subject to firmware intervention to protect the battery, or prevent excessive power drain during peaks in demand. As long as I have a decent charge I CAN cruise easily at 12.5 or higher, for miles and miles. And if I pony up for an extra battery ( there is a space for one and the work is easy to do myself) this problem should go away. My 2c. I think I'd rather walk than ride a wheel that has a max of 12.5mph.
  14. Speaking of Sudan, And "the west". If you're living in a place where the turn of a tap produces clean drinking water, the flick of a switch produces light, heat, or cold, where grocery stores are filled with varieties of affordable food products, the rule of law IS the rule of law, and bombs don't fall out of the sky on a regular basis....you're doing better than 80% of the worlds population. Train prices, or property taxes be damned. If you've got that stuff, life is pretty good. Whether you pay for it in £,€,or $
  15. Oh yeah, I remember that photo. You have me beat. My chin only bled a little, you've done the whole "dripping down my front" thing. Ripped up vest as well. It's like we went to the same crash school together. Yeah, why were you smiling?
  16. The only impression I left yesterday was that of my face in the pavement.😁 However, Image IS important, I'll opt for the Hanibal Lecter or leather face ( Texas Chainsaw Massacre) option instead of a full face helmet. That shouldn't raise any eyebrows. 🤔 @Marty Backe. Trains in the Uk are very expensive. I bought a 5 round trips ticket in Barcelona to the beach suburb Casteldefel, for €10, about £8, or about $11. which included the underground, trams, and busses. In London that would cost 4 or five times that. Also, unless your trip is along the same train line, one has up to three connection to make, which add time. I recently needed to go to Heathrow airport (about 35 miles) but across London. it took 3 trains, one tube, and several walkes between stations, at least one was 10 minutes long. Of course the drive is no picnic either. across London, which is a nightmare, or take the worlds longest parking lot, the loop around London known as the M25. also, @meepmeepmayer here in England, we pay every bit as much property tax as in the US. That's why renting is so expensive here, and renting is only done because ownership can't be afforded. The way I understand property ownership is not as important to Germans as it is here in England, because your rents are lower. Is that true?
  17. OP welcome to the face plant club. Membership is free but the hazing is hell. I have little to add. Others have told you what went wrong. NO WAIT! I do have something to add. For you newbies, you can't treat an euc battery like a gas tank in a car. It won't provide the full power all the way to the last drop. You can cane a tiny car with 6 of your closest friends, up a hill, with your right foot buried in the shag pile carpet, and it will either make it or it wont, but no one will fall out and roll down the road. Ask too much of a half full euc battery and once it hits " no reserve left" you better start flapping, I know I do. So,it's official, not enough battery, too much speed, too much hill, accelerating as well, a heavy rider and loads of spectators, place all ingredients in a bowl, stir vigorously, et voila, face plant brownies. I've eaten quite a few, following this exact recipe, and a few variations to boot,. Still makes the same delicious, gravel filled brownies. i won't ride my 14c close to 15mph, because it tried to throw me off once around 16 mph, WITH a full battery. If I want to go 15mph, I'll pony up for a wheel that will comfortably do 25mph (40 kph). I keep it around 12mph (20kph) and slower on hills. I know other like Marty say it will do 20 mph, but I'm pain averse, and don't want to go where I know pain is lurking.
  18. On the plus side, I really enjoyed my first ever trip to Bournemouth. I'm seriously considering selling my rent property in London and investing there instead. I can get 2x the property for the same money, increase my rental income, and I'll be living by a lovely beach, and not 11,000,000 people. What's not to like?
  19. Thanks for all your good wishes. Base of thumb mostly ok today, chin doesn't hurt but scab is delaying already overdue shave, I look like a tramp. Can't raise right arm above shoulder level except really slowly. I think I now know why GW rider turn off tilt back. I used to think that was crazy, now I'm envious, because I don't think KS allows that, I'll see what tweeks I can make this has been my most unexpected face plant to date, my only mistake was not being fully aware of the actual power level, and since low power on a small battery is one of my own warnings to the group, I can see the culprits scabby, hairy face when I look in the mirror. as for @Hunka Hunka Burning Love Admitting to foolish behaviour, I salute that. If we can't laugh at ourselves, we are no fun. Idiot! 😉
  20. Yeah, I thought about going faster than I thought but I have 3 rd alarm set at about 26 kph, and I never heard it once on the whole trip. Unless one has experienced nviolent tilt back, one has no idea the destabilising effect it has on the rider. Most of my falls and near falls have been because of this. I'm seriously thinking about adding a second battery pack. 340wh gets too restrictive too quickly. Any peak demand for amps can trigger the tilt back, even if you didn't initiate the demand.
  21. Despite having just sold my bike, I'll look into "ride with Norman reedus". Bikes are dangerous, but watching someone else ride, isn't, unless I fall out of my chair reaching for the remote.
  22. Me too. No cracked axle yet, but it is a bit of a cloud following my 14c around. I'm thinking of fabricating a brace that links the two pedal mounts, around the tyre, so that the inward force is not completely taken by the axle. I took my 14c apart a few weeks ago for shits and giggles. Axle looks good, Spring that protects motor wires in place, both grub screws on one pedal, that hold pedal pivot in place, completely missing !!! WTF !!! Pedal pivot had moved about 4 cm from center, but was not in danger of coming out. But still, what sort of quality control is that ? It's possible that the pivot ( long steel rod that the pedal pivots on when folded up) might have moved far enough to become unsupported on one side, which would have lead to damage. will contact dealer for my two missing grub screws sometime, maybe today even.
  23. I understand what you're trying to say, but before I evaluate your quote above, I don't understand why you insist on denying law enforced speed limits. Either they exist in some jurisdictions or will exist in the future, in some jurisdictions, Accept it. If country "A" says no euc over 20 kph, that's it, it's done, accept it. Whether one enjoys riding at 20 or 18 or 16 is completely besides the point, the law has spoken ; accept it or sell your euc. now as for your quote, when I brake, I lean back. When I lean back, the wheel automatically becomes infront of my center of mass; why? Because I leaned back. The wheel maintains this new relationship as I slow down. If I want to decelerate more rapidly, I lean back more, the wheel is automatically further infront of my center of mass, because I leaned back more, and a more rapid deceleration is initiated in order that my extreme lean back does not result in me falling off the back. My question to you is; where does this 4-5 kph "accelerate in order to brake" come from? I've ridden over 1200km and braked thousands of times, and I've never experienced this process you describe. Following your logic one must also assume that in order to accelerate, the wheel must brake first in order to get behind the rider. Anybody experience this? I didn't think so. now, about that theoretical max speed. In US aviation, there is a category of aircraft known as light sport aircraft, designed as a more simple aircraft category, flown with a more simplified pilots license than general aviation. here is the wording for maximum speed: "Max. Speed in Level Flight (at sea level at standard temperature):138 mph / 120 knots CAS" Notice, that this is not an absolute speed, but a speed under specific conditions. Could a light sport aircraft travel faster than this, say, in a dive? Of course. could it Travel faster than this not at sea level? Of course. How about at a non- standard temperature? Why not! my point is, governing bodies ARE capable of writing rules that take into account, the specific peculiarities of a a transportation type. 18kph does not necessarily mean an absolute 18kph. But even if it did. Live with it or sell up. Simples.
  24. Bloody hell! What was that noise? Was there a train pulling out of the station as you rode by? 😳