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  1. Slightly off topic; since 100% of pedestrians under the age of 25 walk while on their smartphones, I've taken to playing music over my KS14C. It does seem to work.
  2. Mild road rash on my elbow and knee from a high speed (for a KS14c) crash; shoulder rolled it then ran it off, and got away with no bruises but the rough road just barely caught me. I think most crashes I've read on here fall into two categories. --Cutout which results in severe injuries and/or death. --Everything else which is mild in comparison.
  3. Don't forget having homeowners or renters insurance. I have them for my wheels and my cameras for about $50/year.
  4. Look at this video, and see how he uses the trolley handle near the end. With the trolley deployed, the wheel looks just like luggage. Do you think with such an trolley handle you would ever be tempted to leave a $1000 wheel outside to weather and thieves? Wheels like to sleep inside your house, like little puppies near the foot of your bed, the wonderful smell of rubber and axle grease permeating the room.
  5. This to the nth degree. Removing absolutely everything except the wheel and footpads is what makes this hobby, in my opinion. With the seat and all those extra, it goes from a biggish and kinda clownish vehicle to something tiny, elegant, and about as simple as a practical vehicle could ever be. Segways and all those other self balancing vehicles all like kinda nerdish, I think because they aren't quite practical and make one look a bit lazy, but the wheel (I feel I should capitalize that, always) is the ultimate vehicle in its simplicity. That's why the Inmotion V5 and V8 sell so well; they both appear to be a single wheel and we instinctively see them as beautiful because form follows function, and a wheel with a single unbroken line is so very functional. To me, every self-balancing scooter looks so dated. The two-wheelers because they look so big (one might as well as get an electric bicycle) or because they have a seat. It's interesting to see the older videos of the Rhino-cycle and see how the inventor/rider is just standing on the footpegs half the time. It makes me want to get in a time-machine, and use a chain-saw to chop all that crap off his wheel, and then sic a German Shepard on him if he dares add more to his wheel. My wheel(s) have the turning radius of a postage stamp. Think about that for a second. Also, is the Wheel the only motorized vehicle made that has no moving controls whatsoever? Boosterboards have a trigger/throttle, cars have pedals, every other vehicle I can think of has some sort of control, even hoverboards with moving pedals and/or a stem. The Wheel has nothing. It's just so...beautiful.
  6. The obvious answer is a bicycle lock through the handle but the correct answer is a sturdy trolley.
  7. Only an immoral person would demand access to your wallet while rendering no such reciprocity, and asking permission to spend one's own money sets a dangerous precedence. My GF bought me a hoverboard earlier this year; while I enjoyed it I also could not use it outside my apartment. It was, in fact, nearly completely useless except for spinning in circles on a perfectly smooth floor. Researching a better alternative came across both the V8 and the IPS Hotz, but ended up buying first a V5F+, then an MSuper, and recently a KS14C. I estimate I've put 1500-2000 miles of which at least 1000 are commuting miles. Having spent $2350 on my wheels I estimate about 4000 more miles before the cost of my wheels break even. For those people on the fence about buying a wheel, realize you only need to put on 2000 commuting miles before a wheel like the V8 breaks even, and then every mile beyond that saves you 50 cents. The cost savings is rather shocking insomuch that cars are extremely expensive. Wheels are fiscally responsible, and you can lord it over people about how environmentally responsible they are.
  8. You can greatly extend he range of your EUC by not climbing the same hill twice, as going up and down hills uses the most energy. Imagine a stream of water starting and ending on you and your destination. By following this imaginary stream you can avoid repeatedly climbing the same hill; you are being much more energy-efficient even though you might need to travel further.
  9. I've gone double the speed, 8 vs 4 mph, but the wattage was so spiky I couldn't tell what the difference between speeds is. Looking at WheelLog shows braking at the bottom of the hill requires massive energy, and really spiky at that. Everywhere else my wattage is pretty smooth and consistent but going's sketchy. Until I used WheelLog I would not have guessed braking downhill uses the most energy. With such huge energy surges I'd recommend riders treat going downhill as somewhat dangerous, and the braking at the bottom of the hill as exceptionally dangerous. That said, never had a problem going downhill
  10. My experience is that larger footpads almost entirely relieves foot soreness. Otherwise this video will help.
  11. There is a steep short hill that I go to work through most days. I turned on WheelLog after my recent crash just to see what my energy use was. --going downhill rather slowly uses the most energy I've ever seen, above 800 watts and spiking higher than that (1000 + ?). --conversely going uphill, which feels painful, difficult, and straining, only uses between 400-600 watts. So it's probably psychological...I doubt I've ever used the near maximum output of my wheels. Scared to.
  12. I bought a refurbished camera, an Olympus EM-10.2 for around $312. I don't need it as I already have a PEN-F. I got it yesterday and it is really sweet. It's tiny with my 14mm Panasonic lens, I put it in my pants pocket. Imagine that, a tiny DSLR that goes in your pocket. Ok, it's not really a DSLR... I took it to the zoo today, and I got the silver version which looks exactly like a POS film camera from the 1970's so no one cares if you take pictures.
  13. I weigh 215 and have occasionally carried a 120 pound woman up some hills on my V5. I stopped such silliness but the wheel can support some pretty high weights. Really, if you're skeptical about the MSuper then I'd suggest just getting a KS16S (never rode one). Cheaper and more reliable, more stable and safer than my KS14C, much more portable and practical than my MSuper.
  14. A KS16s vs Inmotion V8 would be a sweet comparison review. Those two wheels might presently be the finest wheels on the market after reading their reviews.
  15. Although this is the exact opposite of B&W, Autochrome is absolutely beautiful, and I have a setting on my camera that looks pretty close to it. It's an early color photo process, I think these pictures are 1920's?