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    LA EUC Limbo Game from Flyboy's perspective. Cameo's from @The Fat Unicyclist @Sidestreet Reny and many others! Thanks @who_the for the photo.
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    I figured I would get some real miles on both wheels before I post any thoughts on either. Nikola has 680 miles, Monster has 420. Find myself riding the Monster for longer distances but less frequently, Nikola for shorter, multiple distances. I did have a seat on the Nikola for a while, but with the Monster, it became redundant to use it. Riding weight 185 lbs, 177 lbs naked. Intro: Consider me one of the lucky Nikola 100V owners. Have not had a single issue since I received this wheel, rides perfectly, never had to open this wheel up for any reason. Got this wheel as fast as 39 MPH before the 5-beeps kicked in, and contrary to popular belief, I can hear them just fine even at that speed. Range figures constantly pushing 30+ mph with hard acceleration and cruising will be around 35-40 miles down to 20% battery. Nikola Plus 100V 1845Wh PROs: - Acceleration is sublime. There is nothing quite like it on the market. - Very durable shell. By many accounts, that shell has been proven to take a beating without cracking in most cases. - Cushioning for a 16 inch wheel is impressive. I would say it isn't much of a difference from my old KS18S that I sold. - Extremely nimble wheel, can turn 90 degrees on a dime and do tiny circles with no effort while waiting for cars to pass at intersections. - Stock paper speakers extremely loud, albeit of poor quality. For my needs (listening to sports radio, GPS directions) it is absolutely perfect. Nikola CONs: - Feels unbalanced. There is always a sense of myself wanting to compensate to my right a bit, but I've gotten used to it. Compared to wheels such as KS with their flat pedals, there will be somewhat of an adjustment period. - This unbalanced feeling will also lead to brake wobbles for the inexperienced. I find myself one-foot braking or going into a full on squat if an emergency braking maneuver is needed. The standard lean-back stopping method will undoubtedly lead to wobbling. - Starts feeling a bit unstable at speeds over 35 MPH. It's nothing you can't adjust for, but out of the box, you will notice this and lack a bit of confidence in your riding. - Trolley handle. Would it have killed Gotway to have a locking mechanism? Need to velcro strip the inside of the trolley so it won't go flying when you undoubtedly drop your wheel. - Angled pedals. This is a pro or con depending on your preferences, but I find my flat feet in constant pain when I ride this wheel for extended periods of time. I have to carve just to keep the pressure off my feet with a pigeon toed stance. - For as durable the outer shell is, it is also a scratch magnet. Anyone who makes custom wraps for these wheels will make a lot of money. (hint hint) - The tire could be a pro AND a con. For as soft and cushiony it is, it also has very poor tread life (estimated around 1500 miles) and replacing the tire is not exactly user friendly. Intro: I had the DOA Monster V3 2460Wh burnt in transit. I finally got it up and running, and it's had a fair share of issues even after the fact. 3D printed fan bracket broke (used gorilla glue and foam to secure it), axle nut came loose (used loctite red to secure it), pedal nuts becoming loose (used loctite blue). Mechanically it rides fine and has been reasonably reliable otherwise. Fastest speed recorded, 39.1 MPH, afraid to push the 5 beeps for any reason; although I'd love to join the 40 MPH club! Range figures are about 50-55 miles down to 20%, hard acceleration high cruising speeds. Just this weekend I did a 42 mile ride with 30% battery remaining. Monster V3 100V 2460Wh PROs: - EXTREMELY stable wheel. Although it is of a narrower width than the Nikola 16x3, the contact patch is much larger, which will help the wheel track straight with greater stability at higher speeds. It is amazing how you're going faster than you're feeling, almost car-like in that sense. - Best seated wheel on the market. I can easily stop the wheel seated in comparison to my 18S which wasn't nearly as easy to stop while seated. - Although it has the exact same pedals as my Nikola, the pedal angle is flatter which means greater comfort. It is an absolute pleasure to ride this wheel long distances with no fatigue. - Really eats up uneven roads and smoothens them out (very important in NYC). - Same speakers as the Nikola, my opinion of these are the same. Monster CONs: - Maneuverability. Given the size and weight of this wheel, quickly maneuvering it in tight spaces and even simply carving can be a high effort task; you really need to put your body into some of those turns. Maybe it's for the best, I can stand to lose some weight! - Dead stop acceleration. Anyone coming from a quick and nimble 14 or 16" wheel will quickly dislike the Monster and the effort it takes to torque this wheel. It is very possible to move the Monster quickly (both seated and standing) but it is something you will really have to dedicate yourself to learning. The key is to really bend into the wheel instead of doing the moonwalker lean (which won't end well). - Shell durability. Although from multiple user accounts, the materials used on the Monster V3 shell are significantly improved over the V2, there are still some weak points that need to be reinforced and protected. The plastic housing that is connected to the outer shell by a single Philips-head screw is brittle plastic, and if the wheel is dropped on its front, that is the first component that will snap. Inner shell corners, especially at the top need to be reinforced to prevent cracking if and when the wheel is dropped. Given I have dropped this wheel while handling (not riding) the contact points mentioned are what took the impact, and with the proper cushioning at those points, no damage occurred. - No trolley handle. Perhaps next year? - Useless rear taillight. Easy to miss for other motorists. Needs to be more obvious and brighter. - Poor fan placement on V3. Not sure how well it will dissipate heat in the worst summer days. Summary: With these two wheels, I'd say they are on opposite ends of the EUC spectrum. One accelerates quick, can turn on a dime with no effort but twitchy (like a sports car). Another is heavy, stable and comfortable (like an SUV). They are two different wheels for two different purposes, and the reason I own both is one wheel can compensate for the deficiencies in the other. If I HAD to choose one wheel over the other? It will depend on your priorities. For me, I'd take the Nikola if I could ONLY have one wheel. However, read through my thoughts on both wheels and decide which would work best for you!
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    Excellent job Mr and Mrs Rama Douglas and everyone else involved! You should be extremely proud!
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    Awesome footage and recap of the LA EUC Games by 👽 Rides...
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    I'm glad I can be myself, and completely open and trusting, with the people in my neighbourhood, for example, but the internet is a completely different beast. I really respect and admire your openness, nothing-to-hide, don't care what people think attitude online, but in my case, that's a luxury I can't afford. There are plenty of reasons to stay anonymous online. In my case, most of them have to do with employment, but I can understand how a retiree may have trouble relating to that But seriously. Employers look potential candidates up these days. Back when I was doing pro-bono work for some grass-roots organisations, helping the community and small businesses in my area stand up to large corporate interests who were screwing them over, I chose to remain anonymous because many of my clients are, in fact, large corporations and...that kind of stuff doesn't look good on one's resume I chose a pen name for the erotic novels I've translated because it doesn't look good when pitching to the private banking sector. And I'd also rather my activity in this forum to remain unconnected to my real-life persona too, so that when I claim I'm unable to take on a new project due to excess workload, my clients can't find out that I was in fact, out on my wheel all day or here on the forum Sometimes it's also about not wanting personal information shared in a specific forum (such as here), to be available to the internet at large > people outside the EUC community, for instance, whom the content was not addressed to....Who would want employers or potential future clients looking into your online presence and being able to read every single stupid comment or argument you've posted, without thinking, on this forum? (The battle of motorcycle gloves vs. Flexmeters vs. Flatland 3Ds; ridiculously heated arguments over pedal dipping; etc.). Openness and lack of ego are virtues, but one doesn't necessarily want everything he says, on any venue, to be accessible to absolutely everyone (particularly one's current or future employer). Things that might be innocent in one context (sh*itting on "these crappy Chinese apps") could be damning in another (a Chinese corporation screening you before assigning you a confidential project). And content shared online doesn't even have to be negative, there's also the audience--you share certain things with some people, and certain things with others. Always using your real name means you're traceable across any platform. Would an alcoholic use his real name in an AA forum? Should PTSD victims or war vets share their traumas using their real name in support-group forums? Would one use his real name as his porntube username? And then there's the fact that all of one's posts, interactions and activities, shared with his real name, are being shared with...whom? Strangers whom we know nothing about? In some cases, that might be true, but how important is one's real name here? What good is it to know that "Party_Crasher69", who's constantly disrespectful towards other users, is really named Peter Williams? Unless we plan on looking up where they live and carrying out a vendetta, I don't see what the difference is, especially considering that we're scattered all over the globe, and in most cases, will never meet in person anyway. So, who cares what a user calls himself? IMHO, in this forum, we're "judged" based on how we interact with others: the value of our opinions, our respect or disrespect towards others, etc. Our real name is irrelevant...here we're whatever we chose to call ourselves when we signed up, I don't think it matters whether that's John Smith or "SoloWheeler". Our "community standing" is what defines us, not our username (think criteria for choosing new mods: does their real name really matter? How many mods, whom we greatly respect, have shared their real name? And does that matter in the slightest?) Anyway...sorry for the rant, I think I've had too much coffee today... (excess coffee drinking > ranting on forums = procrastination + late bedtimes = lack of self discipline = info I don't fancy sharing with my employers by using my real name) You see what I mean?
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    I finally got my chaoyang tire today, waited about two months for it. So while i was at it i had a look at the results of my little dust mods that i did last time, rode about 150km with it. Where the mudguard is i stuck a bit of foam between the led strip and the rubber of the mudguard. Right there And i put some sticky velcro where the pedal hangers slide in. Result, not as much dust inside before the modification After the modification When i had the tire off the rim i took the advice from @buell47 and drilled the valve hole a bit bigger, the tire didn’t go properly onto the rim because the valve was too far out it already pinched the tire wall. The chaoyang is definitely slimmer than the CST, it’s got a lot more clearance to the housing. Couldn’t do much testing because it was getting dark and late so just did a few rounds around the block and i like it.
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    Smart riders gear up. The others we refer to them as “scar addicts” and “over-enthusiastic skin donors!”
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    Here is the video of our group ride in Loveland, Colorado. 21.7 miles, 70° at the end. Today it's snowing.
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    Aka the Marvel cinematic universe meets DC comics! We've got Marty Batman (or Backeman) , Spidey-Tim and... @Dave U, you need a red attire with some gold accents on it so Iron Man can join the EUC-vengers!
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    Even that 1/1000th of a second is too much risk for me... If something fails, I want to have my hands at the ready. As a side note, recently I have been testing out some GyroRiderz Gloves (instead of Flexmeters) and they stack up really well! I took them to LA too for more feedback... I need to get a review out soon to let everyone know what we found...
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    As a parkour practitioner I have to disagree. One of the first things we learn is how to fail as safely as possible. Yes, we're thinking of all the moves we want to execute. However, at least for me, what I have in my head and what happens are not always the same. Unless I have practiced it dozens of times. And in order to practice, I have to fail and get better. Which means that I should always be prepared to adapt to what is happening. If I want to do a 'precision' (jump and land on the balls of my feet) across a huge gap onto a wall on the other side, I will run fast towards the gap, and jump across. If I don't make the distance I will likely transition into a 'cat' where I land with my feet against the wall and catch the top with my hands. If I would jump too far I would transition into any kind of vault and go past the wall. It's about reaction time, split-second decision making and always knowing where your body and center of gravity are, which is to some extent, trainable. And yes, some people jump around on rooftops where there is no room for such error, but be assured that they all practiced these moves to boredom close to the ground. Having said that, it's all nice in theory, but I did break my wrist and elbow last year in a move gone wrong. Point being, I agree with some people that training can help, and parkour experience can be useful. But there's always, parkour or EUC-wise gonna be a moment where good ol' Murphy is going to bring you down to earth in quite the literal manner.
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    I had a wire get loose in my Nikola and fried the board while I was riding, luckily only at 8mph and I was fully geared. So my failure rate is 1 in 5600 miles. Mechanical and electrical equipment will fail, it’s just a matter of when so you should be prepared to hit the ground and “survive” when it does.
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    65° was just a panic reaction after Gluegate.
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    I've experienced the benefits of safety gear and I've been seeing it too. Just the other day @Dave U had a serious fall yet absolutely nothing happened to him except for ripped clothes and damaged gear. Every time this happens it reaffirms my choices in safety gear.
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    The Wear OS application is ready and is currently undergoing final testing before being published. It will be available on Google Play store along with next update of EUC World application, which will be released later this month.
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    I have thought of being cl4-trp (From borderlands) for halloween. I think that would be really cool. Just need to hide my legs . For those of you who don't know the game borderlands....
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    I definitely can't top that! The two reactions I get the most are "super cool" and bewilderment. I think watching somebody ride one looks like some kind of magic trick. It doesn't look possible. I know that was my reaction when I saw a you-tube video of one for the first time. A few months ago, I was coming back from a ride. My car was parked at a Whole Foods market. A dad and his son, the kid looked like around 10 years old were getting in their car. I went my on my 18XL, and the dad said "Come over here!" I rode by a couple times and showed them how it worked. The kid thought it was super cool. Last night I passed some bicyclists and they called out "cool lights!" I was on the Nikola+. I've gotten lots of "Wow! Cool!" reactions from kids, or one day a "you're so cool!" out a car window. But I think the best reaction is when somebody stops me and demands to know what it is and how it works. I was riding by a Starbucks and some guy asked me to stop and then quizzed me for ten minutes on how it worked, how fast you could go, range, how hard it is to learn ... everything basically. LOL.
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    I agree with everything @Mono is saying. If you put your left foot on, and have the right pedal right next to your right foot, then you can have a little push-off just to get the wheel rolling. And part of "pushing off" is putting pressure on the left pedal, so the wheel is getting some "go forward" input. You don't need a huge push off. But at the same time, if the wheel is stationary when you bring up your right foot, then it takes a while to get the wheel up to a reasonable speed to be able to balance it. So, a little push-off is the best approach I think. And you can cheat a little and actually have your right foot farther forward of the pedal (as Mono is suggesting) to get a bigger push off. The downside of doing that it if you're not careful, you can bang your right foot with the pedal. The mistake my wife makes, is she puts her right foot BEHIND the pedal and tries to push off, and she's way off balance because now that foot is then trailing way behind. Left foot on pedal Lean the wheel inwards with your knee Right foot next to (or slightly forward of the right pedal) Lean forward and do a little push-off Bring up the right foot You want to accelerate to a reasonable balance speed as soon as possible.
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    Didn’t I foresee this a while back? Luckily I still have the promo poster!
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    An amazing amount of footage was shot. Trust me, you don't want to see a bunch of raw footage. Expect some cool videos, but editing is time consuming process.
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    Batmobile Stalled
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    No. WheelLog companion app for Tizen is very simple. It doesn't support vibration or alarms in any way Just basic readouts. I plan to create set of consistently looking & working, EUC World companion apps for most popular smartwatches. Wear OS is currently in development, Tizen is planned next.
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    I’ll try, Smoothly mounting and dismounting with control is the most important thing to me going in a straight line as slow as an elderly person walks so that when you ride near people you can do it in control. I practiced entering a parking space and turning around in it staying between the lines handling elevation changes- nothing extreme, bumps, speed bumps, keep those knees bent. It depends on where you ride, I was able to ride in fairly open areas with no cars or people when I first learned. Once I learned to mount/dismount easily, I started exploring the world and the challenges of riding an euc in it. If you live in a hilly area, you might want to get a retractable dog leash in case the wheel gets away from you. Keep it at speeds you can handle and keep an idea of what can happen to others if you lose control.
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    One can only dream @meepmeepmayer on my ACM2 and @mrelwood on my MSX with his modified pedals in South Cali with Marty and the gang... The legend is TRUE South Cali women are Gorgeous... Hint @Hunka Hunka Burning Love... Oh we won't need any music... all the cursing in international language on Marty's trails will be Music to our ears LOL...
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    If you only knew how hard this makes it to drink a beer while riding!!!
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    I initially bought my V8 for last mile commuting. On the third day I decided to try doing the whole 18-20 km (depending on the route) on my wheel, and I haven't looked back since. Although I have to admit I've been eyeing more powerful wheels, mainly for safety and range. Commute is about 60% off-road, 10% cobblestones and brick roads, and the rest is regular blacktop. I only mind the limited speed of the V8 on the latter. Especially as it's autumn now, I don't drive as fast on the off-road with wet leaves and mud. Despite the limited speed on the V8, my commute time is lower than when taking the bus and most days I'd also be slower taking the car. And it's just so much fun! I love the feeling of gliding and carving through the fields and forests so much, while enjoying seeing squirrels, pheasants and kingfishers on the way.
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    We met up with a River Valley Adventure Segway group on a beautiful late October afternoon. We always give respect to Segways as the original self balancing vehicles.
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    Thought I’d take the MSX for a spin on the track
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    Nice pose! Initially it looked painful as the outfit’s black groin region camouflaged the padded seat.
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    A Wheeler Pro interviewed in the 19/20 of 14/11/2019 on France 3 Paris Ile de France (French news broadcast) Subtitles available in FR and EN
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    I think it looks awesome! Looks to me like @Rama Douglas rubbed off a little on you at the LA EUC Games.
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    Rode to Brussels last Friday to pick up my @GyroRideRz gloves. Which turned into quite the challenge as I forgot to charge my phone, and therefore was out of GPS/Navigation after about halfway. Luckily I had memorized the route sufficiently to only mildly get lost. I arrived ten minutes before closing time and the good people of Vandenborre Mobility were friendly enough to let me charge my wheel enough to limp to the train station afterwards. On Saturday I did a nice little ride from Lier to Antwerp to cheer on my gf and her rugby-teammates. On the picture below I just arrived while they are doing the pre-watch warm-up in the far distance.
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    I don't think so, the KS pedal hanger design is really simple for changing out the motor, just the two hex screws at the top.
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    If one rides backwards on the streets, and then reverses the footage, it probably would make a cool video, with rider appearing to move normally, but pedestrians and cars moving backwards. Somebody has to do it first!
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    @Alien Rides Wow that is a fantastic video! And some really nice long moving shots! Amazing event as well.
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    Comparing the V8f specs from https://personalelectrictransport.co.uk/shop/electric-unicycle/inmotion-v8f-electric-unicycle/ with the V8 specs from https://www.inmotionworld.com/product/electric-unicycle-inmotion-v8 Model V8f V8 Top Speed 35 km/h 30 km/h Range 55-60km 45-50 km Slopes 30° 25° Battery 518Wh 480Wh Temperature -10℃/+60℃ -10℃/+40℃ Max Load 120kg 120kg Charger Input: AC 90~240V Output: DC 84V @ 1.5A Input: AC 100~240V Output: DC 84V @ 1.5A Rated Power 1000W 800W Pedal Height 155mm 151mm Tire 16*2.125 in 16*1.95 in Weight 14.5 kg 13.5 kg
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    To be fair by the time Marty went down it was end of our Day 3 ride. Our legs were on auto mode. Most of us sorta had feelings below our knees. Marty was on Tesla skinny tire, would it made a difference on 3 inch tire? IDK I don't think anyone else went down on 3 inch tires on that ride. It's combination of situations we just can't cross all the T's dot all the I's. WEAR YOUR PROTECTIONS...
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    I should think any pebble watch should work and be okay. I personally use pebble time and I also have pebble steel which I've also set up as a back up as well. @Seba has a tutorial video which shows the steps to take to set the pebble watch up, I followed the video and it was easy to understand and get going. That's the link for the video below, hope it helps.
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    I ride at modest speeds, usually 25-35kph and take my wheel everywhere I can. This means I need my protective gear to be quick to put on regardless of what I'm wearing and when I take it off I need it to be easy to carry with me in a bag. Hopefully at those speeds I make the choice that don't need the most protection in the world (not saying that still isn't wise though!). Even the Triple 8/Protec style knee pads with the plastic knee caps are a bit big in a bag (for me), when you add elbow pads, wrist guards (I use the Flexmeters) as well. For anyone else with a similar requirement, I have recently been using the Icon Field Armor Street Knee pads. Intended for light motorcycle use from what I can tell, they are strap on, they have D3O inserts as well as a hard cap, and what is great is they have an otherwise pretty flat profile when not being worn, which makes them very easy to carry in a bag compared to many other options. http://www.rideicon.com/gear/mens/protective/field-armor-street-knee/black Would recommend them, but also keen for anyone else's tips/recommendations for similar use cases. I know they won't offer the best protection available but I believe it's a good compromise. Cheers!
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    Not that hard ... I would pick the KS16x over the Nikola. But I would be very happy with either wheel.
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    The big downside to the Nikola is that Gotway changed the overheat temperature from 79-degrees (all previous wheels) to 65-degrees, which I think is pathetically low. You being in Florida, this is a problem. People are adding additional fans in the wheel to help with this, apparently Gotway has returned to exposing the heatsink to the inside of the wheel shell (exposed to outside air. If using WheelLog I would set a temperature alarm to ~62-degrees so that you have a warning that it's about to overheat.
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    Great observation, and you are definitely right. That's how my first ACM died. Wheels nowadays have a bit thicker wires, and the mosfets overheat (warning alarm making you stop) or, worst case, fail first. But under extreme circumstances you can still get the motor power wires to melt their insulation and short, e.g. this video of the infamous @EUC GUY MSX car push test. I wish they would just quadruple their wire gauge (why not if you can!?) but that means having thicker axles on the motor as the cabling goes through there.
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    I thought this topic was about burning calories. Here’s my 2 cents about spikes:
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    Considering I just came back from my dentist appointment to get a tooth fixed (come to think of it ... what else would a dentist fix? ) I take this as a serious insult. LET THE DOXING BEGIN!
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    Join in the fun on the eve of the LA EUC Games. Meet at 3:30pm on Friday October 25th. We'll start at the skate park in Noho with jaws agape watching @Sidestreet Reny rule the turf, making us all want to drop out of the Freestyle event...😂 We'll sesh there for a bit, and then head out towards the Sepulveda Dam area around 4:15 for a concrete surfing session there on the actual dam! Plus a surprise you won't want to miss. Soooo fun! This ride starts on street bike lanes for a couple miles, then it's all bike paths until we get out to the Dam area. Out there, there's a bit of off-road opportunities, and amazing winding sidewalk bike paths around lakes, and under bridges. Fun and speedy route! It's around 9 miles out and 9 back, and we'll probably do at least 10 to 15 miles of riding around the parks and a lot of it is higher speed riding (if you like), so plan on a 1600wh wheel to ensure you'll hold enough charge for re-entry into North Hollywood, where we'll get back and tuck ourselves in early and be (fairly) well rested for the Games next day... Wheels with lesser battery can do most of the ride, and would be an easy Uber back, so please don't be discouraged to show up for this ride if you have a smaller battery wheel. Also, bring a trick wheel to ride at the skate park, then toss it in yer trunk and grab your long range uni-bots to roll out... *Our LAESK8 family of 2 or 4 wheeled friends are invited to join in the fun on this one too! 😎👽💜👊 Actual parking lot address for the Noho skate park (free) parking lot... 11455 W Magnolia Blvd Parking 11455 W Magnolia Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91601 https://maps.app.goo.gl/c4ZaiAZG2P51tYcb9 https://www.facebook.com/events/380136792898583/?ti=cl ~image by Rehab 1 of the EUC forums~
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