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  1. Thanks. So in essence you are saying that you can drain down to 0% without causing damage to the batteries as this isn't really 0% battery charge ?
  2. Has anyone here replaced the grip tape on the MSX pedals and if so do you have a template you could share please ? Mine are knarled up ready (probably a bad factory sticking job) and I'd like to replace them. I have the grip tape but I obviously need to cut them to shape. It would be helpful if someone has a printout or similar CAD file that I could use. This will save me a lot of time and I'm pretty sure that some of you have had to do this already (or as part of a custom job?). Or maybe there's an easier way ? Thanks.
  3. It's always windy where I am 😉 If not on the outbound it will be on the return. Very consistent weather by me.
  4. Thanks. I haven't figured in my speed demon moments!! Typically I do a fairly consistent 15mph on my regular runs. I'm pushing my distances now since I'm more comfortable with my riding skills and stamina. I'm just trying to figure out what kind of distances I can realistically get without running out of power. Maybe I'll just have to incrementally push it and then do some top-off runs locally to see how far I can push it. I'm not an aggressive rider, more of a cruiser but as time goes on I'm sure I'll get a bit more cocky. I've started dropping off curbs now !!
  5. The angled pedals are actually a very good feature. They keep your feet really well planted and keep your knees against the EUC so that you have tighter control and immediate feedback. This is a big +. I just got back from a 40 mile ride with trail and pavement and I never have any issues. As a matter of fact when I upgrade in the future this feature is going to be a must have. Also it provides more clearance when you have to avoid brush and junk when turning.
  6. Hi guys, I'm starting to get the range on the battery where I would like to understand what kind of margins I have left. does anyone here know what kind of margins I need to leave when I'm running there and back on a fairly level path (I know this is subjective) ? I've been returning and have about 65% battery at the halfway point, however that leaves me with 30% of the battery capacity when I return home which may be too much. I'd like to extend my journeys a bit longer (assuming my feet can deal with it!) however I don't know how much battery I need to leave as margin. I don't want to run the battery out on my return home. Any thoughts or ideas all welcome. by the way I'm getting to ranges of about 50 miles at this point with about 30% capacity left. This is reported by darknessbot.
  7. The skid peg idea is just an adaption from motorcycles. They have 2 wheels and a proud nylon peg to form a triangle which is tall enough to protect the cowling and manifolds. In our case we would need 2 to make the triangle. Both sides. Maybe this is a concept idea for an off-road EUC ? A little roll cage bar at the top with an indent for your legs to grip (maybe a circular bar with a flattened bit in the middle) ? Just a thought. Think of an "M" shape.
  8. For the most part I do baby my cars and motorcycles however an EUC to me is utilitarian and is meant to be beaten up a bit. I don't plan on selling it and if I drop it it isn't an emotional issue. There's that saying amongst motorcyclists: There are 2 types of rider, ones who have dropped their motorcycles and ones that haven't dropped it...yet. It's an inevitability with an EUC just because the nature of the sport. No matter what you do it'll get scuffed at some point and neoprene ain't gonna do jack against a tree root or a lamppost !! Anyway it'll buff out with sandpaper 😉. Now if someone made a nylon skid peg that would be a good idea. All that would be needed is a couple of pegs that stick out on both sides at the top rear and fronts. Little U shapes would be perfect since they wouldn't catch clothing etc. Hmmm, maybe this is a 3D printing project to see if the concept is good ...
  9. I agree. I have a couple of Joe Rocket meshies and various other motorcycle jackets. However I decided to get a motorcross mesh because it has better airflow and is very light. This is the one I'm wearing in my profile pic. I got a 3xl and I usually get xl sizes. So +2 on the size if you order this. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01CCH72F4/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  10. A wet bandana around your neck is a really efficient way to keep you cool. It's close to the carotid artery so evaporative cooling is rapid. I've done this many times whilst riding through death valley on a motorcycle. You have to keep airflow over it because it will heat up otherwise. The advantaged is you can wet it whilst riding. Also keep drinking lots of water.
  11. My attitude is if you're gonna drop it, you're gonna drop it. Kind of like my attitude with motorcycles. They are meant to be ridden and dropped occasionally. Battle scars become identifying features and memories of how much of a halfwit you were at certain points. My MSX has hit gravel, dirt and sand. All good. Nothing that a bit of sanding won't sort out later !!! It's a machine, not a baby and I'll treat it accordingly. 😉. OK, I am careful but it has had a share of landings. The reason I got the MSX is because it's rugged and meant to handle scuffs and at the end of the day it is a vehicle. Neoprene covers would be a joke on mine as they would probably rip in no time. Make that cover out of kevlar and then we might talk !!
  12. This guy has some great reviews. No nonsense info. https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=kuji+rolls&app=desktop
  13. To clarify 1 hour to get the balance thing, 4+ hrs to get riding and being confident enough to go distance.
  14. You are not dreaming. I am of a similar age and weight. Love it, It's so much fun. Don't listen to the nay sayer in your head or from people around you. This is most definitely doable by you and you'll really enjoy it. I'm sure there are guys local to you who would love to show you how to ride. If you were local to me (or any other people here are local to me) I would be more than willing. This IMO is probably the most incredible invention of the 21st century. The learning curve is steep but you'll figure the basics within an hour (maybe 2). Within 5 hours you'll be doing miles. It is exhausting and you may do this in batches of 30 minutes with cursing every 5 minutes or so. But you will learn. This is where experienced people are helpful. This forum is most definitely the place to ask questions. I've had so many helpful tips here from very experienced riders which has been incredibly helpful and encouraging.
  15. It would be an interesting scientific study to see how rapidly your capabilities decline from alcohol on an EUC. As we all know, alcohol affects your balance and an EUC needs a very coordinated balance. A car less so and an motorcycle probably a little less than an EUC. Obviously judgement is impaired too. I wonder if a University would want to run a study on something like this.
  16. You are going to have an absolute blast! I remember dizzily waiting in anticipation for mine. It was so worth it. These machines are almost magical and give me the feeling of levitation! It took me about 5-6 hours of practice to get it. It's a really steep learning curve but eventually it just clicks and you won't understand why you found it so hard. Wear protection to start out with as you will drop it and you may land on your wrists (wrist guards are a must IMO). Look forward to hearing about your experiences.
  17. I have this. Keeps cool and works well. Basically it's a full mesh with armour where needed. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01CCH72F4/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  18. I got the MSX 1800Wh and have been very happy with it. I was about 110kg when I bought it but have lost a significant amount of weight since. However it performed really well on uphill trails as well as the flat. I was getting about 50mile range out of it doing 12-15mph. Big thumbs up from me. Now I get 60+ miles range.
  19. FWIW I have found that my BT headphones regularly disconnect when I go running. I have a pouch that is on my hips that is rotated on to my back with my phone in. It seems to me that iPhones are pretty crap as far as range and power are concerned with BT. If there is interference around this is also a big problem. IIRC the new BT uses 2.4GHz which is exactly the frequency absorbed by water !!! BT is a line of sight radio. It's not robust from what I can tell. So the issue you had may just be BT related. I usually have my phone in my pant leg pocket which is close to my EUC. I use my watch to tell me speed as it is a standalone device with gps built in. One feature that would be nice is to have DB announce battery percentage warnings. EG it would say "20 percent" every 10 seconds or anything below that in 5% increments. Obviously the user should be able to select when the alarm starts and what warnings they get. A simple list of percentages and a check-box next to them to activate them would be practical.
  20. Could you do what this article says ? I have no clue about Apple Watches but here you go in case it's useful. Pesonally I use my garmin watch as a speedometer. Don't really worry about battery as 2hrs on my MSX is enough for me at the moment and I usually get home with ~50% after ~30 miles of flat. https://9to5mac.com/2019/09/24/apple-watch-series-5-always-on-display-turn-off/
  21. So I had my first EUC dog encounter today. Little black yippie dog was off the leash and the owner shouted after the dog but the dog was having none of it and decided to chase me. I was on a cycle path so no road problems. I did what I do on a motorcycle. You let the dog get close and the you accelerate away from them. Dogs are typically stupid as far as judging speed. They fix on a point and then chase to that point. If you let them fix on you and let them get reasonably close and then accelerate away their small brains don't have enough time to re-fix and you will very likely out run them. I did exactly this. Yippie gave up... BTW, this knowledge was all from motorcycle training and talking to other motorcyclists and tyre chasing dogs. Thought I'd share. However it was totally the owners fault as dogs are not allowed off leash where I live and on the cycle paths (for this exact reason!!). Stupid owners....
  22. Not sure if you saw this video but it might help keeping your feet planted. Gonna try this myself.
  23. I really hope your prediction never comes true. On a safety note, it's probably a good idea to video every journey you take on your EUC if you're doing road riding. The video is evidence of anything that might happen.
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