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Mike Petrogeorge

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    San Diego and Salt Lake City
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    KingSong 16s (2 copies)

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  1. I want put this out there; and, I hoping I don't sound like I am lecturing you. But this is important. In San Diego, there seems to be a war on between the politicians and rental scooters, which makes me pause and think about the EUC. The reason for the war is because this is a tourist town and the 20 somethings jump on the scooters, drunk and without a helmet only to crash into cars and light pools. Sadly, some have been killed. The 20 somethings don't give a crap because they don't live here. They are not courteous to pedestrians, they park the devices anywhere which upsets (and for good reasons) the wheelchair crowd. Leaving the scooters around only gets the old bitties trolling downtown to the city council meetings to shout "No scooters". As an EUC rider, I have made it my mission to be courteous to pedestrians, obey the traffic laws, and stay off the sidewalks (when there is a bike lane available and I am not in a dangerous position). I am nice to the cops and try to educate them on the EUC. I point out that EUC riders pay for their own wheels and they are more than likely (not always) gonna play by the rules. Most riders I know wear their safety gear and are not gonna park their unit in the middle of the sidewalk. So, unless you want the old bitties trolling your city council meetings saying "ban all personal devices" I suggest you play by the rules as best you can and don't be a scooter douche. In this town there is currently a mayoral campaign going on and one of the candidates is on the 'ban the scooters' bandwagon. I can say that she did not get my vote because I am afraid she will come after my wheel. So, once again, don't be a scooter dick. Be courteous out there.
  2. After all this reading here and other places, I find a common thread. Everybody's feet are different and everybody has different preferences. So, biggest lesson I learned from this is that one can not buy shoes off of Amazon, unless you know what your buying. I bought some slip on Vans off of Amazon, and mistakenly took them on a ride. Then I discovered a "pep in my step" while on the EUC (good). But unfortunately, the Vans did not work for me. because they were so uncomfortable my feet (bad). I then went to a local skate board shop and found a pair of DCs. In the store, you have to look, feel, and think about your shoe. I got home jump on my wheel with these new shoes (even though it was 30 degrees Fahrenheit (-1 Celsius)) and the ride was GREAT! Shoes do make a difference! Wow! I will try this new brand for a while and see how it goes. But I will tell you this, the Vans are in the garbage. I never want to see them again. Although I did get a better ride from them. So, I guess they did some good. Word to the wise: Like a helmet, you can't buy shoes off of Amazon unless you worn them before and know what you're buying.
  3. Thanks for replying, it a no for me then.
  4. My life is always booked way in advance. If you can keep that Saturday June 20th date for a group ride, I should be able to join you. However, I do need to know what you go floating in your head for this ride, and will a KS16s can go the distance? Thanks.
  5. No, this is not a post to tell you how cute your shoes are. I wanna know if shoes make a difference with your ride? When I first got into the EUC hobby, the very first thing I did is gather a bunch of safety gear before I even purchased the KS16s. Yea, I got the knee pads, elbow pads etc. But I also bought some steel toed shoes. Riding for 8 months or so, I always wore my steel toed shoes and never worried about getting my toes smashed. The other day, I left the house with a pair of Vans on my feet as I lugged the KingSong down the stairs. When I jump on the wheel whooshed away, noticed that the ride was a little different. It seemed like I had "more spring in my step" if you will. I kinda liked the ride with the Vans over the steel toed shoes. So the question is, do shoes really matter,? Or, am I thinking crazy thoughts? What kind of shoes do you think is good for the ride? What kind of shoes look good on the ride?
  6. Looking at that video of Mt. Woodson, I wished I could have went. I would even be willing to try the off road part on that day. Sometimes, I am known to go behind Morley Field, and ride around Florida Canyon. I have a lot of fun doing that. So, I am getting my off-road chops in order. Sad I missed it.
  7. I am interested in the beach run on October 19. Put be down as tentatively for now, gotta check a few things out.
  8. Is this forum still alive? No posts since 8/18, I live in San Diego, but I was hoping to hook up with a EUC LA group ride someday? Is there is such a thing as an LA EUC group?
  9. oh, so the ride was yesterday, my bad, what was I thinking? Upload the raw video, lets take a look.
  10. According to iPhone, it looks like the weather is gonna be kinda crappy Friday-Monday. Hope that does not ruin your ride.
  11. Thanks, I wrote him a PM asking my questions.
  12. I will be back in Utah on the 23rd.. but gotta work a lot that day I bought a kingsong 16s just like the wheel in California. It arrives on Tuesday. After work, I will unbox it, calibrate, and get it on the road. I have a feeling its gonna be locked until I get 100 miles or so on it. I will ask Jason at e-wheels.com to see if there is a way around that. Then, if all goes well, on Wednesday I will take it to work. I would be willing for a small ride, meet and greet on Wednesday if your up for that. If I can't get around the lock, it will be a slow ride . I am not sure how to contact you without posting my contact info here. Thats probably not a wise thing to do lol.
  13. The ride you have set for this September 22 sounds like fine, but I will be in CA that day. My new wheel will not arrive in Utah until the 24th... So, I have to sit this one out. But if anybody is interested in quick weekday rides in the downtown area, or the JR parkway, I am so there. SLC has a great biking infrastructure and I would like to take advantage of that other than just going to work. Unfortunately, daylight savings time change is happening soon. Got to get some gear to ride in the dark.
  14. The only place I found where you can 'try before you buy' is in Boston by the guy who runs the uStride youTube channel. From what I read, he seems to rent them and teach people how to ride. So, unless your in Boston, your kinda out of luck. I personally would not let a stranger ride my machine if they have never been on one before. If you do these things, then yes, of course, be my guest and ride my wheel. The thing you have to do is research all the wheels and find one that is good for you. I learned that the kingsong 16s is a good wheel for an adult to learn on and that has been the case for me. I can't speak for the other brands because I don't know them. I am thinking of making a trip to Boston and see if I can rent a wheel from uStride. Then tour Boston on one of these wheels. I have not reached out to them yet because I don't plan on doing something like that until next summer. And finally, the uStride guy has an excellent video on how to ride this thing. Good luck.
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