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    Kingsong 14D

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  1. I think you're right about the leverage, but I don't think the point's relation to the circumference makes much difference. Applying pressure with just your feet is like holding a short wrench to tilt the wheel forward. But using your shins as leverage you are able to generate more torque on the wheel's angle than you can with only your toes. This pictures explains it. Using your shins is like using a wrench with a longer handle, it's as simple as that. Your lower leg is the "moment arm". Some have argued that you should shift your weight entirely and only stand straight to achieve proper form. However, it's faster to tilt/torque just the peddles than it is to shift your whole weight gradually. That's why most riders who win EUC races use the pads to accelerate faster.
  2. Good point @who_the on the certifications for each helmet. I also researched some glider helmets. It's true, they are not cheap, but usually made of carbon-fiber and have amazing visibility. Some of these helmets are often promoted for use with longboarding, paragliding, and hang gliding. I especially liked this model: Charly No Limit - $339 Looks nice, right? I even put an offer on a used one for a pretty good price on eBay. But then I saw a pictures of guys actually wearing it... ..and I thought, maybe the face it a little too open to be protected in a crash. Is is possible that a helmet made to protect you from a crash from 5,000 feet won't keep you from grinding your nose on pavement with a unicycle face plant? I don't know...
  3. It's good to know that you recommend that helmet. Some people have complained that modular helmets in general are too heavy and this one comes in at 4.6 lbs. So it sounds like if you want enclosed comfort and don't mind addition weight, then this may be a good option.
  4. Great point. I found that one too, but it looks like it's manufactured in India costs $95 with shipping on Amazon and will take a while to ship from international source. But it does look like a great full face enclosed option which is lightweight and for a good price.
  5. Looks like a nice open face downhill mountain bike style helmet for a good price (about $107 on Amazon). Thanks for the recommendation.
  6. Here is the link to the helmet: Scorpion EXO-R320 Helmet (Large) (Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079P3TF87/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_MttODbKV973VN
  7. Thanks so much. That's why I'm asking here. Sometimes what looks great in the shopping cart winds up being a real bummer. Considering all this advice, it sounds like I should be looking for a non-modular full face like the TSG Pass. So far I'm seeing this Scorpion EXO-R320 for $99. Looks like it's only 2.2 lbs. Less than half the price of the TSG. Anyone have any experience with this helmet or have a better value option?
  8. I looked up that helmet because I saw others talking about it. Here is what I found: https://www.amazon.com/TSG-Solid-Color-Helmet-Skateboard/dp/B002UQ99JA/ It looks like about $260 to me. If you have a link to buy it for $100 please reply with it. I'm finding nothing in that price range. With that being said, why do you prefer the full helmet vs the BMX style? Can you mount a mirror to it? How about air flow?
  9. I'm upgrading my EUC to a 30+ mph model soon. I also need to upgrade my current cheap-o bike helmet to something that will protect my face. Not that I have a modeling career, but I'd simply prefer to not have my jaw wired shut due to a face plant at 20-30 mph. So, in the interest of safety, I'm planning on getting fully geared up. Unlike some of you that are able to drop $300+ on a sweet, glossy, carbon fiber brain bucket, I'm looking for something to get started keeping a budget in mind, but still being safe (read value here). After reviewing existing threads on this, I haven't found the information I'm looking for. I'm interested in paved trail riding with some off road. I'm not sure if the open face (downhill mountain bike style) or the modular fully enclosed helmet (motorcycle with flip up front) would be better. Here are a couple options I'm looking at that would be an improvement over the basic bike helmet I have now. Since I live in Southern California, rain and cold are not really an issue. The ability to stay cool with good airflow is more important. Bell Servo Adult BMX Helmet 1Storm Motorcycle Modular Helmet Pros - Light weight, can easily talk to other riders, pedestrians, etc. Visor, (52) 4 star rating on Amazon, easier to mount rear view mirror. Cons - Only CPSC bike compliant, would need to wear sunglasses or googles for higher speeds, noise Pros - Quieter, built in optional shaded visor, ability to lift front to talk to other riders when stopped, DOT Approved (safer), (804) 4.5 star rating on Amazon. Cons - Heavier, not as easy to engage with others, maybe harder to mount the mirror (?). $55.29 on Amazon $58.95 on Amazon If the bike helmet looks too cheap, I also looked at the Bell Sanction Helmet. It seems like many EUC riders like @Flyboy10 use the BMX style open full face helmet. However, other riders like @Marty Backe go with the full motorcycle helmet. I'd really love to hear about the pros and cons from actual riding with the various options and I'm interested in helmets that can be purchased right now on Amazon rather than a special one that is available in Europe only. Thanks in advance for any comments or suggestions you have. I really value all the experience and positive support this group provides.
  10. I'm thinking of it like a case for a smart phone. Sure, a new phone looks and feels great when you're using it without a case, but they're worth too much to risk that you won't drop it when getting out of the car or it slips and hits the asphalt and you crack that shiny new piece of hardware. The same thing with your EUC. IMO they're worth too much to ride without some kind of protection.
  11. Thanks for looking. This wheel has been sold and shipped. I would change the subject of the original post to (SOLD), but I don't see a way to do that in the forum.
  12. I also realized I didn't upload pictures of the chargers or the wrist guards. Selling the wheel without the fast charger doesn't make a lot of sense because what will I do with a fast charger setup for the KS14D? I don't think it will work with a 100V wheel. So, it makes sense to sell them together.
  13. Make me an offer. I also have the original box it was shipped in.
  14. If you're looking to get into EUC and want to make sure this is a sport/hobby/lifestyle for you, then this is a great way to go. This Kingsong 14D is a great wheel. It only has 38 miles on it and it's in fantastic condition. I doubt you can buy a used wheel this clean. I wrapped it in neoprene right away to keep it in perfect shape. First rides were with padding on a carpet covered gym floor. Once stable, I took off the padding. Now I ride it easily and I'm looking for higher speeds and distance. I'm upgrading to a bigger wheel and I need to sell this to help pay for it. Only charged it with the Fast Charger limited to 80% charge to increase battery life up to 4x. That's why you need the fast charger too. The other thing that's important is warranty plus parts and service. This EUC was purchased from Jason at eWheels and he will honor the remaining 6 months on the warranty. Plus you can get it serviced after the warranty is up. If something breaks, you definitely want to be able to get the Wheel fixed without breaking the bank. Here you get a discount, including the warranty, wristguards, plus a $75 Digital High Presure Hand Pump - https://www.amazon.com/Lezyne-Digital-Road-Drive-Black/dp/B01JKA4C5Y/ Wheel New - $850, Fast Charger $100, Air Pump $75 - Total $1,050 Value I'd like $700 with everything included. That's a $350 savings and you'll have a great Wheel with everything you need. I'm in San Diego. I can ship it. Let me know if you have any questions. Here's a video of me riding. I normally wear full pads, this was a quick run to make a video for this post.
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