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  1. Tiny correction: Wheels with "P" in their serial number are for domestic China and are subject to locking outside the PRC unless you can provide proof of purchase from an authorized dealer and have proper export paperwork. With proper documentation, KS will add your wheel to a whitelist and unlock it. Wheels authorized for export do not have a "P".
  2. It's a good thing we have choices on what we buy and who we buy from! As with most controversial practices, there are myriad sides to the story... I'm not a personal fan of disabling products at all, but also understand there is likely more to the story. One can spin it as a move to protect their authorized dealer network intended to ensure that their dealers provide good service to us, if somebody is stiffing the customer than maybe they lose their franchise. I wouldn't think this is the case here, but it can be spun that way. If the dealers have to race to the bottom with price, they ha
  3. Wrap it in cardboard, or a yoga mat or that baby bumper stuff—anything really... and forget about it! These things are surprisingly durable, much more so than you’d expect. Or go all out and get a bodyguard from roll.nz (the route I went and I am very pleased with how well it’s protected my wheel). Important note: I’m in the “abandon the wheel, save yourself” camp so I was/am pretty hard on my toy. It’s been flawless.
  4. I figured I'd start a dumpster fire since it came up in Evlution's podcast... It seems to me from watching the famous OW nosedive where they guy was standing on the front of the board until it died on him, that the feedback mechanism for "you are asking more than I can deliver" is backwards. It seems if you're going fast and want to go faster that raising the front of the pedals gives you a better something to lean into, something to step on harder. Shouldn't the wheel do something that "makes" you want to back off instead? I'm suggesting instead of tilting back, maybe gently, ever s
  5. Slime or equivalent should fix a slow air leak.
  6. and sadly, that mindset limits what you try. On the flip side; if at first you don't succeed, then skydiving isn't for you. I'm so glad this isn't skydiving.
  7. short (< 1hr) sessions are best when starting out. The muscles involved require training and they start out weak. Train them when they're rested and they'll remember better. It's a weird skill to learn... like riding a bike or learning to walk. Both demand muscle memory and tone!
  8. There's a fresh build of the pebble watch helper app... don't know if it solves the C/F issue but it's a little more up to date (last update 6 months ago). https://github.com/Somnius/EucWorldPebble
  9. Can't speak for @ShanesPlanet but standing looking dorky (with that slightly mysterious/dangerous power ranger vibe) on a single wheel is part of the appeal for me! Maybe not so much the power ranger part, but I'm too old to break things anymore so it's part of the deal. Be sure to practice mounting with both your dominant and non-dominante legs. It divides the strain, and is a valuable skill because it forces the muscles on both sides to learn balance.
  10. PRO TIP: if the play store still shows 2.4.0, go to settings>apps>Google Play Store>Storage & Cache and clear the cache. Then force quit the play store app and relaunch, it should have the latest version.
  11. I bet they didn't expect it to spin around that quickly and the thing is getting dizzy. But does seem like something that firmware could easily fix...
  12. I think I can speak for most when I say that eWheel's willingness to even offer this service is as unusual as it is appreciated. Thank you @WilliamG and eWheels for above and beyond customer service... your after-the-sale support is precisely why I bought my wheel from y'all. I do hope you can continue the favor, it does set you apart.
  13. I use something called RideOn, they claim it doesn't dry out but that's marketing speak so I don't entirely believe it. But they did sell me some "scratch and dent" bottles ??!? for half price (the labels were garfed up). No flats yet but that's pretty meaningless... it's insurance against the unseen.
  14. Your learning to ride videos confirmed for me that while it wasn't going to be "easy", I could learn if I was stubborn enough. It's one thing watching accomplished riders demonstrate how easy learning to ride is, but entirely another to witness real life progress from scratch. Thank you for sharing your journey! I shouldn't post videos because my "rig" is a phone flapping around on a neck strap and that's no fun to watch, but I did post in this topic in spite of the risk of giving everyone car sickness.
  15. That looks like it'd do very nicely indeed. Make sure they're comfortable and not too loose. At the very start though, these kept my shin bone safe from getting hit by the pedal... quit wearing them after about a month. https://www.amazon.com/Sportout-Comprehensive-Protection-Cushioned-Injuries/dp/B07JBYSN6B/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=soccer+shin+guard&qid=1611102060&sr=8-2-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExQlVNSFhCVTVPNUJOJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwMzc2NjcyM1FVS1VaT0w1WTBZNyZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwMjYxNTY2SjcxQ0k4QTYzRk9VJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1J
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