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  1. I see you type all your replies in English. Let’s be inclusive and not presumptive by making sure to post French, German, and Spanish versions of your comment. /s OP isn't excluding people and neither is your English text. You needn't be burdened to make your words as accessible as possible to others unless it brings you personal satisfaction to do so. Readers translate your words into what's relevant for them - They are real, capable people with brains. I think it's condescending to treat marginalized groups like softies you need to protect. As an example, the several gay men I know are smart enough to read the word "wife" and translate it into a relevant term without feeling personally attacked. The energy you're misreading as "pearl clutching" is pushback against your soft condescension and low expectations of a fictional victim with imaginary feelings of exclusion that you've generated in your mind. Language and word choices are subtle and powerful. Agreed. Two other things: 1. The dominant culture where I live is one that aligns with your sensibilities, and that applies to most major metro areas. Your whole 'pearl clutching', 'dominant culture', 'alternative ideas' construction is 100% off the mark. Your profiling ability is not good. 2. I don't know what you're talking about with the banning stuff. Are you suggesting a ban?
  2. If you are personally offended at this lack of inclusion, fair enough. I'd show you the respect of inclusion if I am aware of your issue. But I hate being scolded about an theoretic issue which has no known victims. It makes me want to resist, even if the notion is positive. Without context, it looks like a happy OP posted a message of gratitude about his wife and you swooped in to wokescold him. It looks like you're trying to solve an imaginary problem. At best, you're playing favorites with your marginalized groups and choosing interpersonal relationships as a way to scold, but really there are many potential ways you could scold the OP for not being inclusive enough. Perhaps the OP should also be inclusive of those amputees who cannot buy EUC's, or perhaps OP should also account for people who lack the money to buy a new EUC because they're a member of the working poor class. If we want to pick apart the myriad ways the OP could've accounted for every conceivable marginalized group, we could generate quite a list. Let's show each other respect, yes. We also don't need to trip over ourselves with self-righteous navel gazing.
  3. For me the maximum speed = reserve power. I want to ride at 30kph, but I want to do it on a wheel that's capable of 45kph for safety reasons. If there's a large bump in the road while I'm accelerating from 25-30kph, I want to know that the wheel can handle the spike in power. Manufacturers could keep the buffer amount a secret and artificially limit the top speed, but that's probably not in the economic interest for the manufacturer. It also doesn't inform the user of what kind of buffer is really available. Give me a 60kph wheel and I'll still ride 30kph. Remember, safety gear can help you slide and reduce some impacts, but if you hit a metal pole at a fast speed it will hurt, and might change your life in a bad way.
  4. musk

    INMOTION V20 ??

    I'm eagerly waiting for this new wheel. For me, reliability/safety are the most important things in an EUC design, and so I've been wanting an Inmotion wheel which can keep their history of reliability (especially water resistance) with an 18" diameter wheel and longer range. Maybe improve the handle. No other big changes necessary. To me, one of Inmotion's biggest strengths is their reliability and polished execution of the things we know work well. I do NOT want them innovating new suspension systems - leave that to Gotway.
  5. My approach to maintenance is to keep an eye on anything inside the wheel that other users have identified as problems, but don't disassemble it needlessly. For example, the Ninebot one E+ has a few reports of the battery pack wrapper having holes worn through because of rubbing inside the case. This is easy to inspect and would be a big problem if it happened to me. I suspect that this issue is aggravated by riding style and conditions. If a wheel is vulnerable to sand/water ingress and a rider rides in those conditions, it's going to be a problem when they start doing jumps and that sand is now pummeling the electrical components. Judge how you personally use your wheel, and adapt your inspection to the level of abuse you cause to your wheel. Compared to some of the more extreme riders here, I don't "abuse" my wheel by treating it like a skateboard (taking it off jumps, constantly bailing, etc.) In my eyes, dropping a 50lb device repeatedly (even from successful jumps) will decrease it's longevity/reliability. For a device with zero redundancy, this is too big of a risk for me personally.
  6. I've looked into it very deeply because I loved riding so much. The relevant law in BC is written very broadly and EUC's fall into the broad definition of "motor vehicle" the way it's described in legislation... that's not a quesion, I've taken it to provincial court. That wouldn't be a problem if you were allowed to purchase motor vehicle insurance for the EUC, but that insurance does not exist, so therefore they cannot be ridden basically anywhere. There's alot more nuance to the locations where you can't ride, but it covers basically everywhere, including parking lots and any place the "public has access to or is invited". The Vancouver seawall is one area where the motor vehicle law isn't applicable, but the parks board has their own rules which prohibit EUC's - probably stemming from a Segway rental operation which existed 10 years ago. You're probably fine using the seawall at night, but in my general experience park rangers (in campgrounds and such) tend to be more Nazi-ish than your typical police officer so I don't know what they'd do. I read their park regulations and "confiscation" was one of the listed penalties, so the consequences probably depend on the mood of the ranger.
  7. Hatchet, I sympathize and feel the same devastation. My ninebot one has been sitting in my closet for over a year now, unused. The ticket is real, there isn't really any way around it - I learned the hard way.
  8. They said a court date would be set roughly 12-16 months from the date of the infraction which was in Dec 2015.
  9. Ninebot E+. The LED lights were on which was probably like a glittering lure to the cop. I've now disabled the light ring to draw less attention.
  10. No helmet, zero pedestrians on a long stretch of sidewalk under the lip of BC Place stadium. Probably 17km/h. I might've been able to give a good argument but I don't know if it would've accomplished anything. It was a pretty ho-hum affair, not much talking and the ticket came out fast. He was there to hand me a ticket, not to ensure public safety or anything. Fighting the ticket is a choice, I don't want to blindly reward that kind of police behaviour. I actually hope the cop does show up so that I can get a real answer from the judge whether sidewalk = highway. If I win because the cop doesn't show, I won't really know the law.
  11. In BC the definition of "Motor Vehicle" is very broad. If something has a motor and transports a human, it is legally "motor vehicle" unless legislation is written that specifically gives it a pass. This is the case with "Motor-Assisted bicycles" which have been specifically carved out in law as being acceptable as long as they meet a bunch of specific requirements about motor power and other things. For example, a MAB can only have an electic motor to be eligible. If it has a gas engine, you're not within the definition MAB and magically convert into a "motor vehicle". EUC's, Segways, and anything relevant to this forum don't have special exclusions in law and therefore are treated like a car if you meet a cop that's in the mood to ticket you or needs to fulfill his monthly quota. The fine I received is for "operating a motor vehicle on a highway without insurance", which is a giant $600 ticket just the same as if I were driving a car without insurance. The only way I can hope to win in court is the fact that I was riding on the sidewalk. "Highway" has a legal definition in BC and includes private parking garages and anywhere a car might normally go, but I don't think it probably includes sidewalks. I've talked to 5 traffic section officers and none of them know whether a sidewalk is technically a "highway", so I have to ask a judge to interpret the law. Remember, officers in BC (and most places) have a role. Normal downtown city cops are not "traffic section" cops. They don't care about EUC's because they are mostly cool (in Vancouver) and have their priorities in order. Conversely, traffic section cops are ticket writing revenue-generating robots. If they are in ticket writing mode, you can be sure they'll use you to quickly meet their quota. For a traffic section cop, a schlubby EUC rider is a lazy target vs stopping a car with tinted windows on a busy highway. If you live in a smaller neighborhood the chance of meeting a traffic cop might be reduced since it may not be specifically patrolled for traffic infractions.
  12. I just confirmed the route on Google Maps. 21km loop at sea level, no serious wind or elevation changes. 100% battery drains to 15% at the end of this trip. I've had the wheel for 8 months and have put ~400km on the wheel. Firmware: 1.3.5. (The wheel shipped with 1.2.1) I usually fill the tire to 55-60psi and it slowly drains to 40psi over a few weeks. I'd ride it more but have already received a $600 fine for riding on the sidewalk here. It's a 6 month old infraction and I still haven't had a court date set. Probably 3 more months till I can get in front of a judge and argue that a sidewalk is not a "highway" by the legal definition of highway in British Columbia.
  13. My E+ rider specs: Fatness: 245lbs Speed: 20-22kph Range: 21km from 100% down to 5-10% battery. Note, if tire pressure is low my range drops significantly to something like 15.
  14. musk

    Firmware 1.4.0

    By "failing to ... keep the unit upright" do you mean that it shut off?
  15. The stand works great! ABS, 0.32mm, Simplify3d, Printrbot Metal Plus
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