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  1. Thank you for sharing this despite your serious injuries and pain. I am very sorry to hear about your accident. I hope you recover quickly so you can ride again soon. I don't want to sound callous or insensitive, but maybe you and others will find some wisdom and [twisted] humour in the clip below. 'A man's got to know his [wheel's] limitations'.
  2. It could depend on the base you fly from, but in general, I think the USAF is very capable of handling unusual payloads, and far easier to deal with than commercial aviation regulations.
  3. I think the Batman model is collectable, but personally wouldn't buy them unless as a gift for new and/or very young riders. Glad to hear you still appreciate the old Ninebots, though. There are very few of us left, so almost no one pays attention to posts about them anymore. You can always message me directly instead.
  4. Overheating begins at 70deg C (158F) from my experiences. As long as you are mindful of riding hard on hot days, you can monitor the board temps in the NB app. You can listen for the continuous beeping and then take a break to let it cool down. Also, it will do a hard battery tiltback before shutting off. I was dumped twice until I started paying attention Not sure why your E+ only goes 12mph though ....
  5. May I suggest that you rid yourself of your lowly E+ by selling/donating it to a new rider like @AlexEssex so he/she can join our community?
  6. Doesn't the V5F and V5F+ accept the same trolley handle as the V5 but is optional? Also, I think the eWheels comparison charts deserve further explanation: E+ max speed (unmodified) is 14-15mph; sustained cruising is more like 13.5mph with a fully-charged battery, 12.5 at 60% or less. That's fast enough if you're not in hurry and don't want the higher risk of major medical consequences with faster, beefier wheels. Also, there is no way you can achieve a range of 21 miles unless you weigh less than 130lbs and ride 10mph or slower. My real-world experience is 10 miles typically with a fresh young battery, 12-13 miles best case at moderate speed, and 6-8 miles on low air pressure and hard riding. As for torque, I believe the big advantage for the V5F+ is the 14" wheel, not the power rating. Granted, the E+ acceleration is slower than most wheels, but it's not bad if you have low or moderate expectations. If you want a real headlight or taillight, you will need to add your own to any wheel with only a few exceptions. The E+ has 2 screw mounts in the front for an optional trolley (they cost too much and are somewhat hard to find) or accessory bracket (very useful), and one screw mount in the rear. I don't see any such options for the V5/F/+. I use a 7-LED headlamp which is far better than most any built-in solution that I have heard of, and I only attach/ carry it with me when needed. As for taillights, there are a plethora of low-cost bicycle lights you can mount with double-stick tape. As for the pedals, it's not that the E+ pedals are lowriders, it's just that Inmotion pedals traditionally are positioned much higher than others. Weight does not seem to be an issue at 35lbs or less for most people. The E+ is a simple wheel to dismantle, repair, and conduct Frankenstein experiments on if so inclined From videos I have seen, dismantling the Inmotion wheel is more challenging and time-consuming. The E+ is a good wheel if you look at it as the old-school VW Beetle of EUCs (without the oil leaks). It's a great first wheel for new riders and will last as long as you need it to. It's a great, cheap second wheel to keep as a spare for visitors, friends and family, as it can take a lot of abuse. If you are price-sensitive and can't afford to buy a new wheel (auto, house, wife, etc.) every year or three; if you don't want to spend a lot of money up front (or for several years) and can live with the limitations; and if you can find a good used wheel at a great price, the E+ is still a solid, reliable choice.
  7. Yes, definitely. Still rockin' an E+ for over three years. If you can live with a lower speed (max 14-15mph stock, 18-20mph with speed mod) it's still a great wheel even if an old design; it's still attractive, durable, dependable, AND very affordable (and survivable ). Also, Speedyfeet UK still sells parts for them at very reasonable prices. I personally wouldn't spend more than $300 for a used one in the US, but in the UK £400 may be a good deal. The range is modest at 10-12 miles, but you can always mod the battery cover to swap battery packs in less than 30 seconds. I have gone 45+miles with four spares in my backpack on a single ride. I think the V5F is probably a great wheel around the same price , but it's a 14" and can't be modded like the E+ can. It has a much better trolley handle though.
  8. They sell out from time to time. I'd call Demon and ask for an ETA for the next container shipment from China. They can be hard to reach by phone, so keep trying. They are located in Utah (mountain daylight time). Btw, I suggest you order two pairs when they come back in stock. The stretch fabric wears out rather quickly, and it's easy to poke holes in it with your nails or create a tear if you overstretch it, e.g., wearing thin gloves underneath them. Be sure to ask for a 15% discount if you order direct from them over the phone. I think regular shipping is free if the order is over $100.00 USD.
  9. Short Answer: it's where all the Tazes live, of course. Scientific answer: Mcloughlin, Stephen. (2001). The breakup history of Gondwana and its impact on pre-Cenozoic floristic provincialism. Australian Journal of Botany. 49. p280. 10.1071/BT00023. Some (er, just one that I know of) people believe the continent of Zealandia or Tasmantia is where all the handsome devils (Taz) live. They are believed to be distant cousins of the endangered Tasmanian devil which have become trapped on the Australian continent in the Australian island state of Tasmania. Tazes are far more evolved, walk upright, and ride EUCs.
  10. @fryman and I rode together often last year. He's a very cautious and capable rider, and I miss the many long rides and fun times we had together. I've been in contact with him as well and passed along all the terrific support everyone has shown. I'm sure he'll be back to the forum to claim bragging rights when he's home and able to type at a real keyboard.
  11. Love the photo of the border collie, but that fence should be electrified.
  12. All hail the Dark Lord!
  13. I think the structural integrity of that shell is compromised, and I wouldn't ride that wheel too hard, near traffic or in areas where you can't crash safely. I'd consider replacing the entire shell if you grow attached to the E+ or just upgrade to a newer wheel asap. SpeedyFeet used to stock the inner shell set for the Ninebot One (they are all the same), but the part has been out of stock for a while. You can click this link and add your email address to be notified when/if he ever gets a new batch. I've had success doing that with other NB1 parts from his site.
  14. It's easier cheaper to just buy a fresh set of leg pads from Speedyfeet - you can get grey (about $15USD each) or white faux PVC leather (about $20 each). Shipping to the US is very reasonable. If you still want to wrap the leg pads, I think you will need to create a pattern and sew the pieces together to get a nice effect without wrinkles. If you look closely at the white pads linked above, they are actually PVC leather fabric (3 pieces) stitched and stapled onto the rear of the plastic shell. Here's the thread with video by @dbfrese I think @SuperSport was (one of the) first to wrap his E+ in carbon fiber. The end results were impressive at the time. I wrapped my inner shell two years ago, and it has been very durable and still looks great imho.
  15. On the topic of elbows, I have been using the Leatt 3.0 Elbow Guards for a couple years. They slide on super easy on bare skin or over sweaters or shirtsleeves, and can fit under windbreakers or jackets with loose sleeves. They have rubber strips sewn into the underside to keep them in place. They are durable and get the job done, but are not in the same league as the Dual Axis knee guards, though.
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