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About Xoltri

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    Edmonton, Canada
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    Gotway MSuperX 84v 1600Wh, Kingsong 16B

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  1. Awesome job on the interview! Lots of people I know have been messaging me asking if I've seen it. I even heard them talking about you (by name) on The Bear this morning.
  2. I saw that on Twitter, make sure to post a link for the video if you get one!
  3. Wish I had one of these the other day. Had my first proper wipe out after ~10,000km. I hit a chunk of frozen dirt, about the size of 2 grapefruits, at about ~35 km/h two days ago. The wheel started bucking side to side, I couldn't control it so I had to step off. I was surprised how unscathed I was after that actually, the fall itself wasn't a big deal. Being winter I was pretty bundled up though. The wheel was my biggest concern, it ended up bouncing onto the road and had several hard impacts, and luckily just barely managed to not get hit by or hit a vehicle. So yesterday I used my plastic welding hot air gun and a chunk of ABS pipe to use for scraps, as well as a dremel to channel out the cracks to fix the damage. Several of the internal screw posts had broken and some screws pulled through their mounting holes. The part of the shell that mounts the headlight was smashed and the headlight was dangling inside the shell. It took all night to fix and the results aren't that pretty, but structurally it is back to normal at least. This fiberglass shell would've saved me a ton of time (and aesthetics), but still at $300 US it is hard to justify. I think after a few more inevitable crashes I will get better at making these repairs look a little less Frankenstein. But honestly, if you want pristine looking things, EUC should not be your hobby at all, maybe opt for fabergé egg's instead.
  4. I find it so silly that literally anyone can buy a truck like the F350 with a curb weight of 3400kg and top speed of over 150km/h, and yet politicians feel the need to limit the top speed of electric bicycles and electric unicycles so low. Where's the logic?
  5. Personally I am not a fan of the kingsong mounting method though. On my KS 16b those hangers bend eventually and the pedal hangers scrape the motor. The only fix I've been able to do is to use a wrench to bend it back outwards, about once a season.
  6. I wonder how long the screws will last? Quality studs are tungsten carbide, much harder than the steel used in screws. Here is my experience with this. I first took the stock tire on my MSX and put studs in it. It was fine on ice but struggled with any amount of snow. It seemed to float on top of it and was hard to control (although @winterwheel seems to have no problems with this). So I found a knobby tire locally that does much better on snow. And I used those screw in studs in addition to the above method to stud the tire: It also works pretty good on ice, although you have to be careful turning or you'll still wipeout. I have also filled my tube with an appropriate amount of Tire Seal-R in case there are any punctures: https://www.amazon.ca/Berryman-1301-Seal-R-Sealing-Compound/dp/B0002KKIJQ/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=tire+seal-r&qid=1575499119&sr=8-1
  7. Yep, the whole thing was in slow motion. I recall clearly turning, honking, pumping the breaks. The kid just wouldn't stop running. Given the conditions it took a long time to come to a stop. Granted we both learned a lesson, me to pay closer attention to every crosswalk and him to be more careful crossing the road. We actually spent an hour in the car together (him in the drivers seat actually) waiting for an ambulance to check him out. It was -20c and too cold to wait outside, and given the conditions and the number of collisions in the city at that time we were not a priority for emergency services so it took a long time for them to get to us.
  8. I very strongly advocate that people should not be wearing headphones while mixing with traffic - whether that is as a pedestrian, cyclist or EUC rider. Personally I have wireless earbuds and when I commute I wear just one of them in my right ear. That way I can still maintain situational awareness. It is something I am passing down to my kids as well - when mingling with deadly automobiles you need every sense you have. Several years ago on my way home from work I actually hit a 15 year old, in a crosswalk, with my car. Luckily he was ok. It had snowed something like 20 cm that day, the roads were a mess. I drive a small car and have winter tires. There was backed up traffic blocking my view on the right, and he decided he would try to get across the road as fast as possible, I guess not to inconvenience the traffic? In any case I'm driving and am presented with this kid, with a hoodie on and headphones in, carrying a guitar case, running across the road. I had time to honk the horn several times and tried to get out of his way but ended up hitting him at a low speed, but it still knocked him over and bruised his leg. If he wasn't wearing the headphones or hoodie and stopped running for just two steps I would've missed him.
  9. Had some fun on the lake today! Also wiped out twice, but as long as you turn very carefully it's ok.
  10. Well, with the huge dump of snow that fell here recently I took out my wheel to test it out in various conditions. Hard packed snow is perfectly fine to ride on, as expected with these studs. The main issue is mushy snow which is very hard to ride through, as well as any ruts in the hard pack which can pull you around. But definitely rideable, although at a lower (safer) speed than in the summer. Also, last year when I attempted this I had a problem with my pedals icing up. Each time you step off the wheel and then remount a bit of snow would get stuck to the pedals, which makes it very difficult to ride. So I purchased these which seem to do a good job of getting traction: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07FZTRW75/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  11. Yikes, well get it out of the way early! I rode my wheel today also, although my M.O. is the polar opposite of yours, with my newly improved aggressive looking tire: I had put in normal bicycle T studs in last year, and this year I supplemented them with the screw in flat bottom style of stud found here: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32953408885.html?spm=a2g0s.9042311.0.0.74e54c4d6Le5g1. These are much easier to install, just need a drill, and they seem to have more bite on the road. As with you I found some icy patches, although the tire seemed to laugh at it. I stopped to try and walk on it and it was extremely slippery but the wheel didn't seem to mind. I still feel uncomfortable going over anything sketchy, I'm sure I'll gain more confidence as time passes. Still going to be really cautious on the turns though, as I've learned my lesson on that from winter biking after a few wipeouts.
  12. What temperature do you find you start to run into problems? I think my commute is twice as long as yours (12km).
  13. I know it as a MAMIL. Middle Aged Man In Lycra.
  14. Mine came with the main power disconnected, I thought this was standard practice now?
  15. Kuji pads are great, I have them now too. I also added studs to the pedals which helped a lot with grip.
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