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  1. Helmet info and opinion is scattered all over the forum, mostly in thread derailments, which I categorically deny having anything to do with, ok, maybe a little,. ALRIGHT! IT'S ALWAYS ME. HAPPY NOW? Please feel free to add your thoughts and recommendations about all things helmet related. So here's what I bought: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01L6SS4FW/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 and why: 1. its road legal, and therefore safer than a bicycle helmet. 2. it's matt black like my wheel, so it goes with anything. 3. I can wear goggles and keep my eyes from tearing up. 4. I don't care about the extra weight, It's not like I'm peddling for Gauds sake. 5. I can wear it while jet skiing, powered paragliding, and if I ever get on a motorcycle/scooter again. 6. the padding comes out for cleaning, etc 7. there's room for speakers 8. it was cheap 9. it comes well recommended Concerns: 1. I do a lot of sidewalk and boardwalk (promenade) riding, so I'm concerned that my full MC helmet and jacket combo will scream "HEY! he doesn't belong here". Which, of course, I don't. But riding in the road is illegal here too, so I'd rather be hung for a sheep than a lamb (as the old English saying goes) said to mean that because the punishment for a bad action and an even worse one will be the same, you have no reason not to do the worse one 2. How bad is my hair going to look, when I take it off? 3. How much more time is this going to add to my pre/post-ATGATT routine? 4. Just one more bulky thing to find a place for here, and where I'm going. 5. Makes my recent headphone purchase useless, as I use them exclusively when gliding. I tore apart my old headphones (won't charge anymore) with a view to installing them in this helmet. Another project that may never see the light of day. Yeah, I know, somethings wrong with my nose, or the helmet, or the goggles, or my head. Either way, nothing is lining up.
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    THE VIDEO THREAD!

    Chemical hand/foot warmers. Available from most sports/outdoor shops and of course Amazon
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    Did tiltback throw me to the ground? 18XL

    Does the King Song beep?... I call mine Lassie because I never know what she's trying to tell me. Based on your additional information; speed, battery level, etc, I'm thinking it could only have been tilt back. You don't weigh like 300 lbs do you, because rapidly accelerating that amount of mass could overpower a lesser wheel, but not something like an XL. In my experience, when a wheel throws you it's not always east to diagnose why, so this may remain a mystery/suspected tilt back. Video it next time.
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    THE HELMET THREAD

    Its not about worrying about what people think, it's about being considerate and understanding that my rights end where other people's rights begin. But if you want to ride around blaring loud music, like every other selfish, inconsiderate person out there, go ahead, it's no skin off my nose.
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    Did tiltback throw me to the ground? 18XL

    Tilt back feels like its name. It doesn't feel floaty. Also, I'm not sure testing tilt back set to a low speed has any reflection on how it acts at high speed. At high speed it has A LOT more work to do, in a much shorter time, and requires a lot more energy to do it. People told me the tilt back on my KS16s would always be mild, unlike my ancient ks14c, but that still didn't prevent it from almost tilting me right onto my ass in the middle of a crowded shopping street. Only a lot of arm flapping accompanied by a temporarily stopped heart, kept me upright. Yes, I had experienced milder tilt back at llower speeds, but it wasn't the same as high speed. None of which answeres your question because floaty, is not tilt back. Something else was triggered. What was your battery level at the time?
  6. Put one high up on each thigh and make it look like your ass is on fire.
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    My KS18XL Trials, Tribulations, and Failures

    And she loves cats. You lucky man.
  8. Weave, slalom, seem to be the most appropriate. Yes I agree weaving is fun, just like sidewalk skiing. Funny enough Jan and Dean (before the Beach Boys) wrote a song in the sixties called Sidewalk Surfin'. It is about skateboarding At the very end they repeat over and over "skateboard with me why don't you skateboard with me". Weaving also has a small benefit; it evens out the wear on your tyre so it doesn't get a flat spot (grove) in the middle, wearing the tyre out prematurely. Turning on a tyre with a flat spot is weird, ask any sports bike rider.
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    My KS18XL Trials, Tribulations, and Failures

    The risk of persuading a female you love to ride EUC, is that one day she might have a serious injury. I would not want to know that it was my coercion to learn, that caused my baby to break a wrist or cut her chin or any of the various injury possibilities. I am my baby's protector, keeping her safe from all that is bad out there. pushing her to learn EUC would go against my internal remit. Now having said that my baby is a girly girl, she does nothing dangerous except bare back horse riding ( her choice not mine). Yours @Mike Sacristan sounds more adventurous, but I still wouldn't push her. Watching her limp for 6 months would be a constant reminder that "I caused that" . For me, getting her to join me with an escooter would be a result.
  10. Amen to that. If this is a genetic abnormality then turn up the radiation to make it grow (as @Marty Backe and @houseofjob apparently have already done. Marty says he's in aerospace, I think he changes the fuel rods at his local nuclear power station---by hand)) When it comes to normal people, I want to be as little like them as possible; grey soulless robots soaking in conformity and living it to the letter. But I bet most of us here feel like that.
  11. Maybe leave the baby at home! Just sayin'
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    THE VIDEO THREAD!

    I'll be doing it again soon. Once is never enough. Only -2 here AND SUNNY. Time for another ride
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    THE VIDEO THREAD!

    Damn it Marty you're like a drug dealer now, feeding us what we crave most. What do charge for a 1/4 oz?
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    THE VIDEO THREAD!

    Sorry, forgot to answer this one. I ordered it from Germany when I was staying in Provence . It was the first month of a 5 month road trip. It turned up about two days before I had to leave for Spain, but I did manage to get in a few hours of practice. You haven't lived until your first hour of EUC training is on a basketball court shared with 15 French kids playing football. Nothing says "incoming!" like footballs whizzing past your head while riding an EUC. That was the end of October. Days later I was in Casteldefelle near Barcelona. That's where I really learned to ride Sitges, Barcelona etc. That was November. December was spent in Denia, January too I think. March February was Cabo Roig (torrevieja area).
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    THE VIDEO THREAD!

    EMMM! I love Mentos too. But I think you spelled it wrong.
  16. Well you know what I'm about to ask, don't you. . . . Go count them, and no cheating with tiny steps. But I think @novazeus has us all beat; 2000 feet I think he said was the length of his own personal EUC training ground driveway. ps I was fully aware of the size of your lot when I posted that 155.
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    THE VIDEO THREAD!

    Speaking of huge signatures, @Marty Backe yours isn't exactly on the small side. But, at least someone is happy about it; I mean you're smiling, Aren't you! In fact, since @Mike Sacristan removed his after your heckling, yours is now officially the biggest.
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    THE VIDEO THREAD!

    You see! Now you're getting it. Everybody's angry about something, they just don't always feel like talking about it for fear of being misunderstood or ridiculed. Now don't we all feel better!?
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    THE VIDEO THREAD!

    You know, now you mention it, it was a rather angry picture. I mean all sorts of unintelligible data, unfamiliar fields, etc. It certainly made me angry. Not the photo thread, post it once here, since this is the thread where the unaskable question was asked. It would make more sense, n'est pas?
  20. No flucking way. That's real?!!! What do you mean cheap? the combined value of your wheels (just since the accident) and your super duper drone (yeah, I looked it up) could be used to put a down payment on a house in London, and that's saying something.
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    THE VIDEO THREAD!

    Yep. Pretty much. Speaking of Torrevieja, I spent a month living down the beach from there. a few winters back. Had my KS14c with me and wheeled hundreds of miles all around there from Alicante in the north to La Manga and Cartagena in the south. I loved it.
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    THE VIDEO THREAD!

    Well....we knew how angry you were so we were all afraid to say anything.
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    THE VIDEO THREAD!

    I've been wanting to ask that for weeks. But I couldn't have put it as well as you did. At first I thought it was a screen shot of a wheel app, and relevant to the current post, but when I kept seeing it, it finally twigged.
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    THE VIDEO THREAD!

    Well it sound like someone will have to spend the summer in Spain, "rediscovering his youthful self" and I'm not just talking about you.
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