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  1. I believe the pain you feel is a good thing and should not be ignored. That is, building a pain tolerance is bad for your body. I think the pain we feel is closely related to pressure ulcers. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pressure_ulcer Pressure ulcers occur due to pressure applied to soft tissue resulting in completely or partially obstructed blood flow to the soft tissue. Shear is also a cause, as it can pull on blood vessels that feed the skin. Pressure ulcers most commonly develop in individuals who are not moving about, such as those who are on chronic bedrest or consistently use a wheelchair. Based on this information, one obvious solution is simply learn how to ride one legged while shaking out the other leg to restore blood circulation. You don't literally have to ride one legged, as you can ride mostly one legged just enough to safely move the other leg. Wearing different shoes won't work, as it doesn't address the underlying cause of relieving pressure.
  2. Here's the specific regulations from that lapd website. California Vehicle Code (CVC) laws as it pertains to E-Scooter violations: -No Riding on the sidewalk -Only one rider per scooter, NO PASSENGERS -Scooter shall be operated in the bicycle lane when speed limit is at least 25 MPH -Headlamp at night -Leaving a scooter in a position on a sidewalk that prevents adequate space for pedestrians -Valid driver's license or instruction permit required to operate an E-Scooter Every scooter rider is asking the same question. "Should I ride on the sidewalk and maybe injure a pedestrian, or should I be on the road and get killed by a driver?" Just ask yourself who is more dangerous...a driver texting on his cell phone or a pedestrian texting. The lapd is stupid in the sense that the guy dumping industrial waste into the lake is stupid; private car ownership in LA has skyrocketed, and therefore driving a scooter on the road makes it likely you're going to be squished by an indifferent driver.
  3. How much do you trust your Chinese supplier not to screw you over? I feel that, having dealt with Chinese suppliers and business people, that they're all a pretty dishonest bunch, and will screw you over for a quick buck. They epitomize "if I can make a penny off you losing a dollar, then it's my moral obligation to do so." When big big businesses like Dell, Apple, Samsung, and the rests can't stop counterfeit cells from regularly entering in their supply chain (which they have to find at great cost), then the chances of batteries, given a long enough time line, is 100%.
  4. There's magic/strongman trick of bending quarters with your hands, and using foot positioning or bigger pedals is a case of using skill to overcome a bad design. To be clear, the reason most of us can't bend quarters is because we don't have enough leverage, and it's exactly the same with wheels; the foot in whatever positioning is too small to make an effective leverage arm. Fix the short length of the leverage arm and you fix the problem arising from having a short leverage arm. Having an asymmetric stance requires skill in order not to wobble over bumps, and moving both feet forward means sacrificing braking, while moving the feet back means sacrificing acceleration. Let's not make the user adapt, instead let's design the wheel so it allows the rider to apply a long lever arm. And it's easy to do. It's very very easy to do unless your a Ninebot Z10, and it requires no special skill or learning on the part of the rider. He might not even require any adjustment period. Simply apply a thin and narrow coating of resin/rosin/grippy pad (or any sticky substance) to the highest place where your legs touch the wheel. On my KS16S that would be the top 1 inch part of the rubber leg paddings. The wheel now correctly acts as a functionally solid block from your knees downward, affording you a much longer and solid lever arm. And that didn't even require any special training, skill, or understanding. For those riders who think they float the wheel between your legs without touching, actually, you don't. Every video I've seen shows riders placing the wheel hard against one or the other leg during a carve or s-motion, thereby increasing friction against the wheel in order to improve acceleration. It is for that reason alone, and not the assymetrical stance, that allows the leverage arm to be functionally longer, and probably the reason carving is so loved by experienced riders. Still not convinced? Take your favorite "float between the legs wheel", and measure the wheel size. Yep, it's 14 inches and below. Its leverage arm is already long enough with the feet length Mother Nature gave you.
  5. We all agree with this while also scratching our heads as to the manifestation of said action. That is, assuming you're alert and ride at a prudent speed, what situation invokes what reaction (of yours) to stay safe. As an EUC rider or a bicyclist, you will hardly ever break the law but almost always pay for the consequences of a driver breaking the law. We know this because a compilation of video footage of crashes shows drivers being almost entirely the lawbreakers. Here's an excellent example of why traffic poles in stroads have mandated break away bolts. This running of red lights is common; my car was hit in such a situation, with three out of four cars totalled. So, try to put another car or stop behind a pole when stopped at a stroad.
  6. Interestingly, this https://time.com/5648510/uber-lyft-bike-scooter-subsidies/Times article has very specific numbers regarding the economics of eScooters and eBikes. Presumably, eBikes are marginally more expensive than eScooters. By his math, it costs scooter companies like Bird $2.55 per mile to rent dockless scooters to customers. Before they raised their prices, these companies were generating just $2.43 in revenue per mile, he says, meaning they will eventually have to raise prices to make money. I actually don't see them raising prices, but rather lowering costs. I've noticed in the short time I've gigged for Bird, they've dramatically reduced payment for charging their scooters, from about 6 to 3 dollars. I've occasionally seen 6-7 dollar scooters, but usually those are stuck somewhere on someone's private property or just broken down (picking up a broken scooter means you have to drive quite a distance to a fix it area). In addition, all Bird scooters are much bigger and heavier designs, with batteries that take about 8 hours to charge. I estimate I'm doing about four times the work for the same pay with the new design, so in order not to do that I simply ignore almost all scooters unless they are mostly charged, are 6 dollars, and very close to me. Ludicrously, I make more money this way than simply grabbing every scooter. It's still easy incidental work, $20-30 per day, but it's obvious Bird is moving to an entirely pickup truck based charger only.
  7. Typical pitbull kills child story. And it's always a pitbull. Always. (CNN) — A week before 9-year-old Emma Hernandez was mauled to death by three pit bulls in Detroit, her father got into an argument with the dogs' owner about them roaming free in the neighborhood, family members told CNN affiliate WDIV. Emma was riding her bike near her home in Southwest Detroit on Monday when the dogs escaped from the neighbor's yard and attacked her, the station reported.
  8. Half the lights on the right side of my KS16S don't work, and another rider I know has the same problem. Switching the LEDs still results in the right side being out or white, so it's not the LED bar.
  9. It's crazy think, man! Of course it's relevant, because both activities (2 and 1 wheel kind) involve crashing. While on an EUC you might be more likely to stay upright (I personally think the bicyclist has a better chance of staying upright during a crash, but for others the opposite might be true), you're still tumbling if your pedals get caught, and in that situation a helmet provides a better outcome.
  10. The perceived need to get somewhere fast is what kills vehicle drivers. How often do shopping cart drivers kill each other? Not often compared to road users. Speed kills, and beyond a certain impact a helmet won't do much, but if your inpacts are expected to be lower than that, probably best to wear a helmet.
  11. Let me go dig up the NHTSA study. Scroll to the may 2018 study, which shows a 18:1 versus 13:1 injury to fatality for helmet vs unhelmet. https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/motorcycle-safety There might not be as big a contradiction as one initially thinks, simply because helmets don't protect the body. Higher speed crashes would show riders having a better outcome if they wore a helmet, because they'd wear other protection too. Personally, I think Florida, with its emphasis on stroads, makes bicycles, mopeds, scooters, and motorcycles exceptionally dangerous, and that obviates studies done there. Ridiculous to wonder if helmets work when we have high speed collisions at Florida intersections in the first place. What did that pot smoker guy from Florida always say about riding motorcycles? Anyway, should you wear a helmet? Definitely if you're driving a car or riding a motorcycle, because people crash those vehicles a lot. Maybe not if you're on a bicycle, because bicyclists rarely crash on their own, and drivers hit helmeted riders since they see the helmet and pass closer (risk compensation).
  12. I saw all studies assert the opposite, at least for motorcycle helmets (if we're talking about motorcycle helmets). Like some demented social experiment, researchers looked at states that either invoked or repealed their helmet laws, and counted up the rider deaths and injuries. States with no helmet laws rode more often while having more crashes and deaths. What is interesting is the link between light trucks and motorcycle deaths; such vehicles kill motorcyclists.since such vehicles cause three times the deaths of a car collision, I wonder if it'd just be best to require a commercial drivers license and speed limiters. Bicycle helmet laws, and the wearing of bicycle helmets, don't seem to work, except to reduce the number of riders on the streets.
  13. The common thought is that harder settings use more power, but is that really the case? I would think softer settings use more power because they allow the wheel to go further than vertical than harder settings. If you hold a weight in your hand, and extend it away, it's much easier to hold it if your arm is vertical than horizontal. I think in practice there's no perceptible difference.
  14. Let's balance a long heavy stick on the tip of your finger. It's easy to do, so long as you react quickly to keep the stick as upright as possible. Now let the stick get pretty far off vertical before rebalancing it. You have to move your arm a lot farther,more abruptly, and with greater energy. Does this correspond to the hard vs medium settings of our wheels? I'm not sure they do. They might, but perhaps soft settings encourage slow and easy riding compared to hard riding.
  15. There's one more mode that hasn't been implemented by the manufacturers. That mode is, "carpenter ball is always level regardless of braking and acceleration." That means if you're touching the entire wheel against your legs, and you brake or accelerate, the wheel doesn't move from against your legs. It tilts so its pedals stay perfectly level in respect to apparent down and not true down. I imagine such a wheel initially feel soft until it caught up with you being off balance, and then the pedals would tilt a lot before gradually leveling themselves. Because the wheel moves with your legs, I imagine it would feel much more of an extension of your lower body than present wheels.
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