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  1. I enjoy gusts, with strong winds as you would get just before a storm, above all else. I just love zig zags into the wind where your footpads almost touch the ground. However, with an umbrella, in my case a stadium umbrella as that is the only one large enough to provide coverage, one must go quite slow, and there must be little wind. You must hold the umbrella very high up on the shaft, as placing your hand normally forces you to tilt the umbrella into the wind and blocks your view.
  2. Try riding your EUC at lower speeds with an umbrella in rainy and windy conditions. Remember and savor that feeling that helplessness. Then do the same thing again in a few months. Then savor that feeling of complete and utter badass mastery of your wheel. Especially if you can change tunes with your other hand.
  3. LanghamP

    What speed do you max at on your average EUC ride?

    Like average speed or max speed touched for a few seconds? Pretty much 26 mph every time I'm on my Gotway MSuper, regardless of helmet use, but the average is much lower, like 18-24 mph. My KS16S max is almost always 32 kmh but the average is between 6 to 18 mph, and usually on the lower end under 10 mph average. Pretty much all my wheels average 12 mph or less, often much less like 6 mph, but the MSuper like all the big 18 inchers is a class of its own, more akin to motorized 50cc scooters than to legs 2.0.
  4. What do most of the accidents on this video have in common? They occur on stroads. Now this is just one video. If you take any similar video chances are about 80% of the crashes will occur on stroads. That means If you ride an electric device, a bicycle, or walk, then your biggest danger above all is being hit on the so-called stroad. A stroad is a combination of Street and Road. Although both words are used interchangeably, they actually mean two very different things. A road comes from railroad; roads are high-speed with limited access. They get people from one place to another fast and cheap. They commonly do not have sewage, water, electricity underneath them. Roads are quite safe because vehicles have few distractions, and there's limited access. A street commonly has both stores and residentials, with water, sewage, electricity, and typically vehicles travel quite slow because of the vast numbers of interesting things to see and stop for. Streets are quite safe because everyone travels quite slow, typically about 20 mph top speed; streets are quite narrow with lots of illegal parking so drivers' default behavior is to go even slower. We know that 9 out of 10 pedestrians will survive if they are hit by a car going 20 mph. We know that only 1 out of 10 survive if the speed is 30 mph. Above 30 mph, of course, the chances of survival are almost none. Why is all this important? Because regardless of which form of transportation you're using, the stroad is by far the most dangerous place to be. A stroad is dangerous regardless of what safety equipment you're wearing! That is, wearing a helmet won't reduce your chances of death and injury (although reflective equipment does, by a small amount). Numerous studies show wearing a helmet increases a driver hitting you (risk compensation). It combines the high energy for the railroad with the distractions of the street, with the end result of high-energy collisions occuring more often. Just about every local wreck I've seen is on a stroad; it's where drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians go to die. Personally, when I had to think about all the times I was hit by a driver or had a close call, all but one were on stroads. The one exception was on a dead-end street that was recently widened...so perhaps it was a stroad. This is why assigning undue weight to safety equipment is a mistake; far more prudent is avoiding these stroads in the first place. I suspect most people on bikes and EUCs instinctively do so already, but I'd suspect most people cannot be shown a road and immediately identify it is safe or unsafe. Here is some visualization of identifying stroads. https://www.ksdk.com/mobile/article/news/investigations/half-her-body-was-on-the-street-fast-cars-wide-roads-and-pedestrians/63-522073208
  5. Motorcycle visors must meet VESC 8 standards in order to be certified DOT (which all Snell helmets meet). The VESC 8 standard states the visor must not chip, shatter, or otherwise allow a penetrating object through the visor, and that the visor must have no sharp edges. Would you prefer to have a visor that meets VESC 8 or would you prefer to have nothing between you and the penetrating object? What would most reasonable people prefer? Heavier helmets, within reason, aren't associated with an increase of whiplash. “Motorcycle Helmets Reduce Spine Injuries after Collisions; Helmet Weight as Risk to Neck Called a ‘Myth’.” Johns Hopkins Medicine. The Johns Hopkins University, 8 Feb 2011. Web. 31 Aug 2013. <http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/motorcycle_helmets_reduce_ spine_injuries_after_collisions_helmet_weight_as_risk_to_neck_called_a_myth>.
  6. Bicycle helmets give up some protection in order to be light, and there is no eye protection at all. You'd need to not wear glasses and have soft goggles. All that for helmets that are more than double an HJC or clone helmet. In addition, the Snell standard specifies a dwell at peak G time in addition to a peak G. The MIPS is stupid, just more marketing crap, because a polycarbonate/carbon fiber shell already comes with its built-in "don't get caught on the ground" protection. Snell and CE motorcycle helmets can be built to far higher safety standards because they don't have weight limits. Downhill MB are half the weight because they have half the thickness of styrofoam. If bicycle helmet manufacturers were serious about providing motorcycle-level protection then they'd use motorcycle safety standards. They don't because they can't. In other words, bicycle helmet manufacturers would simply submit their helmets to the Snell/CE motorcycle standards instead of their own self-administered made-up standard. STOP comparing bicycle helmets with motorcycle helmets as if they could possibly provide the same levels of protection. One is intended for low weight, low speeds, for impacting soft surfaces while the other is intended for high speeds, an indifference to weight, against asphalt and concrete. Do people seriously believe MIPS on soft ground at low speed is better than Snell at high speed on asphalt? Downhill bicycle helmet. --No eye protection. --Full of little holes that reduce styrofoam and can be caught on the ground. --Thin chin bar. --Thin styrofoam everywhere. --Lighter (but you're not pedaling on an EUC). --Expensive. Sportbike helmet --Lockable eye visor providing protection regardless of eyeglasses. --Huge chin bar. --Thick heavy styrofoam with few holes. --Commonly $120 to much less. --Doubles as protection against cold. It is impossible to argue against the greater protection afforded by a sportbike helmet over a downhill helmet. The only advantage the downhill helmet is that it doesn't look as bad as the sportbike helmet, and that is a legitimate reason to wear it over a sportbike helmet. Looks are important, especially for something as sociable as an EUC.
  7. If you decide to go the full face helmet route, then you need one with an eps-lined chin bar. If you choose one of those silly full face helmets with no eps like the Bell 3r, then you're just buying a helmet that looks like it would protect you when it does not. I'd put any downhill bicycle helmet into this category. Get a motorcycle helmet with a Snell rating of any sort instead. You need the smaller eyeport to protect your brow, the chin bar to protect your jaw and nose, and the shield to protect your eyes from debris. If you're doing tricks or practicing slow speed then an open helmet is fine and practically mandatory, as it's hard to catch yourself going backwards. Otherwise, you should either wear a Snell motorcycle helmet or no helmet at all, because if you're riding with an open helmet then you think you have some head protection when you actually have little to no protection. Your typical EUC crash begins with a faceplant and ends with a busted face, upon which the rider expresses surprise that his open faced helmet provided no protection. This is akin to someone asking you why he never has to scrape bugs off the rear windshield of his car; the answer is infuriatingly obvious. Now if you don't wear a helmet then you'll ride with utmost care at a reasonable speed, with arms in ready position; in other words, not like how you'd ride with an open helmet. Since an open helmet provides no more protection than no helmet it all, it follows that it is the type of riding responsible for the severity of the injury. Either: --Go fast wearing motorcycle levels of protection, or, --Go slow wearing no protection, at not much higher than walking pace, in a body position expecting a cut out for any or no reason. "I was wearing my fancy wrist guards with my piece of shit Thousand Bike Helmet on my MSuper when suddenly..." Don't be this guy. This is the reason that most moderate speed wrecks result in severe injury compared to low or high; the rider was wearing inappropriate (read, open helmet) equipment for his speed.
  8. I did teach my girlfriend to ride, who in turn taught her supervisor at work to ride, who in turn bought a mini pro for his wife (who never learned after a year). If, God forbid, you do have a wife, then it is no great leap to teach her to ride, as learning these EUCs with some help is not very difficult.
  9. Can you think of why cars dominated horses? I mean, you seem pretty intelligent. Can you figure out why a disruptive tech is...disruptive? Can you take it even further, and see why bicycles aren't a disruptive tech over cars?
  10. In many ways the US, due to its policies, is the bad guy of the world. That is, the US often runs counter to public safety, at both its own and the world's. A logical government policy would limit its greenhouse emissions by contraining the number of roads and automobiles (especially large ones), encourage alternative transportation, and limit damages by not building on floodplanes. Instead, larger vehicles get a government subsidy, and electrics are tariffed. In the case of hurricane caused global warming, the US encourages both global warming by subsidizing vehicles/roads AND house construction. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Flood_Insurance_Program The NFI is about 25 billion in debt.
  11. Once a bicycle lane has been put into a city, it only has a limited time before one of two things happen. 1. The bicycle lane is successful as many bicyclists use it, and is then accepted permanently by the local culture. 2. A popular revolt occurs by drivers, and then the bike lane is removed. 2018 saw the roll back of quite a number of bicycle lanes due to populist demand. https://www.bicycling.com/culture/a23566413/los-angeles-is-the-worst-bike-city-in-america/ https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2018/05/how-to-kill-a-bike-lane/559934/ https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/south-carolina/articles/2018-07-15/south-carolina-city-to-remove-bike-lanes-on-busy-road https://www.thestate.com/latest-news/article214892680.html I would guess most bike lanes will be removed in the near future, simply due to the fact that drivers outnumber bicyclists by a 50 to 1 ratio, and see each bike lane as taking away from free flowing auto lanes.
  12. LanghamP

    First ECU? Best beginner wheel?

    An S2 requires great skill to ride and they are underpowered for your 100kg. Personally, I often ride mine but it is more of an advanced wheel due to its difficulty. S1/S2 sold for $300 in the USA; I bought two of them. I think a do it all wheel at a modest price is the KS16S, which however has only a modest 840 wh battery, but a much better wheel at a much higher price is the Kingsong18xl. If you can afford it get the XL; otherwise the KS16S.
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    What Are Your Favorite TV shows?

    I've recently rewatched the first season of The Wire, which I hadn't seen in ten or so years, and I was struck at how these inner city neighborhoods predicted the drug situation. In case anyone doesn't know, each season of The Wire describes the drug trade, the transportation trade, public education, and City Hall. Fundementally, the first season describes the war on drugs with some success, with the understanding that powerful opiates are dangerous to the public good and they must be stopped. In contrast, our present opiate crisis describes an entirely legal process whereby opiates many times more powerful than crack cocaine were sold to the entire population of the US, with call girls/saleswomen persuading doctors to prescribe opiates to patients. Result? 70,000 Americans die each year from legal drugs. Drugs so powerful that, ludicrously, we need pure heroin as the treatment drug. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2018/12/prescription-heroin-opioids/577615/ Shareholders pretending to give a fuck about opiate deaths. In reality these shareholders need people to overdose because otherwise the drug wouldn't be powerful enough to one-shot normal people into addicts. It's akin to auto companies saying they are trying to reduce crashes while building more powerful engines. https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/09/opioid-crisis-responsibility-profits/538938/ The Wire is brilliant, but its optimism makes it dated. It couldn't have forseen collusion at the highest levels of government and the private sector to introduce and distribute highly profitable addictive drugs to a large public. The Man moved in, took over the the drug trade nationwide, and killed hundreds of thousands while making a few people billionaires. Also note the introduction of the drug and the drug treatment program is by the same person! https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2018/09/08/the-man-who-made-billions-of-dollars-from-oxycontin-is-pushing-a-drug-to-wean-addicts-off-opioids/?utm_term=.21b6c498bee0
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    Monitor Wh/km or Wh/mile

    I can confirm that going around 30 kmh, give or take, does use around 200 watts, and probably much less, because I already know my speed and peak watts on a power meter. The modern road bike is mankind's greatest invention.
  15. Having ridden the mini project and observed the bigger Segways, I believe Segways are much much harder to ride than EUCs, because there's many small and one big factor that wrecks you. Hit a bump, or a hole, or a bush, step, whatever, and you do a little uh oh in the Segway. Those are the small factors. The big one, that one that absolutely smokes you and leaves your body a broken mass on the sidewalk is the Segway's ability to turn quickly and get well to the side and under your center of gravity, thereby flinging your surprised ass off. You alluded to this as extremely dangerous, and I agree, but I'll go further and say this lack of high speed control makes the mini pro require an exceptional rider. Hoverboards are ten times worse. With the mini pro you have to at least lean in order to move the steering column while there's no such requirement with hoverboards, to hilarious results.
  16. I'm pretty sure that Google listens in on my Android phone when I make calls and write in it, because it's clearly stated in their EUA that they do so. Also, after my mother told me she got a generic testing this got into my feed. https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/dna-ancestry-kits-twins-marketplace-1.4980976 That being said, if I am a true twin and I send both our samples away then I would expect back something fairly consistent. Obviously if I sent back the exact same sample under two subjects then I'm sure all companies would simply retrieve the same record that matches. It looks like there's a fair amount of guesswork with all these DNA ancestors testing but there shouldn't be with such huge sample sizes and accurate knowledge of people's graphical information. Your validity sucks but you should at least have some repeatability. It's safe to assume none of these ancestory testers are any good at all until the open up their algorithms. Hell, you give me five bucks and a picture of you and I'll guess if you're black, white, asian, Indian, somoan, or some mix of those, because that's apparently the accuracy of these tests. Why, then, are companies claiming valid DNA testing when they actually cannot? Actually, they aren't; all simply say it's for entertainment and it's up to you to, um, interpret their interpretations. One company did $100 million in sales last year so there is a strong incentive to sell these tests as valid when they aren't actually valid. While I haven't seen nor read any of their ads I'm sure it'll be one of those ads that promises to do something while immediately at the end disclaims doing no such thing. Ads that promise to do the the exact opposite of what they originally promised are what kind of ads, again? A more cynical person than me would say it looks like they collect information to sell to anyone who pays for it. Medical insurance and law enforcement immediately comes to mind. I call them all Nazis (in an affectionate overused way) since the eventual result is a bunch of law-abiding Supermen. One could easily become an unperson on the wrong side of the barbed wire fence should one leave DNA on the can when spray-painting something unPC on a wall. While harboring a terrible hereditary disease. Like astigmatism.
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    Z10 or 18XL?

    Relative to EUCs, eBikes are generally much more expensive while eScooters are cheaper. However, in just the past year newer higher performance models of eBikes and eScooters are cheaper than their previous generation. For example, even with the US eBike tarrifs you can get a 750 watt motor with a ~800 from Juiced Bikes for about $300 cheaper than last year, and it now comes with new and improved features. And that's true to most of the eBike companies I've followed. In contrast, EUCs, which just seem to have Gotway, KS, NineBot, and Inmotion with just 1 or 2 exclusive US dealers, seem to be exhibiting the classic captive market appearance of increasing prices. Mass-produced goods from China rarely exhibit this price trend. In my opinion, a class 3 eBike with a $100 chain AND a $60 ubar AND a hidden GPS tracker, which can be had for under $2000 is the best value electric, with safety, value, speed, and cargo capacity taken into consideration. If you must go EUC, I'm 100% with Lutelo in that the XL is the ne plus ultra of wheels, and as an only wheel it can do it all.
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    Blown mosfet?

    If blown mosfets are caused by stress, I wonder if idling your wheel is then highly recommended. Blowing a mosfet while idling is far safer than while riding especially if you're crouched expecting that wheel to blow on you.
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    So I’ve stopped riding everything but my Z10

    Both the metric system and the imperial system seem heavily used everywhere, not just the US and England, and I think the reason is simply that both England and France had vast empires in the 19th century. For example, I think only in mph but meters and cm everywhere else, gallons when it comes to milk but liters (easy weight conversion) everywhere else, psi for tire pressure but cubic cm/liter everywhere else. I will say I hate it when someone asks for a 4/16 socket or whatever the fuck they call it, or say go down a quarter inch from what they have. For that reason alone all Imperial users should be shot and their wives and children flayed. But no, it seems both Metric and Imperial seem widely used everywhere and they are both here to stay.
  20. Personally, I've learned to never react in any way to hostile drivers, and to simply take a side street or curb hop away from the driver who shadows you. Drivers are hostile because they see bicyclists as getting in their way, and by simply existing you're making them angry. The reason bicyclists and drivers are angry is because they are fighting for the same road space. It's not a zero sum game but it looks like it to drivers who haven't done simple math in calculating their vehicles respective footprint. It's like when people get angry when another person drives alongside them then jumps into the line ahead of them. If you thought carefully about it, you would then welcome aggressive drivers jumping in front of you because they are utilizing every inch of road. Keep the water pressure high, I say. Drivers don't like other vehicles getting in their way, and will support anything that discourages those vehicles from being on the road. Fundementally, and I think insurmountably for most places, that since between 97% to 99.95% of people on the road drive automobiles (in the US), that means you're trying to overcome an overwhelmingly hostile population. It's just not possible, and in just the past year we are seeing not just pushback but the banning of all alternative vehicles including bicycles. For people living in the US suburbs, I challenge you to read your Homeowners Association rules; it likely bans recreational bicycling. For people living in St Louis, note that bicycles are now banned from most areas of the city since they are no longer allowed on four lane roads or roads with 35 mph and greater speed limits. The speed and scope nationwide against bicycles and electrics is breathtaking; while many cities (Memphis and Austin) welcomed eScooters, many cities have not and simply banned them. I'm astonished at how quickly this all played out. One one hand we have cities and towns getting rid of minimum parking requirements while encouraging bikes and eScooters, and others doubling down on faster wider roads, bigger parking lots, and eliminating bicycles and electrics. It's all very sudden. Even the drop of oil prices, and an expected huge drop in the near future (to compete with solar and wind) may make unsustainable road building now sustainable. Of course, that means we'll rocket past 5 C global warming. Who knows, there may be huge drawbacks to stuffing people downtown with electrics. Crime, disease, light pollution, stress, unhealthy food, whatever. We'll soon find out as those places seperate culturally. Who made.rhe right decision?
  21. Correct. A significant portion, perhaps the majority, of towns and cities in the US have moved quickly and surely to ban bicycles, eBikes, eScooters, electrics, skateboards, and rollerblades from their region. In my locals I've seen new signs forbidding both bicycles and electrics. Even walking is difficult, as now transformers and other items in the newer rebuilt roads force you to duck underneath them (curbs are moved back to make room for more parking and wider lanes). The eScooter pushback is in full swing with no wasted time as cities took this opportunity to not only ban shared eScooters but also privately owned eScooters. Cities like Toronto, Washington, among many others, have also torn up their protected bicycle lane due to driver outcry. Even celebrities like Whoopy Goldberg hate bicyclists with a passion, as an interview with her and NY mayor. https://www.bicycling.com/news/a25937433/whoopi-goldberg-bike-lanes/ While oil production will increase 20-40 % by 2030. https://corporate.exxonmobil.com/Energy-and-environment/Energy-resources/Outlook-for-Energy/2018-Outlook-for-Energy-A-View-to-2040#aViewTo2040 This means if the oil companies guess right then they'll meet energy demands at affordable prices while if they guess wrong then the world will be deluged in cheap oil making big infrastructure such as wide roads and automobiles cheap to produce. California's energy consumption increased by about 40% just in the past decade, and I think CA is a great indication of how the rest of the nation will soon go, that is, increased energy usage while keeping gas prices very low due to increased production. All this means is a perfect storm against eScooters and eBikes despite their recent success.
  22. eBikes take up the majority of bicycle deaths in the Netherlands, for the first time in a long time surpassing people killed I cars (2016 bicyclists versus 201 motorists). https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/25/older-men-using-e-bikes-behind-rising-death-toll-among-dutch-cyclists It's not the Spandex crows that is dying; while race bicyclists (who don't necessarily race) crash much more often than urban and city bicyclists, eBike riders crash and die more often than those two. eBikes regardless of limiters and speed limits are quite dangerous to their users. In this article the major reason for deaths and injuries is aluded to without being specifically mentioned. Peter van der Knaap, director of the Dutch Road Safety Research Foundation, said older men were too confident in their ability not only to cycle at the speeds e-bikes make possible but also to mount or dismount the bike in the first place. The inability to dismount a Dutch men's bike with a high and perfectly horizontal crossbar is the major factor in eBike deaths and has been cited in other articles that I'm too lazy to find. Simply getting rid of bikes with horizontal bars would see a dramatic drop in eBike deaths. 200 deaths is low; the US has a traffic death rate six times higher than the Netherlands with a fire death rate of about double; in the US local road ordinance requires a minimum road width that is less wide than a standard fire truck. Usually that minimum road width is overruled by the local fire chief so their trucks can fit, but then the wider lane allows a much higher speed limit (20 mph vs 40) with results in more fatal crashes. The resulting number of increased deaths is many times greater than the lives lost in fires. My suggestion: Get rid of horizontal cross bars on bicycles. Halve the size of fire trucks. All lanes on all streets should be between 7 to 9 feet wide, with a blanket 20 mph limit, within the city. All roads can be whatever speed and width you want.
  23. It's straightforward math to calculate the social benefit of eScooters and bicycles, so much so that eScooters should be heavily subsidized, possibly to the point of free or even a minor reward for using them (for example, Barcelona pays people to bicycle). Instead, we tax eScooters heavily as a 20% tax is proportionally much more than the 2.5% tax we place on cars. To reiterate: 20 % tax on electrics. 2.5 % tax on cars. Other people have thought this through and let me indirectly quote them. --With foldable eScooters you can keep your rickety public transportation while providing 50-80 % of your riders the last portion of their trip. --Each parking space costs between $7500 to $35000 (multilevel parking lot). Just not building one parking spot means you can give away between 7 to 35 eScooters / bikes than cost $1000. Not building a parking lot means you can give away a scooter for most of the people living on that block. --Trolleys cost about 30 million dollars per mile of track laid. Instead of building new trolleys, somewhat of a fad in the US, why not buy a dozen overpriced electric buses at a million each, and 20,000 eScooters. That's for each mile. Two miles and we're talking 24 buses and 40,000 eScooters. That's a huge amount of transportation coverage. --The avalanche of evidence that shows PM2.5 as being extraordinarily harmful to people's health. It doesn't kill them so much as make people sick, overweight, and autistic before eventually killing them, and that most of PM2.5 comes from tires kicking up dust on high-speed roads and diesel engines.