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Everything posted by LanghamP

  1. It's very hard to take PEV safety seriously until a PEV runs a red light then t-bones and kills a family of five in a van. It's especially hard to do so when the dominant form of transportation in the US doesn't take safety seriously. Car ads are all about driving recklessly while still being protected in the even of a crash.
  2. You would think that with power steering drivers could crank their wheel the extra 5 degrees to avoid these violent engagements with others.
  3. That might not be an irrational fear if the forces are truly asymmetrical, and hence likely to make you crash when you treat left and right turns the same when they are, in reality not. And the proof is that in countries where people drive on the right side of the road their left side (motorcycle) tire always wears faster than the right side. And in countries that drive on the left side of the road, the tires wear faster on the right side. Since most roads are cambered center crown, it follows more forces are applied through a combination longer and harder asymmetrical turns.
  4. I avoid doing things like this. https://youtu.be/wXxemZJ6ajI
  5. Street or road? Streets have a low speed limit, are in urban or residential areas, and have sidewalks. Roads are high speed to get you from one place to another. No one stops on a road to sightsee or shop because there's nothing there. Therefore, despite the increased speeds of EUCs, there is nothing that will make them road legal or safe. Streets, meanwhile, are safe for EUCs because pedestrians and bicyclists are safe there too.
  6. The Thermomix TM6 costs $1580, and, yeah, I bought one a month ago. Here's a review. https://www.wired.com/review/thermomix-tm6/ The TM6 is basically a smart blender that has a heating element and weight scale, and a computer that tells you what to do according to a selected recipe. Two of my neighbors have these machines, and interestingly both are French. Nevermind the price, does this machine noticeably improve one's life? I would say yes. 1. It allows cooking with raw materials instead of processed pre-made foods. The amount of salt and sugar in processed foods is shoc
  7. Crashing an expensive sport bike is usually covered by insurance, and that also includes protective equipment. Crashing a bike isn't that common of an occurrence, but crashing an EUC is common. EUCs are more akin to skateboards, and so until Alpinestar or some other company comes up with a user rechargeable vest, then deployable clothing isn't quite affordable (and once deployed it can't be used until returned refurbished).
  8. Thievery also plagues bicycle owners, but with the advantage that most can't ride an EUC. Still, bicycle thieves would eventually get an EUC because it cost a lot. My suggestion is to also get a chain lock; rather than the thief just grabbing your unsecured wheel he'd also have to cut the chain or handle. I have this bicycle chain, but with both chain and Apple Air your wheel have have both discouragement and recovery. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078HHS3N9/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_glt_fabc_2FJD6JZP4GBRV4G6MJ1W
  9. The cost could be quite low, perhaps "free", even if made indigenously in the US, if electric car subsidies were applied to all electric vehicles. Presently about $7500 of EV's are subsidized by the US government, yet carpet bombing EUC ownership on US citizens would make far more of an environmental impact than cars that still require parking spots and high-speed roads.
  10. Because cars just drive themselves into people? Nonsense. We don't say "he was shot by a gun". We shouldn't say "he was hit by a car." Now my brother-in-law law can say he was hit by a car, because a Tesla on autopilot rammed into the back of him.
  11. I think getting hit by a car is extremely unusual, extraordinarily so, and so far in all of recorded history only one person has been killed by a car. So, yes, we talk about it extensively.
  12. I'm terribly confused about both articles, actually. In both titles they state a car or a vehicle struck and killed someone, but they also mention a driver was involved. I suppose it's akin to saying, "man is shot and killed by a handgun" which is the same as "man is struck and killed by a car".
  13. It says a car or a vehicle struck and killed the EUC riders, and if so then it'd be trivial to request Tesla (the only semi-autonomous vehicle manufacturer) to find the car based on the collision time. And apparently these self-driving vehicles seem quite dangerous. On that same page is another vehicle that drove into a pedestrian and killed him.
  14. You don't have to go directly up or down a steep hill. Zig zag up them, and both you and the wheel will be far more relaxed.
  15. The thicker the padding the more protection it delivers. Always. And doubling the thickness provides considerably more than double the protection because once you bottom out the padding then that's it...it provides no further protection. However, street protection clothing may not be the best due to its slimness requirements, but equestrian crash vests seem pretty good. There's also airbag technology. https://youtu.be/N2jZryt607U
  16. Here's an example of insults escalating beyond all reason. It's well worth watching (if you're brave as it's somewhat gruesome) in what not to do. https://youtu.be/Id9pd8zfQcs
  17. Take a broomstick. Balance it on your hand. Which takes more energy? 1. Rebalancing the broom when it is slightly off vertical? 2. Rebalancing the broom when it is far off vertical?
  18. I was surprised to see how heavily armed these insurrectionists were. I do not think the Capitol cops would have fared well at all because they were outnumbered and outgunned, and maybe that's why the cops were doing their best huggy bear impression instead of opening fire.
  19. Massive transportation structures are incompatible with life on earth, and so costly that they are funded mostly by debt.
  20. The exceptionally high transmission and hence death rate of non-medical essential workers is due to the strong incentive to lie about your health. For example, since the cost of optional health care for a Walmart employee exceeds the take home wages of said employee, it follows the majority of Walmart employees don't have health insurance. Since Walmart employees are termed essential workers, it follows they must work as they cannot get unemployment benefits (despite paying for them). That mostly explains the exceptionally high death rate of essential workers who are most likely to be exposed
  21. Urban sales taxes pay for the majority of all roads built and maintained, with vehicle and property taxes coming in a second. Sales taxes and income taxes together pay for the majority of road expenditures, but this wasn't true years ago when gas taxes were higher. Cities are revenue generators because they put a lot of people in an area that doesn't require much infrastructure. It costs the same to build a mile of road regardless of where you are (and urban roads are considerably cheaper because their maintenance is lower when the speed of vehicles is less). https://www.strongtowns
  22. Bicycles came before autos. It was bicyclists in the 1890's that advocated for paved roads and streets...the paved surface being a necessary requirement to autos. https://www.vox.com/2015/3/19/8253035/roads-cyclists-cars-history
  23. Gosh, I'm a raging Leftist? I would of put myself somewhat right of center. https://www.politicalcompass.org/yourpoliticalcompass?ec=-8.75&soc=-2.05
  24. Bent EUC valve stems with caps are a particular pet peeve of mine. They are designed to fail regardless of the direction of wheel travel. That is, if you point the valve opposite of the wheel's travel then there's a good chance it could foul, but then leaving the cap on makes it foul in the opposite direction. Argh! Stupid design. Yeah, ask me how I know. Hint: it wasn't through genius imagination.
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