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    The Photo Thread

    The best swedish DAY of the year 🤣
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    The Photo Thread

    Midsummer again... Well at least I actually like pickled herring...
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    My 6-inch Miss From Becoming A Hood Ornament

    I'm happy you're OK. Such shit is SCAAAARY!
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    Ninebot One Z : Z6-Z8-Z10

    LA vs. Gothenburg average temperatures by month. Note that the LA "winter" is damn close to Gothenburg "summer"...
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    THE HELMET THREAD

    I have a 61cm head, and look like a bloody egg on top... Most helmets fit well, as long as they're big enough, but I'm all too used to having a pressure point at the very top of my head. My favourite pet-peeve is the "one-size-fits-all" size of hats, caps, helmets, whatever. They NEVER fit me.
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    Rockwheel gt16 v3 1036wh

    Yes, Rockwheel has a lot of work to do with QC. It seems they've become quite good with the electronics, but the rest is a bit hit and miss.
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    Protective Wear Suggestions for EUC Riding

    If they are EN 1621-1 or EN 1621-2 certified (the latter is the better), and sit as they should (in place, without sliding) they should be good. Basically you drop a 1.5"x1.25" (or in the case of EN 1621-2 a prism with a radius of about 1/2"), at a speed of 4.5 ms. It weighs roughly 11 lbs and hits a rounded anvil with the protection in the middle. The transferred energy through the protection should average no more than 18 kN (9 kN for level-2), and at no time should the peak force exceed 24 kN (12 kN for level-2). Already level-1 takes a lot of the brunt of the impact of the 5 kg/11 lb weight travelling at 4.5 ms, and level 2 takes twice as much of the brunt but is generally bulkier. In the MC-world shoulders, elbows, knees and such usually are at least EN 1621-1 while the spine protections are EN 1621-2. There are some level-2 protections for elbows, knees and shoulders, but they are a lot clumsier. For instance comparing my elbow pads and my spine protector, both the VPD type (viscoelastic), the back pad is at least twice as thick. That thickness on the elbows or knees would be somewhat unpractical. But a combination of a hard shell and vpd cushion, would give a level-1 elbow pad both enough cushion to quite probably save you from a fracture in the elbow or upper arm/shoulder, and enough "glide" to not take the impact stiffly. My elbow pads, just like all my protection is a compromise between the perfect protection and the practical one. In hot weather I have a "Bear Suit" from "Sweet Protection" all level-1 with pads for spine, shoulders and breastbone worked into a mesh shirt with an elastic kidney belt. I complement these with POC air elbow pads level-1, my flexmeter wrist-protectors, and hard shell knee-protectors that I fear are not certified, but very good anyway. When it is colder I dump all but the knee-pads, and flexmeters and replace the Bear Suit and Elbow pads with a MC-jacket with built in protection level-1 for shoulders and elbows, and a D3O back-pad level-2. The jacket has been in three falls so far, and holds together remarkably well. I suspect the Bear Suit would fare less well in a glide on the ground, but that could probably be fixed with spare mesh fabric... as long as it does its job. If you're after seriously good elbow pads, I'd recommend taking a look at POC Joint VPD 2.0 DH. They have all that my pads have and a hard shell for gliding. Or ask @Rehab1 what he did for elbow pads, they seem really on the serious side.
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    UK police wanting to contact me

    This feels rather typical of the modern western society at large. Rather than "anything not specifically prohibited is legal", the reality is "anything not specifically allowed is illegal". Or at least in some areas of human activities - those that runs the risk of actually being fun... Sadly when this idea of "safety" is allowed to trump experimentation is also very detrimental to progress. The UK situation is like a demonstration of the problem. Rather than creating a blanket rule saying that "all vehicles capable of speeds exceeding 15mph (or so), should have a liability insurance", and then complementing the rule with a few rules of thumb for risk-assessment, and thereby what premiums the insurance will incur, all vehicles that are not individually type-studied and passed with regulations are prohibited. The effect is of course a total cold, wet blanket on new ideas for innovative transportation. And this in an era when we're more in need of alternatives to big castles of steel and aluminium driven forward by combustion engines consuming the last of our precious oil and spewing out metals, nitrogen dioxides, and a multitude of other less or more carcinogenic compounds into the air - not to speak of the carbon dioxide that risks fucking up our future as a species. Public transportation is all well and good, if we can make it so that it is the preferred mode of transportation not only in Eastern Asia and to some extent Europe, but everywhere. But public transportation suffers from a catch 22: The more stops, the slower transportation, the fewer will choose it because of the door to door time-lag. But fewer stops while meaning the schedule moves on faster, also means you'll be dumped further from where you're actually going, which will make fewer people choose it because of the time-lag... So damned if you do and damned if you don't. The self evident solution would be personal transport that is light and compact enough to carry like a bag on the public transportation, and fast enough that the distance between your stop and your destination flies by in a flash. We need innovation. Electric bikes, foldable mini-bikes, electric scooters, EUC and other compact balance vehicles, new battery technology less dependent on rare earth metals and so on. But this won't happen as long as the "last mile solutions" are frowned upon and prohibited. Today, here in Gothenburg, you can't take your bike on the tram or the bus, but you can take your EUC, electric skateboard or foldable scooter. The limit is "able to carry" and "no bigger than a traveling suitcase" approximately. THAT is the sustainable future, and politicians everywhere should EMBRACE the innovation.
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    The Photo Thread

    He's been fingering it too much!
  10. So I bought a second hand GT16 for about 900€, it had 74 km on the clock and no real dents or scrapes. Given a new one in EU would cost close to twice that amount I took a chance, knowing full well that my frugal side could come bite me in the rear if I were unlucky. I got it on eBay from a seller with 60-ish positive comments and no negatives. I got it pretty fast, about a week from payment to delivery, and unpacked it with some trepidation and a suspicious mind. The positives were: It had no real dents and scratches except for on the pedals. It started OK, and balanced perfectly The app connected without fail, and the meter matched the pictures on eBay. It came with a trolley. The negatives on the other hand: The trolley was partly broken, but fixable. The LEDs on the sides were not connected, and there is not even a cord to connect them to unless that is stuck in the controller compartment. The mudflap is just as useless as people say, I'll have to look into what can be done about that. One of the plastic dampers for the pedals were missing, I fixed it with a skateboard riser. The same pedal were loose, meaning would not stay up when risen agains the shell. The shell sat somewhat loose on the wheel, it seems the screws connecting the shell to the wheel were not tight enough. Some of that is the breaks of the game when you buy second hand, but a few points were a bit worrying. Standing with my weight on one of the pedals the first time made the tire "screech" against the shell. The dreaded "cracked axle" ghost raised its head grinning my way. But as it turned out, the reason were fourfold: One - the air valve stuck out a bit too much, two - the screws to the shell needed tightening, three - the shell is not as rigid as it should be, and four - the tolerances are too small. The last aspect is my main negative feeling about the wheel, it could well have a quarter-inch more space around the tire on all sides, where the tire meets the shell. That would make the mudflap immensely more useful, would eliminate the risk of the valve or the sides of the tire rubbing against the shell, and maybe even allow a 2.5" tire upgrade... Also, the screws connecting the shell to the pedals, which AFAIK are the only twelve screws that hold the shell to the wheel, doesn't even have washers. Basically the screw sits directly on the shell, which seem outright stupid. A metal backing, washer or a plate, would spread the forces over a bigger area, making the connection stronger. Four of those are the bottom screws that sits below the pedals, and there is no form of metal backing there either. Sure the forces push the pedal towards the shell, but there are side-forces too. I fixed the trolley with loctite, a cable tie and some really strong weave-tape. I also added chrome strips, to avoid my clumsy self killing the beauty of the wheel. The loose pedal turned out to be a combination of the tightening screw being loose enough that the pedal axle had moved around. So when the previous owner tightened it, the flat part where the adjustment screw should grip had slipped around. Taking it apart, and putting it together correctly solved the problem beautifully. I added skateboard gripping tape to the pedals, the really rough kind. You can't see it on the pic, but there is some silver tape on the shell under the pedal to avoid imprinting the grip tape on the shell. Will get rubber stickers or something to replace it with. Now to learn to actually ride the darn thing... I now realise my Inmotion V3 have given me some really, really bad habits. The first half hour, in the middle of the night, were like going to the bloody gym! Today, the second day, I actually got on unassisted for the first time and rode my first ten meters before a controlled stop. Good exchange for 45min of trials, still exhausting though. There's still a lot of familiarisation to do, and a lot of twin wheel stupidities to unlearn, but I see the light at the end of the tunnel. With this tempo I will be zipping around in no time The bad habits to unlearn are: almost no leaning of the wheel before getting on; getting on first, then start rolling; going really, really slow – plus the lower center of gravity on that wheel with lower pedals and 14" wheels. I look forward to getting used to a "true" unicycle. I'll report more as things progress...
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    UK police wanting to contact me

    There was a street party in Gothenburg this weekend. Lots of people, lots of beer, lots of music, and of course some policemen and women standing around. I stopped and asked them about it, because I though that party were supposed to have been a few weeks earlier. It was a gal and a guy, both very nice. They not only commended me on my wonderful wheel, and my protection, but also gave advice which roads were not packed with people. THAT is how interaction with the police should be for us EUC:ers... cordial and helpful.
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    Rockwheel gt16 v3 1036wh

    Not for me, but it did with my old shell. They seem to have made some minor modifications between V1 and V2, that alleviated that particular problem.
  13. I'm.... dying..... laughing. The Goodwin Law, is what we should refer to on this forum, it seems...
  14. Godwin, misspelled it. Mike Godwin. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin's_law
  15. What is this? Do we have some form of Goodwin's Law at play here on the forum? That every thread ever will at some point devolve into a sexual innuendo involving @Rehab1 and @Hunka Hunka Burning Love?
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    THE HELMET THREAD

    Of course the success of MIPS is in part successful marketing. And if 6D, Leatt and Bell have self developed systems that do as well or better, good for them. My comment about looking for MIPS could be rephrased "MIPS or similar". The whole point was to have a good impact rotational protection system, not who made it.
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    THE HELMET THREAD

    Switchblade has MIPS, which I would really, really look for in any helmet I buy.
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    How long can you physically ride for?

    I have three variants in shoes, depending on outside temp. Hot: Just your typical converse all stars, the high model. Works brilliantly for me as long as they're fairly new. Medium: I have a pair of all weather, laced city boots. Medium high to cover the ankles and pretty thin hard sole. Cold: I use a pair of hiking boots with a rather hard sole. All three have a few things in common: they can carry my toes to avoid cutting off the blood-flow. They're fairly flat, giving me a direkt feel for the pedals. They give good sideways support when I turn hard.
  19. Which color did you order?
  20. I go to bloody AliXpress at least every other day and hover over the "add to cart" button on the MSX...
  21. It does look gorgeous.
  22. It's not for everyone. The downsides are: The pedal rubber float over the rim of the metal, which gives a slightly mushy feel to the rim. This together with the damper silicone inlay under the pedal can make the pedals feel less than solid. The screw that are supposed to secure the pedals in the upward position is a minimal allen screw right into the alu. It is ridiculously easy to strip the threads. The design while looking very cool mean you have a very narrow knee-pad. It takes some getting used to it. The shell would really benefit from some internal strengthening, as it is riding with one leg will lead to wheel scraping. The beeper could be a lot louder, and the electronics a lot more silent. There is no IP-classification for water resistance. Usually it is perfectly OK in bad weather, but there are no guarantees. The upside? PPPPOOOOWERRRRR (insert Jeremy Clarksson voice here) Agility FUN! Nice price.
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    GT16 punctured easily solved

    A ladle! Rockwheel GT16 just became food!
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    UK police wanting to contact me

    Exactly. That is the problem. And it's not only about money. It is also about the safety net of knowing that if there is a claim, it won't be outstanding because of you, even if you're low on money ATM.
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