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About Circuitmage

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    Austin, TX , USA
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    KS 18L

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  1. And...another month with lift sensor disabled....same story; No issues, and still have a faulty lift sensor but keeping it disabled seems to let the wheel do it's thing.
  2. I have some experience with having to re-inflate tires from my 16S and 18L riding. However, this 18L valve seems especially tight against the rim, making it impossible to use my old valve extension that I used to use on my previous 18L tube valve and my 16S tubes. I even ordered an adapter that has a smaller screw on form factor that is still tight to get on and takes a sec to unscrew. So, my 42 psi turns into 35 psi by the time I get it off. It usually only takes me 10-15 seconds to inflate my tire, so it seems like a waste to screw something on the valve and unscrew it. I notice I can use my tire gauge easily with it's press-on connection to check the pressure. So, it seems logical there must be a quick connect adapter I could use, even for this small electric inflator I have. Something like a large air compressor press on , quick connect is what I want. But I can't seem to find it. Does anyone know if there is an adapter like this? If so, it will make things a lot easier!
  3. I was thinking more like orange crush flavor. Looks good and good to be seen. I still like my matte black though.
  4. Nice video. I'm definitely not a fan of mud, so be careful. Mud is my enemy. Had my EUC in S. CO for past 2 years. Will be back in 3 weeks , but without my EUC (flying in this time). Water levels should be good.
  5. Yeah, not looking forward to our automated future. Reliance on automated controls is already causing Boeing Max 737 crashes. So, what happens with self driving cars , at night, with no moon, in pitch black, and someone is wearing completely black? Or are the cars not going to be driving at night? Having some functions (like automated braking) or EUC balancing, with drivers otherwise in control is OK. But complete automation that can override decision making...very risky.
  6. Yeah...intersections. Avoid them. https://www.autoaccident.com/statistics-on-intersection-accidents.html "Nationally, 40 percent of all crashes involve intersections, the second largest category of accidents, led only by rear end collisions." One huge benefit we have on EUC's is to avoid intersections, whenever possible. I do. I have 3 stoplights going from my house to the train. I avoid the 2 biggest intersections and am very happy to do so. Just go up another 30 yards to cross the street when there is no traffic. I do not trust any cross walk, especially at a 4-way stoplight. At a 4-way stop there is ALWAYS moving traffic, and you don't know who may be coming at high speed from one of your blind spots. Also, given the right of way by a car stopping in traffic (WTF!?!?!) or waving me to go in front of them, I do not. I ride around them or wait for them to get out of the road.
  7. Wait...you fell without any protective gear on? LOL. I've done that before, so no...not a reason to affect confidence. Just a reminder that the pain was your fault. Also, after about a year of riding...I was a bit too overconfident and ran into 2 cars one morning. Just another lesson for me...hasn't happened again. And, if you DO get safety gear, don't go cheap. I was using some cheap knee pads that came with one of my wheels and the rivets inside the knee pads actually tore into both my knees when I fell. They probably needed stitches, but after about 6 weeks they healed. Now I have nice knee pads but only fallen once or twice on them. Feels much better.
  8. This topic is so hard to follow.
  9. Yup. After 2 years I still get looks, comments, questions both around my neighborhood and near work. That progress sounds pretty good. If you are already going 22mph, I would seriously consider safety gear. IMHO anything over 15mph is the danger zone.
  10. My $0.02; Cent# 1: I agree with the metal box thing. That was my first thought on all of this. Cent#2: If the assumption is that after some degree of wear and tear, the cells become worn through or damaged, causing the fire...is there any way to inspect for this? I have seen the housings the cells are in, but has anyone taken those apart or know how the cells are packaged?
  11. IMHO, it's a lot like motorcycle riding. I have known people that ride liter bikes and NEVER had a crash or dropped a bike. I would say that's rare. Most people will tell you, "If you ride, you will go down". The good news, is that on an EUC, you are much more in control of the outcome and the cause of the fall. If you go down, it your fault 99.99% of the time. You can do lots of things to mitigate that... 1) Start off slow learning, even when switching wheels, or changing settings. 2) Wear safety gear. For me, it is limited to knees, wrists and a cheap helmet. If I go for long rides at high speed I add elbow guards. 3) Know your paths. Most of the time I have ever gone down...95% I would say, it's due to not being familiar with or paying attention to the terrain. I even hit a tree at night that fell across the sidewalk because I wasn't paying attention. I did slow down enough to where I stayed on my feet...but I've had several times I dropped to my knees. So far...after 2 years, mostly riding over 20mph, I've had no faceplants, only 1 fall at speed (that resulted in no injury since I landed on dirt and had safety gear on), and several minor falls while learning. I would say of the minor falls, 3 of them (all 3 knee injuries) cause pain...only 1 lasted for ~6 months due to not wearing safety gear and doing something stupid. It does take some risk/reward mitigation. Is it worth it to you to learn something new and fun if you might experience human pain? If so, what are your limits? That's pretty much up to you to decide. For me, I don't have a real need to ride backwards or do all kinds of stunts. I'm happy getting from point A to point B. Your brain/body gets amazingly adapted to the skill and it becomes a very subconscious effort to do whatever it is you want to try. Also, I have learned from riding 2 wheel scooter, hoverboards and EUC's that the bigger the wheel, the better. I am much more capable of riding over "bad" things on my 18" wheel, than any other scooter I have had.
  12. Hey, I know where that corner is.
  13. Update: So after 1 month of having my lift sensor disabled on my 18L...ALL GOOD! This reminds me of the first 3 months I had the wheel, and had the lift sensor disabled. So, right now I still have 1 faulty lift sensor, but the ride is so good with lift sensor disabled, I prob won't worry about fixing it (unless I open shell again for some reason and decided to fix it while I am working on it). No random beeps, vibrations, or cut-outs like while I had the lift sensor enabled. Theory: The addition of the lift sensor FW threw a wrench in the works for slow/stopped operation, compared to my good ol' 16S design.
  14. The first truck I hit (parked on the sidewalk at 6am before the sun came up!), was after I hit some mud and slid a few feet. So yeah, if you got speed and momentum...a nice patch of mud should carry you a bit.
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