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  1. electricpen

    To buy a EUC or a different type of E-Vehicle

    Right now its a toss up between the MCM5 and the KS18L. One is better on the sidewalk and one is better on the road. In general if I had to pick only one I'd probably pick the KS18L but I really miss the torque on the MCM5. I have a suspicion the Tesla might actually be the perfect commute wheel for me but I've never ridden one so I'm not sure. Also, ironically considering common stereotypes, the KS18L has been less reliable and durable for me than the MCM5.
  2. electricpen

    To buy a EUC or a different type of E-Vehicle

    Just to chime in here, I have actually ridden scooters, e-skates, EUCs, and even owned an URB-E for a while. My goal was to find the most efficient and practical way to commute around a dense city (San Francisco). I have been using EUCs exclusively to commute for over a year now and have gone through 6 different ones trying to find the 'holy grail' EUC for commute purposes. EUC's are the most compact shape that can be unobtrusively stored even when taking it in with you into crowded restaurants or bars, something that cannot be said of any of the other options. While scooters and the URB-E can fold, they are still quite tall which can be awkward sometimes. San Francisco has rampant bike theft all over the city so being able to take it in with me no matter where I am going was important. I can also take one with me in an uber, even if I don't have access to the trunk (as long as it isn't a Monster). EUC's are in a grey area legally but in essentially all areas of the USA you won't be hassled riding one on a sidewalk as long as you are going slow enough (~10 mph). This is one area where they shine over the others. eskate and scooters don't have as tight a turning radius as an EUC so its easier to maneuver among pedestrians without them having to take special consideration for you. You also occupy the same amount of space as a pedestrian where your other choices are all longer which can annoy others if its crowded. If it gets *really* crowded you can always extend the trolly and walk it like luggage which everyone is mostly familiar with. Trying to carry a skateboard or push a folded scooter is generally more awkward. Eskate in particular (but also true to some extent for scooters and bikes) are generally either flatly illegal or heavily discouraged from being on the sidewalk. The ability to hop onto the sidewalk for sections of the commute when the street is too crazy is underrated. EUC's have great range for their size/shape. Even what most on this forum consider mid-range boards in the 800-1000wh category can easily do most daily commutes without having any range anxiety. EUC's handle rough terrain and large bumps better than any of the others due to the size of the wheel (this is somewhat rider skill dependant though). EUC's have superior traction and handling in the rain compared to most other options short of a bicycle. This is most applicable in places like Seattle and San Francisco where it rains enough to be noticeable but its usually pretty light rain that is just enough to make everything wet but not enough to really be a serious storm or hinderance as long as your rideable can handle the now wet asphalt. Practical considerations against EUCs - Where I live broken glass is quite common on the ground on my commute path. Both on the sidewalk and in the bike lane/roads. Due to this I am always more stressed about flat tires than most. The small solid rubber tires on some scooters or the solid urethane wheels on eskates would probably have a longer average lifespan. This is specific to my situation though. I literally see broken glass every single time I ride more than half a mile in san francisco. Many scooters also can get flats though so this only applies as an advantage to some. EUCs are inherently unstable. This means that in the event of any type of hardware malfunction you are probably going to be eating pavement. Hence the advice of everyone to wear protective gear. This is the only one of all the options where you could be doing everything correctly, be skilled, and have nobody near you and still fall and get injured. To be fair this is also a very rare occurrence. I personally have ridden 1000's of miles without it ever happening but just the tiny possibility that it could happen weighs heavier on most of the veteran riders minds than is fun. They are addictive. Many consider this a plus but it is worth noting that I don't think I have seen many people just stick with the first wheel they bought for more than 1 year. So while on paper they are quite economical most people develop an itch for the latest and greatest *cough* @Marty Backe *cough* Hopefully this helps, feel free to keep bouncing ideas here - the last advantage is the EUC community is probably the friendliest and close-knit of all the community forums around these devices. Good Luck, you'll have fun with whatever you choose I'm sure!
  3. electricpen

    My Wife Wants To Learn!

    This thread is making me reconsider my ACM2 sale.
  4. electricpen

    Gotway ACM2 1600Wh FS Bay Area [$1100]

    Yep, I actually do like the wheel a lot but without a trolly the use cases I have for it are so rare I can't really be justified in keeping it for now.
  5. electricpen

    Gotway ACM2 1600Wh FS Bay Area [$1100]

    Probably not, sorry.
  6. electricpen

    Gotway ACM2 1600Wh FS Bay Area [$1100]

    Speed: Comfortably over 30mph - this is rider weight dependent and I've never pushed for max speed. Battery: 1600Wh Weight: 43 lbs Shipping: Prefer local, will ship in the US but will split shipping costs with buyer
  7. electricpen

    Gotway ACM2 1600Wh FS Bay Area [$1100]

    1600Wh, 2000W motor
  8. Bought new from eWheels middle of March. Has 553 km of mileage according to the app and a few beauty marks.
  9. I have been using these as my daily drivers since April since then I have, ahem, tested them... Overall they have a much smaller footprint than the demon flexmeters that I also use and provide reasonable protection. While I think for the most part they will stop you from seriously injuring your wrist in most falls, they do not provide the same level of support. So while breaking your wrist seems unlikely if you are wearing these, I have sprained my wrist and had other minor injuries on falls where I've had similar falls on my demon wristguards and came away untouched (on my hands/wrists). Providing these is a great service to the EUC community by Jason as I believe the one piece of safety equipment I would never ride without are my wristguards. Having them come with new wheels removes any silly excuse to not wear any. So in conclusion, coming from someone who has taken multiple ~20mph falls on both demon and these free wristguards I'm happy to say my wrists are still intact and while the demons gave me better protection, these are both less bulky (can fit in jacket pockets) and much cheaper. I still use them in my daily commute given the choice between the two but on longer weekend rides or challenging conditions I will wear the demons.
  10. electricpen

    My Wife Wants To Learn!

    The trouble with a minipro is if she is more interested in going on little fun trips with you than she is in learning to ride an EUC she may not actually progress to EUCs if you give her a minipro to ride.
  11. electricpen

    Ninebot One Z : Z6-Z8-Z10

    Can't you just turn the wheel perpendicular to the slope before lifting it?
  12. electricpen

    Ninebot One Z : Z6-Z8-Z10

    That resolution to not give in to new wheel temptation is already gone and new wheels haven't even been released yet!
  13. electricpen

    My Z10 Triumphs, Tribulations, and Failures

    So I've been debating but wanted some input from all the Z10 riders. I actually am fairly happy with the wheels I have but was wondering. Which wheel do you think would handle massive potholes and cracked/warped roads the best - the Z10 or the MSX? You know in case I have to ride my wheel in the apocalypse. Or in downtown SF Seriously though the roads I ride on close to me are in horrible shape and I occasionally hit one I didn't see that sends me flying on my MCM5. It doesn't happen often but it is currently the biggest existential danger I face when riding as a regular mode of transportation. I'm considering a larger wheel that has a better chance of absorbing a bump or pothole I didn't spot in time. I'm going to take some pictures one of these days, but some of the manhole covers I've seen downtown are sunken into the asphalt like 4-5" and there are a lot of giant bumps and just sunken in spots that are hard to spot because they are deep and sudden but relatively small in diameter (but big enough to swallow the contact patch on a 14" wheel easily.
  14. electricpen

    The Photo Thread

    Saturday was great fun with @Marty Backe and the SF crew! We decided to run all the wheels onto the beach with the Z10 to see if it could prove its superiority with the fat tire. This was what we ended up with...
  15. I am at the plaza checked both Starbucks and don't see anyone
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