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  1. Lutalo

    THE HELMET THREAD

    Some practice martial arts. I practice marital arts. It is a system which relies upon passive-aggressive strategies to overcome the opponent/wife. The passive aggressive arts are grounded in the oxymoronic principle that in yielding to the wife, the husband actually conquers the wife's resistance. It's a full circle; Happy wife, happy home. Happy home, happy hubby πŸ‘
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    THE HELMET THREAD

    @Smoother @Rama Douglas You boys behave now. Ya hear?
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    THE HELMET THREAD

    Thank god for full face helmets and Bluetooth πŸ”Š
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    THE HELMET THREAD

    Thank god for full face helmets and Bluetooth πŸ”Š
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    THE HELMET THREAD

    What does she say? It's not that big?
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    THE HELMET THREAD

    Spoken like a true Californian. I would never know if you didn't tell me that you were from the neurotic, high-strung, frenetic, and expresso shot-addicted DMV; the strivers' " I wanna be somebody" ultimate heaven, and hell all rolled up into one
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    New 16β€³ unicycle from King Song

    Exactly. I realize that if I wipe out at 180mph then emergency personnel will need to shovel my remains from the asphalt; the remains that they can locate. However, when I am in the pocket I feel that my bike is stable, supportive and capable at those speeds. I feel that I mitigate a lot of risk by carefully selecting the environment and conditions. On an EUC, I feel vulnerable and insecure about my safety at high speeds. While the machine (18L) feels stable at high speeds I feel unstable and less connected to it at high speeds (connected only by foot on platforms). Some people without my particular experiential frame of reference may feel different.
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    So I’ve stopped riding everything but my Z10

    sports bike. Not race bike. Designed specifically with hybrid use purpose in mind; no fitting necessary. Not the most comfortable roadgoing bike; but comfortable. Not the fastest around the track; but very fast and capable. Customizing/fitting a race car for road use is an altogether different point from a specialized unit that is functionally a fish out of water being rationalized as suitable for a purpose which it was not intended or adequately suited. The overall point I was trying to get at is that desire has a "blinding" effect on judgement and sensibilities that may challenge the reasonableness of a given desire. We see this at work with most things including how we rationalize the functional shortcomings of some types of EUCs because we desire something emotional that one may feel a particular wheel offers. I have seen how desire can work against judgement. I have been there with certain females that I am now hoping won't find me on Facebook and try to friend me; Judgement has demolished desire
  9. Lutalo

    New 16β€³ unicycle from King Song

    Perhaps, but I doubt these buyer's represent a ruling majority.
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    So I’ve stopped riding everything but my Z10

    If they use that Indy car mostly on a track then excusing everything else is reasonable because that's an appropriate use case for an Indy car. However, I would have a pretty strong opinion of someone using it as a commuter car to drop the kiddies off at school and get to work "excusing everything else about it."
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    THE HELMET THREAD

    I will be looking forward to the reviews. πŸ‘
  12. I think it's personal preference and possibly environment. @Darrell Wesh lives in a small southern college town, and you live in a place where everybody parties and smokes bongs on the beach punctuating sentences with words like: "righteous man", "cool dude", or "gnarly waves today dude," or my favorite: "it's cold and nasty where you dopes live, but it's so awesome here where I live."
  13. Yes D30 armor offers great protection. As hobbyists/EUC riders I don't think think we will have to worry about replacing it frequently.
  14. If it protects me well during a fall and cracks afterward then it did it's job. Cracking without cause is a reasonable case for concern. If this happens there should be a warranty/policy available that enables quick replacement.
  15. I like the DFFX2 also. It's comparatively inexpensive than the alpine gear that I have eyeballed, and offers great natural-looking D30 armour that is easily concealable under clothing or an outer layer Like a hoodie.
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    KS18XL strange noise

    Much tougher than paint with an additional major advantage; with vinyl, the offending panel with the damaged vinyl film can be removed and replaced with fresh film pretty easily and quickly. Also it's tough enough to leave your paint finish hiding underneath untouched by tough falls. My KS18AY wrapped in Blue satin chrome metallic has taken some falls and none of them have torn the vinyl enough to expose the original shell finish. You can expect vinyl to have a 3 to 5yr life span on a car. On an EUC that sleeps indoors and is rarely parked outside for prolonged periods; indefinitely. Having said that many SMEs feel that vinyl should be replaced every three years or so because the adhesive can become permanent after that time making it very difficult to remove. This might not be true for EUCs because they generally don't receive as much help from the deteriorating effects of weather as do cars. Personally, I don't take chances. My strategy is to remove and reapply every couple of years. If you've wrapped your wheel and intend to sell it, I recommend removing the wrap before you do if it has been on your wheel more than two years. This ensures that it doesn't stay on the wheel for too many years. Leaving wrap on too long may give the succeeding owner a big headache if they decide to remove the wrap au a later date. Your wheel's original finish will be pristine underneath and the new owner can rewrap the wheel if they desire, or enjoy the beautiful original finish that the wrap has protected.
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    You guys are costing me a lot of money

    Me too. πŸ˜‰πŸ‘
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    New 16β€³ unicycle from King Song

    I agree. For most people attracted to the advanced EUCs range and reliable power delivery are more heavily weighted than speed. I sort of topped out the 18L (Hit the third beep and backed off; set at 49 kmh) it was enlightening. I had never been that fast on a wheel before then. Did it several times over several days and then felt completely satisfied that I had no need to travel at such a high rate of speed on an EUC. Which, is somewhat odd, because my motorcycle attitude is completely different; go figure. 😁
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    New 16β€³ unicycle from King Song

    Got that right. People can and will do just about anything. I just read an article about a guy that went over Niagara Falls in a barrel some years ago. The point being to see if he would survive? Well, he didn't. I'm just glad that I am not the one who had to create his epitaph.
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    New 16β€³ unicycle from King Song

    My concern is that KS engaging a top speed war with GW leading to speed becoming a priority as opposed to actual continued improvement. I think KS should let GW have that particular metric and stick to their values. Firmware permissiveness to eke out a couple of more miles per hour in top speed is not a legitimate bragging right for many buyers who will use their wheels for more than top speed runs and posing, nor should it be a design priority in my opinion. It doesn't alone actually make a wheel better or more capable.
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    New 16β€³ unicycle from King Song

    It will become increasingly more difficult for GW to differentiate themselves with a strategy hinging upon range. Range tech is limited; more range = more weight. Until it is cost effective enough for EUC manufacturers to break that limitation, 1600wh gives pretty much the max you can go and still have a relatively balanced wheel with awesome range capability. GW success in drawing customers despite shortcomings (real or perceived) to their wheels because of range and power has forced other brands to adopt less conservative attitudes about the matter. Soon everybody will be making high range wheels. Unless, GW starts making more refined wheels they won't continue to compete well against other brands. Hence, the Nicola.
  22. Gotta add a new helmet to the showdown: the Nexx XR2 full carbon helmet. This is a motorcycle helmet so, off the break the protection is better; plus one for the motorcycle helmet It's expensive $600+. Way over the mark for what I think most riders will feel is reasonable for a helmet repurposed for EUC-riding. Hell, most motorcycle riders don't pay this much for a helmet. So I subjectively give it a minus 3 for costing so gotd%?mn much. Never mind my arbitrary rating system; it's worthless anyway . Let me just spit some mathematics about the Nexx XR2 Full Carbon. 1. At 2.6 lbs +/-, Its the lightest full face helmet available on the market anywhere at any price. I just bought a Bell Full 9 that weighs 2.4 lbs. At 2.4 lbs the BF9 It feels like a feather upon my coconut. The protection of a motorcycle helmet at a similar weight to my BF9 is to me fascinating. 2. Very wide field of vision. I have heard the widest besides the poorer quality steelbird helmets. 3. Did I mention weight? 4. Decent ventilation, but better if you ride with the front visor open according to consumer reviews. Visor open riding has been normal for me with my motorcycle helmets on EUC duty. I don't see a preponderance of EUC rider's rocking goggles with their bmx helmets either. In terms of ventilation, It's a race helmet so the vents are better designed for crouched, higher speed track day riding. Probably would work better in. Cooler weather for EUC riding. 5. Comes with anti-microbial, washable liner. Not sure what else to say about it. If You want a motorcycle helmet that will offer superior protection, but is probably as light as whatever full face bicycle helmet you wear, and you don't mind plunking down $600 smackers for an EUC helmet; go for it.
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    KS18XL strange noise

    Gotta give those leg muscles time to acclimate to manhandling this beast. Digging the Tron symbol on the side of the wheel. You've already Ramadouglacized it. I will soon "Lutalinate" my XL. When I do. I will call my wheel the "Lutalinator"
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    KS18XL strange noise

    Here is the Teckwrap satin red chrome I purchased. This is what is going on my 18XL sometime in February, or March if February turns out to be too busy for me to get to the project.
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