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  1. Nic

    Improving riding in public...

    My experience is similar ... van drivers are the worst ... they are usually tradesmen.
  2. Nic

    I think I want to buy an euc but not convinced yet.

    You know that feeling you get when you enter an elevator and press the button to go down ... feels like your balls got left behind ... that's what it feels like to ride an EUC.
  3. Your budget will get you something from Rev'It!, so you can have protection and style... https://www.revitsport.com I have a much smaller budget, otherwise I would be looking at Rev'It! gear. Amazon sells it. https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06VSCVN3X/ref=twister_B06VVMYH1S
  4. My apologies Darrell ... I hadn't read the earlier posts and assumed we were talking about the well known statistic of close passes of cyclists that don't wear helmets.
  5. On the contrary, this supports my case ... a close pass is not the same as a rear end collision, so a driver giving more room when passing a cyclist that isn't wearing a helmet (the driver has seen the cyclist) has nothing to do with rear end collisions. A rear end collision occurs when the driver hasn't spotted the cyclist (or their judgement is affected by alcohol, etc.) as opposed to a driver spotting a cyclist wearing a helmet and not giving as much room when passing. So, always wear a helmet because it is most definitely safer to do so. http://cycling.today/drivers-give-cyclists-wearing-helmets-less-room-on-the-road-study-shows/
  6. Its always safer to wear a helmet because accidents don't always involve close passes by other vehicles. Even if a driver passes closer to you if you are wearing a helmet, you could easily have an accident due to a different cause (pot hole on road, pedestrian steps out, car pull out from junction, etc.) so wearing a helmet is definitely recommended. I don't know what proportion of accidents involve close passes, but this isn't one of the more common causes of accidents, so it shouldn't stop you from wearing a helmet. https://www.missourilawyers.com/bicycle-accident-lawyer/five-common-causes/
  7. Nic

    State of the EUC industry?

    In UK, there was a crackdown on hover-boards in 2015 (when they first came out and were very popular XMAS gifts) due to safety issues (batteries catching fire) and the laws regarding riding electric powered devices on public roads and footpaths around that time, which resulted in these devices being removed from sale and interest soon dropped. Here's a couple of articles from around that time... https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/oct/12/uk-hoverboard-crackdown-all-you-need-to-know https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/oct/12/hoverboards-illegal-pavements-roads-scooters
  8. There seems to be several petitions posted on this forum ... I signed them all. Here's another UK one...
  9. This e-scooter is basically a unicycle with handlebars ... and it has suspension! ... should be simple enough to add similar suspension to our EUCs.
  10. Nic


    Tubeless tyres solve this problem, but valve stems are usually the strongest part of the tube and the rubber is at its thickest there. The smaller tyres have less surface area pressing against the rim, which likely makes the tyre easier to move along the rim. I've noticed this problem on bicycles quite a bit and it can often be spotted by the valve stem tilting to one side. On EUC with brass valve stems you won't notice anything until the tube rips. Higher pressure helps, but most EUC riders set their tyre pressure very low compared to what the pressures would be on a bicycle tyre and this problem still occurs on bicycle tyres. I had this happen several times over the years. https://www.bikeforums.net/bicycle-mechanics/829699-bike-tube-keeps-tearing-valve.html
  11. Nic


    The valve stem can be ripped from the tube if the tyre pressure is too low because that lets the tyre spin on the rim and it drags the tube with it resulting in the valve stem (which cannot move) being ripped off.
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    Do you know what caused the tube to fail in that way? Did it go at a point where a previous puncture was sealed by slime?
  13. @Smoother, @stephen, anyone else in UK please sign the petition.
  14. Ben Fox started a petition to get PLEVs legalised in UK, so please sign to help get things moving... http://chng.it/HSLGd2YVwg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLd98Mhl5TI
  15. https://www.techwalla.com/articles/speakers-at-4-ohm-vs-8-ohm