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About scotchtape

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  1. Our local Vancouver guy is legit though I've never bought anything from him, the Vancouver crew gives him two thumbs up. Vaneuc.com Went on a few group rides so I know he's a real person.
  2. I own a lulzbot mini 2. I can definitely say that it's a love hate relationship for me. I like tinkering, but only so much. Currently 3D printing is still a long ways away from being consumer friendly, there are so many things that can go wrong and it can take a while to set up your printer. It's very annoying to me because if you want optimal print quality, you need to literally tune your printer for each type of filament - YES EVEN DIFFERENT COLORS. Now, for my case, I don't really need things to look pretty so I don't bother tuning for individual filament colors unless something is going quite wrong. But for tuning you spend literally hours printing test prints and figuring out what settings to change. And those are just for your printer, so if you get another printer get ready to do it again. PLA is super easy to use, but it's not very "strong". More durable materials are difficult to print, prone to warping etc, and then you need to prep the print surface differently, and then you have to make sure your printer can handle it. Guess whose printer keeps jamming because of heat creep trying to print polycarbonate? If you want things to just work, DO NOT BUY A 3D PRINTER. After I don't print for a while, I forget how to do things, and it's back to square one! It's cool printing stuff that you use, but I spend so much time getting it to work, and then reprinting objects trying to dial in tolerances, that I also hate it! Not to mention the cost of rolls of filaments on failed prints (either actually failing or because you didn't measure it right!)
  3. You're fine with lugging an MSX indoors through different classes/room EVERY HOUR with your backpack and books? You bringing this into the bathroom too?! Classes on second or third floor, no elevator... what you going to do? I have locked my MSX up with u-lock through wheel, there's enough space for that, but I wouldn't leave that unattended all day.
  4. Ebike for communting to school is my vote, even though I love EUCs. It's easier to park and lock up a bike if you're going to be on campus, although of course you'll worry about getting an expensive e-bike stolen on campus... But if you get an EUC and try to lock it up you'll worry about it as well, and then if you choose to carry it around it's going to be a huge pain. For convenience sake the e-bike is the way to go since I'm assuming you're going to have classes in different locations throughout the day and can't just leave your EUC somewhere safe nearby like if you're working in an office. EUCs are better on hills though, so if it's really that steep I don't know how the e-bike is going to do.
  5. I don't know about you but I have to add air into my smaller wheel every 2 weeks... So yeah it's gonna dry out if it reacts to air.
  6. I use ride-on balancer and sealant. So many stories of how crappy slime is, don't know it became so popular on EUCs but someone did good marketing... Slime dries out, why would you put that stuff in...
  7. I have the 84V MSX, just set the tiltback and it will be fine. For me the tiltback at 49km/h is "invisible" but the effects are very real, as you approach the limit you slowly feel it's harder and harder to go faster or lean forward, effectively "stopping" you from accelerating. I was wondering why I couldn't go faster than 48km/h then I remembered I left tiltback on. You really need to overlean to overcome it at that speed. The only beeps I have are the limiter beeps when riding at the limit. If you're not going to ride fast, just put the tiltback on and you will be fine (of course making sure you have battery).
  8. I actually like a good stiff pair of high top basketball shoes. Has some abrasion protection for ankles and won't come off so easily. Stiffer shoes also let you get a bit wider positioning since it supports you more. If you watch motorcycle crashes, the squids always lose their shoes... to be fair they're going a lot faster but still... If you can just kick off your shoes when you take them off, imagine what might happen at >40km/h Motorcycle shoes are too stiff and I can't feel anything through them so those are out. To each their own!
  9. Are these people trying to impale themselves?
  10. That is completely normal if you are pushing it hard and reversing directions, like idling.
  11. If you can ride "fast", it's really not that hard to go really "fast" on straightways / semi highways. Obviously depending on what you have around you, couple of roads we have available that can be relatively free of traffic, speed limit around 80, with a large shoulder for bicycles. I find it fun once in a while, geared up, just booting it on the MSX I hit the beeps too easily, so a nice bump in speed would be nice. I think some people freak out at higher speeds so they assume no one can ride it safely, but they probably don't have the nice, long stretches of road to ride on.
  12. Just practice and you'll be fine, I have a helmet mounted mirror too. You can also stick a small 3'' mirror or similar onto an arm band and use that, but I find it's faster to tilt my head and use the mirror. Luckily where I live there's plenty of bike routes, and I generally only stay on bike routes or pedestrian paths because I don't trust any cars. Many bike routes here are designated side streets with less car traffic, so there's still cars there but a lot less than normal, so I still use the mirror.
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