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  1. JBoo

    What speed is safe to ride?

    I remember when I first learned to ride, I debated whether I'd keep wearing a helmet or not. The very first day I went commuting on my wheel, a car in a residential area came out of a side street and turned into the main street; it did not stop or slow down and the main street was so narrow that the driver nearly struck me head-on. I've always worn gloves and a helmet (at a minimum) ever since. As others have mentioned, speed isn't so much about diminishing the kind of injuries you might sustain, it's about reaction time. Just like any other vehicle, the faster you're traveling, the less reaction time you have and the fewer options you have. If a pedestrian suddenly walks in front of me and I'm going only 5mph, I can pretty much just step off the wheel and stop. I sure won't be doing that at 15mph. When someone at work expressed interest in learning to ride and bought one of my old wheels, I told him the most important safety rule is STFD (slow the fuck down). Just keep in mind that it isn't only about saving your own butt, it's also about everyone else around you. If you're foolish enough to go speeding down a pedestrian crowded sidewalk at 20mph and lose control, yeah, sure, you might walk away without a scratch, but the same can't be said for someone you or your wheel struck, and you might be on the hook for criminal charges to boot.
  2. JBoo

    My Z10 Triumphs, Tribulations, and Failures

    Firstly, the Z10 is a great commuter wheel (so far). Winter is soon approaching here in Seattle and that will be the real test of the wheel, where I'll be riding usually 1 or more days a week in the rain. As others have mentioned, the wheel is 50lbs, and is more cumbersome to lift than a 50lbs dumbbell. While I don't have issues totting the wheel up and down a few flights of stairs, I'm pretty fit and wouldn't call it a trivial task by any means. But because this is going to be your first euc, I'm going to be a wet blanket and recommend that you NOT get a Z10 as your first wheel. When learning to ride for the first time, you are really going to bang-up the wheel you're training on. Even if you manage to make it through the training phase with few issues and start street riding, the latter presents a whole slew of new issues that you never have to deal with when practicing in a nice, safe place, and only logging many, many miles on streets and sidewalks can train you for that. For these reasons, I'd recommend getting a cheap wheel as you first wheel, something that you won't really care about banging up, or, if you discover you just don't enjoy it, you don't find yourself out a whole lot of money. However, if money is no object, then, sure, knock yourself out and get a Z10
  3. I wouldn't add more slime without removing what's already in there. Slime can only seal punctures that are less than 1/4" and generally only punctures that happen around the bottom of the tire. If it's near or on the side walls it won't work. I'd say at this point you'll need to explore getting a full puncture repair kit for a tubeless tire. These have a tool for coring out the puncture, another for inserting the patch, patch strips, and a tube of rubber cement. Videos of how to do this are plentiful for motorcycles and such. I didn't have to resort to this, so you'll be breaking new ground here.
  4. JBoo

    Ninebot Z10 maxspeed and alarm sound

    Pretty sure @Marty Backe has had it at or near its 28mph limit. I've only had it up to 22mph with plenty of battery, so I haven't hit the alarm yet. I know that when the wheel was still in "training" mode (i.e. had to go 1km to unlock top speed), the alarm and tilt back were pretty aggressive when I hit the very low speed limit.
  5. JBoo

    Ninebot One Z : Z6-Z8-Z10

    Out of curiosity, have you tried detaching the trolley handle and riding the wheel around? The reason I ask is because the sound I hear in your video is similar to what I occasionally get when I have the trolley handle fully extended and I’m rolling the wheel, but it is a simple mechanical vibration in the trolley handle.
  6. I posted detailed instructions in that thread on how to do it, really straight forward procedure. I’ve put over a 100 miles on the wheel since then with no issues. As for the trolley handle, best bet is to ask on these forums. Several Z10 owners have declared they will never install the trolley handle, so maybe you’ll find one willing to part with it!
  7. JBoo

    Ninebot One Z : Z6-Z8-Z10

  8. JBoo

    Z10 Milage

    Just got back from an 18 mile ride where tire pressure was ~2.2 bars. Used 50% of the battery, so definitely looks like a solid 30 mile wheel.
  9. Because you mention bad pavement, I’d recommend sticking with options that have wheel diameters 16” or more. The V10 can easily go over 20mph and get 30+ miles range on a single charge; however, it weighs ~45lbs. You might want to consider a Glide 3 (formally known as the V8) which can reach nearly 18mph, get nearly 20 miles on a single charge, weighs 32lbs, and is roughly $600 less than the V10.
  10. JBoo

    My Z10 Triumphs, Tribulations, and Failures

    I’d love to know the engineering reason for that, as it seems like a deliberate design choice as opposed to oversight, etc.
  11. JBoo

    Z10 Milage

    Rider weight and tire pressure are 2 big factors in range. @195lbs, ~2.4 bars pressure (34psi), and avg speed of 10mph (I’m frequently on pedestrian filled sidewalks where I have to drop down to jogging speed or worse), I easily get 20 miles with ~60% battery left.
  12. JBoo

    Ninebot Z10

    I seem to remember someone else posting it was an improvement to the battery, specifically the wheel would be quicker to power down when not in use.
  13. JBoo

    Ninebot Z10

    Yeah, did it the other night after I got home. All it did was download the firmware and update; I turned the wheel off afterwards and rode it to work next morning.
  14. I'm actually looking to write my own Apple Watch app for when I'm riding, so I need to get the information directly from the wheel.