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Darrell Wesh

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    Blacksburg, VA
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    Nikola 100v, Z10, Monster 100v, Mten3

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  1. Ah. By focusing on and shifting the convo to the weakest part of my assertion I’m glad to see you come to terms with the realization of the rest being true/too hard to argue against.
  2. Indeed it does. This is what separates the good from the great. knowing little secrets like this that seem counter intuitive for avoiding things but actually makes it much easier. Let’s not also forget my point about being too relaxed riding in a straight line and not taking stock of your surroundings, unlike someone who is carving has complete awareness of what’s to the right and left of them.
  3. Nah, I love debating. Look at my history. If I tell you this, which I rarely do say these things, then the particular discussion isn't even worth my time. Any experienced rider knows you can carve harder with more control when you first go opposite the direction you intend to go.
  4. You’re applying my words to all vehicles. I’m only talking about unicycles here. Please stay on topic, you’ll at least appear brighter.
  5. All I read was you suffered an unfortunate incident and are now generalizing the entire skill set of carving as being bad because of your misfortune.
  6. ..... ...and another guy can also chime in that from experience he was riding in a straight line instead of carving which caused him to relax too much and hit a “dip” with straight legs causing his wheel to crash into someone else.
  7. If you rode in the “safe” way in any crowded environment, your paranoia would double the time it takes you to get anywhere, especially in a city like NYC. Hell, you might have a panic attack and never make it to your destination. These guys are anticipating anyone moving into their path. They speed up to decrease the likelihood of being in the same spot as someone who decides to jump out. You must not have good control of your wheel. It’s very easy to avoid pedestrians on an EUC in such a low stress environment(as long as you’re anticipating them jumping out). It’s not like they’re on the road having to juggle looking at traffic patterns, avoiding cars and pedestrian walking across gets lost in the shuffle. They are high above the crowd on the pedals. They can see everything.
  8. I’d have to disagree. Just like Tishawn looks wildly out of control when he rides, this rider is carving around in the same “wild” style. It’s also impossible to go in a straight line on such crowded paths. Not only here, but in the city streets as well. Those who adopt this “crazy” riding style are far safer than the ones who adopt a straight style. Why? Because constantly carving and moving on the wheel allows you to be ready to change directions AT ANY TIME. It increases reaction time by never allowing the senses to dull from the monotony of riding straight. If you’re constantly carving you’re constantly checking the location of everything and everyone around you in milliseconds. You just don’t see that part. People here think they’re not anticipating things but they are, far faster than you can realize. They also increase their presence on the road. While this characteristic of the riding style might not matter much on a pedestrian pathway as it does on the road, having a presence allows people to see you far easier.
  9. My first time seeing the video. What an over reaction. For starters, they slowed down PLENTY for those parents walking their kid in the beginning. And David was talking to U stride in general about this being dangerous, not saying U stride in particular was dangerous( at that point). I saw riders giving adequate room to avoid any potential situations. You forget that speed means less time in a given space, which is why sometimes we speed up to pass a pedestrian because we know they can’t possibly intercept us “accidentally” in the time that we’re passing. People on here act like someone is just going to spazz out and dive to the right or left without warning, or throw an arm to the side with no reason. while I agree the speed was too high for pedestrians to feel comfortable(who are probably desensitized however), I feel the riders were taking precaution at the speeds they were going. It’s just a different kind of comfort you won’t understand in your other states. People in NY drive/ride soo close to each other, yet it’s not a problem. To you viewers you expect an entire football field of space at any sort of speed but that’s completely unnecessary.
  10. You are right and wrong. The nicheness is what protects us from having laws on a state wide or federal level. You would only see laws enacted on a city wide level because of the obscurity.
  11. Why did you only include EUC’s in your example? Why not scooters and ebikes? Would you feel scared if an ebike or escooter was going 50mph on the highway? People don’t know about the cut out/self balancing problem of an EUC. So to them they won’t have the same worry as our community does. The majority would view us as vulnerable as a bicycle or scooter. But that’s dependent on the speed. Speed is relative. If there is no huge divide between the cars traveling speed and the e vehicles speed then a car won’t really think twice about how fast that person is going. Especially at the turtles pace 40mph I see in the city highways compared to a real 70mph highway speed. The risk cars see is dependent on the speed disparity. If you’re going 20mph slower then they are and they come rushing past you then you look vulnerable/like you don’t belong. If you’re going the same speed or they’re slowly coming up on or passing you then they won’t really worry. Once our speed is the same as the cars on the 40mph-45mph highways, cars would view us no different then they do moped/motorcyclists. They know they’d kill a motorcyclist if they hit him, but yet no one freaks out to tail right behind one. However, get a low powered moped on the highway going 30 in a 50, and all of a sudden everyone is giving huge following distances because of the speed disparity.
  12. Uh what? Why are you telling me something I already know (by virtue of the wording of my question) and then purporting to have answered my question? I clearly asked why they aren’t allowed on the highway which clearly means I know they aren’t allowed on the highway from a legal standpoint. My question asks from a rational, NOT legal, standpoint why are they not allowed. Accidents are far more common in the city instead of the highway, and speed seems to be the only factor RATIONALLY (not legally) stopping a bicycle from being on the highway (if we disregard the ridiculous registered BS you try to spin on why things shouldn’t be on the highway but can somehow still be on the City roads unregistered). If an ebike, scooter, or EUC has the speed to keep up or pass traffic on a 40mph highway I don’t see a problem when it’s a straight shot with no chance of t bones, hitting pedestrians in crosswalks, wobbling into opposite direction traffic(separated by a median on the highway) etc
  13. Why is the cut out the only thing you people keep talking about? The statistical rate of a random cut out is negligible, it’s not gonna happen. It’s about as common as a tire blowing out on a car or a tie rod snapping off and having said car veer into traffic. crowded highways? With what? Oh yea, other cars which will protect the passengers inside regardless of the 1% chance an EUC comes flying at them.
  14. Wow you must be one of those law abiding guys who rides at the legal speed limit for an unregistered vehicle while riding an illegal vehicle. Nice.
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