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    KS18XL strange noise

    Thanks! Have added the video you attached to my Youtube "EUC" playlist! Thanks for the thorough answer! Looked into it and...so many designs to choose from! That'll definitely give me something to do on rainy days (like today; it hasn't rained here since October, not a drop...I get my 18XL, and two days later it starts raining and hasn't stopped since! ) BTW, how well do vinyls hold up in terms of falls, scratches, etc.?
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    KS18XL strange noise

    BTW, @Lutalo on the subject of vinyl wraps...is it a matter of buying the wrap and cutting it to size one's self, or are there actually custom-cut vinyls for sale?
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    KS18XL strange noise

    Yeah, that's probably the case. It's quite the change from the V8 to the XL. Or as you said, from the Jetta to the S65 AMG And different brand, different size, different power...guess it's ALL new to me (as was the feeling of thinking I'd broken my wheel) I totally understand about the acoustic diagnosis, no worries But it's reassuring that no one heard anything out of the ordinary (when to my ear, unaccustomed to the grumbling of larger and more powerful wheels, it sounded like something was clearly wrong). I guess this just adds an interesting new dimension to my "XL experience", in terms of learning about the character of the beast. I don't have any kind of benchmark or anything equivalent(ish) to compare it to, so I wouldn't really know. But having said that, after what it cost (remember the 18XL was way beyond my budget) and how long it took it to arrive, it better be (in) perfect (condition)! Thanks a ton! The sentence I highlighted is exactly was I was hoping (or praying) to hear! Yeah, the V8 isn't soundless, but mine essentially has three basic sounds: accelerating, cruising and braking, and all of them sound exactly like what I would have associated, prior to owning an EUC, with a "frictionless" electric motor. When you switch on the 18XL, that idling whine appears, accompanied by what sounds like a PC fan. This thing definitely exudes power, especially coming from a V8! (my partner was intimidated by it just looking at it), and as all of you have pointed out, I guess my concerns stemmed from the novelty of dealing with an entirely different animal for the first time. I thought the upgrade to the XL was going to be more "seamless"--just more power and more weight to learn how to control--, but all these other differences I'm encountering just make it all the more interesting and exciting, like climbing on the back of a horse you've never ridden before, learning it's character and finding the balance between controlling it and letting it be itself. I love it! Glad you didn't hurt yourself! And yupp, wheel's first battle scars hurt, but pave the way to no longer caring about scratching it up. Anyway, thanks to all for your feedback and for putting an end to my mental loop of "Damn, I broke my wheel!"
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    KS18XL strange noise

    Thanks! I guess it struck me as odd because, although I'd anticipated the whine, this rumble/rattling sounded to me more like something was loose, scraping, or stuck in the inner casing than what I associated with an EUC motor sound... The fact I'd had the horizontal calibration issue (which I initially though was rim/axle damage) must have contributed to my sense of "shit, I broke something"... Haha that's definitely something I hadn't anticipated! Until the XL, an EUC motor to me has been the sound of the V8...completely silent. This rumbling beast caught me off guard! I've checked and the tire doesn't seem to be rubbing anywhere. I've also spun the wheel with the EUC upside down, and haven't noticed any kind of deviation indicating wheel misalignment or a bent rim. It would have shocked me if I'd damaged the wheel, 'cause I had no trouble keeping up with the wheel when I bailed, and the V8's had much nastier mishaps than that... Although I did initially think I'd bent/misaligned/damaged something because when the kill sensor fails to activate, MAN does the wheel start vibrating like mad when it reaches full rpms; with the V8 it was more like a resigned child having a half-assed tantrum, fully aware there was nothing it could do to escape my clutches; with the XL it's more like I wild animal with no doubt in its mind that it has the power to release itself from my grasp, make a run for it, and possibly turn around and come back to attack me. I thought that vibration indicated damage. But if it's just the character of the beast...I'm even happier than before to be riding it!
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    KS18XL strange noise

    Hi, Quick technical question here addressed to other 18XL owners ( @Marty Backe, @Lutalo, @The Fat Unicyclist, @ED209, @Yanex87 and...who am I forgetting?) Will hopefully write a proper post on my first impressions on the XL this weekend, but have a quick question about something that I'm not too sure whether it's normal or not. First day of riding, no issues. Second day, a dog ran out in front of me (was doing about 30 km/h), I swerved, and the wheel started the wobble-dance of death; I was able to slow down a fair bit while trying to control it (to somewhere between running and jogging speed; far from faceplant), but ultimately, I realized either I bailed, or it was going to end up with a washout, so I bailed. The wheel kept on going without me for a few meters, turning towards the right, then hit the curb (with only the tire) at an angle, bounced and landed on its side. Ride home was uneventful. Went out for a ride today and felt something was off, like the wheel was working against me, trying to stay horizontally upright when I leaned. First I attributed it to having just installed the XL pedals, but after a while, I started to feel that the wheel was constantly leaning to the right, always digging into my right calf and making turns to the left feel difficult and uneasy. I started to worry I'd bent the rim or damaged the axle, but found it unlikely with KS's reputation for build quality and the fact it didn't take that bad a hit. Then I remembered the KS app has horizontal calibration, so I came home, reinstalled the KS app, stood the wheel up straight, did the horizontal calibration and changed from "learner mode" (which I guess is activated by default) to "expert mode". It seemed to fix the issue. Then I noticed a noise that sounded like a slight mechanical grinding or scraping. This occurs primarily at low speeds and when braking. I know KS motors have a reputation for being loud (and damn, is this thing loud compared to my V8), with that particular KS high-pitched whine, but I don't recall having read any reports of any such noises. I checked with a flashlight and there don't seem to be any leaves or mud stuck inside, and the wheel doesn't make that noise when I spin the wheel with it off. TBH, I couldn't say whether it made this noise the first two days or not; the first day I was testing the speakers while riding and second day don't recall hearing anything odd, but might have missed it due to the excitement of my first proper ride. I have a few recordings here: Braking (noise starts at second 6; sorry about the wind noise): https://vocaroo.com/i/s05iaWL9JzhR Constant low-speed: https://vocaroo.com/i/s1rCm5sT5h6N Spinning the tire with the wheel off: https://vocaroo.com/i/s0voPeT0IlgL Could this be the motor? Is it normal? It's got me a bit worried, I've only had the 18XL for 3 days... Maybe it's just paranoia and the noise is normal (my first KS), but I can't shake the sense of uneasiness and would be eternally grateful for any input you guys can provide!
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    Where does EUC adoption come from?

    Thanks! Actually, I didn't find that on purpose. It was in the book I was reading while having a beer and resting my feet during my test ride of the 18XL, which arrived yesterday
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    Where does EUC adoption come from?

    I completely agree EUCs will probably always be a niche (albeit a very devout one!). That explanation pretty much nailed it! My particular case might be a good example. I'm in my mid-thirties and my acquisitive is a bit above the average for my age (for Spain); more than 20-30 year-olds', but not what we'd call rich/well off either. Riding an EUC was purely circumstantial for me. I had my driver's license temporarily revoked and live in a fairly remote residential area--the closest shops are about 7 km away. When my partner is at work, I'm pretty much stuck at home. I needed a means of transportation that didn't require a driving license, and there's no public transportation here. It's a VERY hilly area, so my mountain bike was hardly an option. After several months of complete isolation, I was starting to go nuts and looking into alternatives. My first choice was an e-Bike, but they seemed too expensive (couldn't find anything decent below €1,500-2,000). Also, I don't have that much storage space so another bike wasn't the best option for me. I'd seen plenty of e-scooters in Barcelona, and thought they were kind of cool and looked like a practical way to commute, but never really considered them as a viable means of transportation. Maybe it's just because I've never liked scooters; I don't trust such small wheels (even on 125 cc scooters; grew up with dirt bikes, what can I say...). And hoverboards...just seemed like a joke. All the same, e-scooters piqued my curiosity. So I looked up "electric scooter" on Amazon and one of the hits was a €500 Ninebot (I think it was an E+). I'd never seen or heard of EUCs before, but after reading the reviews, I was intrigued and checked out a few Youtube videos. And....that was it! It was 1/3 of the price of an e-bike, much more portable, wasn't an -e-scooter....my mind was made up, I was going to get an EUC. So I did a little research (clearly not enough or I wouldn't have bought a brand new V8 and a KS18XL in the space of 3 months), and discovered there were more brands, more powerful wheels, etc. So I settled for the V8 because it seemed like the best candidate for my intended use (at that point in time). Enough range to go to the supermarket and back, enough power to tackle the hills (which it's dealt with incredibly well), enough speed to not outgrow it too fast (or so I thought...); twice the price of cheaper starter wheels, but at that point, it was an investment for my sanity's sake, so I didn't care about the money anymore. Then I learned to ride and...you know how the rest goes... But what I mean to say via my example is that I ended up riding an EUC out of necessity and an odd set of personal circumstances and preferences. If I hadn't had my license revoked, I would have seen EUCs, and PEVs in general, as "expensive toys for people with plenty of cash to spend", and there's no way I would have spent that kind of money on an EUC (to me, they were extravagances that, price-wise, were beyond my budget for "a toy"). And having experience in balance sports (surfing, skiing, snow-boarding, etc), the learning curve, in my case, wasn't an issue...but that's definitely an added deterrent for other people in my age/socio-economic group. So as @Marty Backe said, I really do think it's a niche thing: Young and enthusiastic but broke, or able to afford it but more cautious in terms of faceplants and breaking bones... Having said that, there's definitely a growing interest. Today someone told me "wow, I'd only seen one of those in the movies" (so EUCs are going a bit more mainstream, and a lot of people can actually distinguish an e-scooter from "one of those things with one wheel that goes between your legs") But all the same, the most common comment I hear (living in a small town, I'm he first EUC-rider most of the people I come across have ever seen) is "That thing is cool [+ insert environmental/practicality comments and whatnot], but it must be really hard to learn and dangerous". So EUCs must be (at current prices) for "mature investors who are young of heart" (or in my case, young & stupid enough to get a DUI, desperate enough to spend more than I can afford, and passionate (aka financially irresponsible) enough to indebt myself to get a second wheel that's WAY beyond my budget) Will put an end to my soliloquy with a paragraph from a book (set in the early 1900s) that that made me smile today: “You drove a car?” Elaine laughed. “Yourself?” Gwyneira looked at her reproachfully. “And why not? I’ve always driven my own carriages. And believe me, compared to a cob stallion, an automobile is a lame duck.” “We have one ourselves now. After Florence Biller drove past so proudly in hers, Tim could not resist. Roly is thrilled by the contraption, as are the boys. It’s a toy for men.”
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    Kingsong new app bugs

    THANKS, THANKS, THANKS! After a never-ending wait (ordered in early December), I finally received my 18XL yesterday! And surprise, surprise, the most recent build of the KS app, downloaded from their website, couldn't even find my wheel, so like many others, I was unable to unlock/use the wheel. I messed around with everything in the settings of my phone (Samsung Galaxy S7), from app permissions to location and Bluetooth LE, to no avail. I decided to try on my tablet and it crashed mid-installation; The tablet has become a very large paper holder, as it won't even switch on anymore (until I can be bothered to do a factory reset....sigh...). I contacted my distributor, who didn't have much of a clue what to do and had no suggestions about where to find a single alternative (older) version of the app (which is pretty reprehensible in my book...as a business owner myself, I think one should know the products he sells, common problems, etc., and be able to offer solutions; we're talking about a €2K+ wheel here...). I eventually stumbled upon version 4 of the app, hosted on ewheels' site. I was able to install it, it found and connected to my wheel....but there's no "wheel unlock" option in that version... It took me over an hour of thread-hopping until I stumbled upon @Borg666's post. And that version of the app did the trick! (A million thanks!) Geared up, put my jacket on (t'was dark and cold by then...) and went for a quick 8 km spin so I could unlock it above 20 km/h (MAN are KS's "decrease your speed" warnings loud! I knew about the aggressive tilt back, but it still caught me off guard...didn't expect it to be that harsh...that would be scary at 50 km/h...). So, I got home, went to unlock the speed to 40 km/h and...start of ordeal no. 2. Registering with KS took about 5 attempts. The verification code would take forever to arrive, and by the time it did, it had (apparently) expired and was no longer valid...Then logging in became the next issue (login failed, can't connect to server etc.). Couple that with the fact the KS app disconnected from my wheel every thirty seconds and it became an extremely frustrating process, to say the least: close and reopen that app a half a dozen times 'til it FINALLY managed to connect to KS servers and let me log in, go to speed settings and...wheel disconnected. It took me over an hour of trying over and over again until I was able to log in (was able to log in once every 10 tries) without the wheel disconnecting, accept the agreement and reach the unlock screen: And when I did, neither of the two fields accepted any input (couldn't write in them, couldn't paste anything...). Contacted my distributor again, with a detailed account of the issue, the fact the text fields accepted no input, etc. He said he'd contact his distributor and get back to me. Two hours later, he said he'd received an answer. He asked me if I'd registered with KS and logged in... Decided to give it a break before I went full-on Jack Torrance... After dinner, I decided to give it another shot. Uninstalled app version 1.46(19) and reinstalled KSv4 from eWheels. Tried to follow their unlocking guide, but there was no link. Found it in this forum thread, but it turned out to be a dead end. Tried the links in a few Youtube tutorials too, to no avail. I finally came across one (can't remember how, by this point I'd tried about a dozen different links) that was supposedly only for KS14 and KS16 at electricunicycles.eu. Input the wheel's serial number as shown, generated a code, inserted both into the KS app and..."Failed". Kept looking for a solution and eventually wound up at eWheels' guide again, which specifically states: Replaced the dashes with colons in the KS app, tried again and..."Failed". Was about to give up by this point, but decided to give it one last try before calling it a day (and risking permanent loss of sanity) Went back to the code generator and input the serial number with colons instead of dashes, and the code it gave me was different. Used that code in the KS app and, (f-ing) FINALLY, "Success" !!! A thus ended my struggle with the damn KS app, and began the tale of why I geared up at 3 in the morning to go for a much-needed, stress-relieving nocturnal ride... Surprisingly enough, my night ride didn't end in disaster, 'cause by the time I hopped on the wheel, I was anything but cautious; didn't give myself the time to adapt to the change from my (30 lb, 16") V8 to my (55 lb, 18") 18XL, and just raced through my deserted streets of my hilly residential area at full speed with my rock n' roll playlist blasting out of the wheel's speakers, letting the adrenaline and euphoria wash over the previous 13 hours of frustration It was absolutely wonderful !!! (albeit incredibly stupid) And as fate would have it, the first song to pop up (shuffle enabled) was John Fogerty's "Hot Rod Heart" . I know it was unwise to let the excitement of the moment override common sense, but seriously, after so many hours fighting with the KS app, it was hard not to let lyrics like "Ooh, let's go ridin', cruisin' down the open road", "Wheel's on fire and I'll tell you why, I got a hot rod heart" or "Put the pedal to the metal, if you want to ride, if you want to ride, let's go!" overpower my sense of caution. Food for thought: Although one might be initially inclined to think that that kind of reckless riding is precisely why KS's approach to speed unlocking is actually a sensible one, I tend to disagree: if their (f-ing) app had worked the way it was supposed to and weren't so overwhelmingly buggy (I have several cheap Chinese wifi-controlled plugs at home with better apps than KS's), I would have been able to test-ride my new wheel 12h earlier and would have approached the it in a much more sensible, cautious, rational way. I guess safety measures are only useful when they're well implemented and not so exasperating that they drive users to insanity As others have stated, I can understand and accept that low-cost Chinese products cut costs everywhere possible with half-assed apps and terribly translated user manuals...but for $2k+ EUCs, I really think they need to reevaluate their position and up their game in that regard. This kind of issues is completely unacceptable for such expensive products... But anyway, in the end, all turned out well and I didn't become a crash or mortality statistic Will create a new thread with my first impressions on the wheel. Hope this post is of use for anyone else who encounters similar issues (and I'll admit it, it also feels good to have gotten this off my chest. If I hadn't posted this here, my distributor probably would have gotten quite a mouthful....) Wheel is fully charged, tire pressure has been checked, only have a few hours left 'til I'm off the hook...can''t wait to take the 18XL for a proper (and safer) spin! Safe riding to all!
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    My KS18XL Trials, Tribulations, and Failures

    Your clarification, as "the guy who was there", @Marty Backe puts all doubt to rest (for this particular case). Didn't mean to question your judgement For the sake of argument (this has turned into an interesting traffic-rules debate), let's suppose "the Honda event" occurs as it appears to on camera (Marty is in front of the car while it's moving), not as it really happened. In that scenario, I'm with @Smoother on the right of way subject. Although in principle, pedestrians have the right of way there, pedestriand don't always have the right of way (even on zebra crossings, for example). Their right of way is also subject to their own sense of responsibility and awareness of their surroundings. It's not the same thing to cross the street when oncoming cars have had plenty of time to acknowledge your presence and yield for you, as to cross when a car is only 3 ft from the crossing and doesn't hae enough time to react. Spanish law, at least (even if no one follows it...), states that "On pedestrian crossings, pedestrians have the right of way, but have the obligation of looking both ways and making sure, before they cross, that they're allowing oncoming vehicle sufficient time and space to stop". As @Smoother said, if the car were (hypothetical) already occupying 90% of the sidewalk by the time the pedestrian/EUC/bicycle reached that spot, at that point the car has the right of way. If the pedestrian were there before the car, or they coincided at the same time, it would be a different story, but in this particular (hypothetical) case, the car would have the right of way. @meepmeepmayer Your statement that "The cars job was to cross quickly enough to not block any upcoming right-of-way-"pedestrians" doesn't make sense to me. If we were talking about pedestrians instead of PEVs (which is what drivers are used to, and let's bear in mind that motorists still need time to adapt to the new variable that PEVs represent; we can't expect them to change their behavioural patterns overnight), a car's crossing speed is hardly a nuisance to pedestrians travelling on foot, so I don't think the need to cross quickly applies here (it would be another story if he were crossing oncoming motor traffic). In this case, based on Marty's account, the driver slowed down after seeing Marty, but had he just slowed down because there was a nasty curb, or for any other reason, he still wouldn't have been doing anything wrong. Once again, I'd like to quote the chief Barcelona's Accident Investigation Unit about road karma, and more importantly, the need to quit compartimentalising mobility issues (motorists defending nothing but motorists' rights; pedestrians being indifferent to cyclists, PEVs and motorists; PEV users adamantly makign a stand for PEV users' rights and nothing else, etc.). All public thoroughfares (roads, walkways, etc.) are shared spaces used by cars, motorbikes, bicycles, pedestrians, PEVs, etc. As a motorist, a cyclist, an EUC-rider and pedestrian, I feel we're all right sometimes, and wrong other times, but the key to safe and fluid coexistence is to take a few steps back, look at things from afar and take into account the specific factors and differences involved for all players. If we're able to put ourselves in other people's place, and out of respect to everyone involved, yield when it's reasonable to do so and have the right of way when someone else shows us respect by yielding for us (which is ultimately, the essense of traffic rules), coexistance would be much simpler. And I'll leave it at that because I'm starting to sound like a damn hippie and beginning to worry that @RockyTop is going to start a poll about charging me for web space No more coffee for me today...
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    My KS18XL Trials, Tribulations, and Failures

    Fair enough. Brevity has never been one of my strong suits...
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    My KS18XL Trials, Tribulations, and Failures

    OK, this time it was you who managed to summarize what I wasn't able to convey. We're even, and I won't be charging you any royalties....today P.S. On the subject of sidetracking AND royalities, do bear in mind that the copyright for "Foot-Unicycle-Controller-Kickups" is mine and its use is subject to intellectual property rights
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    My KS18XL Trials, Tribulations, and Failures

    You're starting to make a habit our of letting me delve into lengthy explanations and then claiming that was originally your idea but you couldn't be arsed to elaborate. If you keep that up, I'm afraid I'm going to have to start charging you royalties
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    My KS18XL Trials, Tribulations, and Failures

    All of these are personal choices and there really isn't a right anwer, so all I can say is that from my point of view, I'd rather be defensive and extra-cautious. Yes, I would like to contribute to forcing drivers to learn to take us into account, but I don't particularly fancy doing so by rolling over the hood of their car (done it once, don't much fancy repeating it...) I'll leave it to the braver riders to educate the gas-guzzling community 100% with you on that one. Although there is a rider responsibility side to the coin worth taking into account. If you saw how, regarless of infrastructure, some e-scooters ride here...shifting from bike lane to road to sidewalk as if they were the only people on the road. I don't see any need to create easily preventable safety hazzards and stress for other road/walkway users. It's like what it said in the article I posted in the "In the news" thread: It all boils down to attitude and respect/consideration towards others (Note: I'm not saying anyone in this forum lacks that attitude. An unnecessary clarification, perhaps, but just for in case) Although I understand and share your opinion, my riding style/choices are more about self-reservation and corteous riding than about educating drivers or pedestrians. I'd love to contribute to driving culture, but not at the expense of my own safety. I also think this factor varies enormously from country to country: I remember that after touring Germany for several months with my trusty campervan, with no issues whatsoever and being able to drive relaxedly, the minute I crossed the French border, I suddenly had to be on edge all the time to avoid an accident due to the ridiculous amount of reckless manoeuvres unfolding all around me. In Spain, the general motto is "I ALWAYS have the right of way" and "screw you if you don't like it". And needless to say, that attitude applies to cars, bicycles, PEVs, pedestrians...you name it. So being overly defensive is an essential requirement for...not dying Perhaps that's the key that explains my differing perspective: no one follows the rules here, Although I entirely agree with Marty's quote of "'Everyone slow down but still follow the rules' is safer, more productive to a good PEV-including traffic culture, and easier on everyone (cars included) than 'ok, now nobody knows what exactly is going on here any longer'", I think the last bit pretty much sums up what riding is like here: "Nobody knows what's going on" (they don't now that PEVs are part of the equation, and they didn't beefore PEVs either) Thus my approach: PEVs or no PEVs, cars or bicycles, safe, curteous mobility is a lost cause here (believe me, it really is). Even if I managed to "educate" 1% of users, I'd still have the other 95% to worry about, so my own safety (and respecting that of others) is my top priority. I've never had a car accident, and MAN has it been close a few times (I've been run off the road several times--one of them on a mountain road, ending up 1/2m from a cliff--, done a full 1080º spin on the highway because a truck rolled over right in front of me, and countless other close calls), and every time, I got out of it unscathed because I was what my friends call "overly cautious". That approach has worked for me so far (and saved my life quite a few times), so out of necessity, it's the one I'm going to stick with. Perhaps I failed to take into account, in my OP, that the particular driving/riding circumstances here aren't necessarily applicable in other places. Luckily, it's not like that everywhere, so I'm glad for those of you who don't have to be in hyper-alert mode all the time. In any case, I hope my previous "safety rant" didn't come through as patronizing, and I apologize to @Marty Backe for a) Being a smart-@$$ little sh*t, and b) Completely sidetracking your post. I can't help it, sidetracking the sidetracks that I've already sidetracked with other sidetracks is just how my brain works... (and then I complain about Spanish lack of orderliness. Doesn't get any more ironic than that...)
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    Komoot - trip planning, navigation & recording

    @Seba I've managed to successfully import gpx files from Komoot and Strava into G. Earth, and replay the trip. Now I'm playing around with the settings to get the speed, camera tilt and camera range to my liking. The only thing I can't seem to get right is the camera range; no matter how many tims I change it, when I replay the trip, the value remains unchanged. Odd... Will be looking forward to your tutorial!
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    My KS18XL Trials, Tribulations, and Failures

    I hadn't read @Marty Backe's comment on eye contact. My bad....Although I can't say I'm surprised...making a fool out of myself has always been one of my strong points... Still, the subject is definitely worth taking into account all the same (for ALL riders). If my safety rant ends up creating awareness (for anyone) on this particular aspect, I'll feel it was worth making an ass out of myself @Unventor As you say, eye contact is very important. I always try to use hand gestures too, usually a wave of the hand as in "thank you for yielding for me", to which drivers usually respond either with a slight nod or the classic "several-finger-salute", without taking their hand of the steering wheel; that way I make sure they've aknowledged my presence and intention to cross "their path". Excellent point. I clearly need to improve my forensic video anlysis skills...perhaps @Rehab1 can give me a few pointers: he's clearly the right man for the job:
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