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Old 02-19-2021, 11:50 AM   #101 (permalink)
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My Segway mini is back in business after a $40 part from China. I paid a Russian hacker for a firmware that allows it to travel 16 MPH (up from 10) and about tripled the power available to go uphill. Huge difference in usability/enjoyment now. I've got 300 miles on it now.

I recently bought a hoverboard for $65 and they are pretty lame compared to my $350 Segway mini. Got it with my 2 year old daughter in mind who wouldn't be able to physically fit on my Segway until she's probably 7. Maybe she'll master the hoverboard by age 3 and we can cruise together.

Would still love to pick up one of those monster EUCs. I'll keep checking Craigslist for a deal.

On a longer time horizon, I'm waiting for a Chinese knockoff of this;



The suit, which creates 317 pounds of thrust and makes 1,050 brake horsepower, carries 5.25 gallons of jet fuel. That will allow it to propel a person of less than 200 pounds for about four minutes
off topic but on topic that suit is wild.

Cost: 400k
To use it: The founder said he had to get to core strength level of being able to flag pole to be able to use it. Oh my god... This man is a monster.

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Old 02-20-2021, 02:15 PM   #102 (permalink)
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IamIan very graciously re-homed his EUC with me.

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Thank you Ian! Most fun toy I've got by far.
Congrats on picking it up!

If your helmet is not full face, STRONGLY consider upgrading to one. The last time I crashed was at less than 10 mph and the only reason I did not mess up my face was because I was able to throw my hand down in front of the bridge of my nose as my head hit the concrete.
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Old 07-13-2021, 10:36 PM   #103 (permalink)
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I ride the EUC IamIan sent my way about every other day. It's completely intuitive to me at this point and practically no scenario would cause me to fall... unless it randomly shuts off.

It did just that Sunday just as I left the house, and the security camera caught the beginning of the tumble. Minor scrapes to my hands, and my jeans and shirt protected my skin. While still bleeding I put on a helmet and completed the ride I had intended.

On my Monday ride I put a helmet and gloves on. We'll see if I continue with that discipline. I did purchase an airbag vest for the motorcycle, so clearly I'm thinking a bit more about safety than my younger self would. Funny how human instinct is to have a lower regard for safety when there's more life (in years) at risk to lose. Heck, infants are downright suicidal, and the very elderly panic stricken by risk.

My veterinarian friend took the EUC out for a spin while I took his Mom's Tesla Model X for a spin. He took a tumble too and scraped up his palms a little more than me. Fortunately no injury to his fingers, so he can perform surgeries. I should probably require people to wear gloves if they try riding the EUC, but to be fair, he's the only friend I have that would crash a thing the first day trying to learn it. He crashed my Segway by leaning past the pushback that occurs when you approach maximum speed.

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NYC is using the presence of a throttle on the bike as the deciding factor. Easy to see, easy to enforce, and any bike with a throttle is a motor vehicle in NYC.
The only E-bike I've ridden used the motor as an assist only; no throttle. You could dial in the assist level to the point that agressive assist was providing something like 5x the effort input.
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Old 07-14-2021, 03:08 PM   #104 (permalink)
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I actually just sold mine. Aside from the safety aspect, it just didn't have the range I needed at times. I'd buy a Monster Pro or S18 if I had the extra cash laying around, but probably won't get another one as my need would be purely recreational.

Gonna stick to my DIY e-bike for now. Got it up to 38 MPH this last month.

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