Jot Down Your RC Car’s Numbers

Think of the most important tool you need for your RC car both on and off track. If you answered the motor, tires or battery then you didn’t get it right. Perhaps, the mentioned objects have their own designated purpose and task for a remote controlled car but for the hobbyist itself, a pen and paper are two of the greatest tools ever.

Really, the pen and paper are the useful when dealing with RC cars. There is no joke here since listing down the numbers of your RC car is the subject; nothing else can do it better. Have you ever thought of experimenting before? If you have, surely you have also thought of writing down everything you discover, right? This is actually the same point why securing a written record of your RC car and its performance is very important.

Regardless RC cars, trucks, planes and buggies are customized or not; they all have individual standard measurement. Along the way, you will need to change some parts of your RC car to make it run faster and perform better. It can be the tires, the distance from the main body, the height and others. Elements such as the batteries, caster, running temperatures and many others are also important in the performance of your RC car.

If you still can’t see why writing down these things are extremely important in having RC cars as a hobby; try to imagine a time you test-drive your RC car down a rough path you are not familiar with (granting you haven’t written down the numbers of your RC car and performance for that particular time of the day), when a huge rock came rolling down the hill and missed your RC car by centimeters. Pretend the rear part has been altered from its original state. How do you solve this problem?

The point is, anything that can significantly affect your RC car’s performance is important in improving it. So, for the scenario given above (although we’re not saying that it will likely happen), if you have put your entire RC car’s numbers in to writing, it wouldn’t be such a big problem. All you have to do is turn to your record, and replace everything damaged according to what you have taken note of.

Scooters the Terminology

I thought a kids’ scooter was just that, a kids’ scooter; you went out choose your model and bingo, you have a great scooter, but according to my kids this is not the case. Once we have the chosen one we then have to customise it to get it the best it can be. I was pretty lost at first when my kids started talking about clamps, decks and pegs to go on the scooter, but now I can almost talk to them about the latest wheels or new deck tape. So for newbies to the scooter world or us mums out there who need to be in the know below is a breakdown of the more common scooter terms.

ABEC Bearings

Are you confused about what an ABEC rating means? ABEC is an acronym for Annular Bearing Engineering Committee of the AFBMA (Anti-Friction Bearing Manufacturers Association Inc). The ABEC grades of bearings, is a set of standards for the manufacturing tolerances of bearings. All quality manufacturers around the world manufacture to at least ABEC 1 standard. You will get ABEC ratings of 1, 3, 5, 7, 9. The higher the rating the better the bearings, that said as these bearing standards also apply to anything with bearings in them, like cars, unless you are able to scoot faster than a racing car anything above ABEC1 will not affect your speed. What will affect your speed is how you look after your wheels and bearings. Regularly oil or grease the bearings to maintain life and keep you scooting as fast as you can.

PU wheels and Urethane wheels.

PU stands for Polyurethane. Polyurethane is a high-grade thermoplastic elastomer, bridging the gap between rubber and traditional thermoplastic wheels. They are often used on scooters because they are stronger and smoother. Urethane wheels will give a very long service life as urethane has good abrasion resistance, with brilliant grip with the ground, but will glide when you push, so although they are solid you are still able to get some speed behind you. If you are seeking a high performance wheel a clear wheel will be best as it has had no dyes or pigments added that can affect the properties of urethane.

The Deck and Grip Tape

This is the part of the scooter that the rider stands on, called the deck, deck plate or foot plate. You can buy new decks from most brands of scooters. Grip tape is cut to fit the deck of the scooter to give better grip to the rider and comes in a wide variety of colours and patterns.

Collar Clamps and Pegs

Collar Clamps sit at the base of the scooter bars and give a scooter extra strength in this area which is especially important when performing tricks and stunts. Clamps come in different levels from a single to a quad clamp, depending on the extra strength required. Clamps come in various colours, brands and sizes. Some kids make a statement and stack several clamps on their scooter bar. Before purchasing new clamps make sure they will fit the scooter bar, as scooters bars and clamps come in different sizes. Scooter pegs are also referred to as stunt pegs they are positioned on the front or rear of the scooter by being threaded onto the wheels. They help the rider perform difficult or new stunts and tricks.

Electric Scooters

These are a range of scooters that are powered by a motor, with a thumb throttle to start it up. Most of the electric scooters for kids around today are eco-friendly and best of all quite. They can travel at speeds of up to 15 miles per hour and can last around 40 minutes of continuous use when fully charged. Some brands even offer folding handlebars for easy storage. They are great fun for kids and adults alike but will not let you perform the tricks or stunts of a push scooter.

Ten Towing Terms (Acronyms) You Need to Know

There are many things to take into consideration when hitching your trailer to your tow vehicle. The following are some common towing terms you need to know when selecting a tow vehicle or purchasing a travel trailer.

GAWR (Gross Axle Weight Rating)

Maximum allowable weight that a single axle can carry. Do not exceed the gross axle weight rating listed on the trailer’s and tow vehicle’s certification label. It is measured at the tires and includes the weight of the axle, tires, wheels and brakes. Many problems can occur if this weight is exceeded; the tires may not be able to carry the weight possibly resulting in a blow out situation, the vehicle’s steering may become less responsive and the brakes may not be effective. GAWR is listed on a data plate typically located outside near the front of the unit or in some cases it could be inside a cabinet door inside the trailer.

GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight)

How much a vehicle actually weighs. Do not confuse with GVWR. GVW should never surpass GVWR. The trailer weight is not considered to be part of GVW weight, but the tongue weight is part of the GVW.

GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating)

A weight limit set by a manufacturer for a specific vehicle, it is the total weight the vehicle has been designed to carry. GVWR is listed on a data plate typically pasted to inside of driver’s doorframe, it is equal to or greater than the sum of the UVW plus the NCC. There are a few things that can go wrong if you exceed the GVWR; suspension can become ineffective or maybe even break because the added strain on tires, the breaks may not be able to stop the car effectively because of the excessive weight being pulled by tow vehicle.

GTWR (Gross Trailer Weight Rating)

The maximum trailer weight. This weight is located on a metal tag on the trailer frame and is based on the allowable weight of trailer and cargo.

SCWR (Sleeping Capacity Weight Rating)

Weight measurement provided by the manufacturer, determined by multiplying 154 lbs by the number of sleeping capacities in a unit (3 beds X 154 lbs = 462 lbs).

CCC (Cargo Carrying Capacity)

Weight that can be safely added without exceeding a vehicle’s or trailer’s GVWR. It is a weight limit and should not exceed manufacturer’s specifications. Here is how you can calculate CCC: GVWR – UVW – SCWR – Propane Fuel (4.2 lbs/gallon) – Fresh Water Weight (8.3 lbs/gallon) = CCC. If you are not sure of the ccc on a vehicle, ask the dealer or seller for a certified weight slip.

NCC (Net Carrying Capacity)

NCC is being replaced by CCC (see above) in new RV’s. NCC is equal to or less than GVWR minus UVW.

GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating)

Gross combination weight rating. Total weight of the tow vehicle, the trailer, all fluids, contents of trailer and vehicle and passengers.

UVW (Unloaded Vehicle Weight)

Weight does not include passengers, cargo, fresh water, LP gas, or dealer installed accessories. Usually found on the inside of a cabinet.

TWL/TLR/VLR (Tongue Weight Load/Tongue Load Rating/Vertical Load Rating)

Amount of trailer’s weight that presses down on the trailer hitch. Too much tongue weight can cause not enough weight on the front wheels of tow vehicle, too little weight can cause the trailer to sway. A weight distribution hitch will solve this problem by transferring weight to the front of the axle of tow vehicle. Look closely at the manufacturer’s trailer towing ball steel strength specifications before buying one or attaching your trailer rig to it.

Mike Tyson and the Infamous Biting of Evander Holyfield’s Ear

The Rise and Fall of Tyson

Mike Tyson shot to fame in the mid-1980s with his formidable and unforgiving boxing style. He became the youngest ever World Heavyweight Champion aged just 19 in 1985 when he beat Trevor Berbick. However after just a few years at the top, a list of things started to go wrong that set the wheels in motion for the downfall of possibly the hardest hitter the boxing world had ever seen. These problems included;

  • Getting a divorced from his actress wife Robin Givens after she accused him of domestic violence
  • Firing and suing his manager
  • Two car accidents, one of which may have been a suicide attempt
  • Leaving his trainer Kevin Rooney and joining with Don King

On February 11, 1990, Tyson lost the heavyweight title to underdog James ‘Buster’ Douglas in a fight he failed to prepare for. A year later, he was accused of raping beauty contestant Desiree Washington, for which he served three years in prison.

Tyson vs. Holyfield – Part One

After his release, Tyson re-gained his titles and planned to fight Evander Holyfield, a retired former champion. On November 9, 1996 the much anticipated fight took place, the huge purse involved tempting Holyfield out of retirement. In the 11 round, underdog Holyfield caused an upset and beat Tyson on a technical knock out to win the WBA version of the title.

Tyson vs. Holyfield – Part Two

A year later on June 28, 1997 the two fighters faced each other in the ring again. Holyfield had prepared hard for the fight and came out in the first round hitting Tyson with an array of body punches, sending his opponent flailing. In the second round Holyfield, no stranger to controversial tactics in the ring, head-butted Tyson causing a cut above his right eye to open.

Holyfield’s tactics got to Tyson and in the third round he lost what little composure he had. He spat out his gum shield, pulled his opponent into him and bit a chunk out of his ear, then dramatically spat the flesh onto the canvas. The fight continued after the wound was cleaned up only for Tyson to go straight in a bite the other ear.

He was disqualified from the match and forfeited the $30 million purse, as well as failing to regain the Heavyweight Championship belt he had lost a year earlier. Despite his pleas that he only did it as a reaction to Holyfield’s consistent head-butting, after the fight Tyson was stripped of his boxing licence, though it was restored only a year later.

The two boxers met once more in 2009 on the Oprah Winfrey Show where Tyson publicly apologized for the incident to Holyfield, who agreed to forgive and forget.