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  1. 28 points
    Today I received my Monster (I was expecting it next Monday). Shipped from Speedyfeet on Sunday to California. Can't beat those delivery times. So you can see me with my Monster and 1300wh ACM that I got 3 days ago. Two new wheels within a few days - I'm not sure what to do Before I continue with my Monster ride observations I feel that I need to make this statement: I hereby formally bow down to the Gotway Gods Ian (Speedyfeet) had pre-charged the Monster so when I took it out of the box (and gave myself a small hernia in the process) I had an 80% charge. That meant only one thing - an immediate test ride. I used my existing old Gotway app to configure it: 1st & 2nd alarms off and tilt-back off. It's nice that I've been able to use my original Gotway app to configure all of these wheels. And the Wheellog app (and Pebble watch connection) work perfectly with these new wheels. When I climbed aboard (an apt description) and started riding I thought to myself, "what have I gotten myself into"? This thing is a beast and when you first start, it feels totally unwieldy. Turning as you do with a normal wheel does nothing - it keeps going straight. Turning the Monster is all about weigh shifting and hips to shoulders. I will say that once you get use to this way of turning it is a piece of cake. I can literally turn with the same agility as my ACM, but the body movements are very different. The problem can be that as you're riding and suddenly need to turn you apply your normal turning techniques and the Monster just ignores you So after a 25 mile ride today my knees and lower legs are hurting because I kept falling back into my old ways. Clearly this will improve. But I did ride 25 miles today. After about an hour everything was really clicking and it no longer felt unwieldy. I'm probably going to run out of superlatives trying to describe my riding today. I rode a river trail that I enjoy, a park with lots of dirt/sand trails, and sidewalks in town. The Monster eats anything in its way. I'm serious. I rode over bumps, thick mud, sand, whatever. It just takes it and doesn't toss you around. Deep ruts in the trails? - the Monster laughed at them. Hitting some of them in my ACM would have thrown me from the wheel. I like to carve when I ride and that was very enjoyable with the Monster. Weaving in and out of obstacles on the sidewalks was easy. I climbed a couple of very steep inclines and there was no problem. Feels like my MSuper - you have to really lean into it and have faith that it's not going to dump you. My ACM on the other hand climbs inclines much easier. Acceleration and braking feels like the MSuper, but a tad more sluggish. Today I had one hard brake that I had to apply to avoid missing my intended turn. I managed the brake and turn successfully but it was a near miss. I think it's best to plan your brakes well ahead of time with this wheel I must say that I think the Monster has the potential to be a dangerous wheel . Why? Speed. Prior to the Monster I felt that I had the fastest wheels available (ACM and MSuper). I typically ride my ACM between 17 and 20 mph, sometimes going up to 22 for short periods. Feels very fast. The Monster? It laughs at 20. Seriously! For half my ride today I would catch myself looking at my watch (Pebble) to see that I was going 22mph! For awhile I was going 25mph and here's the thing; it didn't feel dangerously fast. 25! I was feeling very comfortable going 22mph whereas on the ACM it feels like you're pushing it. The Monster is so stable and has so much reserve power that it's a pure joy to ride fast. I was riding 20mph on some trails! I never heard the 3rd alarm today. So I have to say if you love going fast and eating up any road or trail in your way you will love the Monster. I think it's the most amazing wheel ever produced. I'm very serious. No, I wouldn't recommend it as your only wheel because lets face it, it's a beast. But in the context of trail & street riding it's amazingly fun. I can't wait to take it up into the mountains this weekend. I'll be posting a video review and ride video sometime in the next week.
  2. 17 points
    Look what the cat dragged in Well, back to work...
  3. 16 points
    I would say at least 75 percent of our sales will be online. We there are 3 of us at the moment. There is a market locally, and maybe a surprising one. To cover cost of the store and salaries we would need considerable sales, with that being said this is not expected to be profitable for a long time, if ever. I really love EUC's and I feel like I can contribute a lot via this store/brand. I don't run the store myself full time, so this isn't my only project and it will likely be supported by other endeavors for a long time. It is kind of crazy, and it doesn't make a ton of sense, but I imagine the dedication could pay off in the long run. Either that or we get a ton of people into the hobby even if the store isn't a financial success. If I can get people into this, achieve better legal status in my area and even beyond my own, and help build the community this will be a success to me. Eelectric unicycles really did change my life in an awesome way and I know it can do the same for a lot of people.
  4. 14 points
    We started a local store in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. OneSeven Electric Unicycles. It has been a blast, as well as a ton of work. Traffic has been good and a couple members have purchased our wheels online already, but what I really want is for a member of the forum to visit our physical store! I also want to offer a special for that person. $300 off ANY wheel, plus some OneSeven merch. Whether you want to spend $199 or $2199 we have something for you! First timers welcome, one of our employees would be happy to help your learn on your new wheel. We also have a giveaway running for a new Gotway MCM4, it is the pinned post on our Facebook page! You can also enter at OneSeven.xyz if you join our mail list (Site is still a WIP) OneSeven 321 W Tulsa St Siloam Springs, AR
  5. 13 points
    Always remember that right of way is given, not taken. If you're a pedestrian, biker, or EUCer, if you get into a collision with a car, it doesn't matter who is at fault - YOU LOSE. So I follow these rules: Make sure you're highly visible, especially at night. I wear a flashing light band on my helmet, and a solid one across my back. I don't care if people think I look dorky - light me up like a Christmas tree! Always assume that a car doesn't see you. Even if you have the right of way, don't pull in front of a car until you make eye contact with the driver! Be careful on crosswalks. Many drivers will roll over the crosswalk - be sure that the driver sees you. Be careful of cars making right-hand turns - they are looking left. Drivers see what they are looking for. Usually, they are looking for other cars. Sometimes they look for pedestrians and bikes. They NEVER look for EUCs. On a crosswalk, people are traveling slowly - drivers expect that. They look a few feet left and right and think they are clear. They are NOT expecting an EUC flying across at 20mph. It's always better to be careful than to be a hood ornament (or worse).
  6. 11 points
    Please feel free to read my detailed review about the Kingsong 14D. https://gulongrider.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/kingsong-14d-detailed-review.html
  7. 10 points
    Oh no, never... especially with a new wheel in the next room, didn't affect my concentration at all, of course... You probably won't be as jealous after you see this: Tadah! Ain't she a thing of beauty? My own awesome handiwork! I think I might have some sort of "reverse Midas-touch", instead of turning things into gold, they turn into ... well, I'll call it "temporary" padding & reflectors, and when they're still there a year or two from now... I'll still call them "temporary". Although since I used the crappiest two-sided tape (in the hopes that I can get it off later on), it might not hold that long. Now that I'm pretty much ready to set off... it looks like it's starting to rain
  8. 9 points
    After examining the evidence, the GW Engineers concluded that the core of the spontaneous wiring failures were (almost all) a direct result of the hot-press (soldered) connectors, which have been replaced three months ago. With some lobbying efforts , they also decided to upgrade the wiring gauge from these connectors to the stator, from 16awg to 14awg, so that it is now a consistent gauge for the future. Here's an unofficial non-GW statement.... "You may have heard that some of the wiring in the latest ACMs+ & MSuper V3s motors have been upgraded. Gotway have established a reputation for producing Wheels of unparalleled performance; in keeping with the goal to offer the most powerful Wheels, GW engineers strive to continually update & improve all components within the EUC system. This 14awg wiring uprate is a relative minor improvement, limited to the wiring lead from the control-board connectors to the motor (stator). It is not perceived to be of significant immediate benefit for existing ACM/ACMs+/MSuper v3/MSuper v3S Customers but was added to 'future proof' current motor design." Picture courtesy of Mr. Cole
  9. 8 points
    Dear @rayna903, please correct me where I'm wrong. My sources for this post are https://www.facebook.com/1593003297614828/videos/1875867519328403 and http://www.iamips.com/product/showproduct.php?lang=cn&id=31. Apparently, IPS is about to release a new EUC called "i5", available in two models using either the common 18650 or the slightly larger 20700 batteries. It seems to be a "last mile" solution for lighter users with 350W rated /1000W max. motor power and just one pack of batteries (16S1P). While that sounds like very ordinary entry level, the shell design is uniquely flat and apparently made from some magnesium-alloy, which takes all the structural forces while keeping the total weight below 8Kg. Batteries appear to be Panasonic 20700B with 4250mAh. While it is certainly not a performance beast in any dimension, I think it's quite an interesting approach for the light & casual user. I am very curious for feedback from everyday users on how the new shell holds up and whether those 20700B batteries might be an option for higher performance wheels, too.
  10. 8 points
    I'm not going to address all of your points -- some of which do sound sensible to me. But it should be pointed out that not everybody uses transportation devices in the same areas and ways. You seem to come primarily from the assumption of city transport, even mentioning driving on sidewalks full of pedestrians. However, not everybody is going to do that exclusively or, perhaps, at all. In the same way that race cars are great but they belong on tracks and not in suburbs, fast speeds and risky behavior on EUC's are dangerous and inappropriate on crowded sidewalks. But like a race car is not inappropriate on a race track and it's up to the individual to decide how much risk they want to take there, powerful EUC's can be perfectly appropriate in their ideal environments. For instance, I don't live in a city at all, so there goes the crowded sidewalk aspect of the discussion. My town can have empty sidewalks even on Friday and Saturday night. Actually, I don't really want to drive my EUC in the city anyway. Anywhere I need to go, it is better to go in my car. I have good reasons to want a big, powerful EUC. They limit my choices severely. But they shouldn't mean no company should build an EUC for me. Primary among those reasons is that: 1. I am over 200 pounds -- very common in America, where the average man is now 190 pounds and the average woman 160, and 2. I live in an area of connected valleys and steep hills. My own driveway is one of the steepest slopes around. Most EUC's, even if they are powerful enough to carry me, would not give me the safety margin or the range or hill climbing ability I would like because of the factors mentioned above. My main purpose for an EUC is: 3. Leisure riding in natural settings. I want to use the EUC to explore the many beautiful parks and trails where I live. The beauty and quiet of the place is one of the main reasons people want to live here. That means bumpy trails with tree roots, rocks, loose sticks, etc. For those things, a tire as big and wide as I can get it sounds ideal. That also means climbing uneven surfaces, which again means I need a powerful motor and would benefit a lot from a big chunky tire. So you see, there is no reason to limit an entire industry just because some people are going to misuse what it produces. Other people may well have legitimate uses for a product. There is no reason to suppose out of hand that they would not use it wisely. I'm over 50 and work two jobs for a living. I'm in no position to be a daredevil and have no desire to be one. Yet I want to ride a EUC. I intend to ride it safely and at moderate speeds. I won't usually be riding it around many people, and if I do, I am not an impatient person and my cautious nature will set in and keep me at reasonable speeds. I'm glad there are EUC models out there that will meet my needs. It's appropriate that there are. There is virtually nothing out there people will not misuse. Pick up almost any item and there will be warnings not to poke yourself in the eye with it or do other such ridiculous mischief ... but if we only made things you couldn't poke yourself in the eye with, we could hardly make anything at all. We can't have good lives and successful societies by building to and designing around the lowest common denominator, presupposing everyone a child, incompetent, or fool.
  11. 8 points
    IPS is going for the slim, light end of the market, with the idea that EUC's could be a real urban commuter. It puts the i5 in the same category as the Zero ...< 7.5kg (vs. Zeros 10.3kg), slim, 14", 20kph. Owning a Zero, I am enthused about the potential for short commutes on even ground; paved bicycle trails work well, and top speed is adequate for commutes. The Zero's motor is rated at 1000W, but performs more like 500W, so I think they may be quoting a peak power rating. There are two reasons (IMHO) that the larger wheels tend to be popular: (1) stability on rough, unpaved ground; and (2) 30+kph speeds which becomes your baseline once you've gotten into EUCs. The IPS controllers are well designed, and it would be great if their engineers could scale up this light, slim technology into something to compete with the Gotway ACM.
  12. 8 points
    I had a funny situation while riding this week I was going downhill narrow street and there was a guy going uphill in his car. When he noticed me, he smiled, put his arm out of the window and we 'casually' high-fived Totally made my day
  13. 8 points
    Glad you weren't hurt. go down the recycling center and pick up some handle bars from a discarded bicycle, then hold them out infront of you when you ride,p in the bike lane, Monty Python Holy Grail style. Then you will look like a bike rider, because, technically the driver didn't see a bike rider in the bike path, just a guy who was moving faster than he realised. Edit. We are invisible. We look like pedestrians but we move as fast as cyclists. Always be prepared to take avoidance manoeuvres.
  14. 7 points
    I am free! Thanks Jason! Perfect explanation! Ok...now I can begin sharing the reassembly process that has been taking place such as pedal hangers attached to the new motor. You will see the motor wire connectors are a bit different. After researching them they appear to be gold plated bullet connectors that are rated at 100 amps each. I have ordered some sets of the connectors as my main board wires will require the female ends.
  15. 7 points
    Sweet bajeebers! THAT is a nice carpet! Oh, the KS16 is okay too, but it's no Ninebot. Okay you are officially back in the EUC Club!!! ! I think though you might have gone a little bat crazy with the baby bumper foam , but it's all good. Stealth mode is always a wise choice. You can never be too over-protected. Although I do hear that wearing three condoms at the same time is overkill, but you never know right??? Congrats on the new wheel! Time to pad up and get rolling once that rain stops!
  16. 7 points
    A friend of mine has the 840Wh KS16B, although his weight differs from mine... maybe, if I can loan it someday, I could try to test this, although riding the battery all the way from full to empty with my weight probably means something like 60-80km In a more theoretical standpoint, the difference may not be that much; although the motor has higher nominal/maximum output power, it isn't being used at full power at all times. If the wheels weight the same and the rider is the same, riding at constant speed on a level terrain should use about the same amount of power. It's only during the higher power demands (fast acceleration, hill climbing) where the difference shows... at least that's what I think. Thanks, and since you asked: 1kg of gummy bears has about 3960 kilocalories = 16550 kilojoules = about 4600 watthours. Assuming that you somehow could use gummy bears to charge the wheel with 100% efficiency, and a consumption of 15 Wh per km, 100km would require 1500Wh: 1500Wh / (4600Wh/kg) = 0.326...kg of gummy bears EDIT: Oh, wait, how much does a single gummy bear weight? Quick googling says 2.2 grams... so 326g / (2.2g/gummy bear) = 148,1818... gummy bears. Make it an even 150 I think
  17. 7 points
    FIXED While removing the initial board (remember this was a brand new unridden ACM 1600Wh) I checked for any visibly loose or bad connections or bent pins and found nothing. It all seemed solidly connected. I installed a replacement board from Gotway (via SpeedyFeet). The On/Off/Light-switching now operates exactly as it should. I only had time to ride about 6 miles today but it was nice to finally find that the solution in my case was a replacement board. I changed nothing else.
  18. 7 points
    Here is some additional info. I rode to work and back today, plus a short trip to the store and still have my wheel (so far..). I had stage 3 rectal cancer and part of the reason i bought the wheel is because any walking of distance makes me violently ill (nausea) and takes hours of bed rest to get over. Cycling still makes me pump my legs, and the effect is the same, my insides go bananas and I puke for hours. The wheel allows me to simply stand as we all know. I am going through chemo post-op right now. That said, I have collected all my medical info from my surgeon today after work, and I have an appt to do the same from my GP, both of which have treated me for my nausea problem. I am going to get docs from the BCCA (Cancer agency)as well. I plan to at least threaten to sue the city, Ministry of Transport, and any other agency I can attach as culpable like ICBC or the VPD even, for harassment and discrimination of disabled people who need help getting around, but not in a wheelchair, as my spine is fine, my guts are the problem. I am just a normal nobody though, so I need to contact Pivot Society and see if I can get some free legal advice. I don't really want to sue, i want to become a possible embarrassment to the so-called "green" hippies at city hall and the Ministry of Transport (who are the one's who actually can change the law). I'm not afraid to even ask why they are harassing a cancer patient with a chemo bag strapped to his chest for riding 7-10 kph on a paved park trail. I want to have my ducks in a row, in case I do get nailed by that cop (for court), and I will be emailing Global News (local station) tonight with my tale of woe. Though I am terrible camera shy. ICBC replied: "Thank you for your May 16, 2017 email to ICBC regarding electric unicycles. It has been referred to me in the ICBC Customer Relations department for response. ICBC does not have any authority over the Motor Assisted Cycles legislation. Any changes to the definition of a Motor Assisted Cycle under that legislation would be the responsibility of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, and I have referred your email to the Ministry for their review" So I am off to their website to fire off another email to another bureaucrat. Edit: BTW, If you find yourself going to the toilet far too often, feel "blocked" sometimes or especially of you bleed when you go. Get a colonoscopy, do not put it off, take my word for it. It ain't fun, but just do it.
  19. 7 points
    After riding a Ninebot One E+ for almost 2000km, I am also waiting for the KS16S to become available. I placed an order with my dealer already. Most of the resellers here in Europe seem to expect first customer shipments end of this month or beginning of next month, going by what they publish on their web sites. This is pretty consistent across different countries, so this seems to be what KingSong is telling everyone. I did a lot of research to find my personal favorite wheel to buy, and I ended up with the KS16S. Going by pictures of the inside of existing KingSong wheels, they seem to have a certain amount of engineering know-how in their company. They also seem to build their own controller boards and use reasonable cables, connectors, and have an eye for proper cable management. I hope for the KS16S to be as reliable as my NB1 is. During my research, I came across some designs which looked like someone just threw some OEM parts together (pick a motor, a generic controller board, a battery pack, design a shell for it, and add some silicone here and there to make it all fit), without having someone in their company to really understand the system from the ground up. Being an EE myself, this scared me and steered me towards KingSong. I hope I won't be disappointed, but since this is a new model, we don't know for sure how it will perform.
  20. 6 points
    Congrats on the opening! Did you have a grand opening day and invite the public? Maybe hosting a small hot dog/pop/BBQ gathering and doing demo's of the wheels would help kick start things. Have you considered stocking protective gear as well like helmets, wrist guards, knee pads? Maybe other things like pylons, ramps, bumper guards, flashlites, LED shoes, etc will help secondary sales. Maybe make a playlist of favorite Youtube videos, and have that playing on an endless loop on an LCD in the store. Approach schools to see if any of the teachers teaching physics, electronics, etc might be interested in a class demonstration. Consider stocking some electric skateboards like what Casey Neistat rides. Maybe consider advertising for commission based sales people to buy a wheel at a discount, and for every wheel they are able to sell on a referral basis you can give them a cut of the profits. If you can find a keen person that rides skateboards or does sports (eg. high school / college students), they might be able to reach out to their contacts and help with sales. Often it's word of mouth with these things. Print out a bunch of business cards so they can pass out to people with a referral code on the card for a 5% discount. Maybe if there are some older retired people who own RVs, see if you can make a sale and talk them into being travel reps with your business cards. RV parks can be large and these wheels are a perfect way to scoot around on. I remember carrying a huge bag of firewood back to my camping spot. If I had my wheel with me, it would have made life that much nicer. There are tons of people, young and old, who go camping. What better way is there to spread the hobby by having someone zip around on one? The parks are always a nice, sociable gathering of people. Be sure to do some informative and review videos on the wheel on Youtube. Just look at what Ian from Speedyfeet UK has done with the Ninebots and such. Maybe producing some basic instructional videos would let you direct customers to your how-to videos rather than needing to rely on other peoples. Improve your online storefront so that you can list and inventory your accessories as people want to make one stop purchases so why not have it all there to add to the cart rather than buying a wheel from you, then having to go to AliExpress or Amazon to scour protective gear, etc. Have the best of the best pre-selected already so they can easily choose from.
  21. 6 points
    First off, I would never let being a distributor alter my recommendations or opinions. If one of our models isn't the right fit for someone I would suggest another model even if it wasn't something we had in store. I believe in EUCs and the storefront is a hobby and passion well before it is a business. Gotway quality has been poor at points, but today most of their models are very solid. Initial batches seem a little shaky, and I usually skip the first set. I didn't order msupers originally because I had concerns over safety, but Gotway has been doing well in solving their issues rather quickly after launches. You see tons of Gotway on this forum performing fine. I have never once even been remotely concerned with the quality of my ACM+. Feels solid top to bottom and has given me performance I couldn't get from most wheels. Gotway is in it's own category when it comes to performance and many of us want the best, which isn't 30km/h. Also, I don't see how you can claim faster than 30km/h isn't practical while being in a community full of individuals who demonstrate the practicality of their msupers/ACM/Monster on a daily basis. In many cases it is more practical. Many of us have been riding at these speeds for a year or more with not one accident. Sure like you said someone may get injured due to their own lack of concern, but that is the same with nearly anything. Anyone that rides knows there is that risk. You deeply overstate that risk though. "The speed is already fine." For you it is, we all have different needs. We don't all live in urban areas. The point I most disagree with is stating that maybe EUCs aren't for me because I need different things out of my wheel than you do. We should be open to all types of riders. I don't know why there is an argumentative attitude, I am not saying your concerns are unwarranted, just that your idea of what an EUC should be is not shared by everyone.
  22. 6 points
    The pedal hanger assembly required a little more effort than previously shown. I realized the hangers were out of alignment. Just tightening the nuts does not make them parallel with each other as you will see.
  23. 6 points
    Fist of all, congrats. I'm looking forward your to read your review about KS16S. There was someone who posted a photo protecting KS with InMotion cover. It looks nice and well protected.
  24. 6 points
    Very encouraging Now I know why @Rehab1 will probably use his new motor as-is. Since GW engineers are striving to improve their components, if you ever have the opportunity to agitate for addition improvements, please ask them to spend a few more dollars and use screws that don't snap off after the first minor impact. They (and you?) may not be aware that Gotway has a reputation in the community of using super-cheap screws to hold their cases together. But your update is welcome news.
  25. 6 points
    My first post to this forum About a year ago I read an article about Finnish guy riding a EUC in the middle of the snow in Rovaniemi. I decided that some day I want to have one too. With a lot of reading this forum and watching Ians reviews I ordered Ninebot C+ about a month ago. I watched all kinds of tutorials how to learn to ride but at the end I did it in my way. I rolled few hours in two days inside house from the corner of the living room to a kitchen taking support from everything i could on the way. Third day I encouraged myself out and it started to go very well! I was supposed to rode only in the neighborhood but I rode many kilometers around the area with a big smile on my face. Fifth day I was at work with my Ninebot. It was funny leaving to home while there was 20 or so people watching outside - no pressure to keep your balance ECU's are not that typical here in Finland. At way home I had my first almost face plant. I accelerated to a bridge where there is an increasing incline. It didn't seems so steep when riding. Suddenly my bot was beebing once and trow me away. I had my gear on (motorcycling is my other hobby) and I was luckily able to run an keep up (jogging is the other one). The bot was hurt more than I did with a nice scratches on it. I rode home and didn't touch it for few days. Yesterday rode another demanding route. Now when I went hills slower there where no problems. I thinks that situation before was just too tight with 450W motor and my 100 kg (220 lbs) weight. I was accelerating too fast in a demanding place. I think that for persons my weight there are better choices than Ninebot but when going easy in hills it's a lot fun too. Yesterday I got about 15 km with 220Wh battery going as fast as i could almost all the time. Last 2 km was in "limp mode" with a battery less than 20%. Uni-cycling is so much fun! After my crash I started to look my next wheel with more power. But that'a a another topic.
  26. 6 points
    @majki, Historically in this forum we have found that people do, very rapidly, outgrow twin wheel EUC's for much the reasons you have given. They seem like a good idea but it really only takes a day or two to be competent on a single wheel which has none of the disadvantages of a twin wheel. What I am not at all sure about is why you are looking at another Airwheel? Their design is outdated now, battery capacity and motor power are both low and electronics certainly not the safest. You only need to look at the number of posts against each manufacturer to see that Gotway, Inmotion and Kingsong have a much higher following.
  27. 6 points
    It really is a good idea. The crunchy folks who oppose EUCs are the very same people who scold everyone about not being sufficiently sensitive to the plight of the disabled. Make them eat their own dogfood
  28. 6 points
    That's us. We're currently on a five month trip across the USA. Today's stop is in Littleton Colorado at Chatfield State Park. I recommend this place for an excellent EUC ride. There's a paved path around the lake that covers about 16 miles.
  29. 6 points
    How vexing! It's the only city in North America, that I'm aware of, that has taken such a hard line. Within Europe, there's a number of countries where the Wheel is gray area, or not permitted, but where the enforcement is practically non-existent. In the UK for instance, during the late 2015 'Hoverboard' craze, the police made an official statement to the effect that such devices are not permitted on sidewalks or roads, but there's still loads of Wheelers who continue to commute & travel without harassment. Germany: technically banned (same sort of issues, must have insurance, license plate, etc), with the growing number of Riders recall reading that the authorities are becoming more relaxed about enforcement? @Tilmann has his MSuper confiscated but still rides(? ) Netherlands: in the land of the bicycle, general ban prevails, but Segways are permitted. Not known what the enforcement of the law is, if anyone has been fined Hong Kong: authorities rigorously enforce the no PEV rules, except if you're a foreigner during one of the big tradeshows Switzerland: banned. There were efforts being made by the Gotway dealer there to have the legislation amended; not sure what progress has been made in the past year Wish you the best of luck with the efforts to have the Wheel tolerated in Vancouver. Maybe as a direct result there will be some media interest leading to common sense prevailing.
  30. 6 points
    I have been dying to share our storefront photos! Last month just finished in preparation for our grand opening. (Made sure we didn't have anything with our name, just wanted to share the layout and aesthetic. We tried really hard to renovate this space as first timers.)
  31. 6 points
    <--- Electric Bicycle = legal in BC
  32. 6 points
    At the weekend I did 4 hours of riding down by the river/park over two days. Both days happened to have events on at the location and were very crowded on some sections of the route. I got a lot of comments and would say about 90% of them were positive. I have noticed a pattern emerging in what kinds of people make what kinds of comments. Kids under about 10 tend to be totally awestruck and encouraging and say things like "wow! what is that?", "Oh coooooool!" and "Look Dad! Look at that guy!". Teenage boys 12 and up tend to be stuck in their confused 'low self esteem + got to prove I'm cool' phase and when in groups they will say things like "Yo! WTF is that?", "Look at this F'ing guy on his flying wheel", "I bet you can't make it jump" and "Hahaha what's this guy trying to be?". They will rarely say a word when alone. Men about 23+ usually either ignore me but try to look from the corner of their eye, or say "That's pretty cool, man!" or if I'm stopped somewhere they will stare at me, quietly waiting for a chance to come and ask me questions with genuine interest, even asking where they can get one of their own. Women (especially those out running or walking in the park in groups) usually say things like "I could sure use one of those right now!", "Well I haven't seen that before", "Oh wow, look at him go!" and "This guy's got the smart way to travel". Then there are the jealous types and hillbilly types who just aren't very smart or socially capable, who will just shout out "Hey what the F is that?" or "How does that work?" and expect me to be able to explain the technology to them as I pass by at 20kph. Some of them are rude and say things like "oh look, the lazy way to exercise". Recently one young woman with her friends seemed genuinely interested in the wheel, but approached the interaction in a very brash, rude way by screaming "hey I need one of those! Come back here! I wanna know what that is!" and as I passed her on the way back she shouted repeatedly again and tried to block my path, even putting her hands out to try to stop me. I was able to weave around her and I just ignored her. I do not have time for people who approach me in such a loud, demanding 'stop and answer my questions right now god damn it!' way. What I have found is that the best way for me to deal with people is to ignore them if I am moving. I have stopped a few times and answered questions, but once they ask their usual 2 or 3 questions and say "well cool, man" they walk off and I'm left to get back on my wheel and set off again. And all the people who shout things seem to think they are the only ones to have made that remark that day or to have asked a question. But they are just one in a long list. I do not have time to stop or to reply every time someone shouts something, thinking they're smart and funny or that I should give them my time, only to be dismissed when they get what they want. So I ignore almost everyone now and carry on my journey. Something else I have noticed is that when I wear a backpack I get more respect and my guess is that it's because I look like this is simply my preferred mode of transport, not just a recreational toy. I'm simply travelling to work to some destination and instead of a car or a bike, I use a more modern piece of tech to get there. When I'm just riding in a T-shirt and no backpack people assume I'm just out having fun on some gadget, messing around. So now I wear a small backpack on every planned ride, even if it's empty.
  33. 6 points
    This is doing it the hard way. I just replaced my tire on my V8. Start by removing the outer shells. Once the outer shells are off, remove the 4 screws on each side attaching the wheel to the inner shells, then remove the motherboard cover and unplug the cables going from the motherboard to the wheel. No other motherboard manipulation is required. Then the whole assembly slides out the bottom. Super easy. This way you don't need to touch the LED strips, so there's issue with the adhesive losing it's "sticky", or damaging the LED strips in anyway. The whole process took me less than half an hour, and I'm not particularly mechanically inclined.
  34. 6 points
    I had to rewatch that video several times as strangely I was a little distracted. Was there an EUC in that video?
  35. 6 points
    The funny thing is - I bought myself a roomba for a few weeks ago and got home on my 9b1 WITH the roomba box in my hand! THAT has surely been confusing for many bystanders.
  36. 5 points
    Even better, go down to the grocery store and get a coconut. Bang two halves together and they will think you are riding a horse.
  37. 5 points
    That's not necessarily the case. The amount of power required to maintain a certain speed changes with factors like wind, terrain, or weight. It's independent of engine rating or even engine type. I'm talking about required mechanical power output at the wheel. Let's assume an average mechanical power output of maybe 500W would be required to keep moving at a certain speed. For an electrical engine, this will translate into some higher amount of electrical input power required, depending on the efficiency of the motor at this operating point. Brushless DC motors typically reach up to 80% efficiency, but actual efficiency at any given operating point can vary a lot. I have no reliable data on efficiency of the motors used by KS, maybe someone else can fill in, but usually efficiency is way down at low power, then rises quickly to a maximum and slowly goes back down as power output increases. I saw many curves where efficiency was down to 50% at the point of maximum power output (where torque times RPM yields the highest power value). Sure, the bigger engine may add 2kg of additional weight, but that's nothing in relation to total weight, so should not be noticeable. On the other hand, a motor rated for 800W, delivering the 500W mechanical output, will be at a very different operating point (closer to its max output), compared to a 1200W motor delivering the same 500W output. This may actually result in the 1200W motor running at a much higher efficiency than the smaller 800W motor and thereofre consume less battery instead of more. For some numbers, let's assume the 1200W engine is running at the sweet spot (efficiency wise), actually reaching 80%. It will draw 625W from the battery to provide 500W of mechanical output at the wheel. Now let's assume the smaller 800W engine, which runs under higher load (relatively speaking), is only able to reach 60% efficiency due to much higher eddy and hysteresis losses as well as ohmic losses (higher winding resistance). This motor will draw 830W from the battery (running at maximum continuous output already just to deliver the 500W mechanical power). The actual % values in this example may be way off, since I don't have actual data, but you get the idea. It really depends on the efficiency curves of the two motors and the operating point at which the two are compared against each other. So, it may very well depend a lot on the riding style, if you get more or less mileage out of the bigger motor. Someone who happens to ride the wheel such that he hits the sweet spot of an 800W engine may experience better mileage on the KS16B (1.2kW motor still below its sweet spot and thus less efficient), while some other guy who pushes the wheel harder sees an improved mileage on the KS16S, because he was operating the 16B way above its sweet spot and now gets better efficiency on the bigger engine. That said, I think both wheels provide really good range with their 840Wh batteries.
  38. 5 points
    Dear Hunka, you just don't grasp Finnish camouflage tactics in all their sophistication, do you? EUCextreme turns his GotWays into cooler boxes, so that he can fake a picknick when approached by hostile forces. Now esaj made his KingSong look like a camping cushion, so he can slam it flat on the ground and sit next to him. 😁😁
  39. 5 points
    No, of course not... what's an electric unicycle? Never heard of those... Well, I had to cut my first ride pretty short, as it indeed began to rain. Maybe about 10km roundtrip, have to see if I can make another ride later in the night. Plus I forgot that the King Songs have the 20km/h code-locked speed limiter by default, so I got very intimate with the friendly male voice telling me to "Please decelerate" all the time, including uphills Couple of first impressions, although probably nothing new, especially to previous King Song -owners: The tiltback's subtle, didn't have that on the Firewheel, but it's not sudden or aggressive, yet easily noticeable. Might be more aggressive with faster accelerations. The ride-feel is pretty similar to Firewheel, at least in the stiffest mode ("Player mode", I think), the response's fast and accurate. I didn't really push it yet at any point (ie. no really fast accelerations or decelerations), but I did climb some pretty steep hills. Easily accelerating up those, like it's nothing, of course I'm really light weight compared to most riders (maybe around 60kg / 130lbs in full gear). In general, riding wheels seems like with the bicycle, once you've learned, it doesn't "go away". Well, at least not in the... 9 months since I last rode for a bit with my friends' KS (and about 1.5 years since I last really pushed with the Firewheel). I was mostly worried I might fumble with the mounting, but no problem there. Maybe one day I'll learn properly the "skate-kick" -start, I usually just hop on and get going from almost standstill, as weird as it may seem to some, it's actually much easier for me...
  40. 5 points
    Haha! It looks like it lost a fight.
  41. 5 points
    Thanks to everyone that made it out, great seeing @edwin_rm, @LorenW, and Shelly again, and great first ride with Mark! See photo below from our ride, rest of the photos can be found here... https://www.meetup.com/ewheelgroup/photos/27854423/
  42. 5 points
    @Bat Not sure why you have such strong opinions that differ from almost everybody's experiences and usage, and (more importantly) from what everybody buys. -- And while we're talking about "BS"... Looks like distributors aren't allowed to have opinions, even if said opinions came long before they became a distributor. Gotway does not have poor quality, it's still one of the brand manufacturers that are perfectly buyable. Could they be better? Sure, especially design, redundancy, etc - like every other manufacturer too. But it's ridiculous to count out buying Gotway. And people certainly are talking about fault with Gotway or any other brand. You would not believe it, but people wear helmets on "personal transportation" bicycles. At 15 km/h you are still fucked in a crash without a helmet/protection. EUC above 30 km/h should not exist? Now that is nonsense if I ever heard nonsense. @Chris Westland said it best on the previous page, very true: "30+kph speeds which becomes your baseline once you've gotten into EUCs". And how dare we expect more from a new mode of transportation than existing modes already can do? Even if said mode of transportation easily can provide new options. But hey, you have an unsubstantiated dislike and "it's gonna be the law!" (like that is an argument). -- Quite frankly, you sound like someone who has never ridden a EUC, more like a angsty/mentally rigid old person who wants to ban anything that didn't exist in 1950.
  43. 5 points
    Yes, I've had free technical advice on the Firewheel and later on ordered parts for it from 1RadWerkstatt, plus their prices aren't bad (and since it's within EU-zone, no import taxes), so it was a relatively easy decision. Another option I considered was Jason, but the issue was with Jason having moved most of his business across the Atlantic, the import taxes and shipping costs & delays halfway across the world, if for example replacements or spare parts are needed. Plus I don't know if he even sells the S-model, I was asking about KS16B earlier from him. Of course in the "role" of a moderator, I cannot favor any resellers, but as a private person, those two would be my personal "go-to" -dealers. Yeah Thanks! Thanks, and will do, although I still need to tie some knots in work stuff, check the tire pressure & settings and pad the hell out of that, just in case... I'm not that much into looks, but I still don't want to scratch it straight out of the box Looks like it's going to rain in the next couple of hours anyway, so might have to postpone the first ride later into the evening.
  44. 5 points
    Arkansas isn't New York City, but it's not nowhere. I think you're a glass-half-empty kind of guy Carlos Let's encourage people like @Trey Lewis instead of throwing cold water in their face.
  45. 5 points
    Two IPS members comfirmed that the specs listed on their website were indeed the specs (iamips.com). I didn't ask about the speed but 20 makes sense if it only a 350w motor. I don't believe any one person can say what an EUC should be. I think it should be whatever works for that rider. I love smaller wheels, I do, but since I use my wheel to go to the bank, out to eat, or head to my store I could never go back to the very slow speeds of some other models, 5km/h is a very noticeable change. I ride between 35-40 on the roads I ride daily and it keeps my commutes very short. I rode my friends MCM4 (which I love) to to check the mail and the bank by my house and it was fine, but as soon as I made the a longer trip to our EUC store I felt so limited. It is maybe 2 miles but I felt like I was barely moving compared to m ACM+. It doesn't have the power to safely carry me at my comfortable speeds. Some people may only feel comfortable at lower speeds and maybe should get the smaller wheels, but for those that feel much more comfortable at faster speeds or use it for long distance and practical transportation these big and bulky-ish wheels are the only way to get what we want out of an EUC. I am glad IPS is pushing things this way though. If they can get a wheel this size and weight up to a safe 30km/h I would be very happy. I think 20km/h feels way to slow for anyone used to more than that. It is almost impossible to go back to riding slower once you get used to the higher speeds.
  46. 5 points
    The 40 kmph options are for other models- the KS-18 has a max speed of 40, so the higher settings on the app are for this which is run on the same app, as well as the new KS-16S, which can be set up to 35 max. Remember the danger with all E-unicycles lies in creating too much demand on battery output, so acceleration is a major factor. Ideally once you are going faster than running speed speed, do not accelerate too fast, and get to know how fast your model can accelerate without straining the battery by gradual increases- not suddenly leaning into acceleration.. I have taken a 14C a bit over 30kmph, but then always just by gently accelerating and only on level ground or down a slope..
  47. 5 points
    For grins it may help to place a Handicap placard on the side of your wheel. That in combination with a short letter/note from your doctor perhaps would be enough to keep any police officer from doing anything other than talking to you. They are human after all and most are not seeking to make peoples lives hell. You can see that my view of life is on the charitable side I try not to presuppose the worst and instead deal with adversities as they occur. But best of luck with your fight, but that bureau-speak letter is scary
  48. 5 points
    Right on! Fight the good fight. Hopefully it will be picked up by the news as these EUCs are just another personal mobility device that people use to get around on. Look at @TremF's medical issues and see how his wheel brings him so much joy. Maybe you can contact him to contribute a statement as well to the news people through Skype or something. Also see if @musk wouldn't mind appearing with you on the news to tell about his fine. Now imagine if they outlawed electric wheelchairs and made only conventional wheelchairs legal to ride? What would Stephen Hawking think about that? It would make trips to his favorite spots to observe heavenly bodies much more challenging. http://nypost.com/2012/02/24/acclaimed-physicist-hawking-a-regular-at-calif-strip-joint/
  49. 5 points
    Had a couple 14Ds from the last KS order; they're decent Wheels, solidly built, many improvements over the 14C, just the battery pack is a bit small. A Customer bought a 14D to use as a training Wheel before his Monster arrives, wanted to know if there was a way to protect his Wheel, so I tried fitting the V5F Protective Cover. Look at how snuggly it fits, as if it was designed for the Wheel—you'll have to make a small incision in the back to access the charging port without taking it.
  50. 5 points