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  1. 12 points
    Look what the cat dragged in Well, back to work...
  2. 7 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
  3. 6 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
  4. 6 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.
  5. 6 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.
  6. 5 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
  7. 5 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.
  8. 5 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.
  9. 5 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
  10. 5 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
  11. 5 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.
  12. 4 points
    All seeing, all knowing. All seeing, all knowing. Never underestimate the powers of the "Psychic SummonerTM." Anyone want next week's lotto numbers?
  13. 4 points
    Haha! It looks like it lost a fight.
  14. 4 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
  15. 4 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/
  16. 3 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.
  17. 3 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!
  18. 3 points
    I find it encouraging that they are listening and fixing things as they come. I know many seem frustrated at times, but it can take a little while to incorporate new features and fixes in the next iteration of things. They appear to be doing that. First, more Mosfets, then connectors, and now wire gauge. It's a start. The next release might just be a pretty good one if all these changes along with any we are not aware of yet are used. There is also a photo on FaceBook that shows a Voltage Gauge on the Monster. I don't know if it's Factory, but it sure appears that way. If not, it was well done.
  19. 3 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...
  20. 3 points
    Wow, I gotta get a better cat ... Congratulations! Hope you have lots of fun with it. ... but i'm still very jealous about your cat.
  21. 3 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.
  22. 3 points
    I cannot comment on which Inmotion to buy as I've only owned and ridden the V5f+. Getting a wheel is one of the best decisions of my life as it has changed the way I look at my city and the places I now go. I understand a bicycle is "sort of there"; an EUC has a form factor no bicycle can match. Never lock it up, trolley it around in large crowds, let it pull you up hills while trolleying. I'm not sure if my legs will attrophize through disuse. I always take my wheel with me in my car, and the wheel affords you a mobility that is mostly unbeatable. Rough terrain, though, is questionable. It is not a hobby though it can be (I spend way too much time on this forum, and riding my unicycle when not); it is an utility vehicle in a way say motorcycles aren't. Though it is half a Segway, it is not a Segway; everything the Segway the EUC is. Er, except for the learning part. Having low expectations and high work ethics probably serves you best. And public humiliation. Yes, I fell off in the middle of an intersection again today and made a few attempts before finally getting on. During rush hour. Yep that's me. It took me maybe 15 minutes to ride an EUC, 20 minutes to learn going backwards, and three months to still fall of the damned thing while mounting it!!
  23. 3 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.
  24. 3 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.
  25. 3 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.
  26. 3 points
    As far as accessibility goes, in the US you are allowed to choose your assistive device. If you have a disability they have to let you ride it if practical (for example they may require that it doesn't take up more than half of the trail or path). Parks have their own rules and it's always important to check, but they can't contradict the ADA rules: An entity that determines it can accommodate one or more types of OPDMDs in its facility is allowed to ask the person using the device to provide credible assurance that the device is used because of a disability. If the person presents a valid, State-issued disability parking placard or card or a State-issued proof of disability, that must be accepted as credible assurance on its face. If the person does not have this documentation, but states verbally that the OPDMD is being used because of a mobility disability, that also must be accepted as credible assurance, unless the person is observed doing something that contradicts the assurance. For example, if a person is observed running and jumping, that may be evidence that contradicts the person's assertion of a mobility disability. However, it is very important for covered entities and their staff to understand that the fact that a person with a disability is able to walk for a short distance does not necessarily contradict a verbal assurance -- many people with mobility disabilities can walk, but need their mobility device for longer distances or uneven terrain. This is particularly true for people who lack stamina, have poor balance, or use mobility devices because of respiratory, cardiac, or neurological disabilities. A covered entity cannot ask people about their disabilities. https://www.ada.gov/opdmd.htm
  27. 3 points
    I'd Prevail upon him to preserve his Dignity and Select something that would give him more Poise and Attends more to his needs.
  28. 2 points
    @Rehab1 You have a different tire? I assume that is on you, not a new GW standard? Not bad, not bad Here's my theory: you must be from the future, communicating with the past to prevent a catastrophe and save the planet (or just prevent EUC cut outs). Your frequent old-man-with-no-filter offtopic-ing is just a clever disguise, to save us all, by giving hidden hints and stealthily guiding us! Am I right?
  29. 2 points
    Thanks buddy! I just need another 3- 4 hours to finish up a few items! I keep making progress and best of all...no extra screws so far!
  30. 2 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.
  31. 2 points
    Whack that baby! Red Loctite? I thought that was the permanent stuff... wouldn't blue be better?
  32. 2 points
    I know, but I admit it's an eyesore, even to me, who (at least supposedly) don't care so much for looks... "Wait, this isn't actually white... oh well, let's see... this could go here... no, it won't bend that much... how about if I cut it around that... no... what parts are most likely to hit... fuck it, just cover all the corners fastest way possible and be done with it" Had I known that I might almost as well spent the entire evening doing it "right" from the get-go I knew there was a risk with S, since it's still a very new model, and no-one actually knows if and what issues there might still be lurking... even the firmware is still at 1.0 (didn't check if there's a new one available, I don't want to be the test pilot ). As for comparing it to the B, I did have a few rides with a friends' 840Wh B last summer, but I didn't ride it a lot and it's been so long in between that I cannot really tell what's different. However, I might have an opportunity to test 680Wh B and the S side-by-side for a much longer period starting probably next week... You can't have a bleeding-edge wheel without a spare, right? I'll try to keep some notes and update people on things I find out over time (assuming the mainboard won't blow up or anything ). Still, it's likely going take at least a month or two before I feel I can really "review" the wheel itself (and I mean more like a "proper" review, like I did with the Firewheel: Firewheel review )
  33. 2 points
    Well, I was in a bit of a rush, didn't want to ding it straight out of the bat (although it's likely going to happen sooner or later ) and had only a roll of the (not-so-)white -bumper strip... Maybe I'll redo it more properly later on, something akin to what I did with the Firewheel a couple years back: Thanks, I was planning on doing a much longer ride tonight, as the rain was supposed to go past the city farther north, but nope, forecast dice got it wrong... Had a bad flashback of the 2015 summer, which was dubbed "coldest summer in over 50 years" up until late August (a small heatwave pushed the average up enough so it was "only" the coldest summer of a couple of decades or so ), and also it rained all the time (still managed to clock in 1500km on the Firewheel, 10-20km at a time). But, there's the weekend and hopefully a much warmer and less rainy summer ahead of me. Sooner or later I'll probably try the high speeds, on a long, usually totally empty bikelane that's in a pretty good condition. But it's not exactly the first thing on my list, and I prefer to ride at a more like "bicycle pace" normally. Need to install a bike computer for measuring anyway, I don't trust the wheel to report it correctly...
  34. 2 points
    Yeah, that voltage/battery gauge was super cool. Wouldn't it be great to glance down at any of our wheels and see the battery level in such a straightforward manner.
  35. 2 points
    Yeah, me too. (Not about the strange white plastic thing, but about his cat). This would be of interest for some of us, I think, me included. :-) By God, man, what have you done ?! A wheel without scratches is like a face without eyebrows ! The only reason I can imagine to do the same with a new wheel is, when I want to colorspray a part of it. But hopefully not into a wet gully, when it rains. I had such an experience last autumn. However, congratulations ! And let us know if it can really seriously go 35 km/h over a longer time.
  36. 2 points
  37. 2 points
    Better than that: He even knows how to fly with them ???
  38. 2 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/
  39. 2 points
    Whooohooo! Finally!! @esaj is back on the road again!!! Bring the kids in da house!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Just wondering: how many gummi bears per 100km does it consume ?
  40. 2 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.
  41. 2 points
    sweet! and you get... gummy bears?!
  42. 2 points
    The wheel is interesting. I think (and hope) it looks better in the real life, because the casing is from metal instead of plastic. This is just great, I would love to see it and test it. Much better idea than the famous plastic of other manufacturers, which comes already scratched out of the box. What a BS. How could a wheel be too thin? When I tested my friend's Zero I loved there are no pads, because... I don't ride with my knees pressing the pads. I don't know any experienced rider who does that. Doing this makes you tired a lot faster. The muscles should be relaxed and in natural, straight position. Thinner unicycle means no contact with the casing. It's actually more natural - more like walking. You don't bend your legs. In contrast, when riding on KS16, I couldn't avoid pressing the pads - it's so wide. The V8 I now have is so uncomfortable with the hard, plastic pads, than I keep my legs widely - they even stand out of the pedals, which is uncomfortable and not so safe. With the IPS I5 I assume these issues doesn't exist and the ride doesn't make you tired at all. I like what they achieved. Pads are good only for waiting for a green light and for beginners, because they're scared and pressing the pads make them feel safer. 7.5 kg is awesome, you shouldn't feel this at all if you've got used to heavier wheels. Regarding the shape - I think they wanted to make it similar to a laptop - rectangular, thin, great to carry in a backpack. What I don't understand is the differences in the specification. The specs you posted here are from unofficial IPS dealer websites, they are known for making them up. Everyone says other things about the spec: https://www.electricunicycles.eu/ips_i5_and_s5_the_new_electric_unicycles_from_ips-c__253 I've heard the rated power is 500 W. So, waiting for the official and confirmed spec with rated power and max power output! If you want a big, fat wheel and go crazy like Jason with his Gotway - the I5 probably is not for you. If you want a real essence of mobility, the lightest wheel which you can put into a backpack (which is super useful as no one knows what you have in your backpack), with built in lights - the I5 sounds interesting. The maximum speed is not that bad comparing to Ninebot One E+, which is more than enough for most people. Besides, the spec isn't official, so maybe the max speed is higher, and the 20 km/h is the stable, crusing speed or something. I would prefer unicycles going in the direction IPS is going, than riding a Gotway Monster, which is a complete opposite to what an EUC should be. What I like the most is IPS is challenging the market. If you can do 7.5 kg with that spec, what's next? 5 kg and more speed and range? There has to be someone like this on the market to pressure other manufactures. It's not so hard to make a fast EUC with huge range, which weights 20 kg. 20 kg??????? WTF. Good luck with that. I hope the build quality will also be good. For instance, why do you need a fast wheel like Gotway, when their quality is just poor? Gotways look more like prototypes than actual wheels. You have a big battery and powerful motor, but you are scared if the casing is solid enough.
  43. 2 points
    But that doesn't mean he isn't handicapped...
  44. 2 points
    One thing I've noticed with EUCs is how old, immobile people must see the street and walkways (the people you hear about who are afraid to leave the house in winter due to fear of ice, for example). Erstwhile inconsequential bumps, curbs, ruts, side tilts, uneven spots, cracks, leaves and dirt, potholes, puddles - suddenly these are make-or-break. No wheelchair ramps and you'd have to take stairs? EUCs make you notice! In the same vein as the preceding post, might be a good talking point.
  45. 2 points
    That, is a brilliant idea. I am going to get a sticker, i will have a note from my doctor too, I have an appt in a week. I wonder if there are "cool" handicap stickers now, that still look legit. I must Google!
  46. 2 points
    Sorry to hear about your cancer, my mum had it also and yes people please take his advice don't hold off on things like this, I hope you get the all clear soon and to be able to ride legally soon also. Good Luck
  47. 2 points
  48. 2 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.
  49. 2 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.
  50. 2 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.