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  1. 14 points
    I'll be making a full post about this later today. Solowheel's/Shane's position is that he wants to block import of all other brands of Electric Unicycles into the US, he's even going after Segway/Ninebot through the courts at this very moment. For those with the knowledge about Shane's true involvement in the 'Invention' of the Electric Unicycle, this is a complete farce. No, I won't be selling any of the Glide series. I have a +$10,000 Inmotion parts inventory, this ought to be more than sufficient to deal with any after-service issues with the V8s we've sold; furthermore, we can continue to purchase parts from China. As you can imagine, I've tried to vigorously persuade Inmotion Management of the error of their ways, that this pricing policy will be self-defeating, but in their minds, the Solowheel joint venture is a fait accompli, not open to debate or revision. "No doubt there has been intense internal debate about the new pricing policy of the rebranded products, in my mind the negatives overwhelmingly supplant any marginal benefits of revenue from the higher prices. The arguments summoned against this dramatic increase include: Accusations of Price Gouging: Consumers who buy Electric Unicycles today are among the most educated & intelligent buyers in the US. They're going to know what the historical prices were, along with the comparable overseas prices in other markets & draw the conclusion the conclusion that they're being overcharged. Price Elasticity: this is the concept that if an Electric Unicycle is out of a person's budget, they will instead substitute the Electric Unicycle for another mode of personal transport that offers double, or triple, the capability per $. It doesn't look like there's been any serious analysis of this factor with the new pricing regime. Loss of credibility for the new brand: as a first action of the new company, this sends the wrong message to current loyal Inmotion Customers, that the new company is overpriced. Competition: even if Shane is successful at blocking King Song & Gotway at the wholesale level, he still has to face the facts that, 1) consumers can still purchase individually directly from China & there is nothing that can be done to stop this, 2) there are domestic US companies like Kiwano & Segway/Ninebot making similar products for a lot less money, 3) prices have to be in line for similar class of devices—this is the chief argument levelled against Solowheel within the Electric Unicycle community, that their products are overpriced! Dramatic Decrease in Sales: I predict the net effect of these factors, is that even with massively increased marketing dollars, many people will take an immediate dislike to the new company & the expensive rebranded but hardly improved products. Hope you're receptive to exploring the new pricing further."
  2. 13 points
    The late afternoon of July 8th the Southern California riders hosted a Griffith Park ride for @The Fat Unicyclist(far right in the thumbnail below) as he was visiting from New Zealand. Even though he had gotten off his plane earlier in the afternoon he managed the ride just fine (I planned an easy route for him ). I think he really enjoyed the evening and I know we enjoyed his company (strange accent and all ). Be sure not to miss where he crashes my MSuper at ~6:30 into the video (sorry Kevin, I had to include at least one crash in the video, and you're it ). Also joining us were @who_the and @Kevin Grandon who drove all the way from San Francisco just to join the ride. Thanks guys! I still can't believe you made the drive And rounding out the group ride was @Stan Onymous, @jrkline, @Ando Melkonyan, @Sven, @noisycarlos, and @YoshiSkySun Thanks everyone for joining me on this beautiful day for a trip around Griffith Park. 10 riders is a record turnout for Southern California
  3. 10 points
    Hey all, new member here from BC Canada, been perusing these forums for a little while now and found them very insightful, just over a week ago I decided to take the plunge into the world of electric unicycles. I decided to go with the ninebot one C+ (only because I found one for 300 dollars cheaper than the E+ and I wasn't even sure if I would like it) but I must say it's been the most fun i've ever had! I have been taking it literally everywhere around the city, off roading and exploring places i've never been to before simply because it is so much fun.. Now that being said, I have already decided to upgrade and purchased the inmotion V8 after doing a lot of reading on it, I think it will be perfect for me.. constantly fighting the speed limiter on the C+ and I have drained the battery fully every day since getting it a week ago so would like something with a better battery. The reason I chose the V8 is because it is a good mid-range model with a battery good enough to get me anywhere I need to go and back in my city but the speed/engine is good enough so that I won't be fighting the limiter constantly, while at the same time not so ludicrous that I will be tempted to go 30 miles an hour and kill myself haha because I don't wear any protection and don't plan on it. Also some of the features that are lacking on the ninebot such as a handle to walk it, kill switch, and headlight will be much appreciated and I can't wait to not have to lug around 30 lbs in stores, crowded places etc. Also I would like to add for anyone else here in Victoria possibly looking at getting an electric unicycle that I have had no problems with the authorities whatsoever, had dozens of police pass me without a second look and this was without any lights or protection whatsoever.. so I don't think that will be any problem at all, which is what I was slightly worried about before deciding to get it. Anyways just wanted to say hey and thanks for all of the useful information that people have contributed on these forums and for helping to convince me to pull the trigger on this hobby (it's the only thing that will get me outdoors)
  4. 10 points
    So Fedex finally delivered my King Song KS-18S today. At first it looks big compared to the other wheels I have. I got it from eWheels.com. It came with the fast charger with voltage readout. 4amps max. Had about 45% charge on the unit. I charged it for 30 minutes, got up to 60%. I rode it around my property for a bit. It isn't difficult to ride. I did notice the leaning back that was mentioned before when you turn. So it is in the KS-18S also. I'm so used to going fast, I keep on hitting the default limiter of 20km/h. The tilt is more pronounced than on the KS-16 I have. It is more like the ninebot the way it tilt back more dramatically. Maybe it is because it is so much taller. not sure. I spend about 20 minutes trying to learn to ride sitting down, no luck! I dropped the unit twice already! Jason had included some bumpers. I think I should have put it on before trying to learn how to ride it sitting down. It looks like it will take a bit of work to learn to ride while sitting down. I had a tendency to over accelerate the unit when sitting. It almost feels like learning to ride all over again. very discouraging. The other problem is when the unit runs away from you, you can't really catch it since the seat is on the handle. The speakers are much louder, but they are not clear at the highest volumes. The turning is about the same, though I can see why some would think it is less nimble. Anyway, here is a picture of all my wheels so far...
  5. 10 points
    I am a weak man. Last night, temptation proved to be my undoing and I OPENED THE BOX. In my possession is a brand new basic black ACMs+, sporting 1600wh 84v batteries. ACM, ACM burning bright In the suburbs of the night What immortal foot or guy Dare ride thy fearful symmetry? I have joined Team Gotway. Soon I shall be sneering imperiously at those with lesser machines while riding with mild fear and anxiety from the insane speed and possibility of a cutout. First impression - what a fat, heavy, little piggy of an ewheel. I shall call it THE WARTHOG.
  6. 10 points
    I had a hard time deciding what to label this post. Hopefully I captured the proper spirit of the information I'm providing here. Although this post is specific to my ACM experience, the MSuper and Monster uses the same hardware and unskilled Gotway labor, so I think it applies there to. Do you think it's a stretch to say that it applies to all Gotway wheels Yesterday I reported that I was not able to charge my ACM I partially opened it to troubleshoot and eventually determined that one of the two wires going to the charge port was loose. Wiggle it just right and I could charge the wheel. So guess what I get to do? Yep, tear down the ACM So here's my ACM on the bench again. Doesn't it look pretty? What I'm about to describe will not be a surprise to any of you Gotway lovers out there . At this point I take it all in stride and laugh. If only these wheels weren't the adrenaline machines that they are I'd have other options. I had to peel away the standard hot glue that is the Gotway adhesive of choice and then the lose wire simply fell away. Hmmm. I grabbed my 100mm Canon macro lens and took a couple pictures for you folks. @Rehab1 was interested in some pics and @Jason McNeil might also be interested because of the Fast Charger that you provide. First is the wire that goes into the solder socket of the charge port. A nice looking cold solder joint that made zero bond with the charge port socket. And here is the charge port. Notice all the beautiful solder in there? Oh wait, yeah, there is none You have to love Gotway workmanship and quality control. I know, I'm rehashing old news, but allow me some laughs at their expense for the inconvenience that they put me through Are we really to believe that the motor bullet connectors don't fall prey to the same crappy workmanship, even if only on Mondays? For those who aren't familiar with the background, the bullet connectors require the same soldering capability that is so aptly demonstrated here. I'm happy with my choice to cut out the connectors and solder everything. It's all blurring together in my mind - maybe the motor connectors are crimped now? Yeah, I think so. Good news, because this is just another example of why Gotway employees should not be allowed near a soldering iron So clearly the hot glue was maintaining a mechanical connection between the connector and the wire. After six or so months it finally gave out. Because of the mess of removing hot glue (why in Gods name is hot glue required anywhere in a wheel instead of mechanical fasteners?) I opted to not touch the other wire. I'll cross my fingers that the person got that one right. It feels solid for whatever that's worth. The next point is well known to many of you I'm sure but I'll state it here again. The wire going to the charge port and to all the batteries is 20 gauge wire. I counted 18 strands. Solid (1 strand) 20 gauge wire is good for ~6 amps. 18 strand wire is good for ~3 to 4 amps. I ever so briefly contemplated replacing the wiring but that would entail a huge amount of work, including opening each battery. I don't think it's wise to push 5 amps (EWheels 5 amp charger) through these wires. Not for extended periods anyway. I've been using the Fast Charger at the 4 amp setting and I'll continue to use that. 5 amps would probably be OK, but we're starting to operate at the margins now. I'll stay a little on the conservative side and stick with 4 amps max. I don't think there's much more for me to learn about the ACM, so please Gotway Gods, leave me alone for awhile EDIT: I forgot to mention that my fix was to properly solder the wire to the charge port. Easy peasy
  7. 9 points
    Hi, everyone! This is my first post here (and certainly not my last one ;-) ). I'm Justina and I've fallen in love with electric unicycles. It all began from curiosity "how can I improve my daily commute?", and when I bought my first EUC, it instantly became my hobby. Then I met some local enthusiasts and our small group started growing. After a while we started a project together that over time has become www.ElectricUnicycles.eu Our mission is to increase people's awareness of electric unicycles and show them it is not a gadget or a prototype - it is the best way of personal transportation in the world. And it's available now, everywhere! Our goal is to change people's thinking and replace their bicycles with electric unicycles, for daily commute. We live in the 21th century, why do we still use technology that hasn't changed from 200 years? It's time for a change, for people to know about EUCs! I create videos for our YouTube channel (anybody has seen my vids before?), where I try to help you as much as I can - either with choosing the righ wheel, or to do typical stuff like changing the tyre. We have just added new general videos with real life scenarios with electric unicycle usage: Electric unicycle vs bicycle - for commuting - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmmPaLxP4pk Electric unicycle for meetings - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lDgp59N3ZU If you like them, feel free to share! Many more coming soon! -------------------- Besides this, we also have an European shop with only one category: electric unicycles. We believe this is superior to any two wheelers or scooters and everyone can learn how to ride it, just how everyone had to learn riding a bicycle as a kid - we just don't remember this now. I have a huge €100 discount for all forum members, for the following electric unicycles: * 2017 KingSong KS-16S (840 Wh) is €1514 for forum members, * 2017 Inmotion V8 (480 Wh) with carbon fibre-like kit is €982 for forum members, * 2017 KingSong KS-16C face-lift (680 Wh) is €1075 for forum members, * 2017 KingSong KS-14D (420 Wh) is €886 for forum members. Heads up! We do not collaborate with everyone. We collaborate with the top league manufacturers exclusively, to deliver the best electric unicycles only. Everything comes with a 2-year warranty, a gift, and of course functional mobile app. Dispatch up to 24 hours if not stated otherwise on the site. Do you live outside Europe? Contact me. How to get the €100 discount? It's easy and will take only 3 minutes: 1. Like our new Facebook page (click) 2. Share our Facebook page on your FB profile: https://www.facebook.com/ElectricUnicycles.eu/ 3. Subscribe to our YouTube channel (click) 4. Register on our website: https://www.electricunicycles.eu/ 5. Download and rate our mobile app on the preferred system: Android (click) or iOS (click). 6. Contact me by sending a private message here, or via Facebook / website - simply text "DONE" :-) I'm here for you if you have any questions. Also, I'm looking forward to talk to you about EUCs overall, I will start replying to other topics here for sure! Best Regards, Justina PS. This is how we do it:
  8. 9 points
    Hi guys, Don't you think a bicycle looks odd comparing to EUC? It's much bigger, you have to park it etc. - sounds like having troubles. Since I started riding on EUCs, I have a strange feeling when observing bicyclist, like they would ride a horse and were from another century (I'm talking just about transportation purposes, not sport or hobby). I assume from most people view, riding a bicycle is completely normal, because it is here for 200 years and there was nothing else to make a contrast. I think the major problem with people to switch from bike to anything else is the fear of learning something new. Everyone thinks it is hard to learn EUC, but the truth is it's not. Everyone had to learn how to ride a bike as a kid, we just don't remember this. Then people do a driving license, and then they are older and older, and with age they start to ignore new things that have a learning curve. I am a woman, and I haven't ridden any other such devices or haven't done any extreme sports like skateboarding etc., but I was able to master an electric unicycle. If I could do it, everyone can do it! But how convince stubborn people it is easy and fun? Check this out. Do you think it may work?
  9. 9 points
  10. 9 points
    Woohoo! Finally. It has arrived! Delivered quite late in the day and I only just got chance to open it. Initial observations: Looks even better in real life. The default blue rotating LEDs are not as offensive as I expected (I'm sure some other patterns are) Lighter than expected. I had been stressing about excessive weight but the balanced and thin form factor and nice handle make carrying effortless. I can see big advantages to the kill switch under the carry handle. This should be standard on all EUC's of carryable weight IMO. I have the 2.15 Kenda tire. Inmotion promised @Jason McNeil these would ship with the 1.95 tire to avoid the scraping issues reported by existing users. I see no sign of scraping at the moment. Infact there are several millimeters of clearance in the problem area but I have not checked the tire pressure yet which could blow it out to the point of contact. Kenda tires stink! I may be wrong but I believe the directional tire is mounted in the wrong direction. This is a bit of a bummer as wet weather traction is a big deal in FL but I will look again tomorrow when it isn't so late. Again, I may be wrong. Integrated trolley handle is an awesome idea. I've only wheeled it around my lining room but there is no doubt this is (like the kill switch) will be invaluable for going about commuting, shopping, etc with the wheel. My Charge Doctor and protective foam tape were omitted from the package. I've emailed Jason to see where they are. As I'm a new rider I really wanted to put the foam tape up and over the carry handle before I rode it. This is where the official Inmotion cover doesn't reach. Might have to go to the auto store for some of @Rehab1s protective bumper stripping. The 2.5A eWheels fast charger is smaller and lighter than expected. This is great as I expect to occasionally carry it with me for a quick "coffee shop" boost on rare extended range journeys. I am major bummed that SoloWheel has ruined this wheel for the USA. It looks like it was perfect at the old Inmotion price point. To Shane Chen I say this... May the flees of a thousand camels infest you arse! More observations once I get chance. Alas. Now it is bed time for dreams of one wheeled freedom.
  11. 8 points
    After riding for many, many months almost every other day, I've gotten used to all the smiles, compliments, and positive comments. Maybe I got too used to it. Today nearing sunset as I'm riding down a sidewalk away from a main street some yahoo in an SUV driving by yells out something derogatory. I won't repeat what he said , but I was taken aback a little. We do have a bit of a redneck, idiot problem here, and I've seen more than a few fine examples of that throughout school and randomly in public. It might be just me, but people who yell random things out of the window at strangers while riding in a car seem a little stupid to me. They don't know me, and I don't know them. It's very weird why they want to express themselves that way. Even dogs who stick their heads out of vehicles don't bark randomly. I just gave them a dab and rolled on my way.
  12. 8 points
    Hold the phone. Is it just me or does the new name for the wheel have some sort of significance as customers should bend over and take it with some...? New name prediction for Solowheel V5F will be Solowheel Astroglide 6?
  13. 8 points
    I personally encountered many EUC riders but we normally just wave to each other when passing by if not familiar with each other. However afterward, we'll post a message in WeChat groups asking who is that that just encountered, and not surprisingly someone will always pop up saying 'that's me'
  14. 8 points
    Chino Hills State Park Adventure with @Marty Backe on 7/16 Overall, fun ride with a little taste of cogswell dam lol
  15. 8 points
    I think we all have our strengths and weaknesses when it comes to riding, and the interesting part of EUCs is the continuing skills that we learn over time. Here's some aspects of riding to practice: 1. Launches from either foot. I still need to practice this as sometimes it's nice to be able to train yourself to be able to start off from either side. Maybe not a super useful skill to have, but I think it might come in handy. 2. Riding in really tight circles at slower speeds. I was riding downhill, and I wanted to do an U-turn on the pathway. I did it before, but for some reason I wasn't able to turn sharply enough this time and had to ditch. I think being able to turn within a small radius is very handy. @SuperSport I think mentioned he was able to do turns within a one foot radius. 3. 90 degree sharp turns. This comes in really handy when going around fences or sidewalks where things are very tight. Even on my driveway, I can move around my car and the garage and make it onto the walk up to my house which has a sharp right angle turn. I do have to move my arms a bit and give the wheel a slight pivot almost to get around the corner, but it's good practice for tight maneuvering. 4. Riding backwards from a stop or coming to a forwards stop then moving backwards. I have yet to try to learn this, but @Marty Backe has an excellent series of videos documenting his journey to acquiring this skill. 5. Riding backwards and turning in either direction or riding in circles backwards. 6. Coming to a stop and keeping control of the wheel without any hands. I'm still practising this daily, and it's difficult to fight the urge to lean down to stabilize the wheel upon stopping. I did notice that wearing jeans seems to help with better friction against the leg. 7. Coming to a stop at interesections to press the crosswalk button. Usually I stop and drop a foot down before doing so, but some people are able to stop and reach a hand out to lean against the pole while pressing the button. I find it actually a little tricky to come to a stop and grab a pole as your balance seems to be thrown off. Still practicing that one. 8. Riding up and down hills and changing direction. I'm used to it now, but I remember that riding diagonally across a hill/rise in the road is a different sensation that you have to adjust to. Stopping on an incline or decline is a other trick as you need to keep your foot level on the wheel while you step off with the other. Maybe it's just me, but this is still a little tricky especially facing downhill. Maybe the San Fran riders can comment. 9. Thowing footballs while riding. Nope not for me after watching @dbfrese. Same goes for riding with an umbrella in moderate winds. Done that, big mistake! 10. Riding over grass or over/up gravel terrain. 11. Riding up sloped sidewalks head on or jumping up edged sidewalks. 12. Riding on one leg. Can people do this riding straight, or is it always in a circle? 13. Riding while turning your head to look behind you and to the side without veering off course. 14. Dabbin' on them haters without accidentally wiping out in the process. What else? Please feel free to comment or add other skills to practice.
  16. 8 points
    I went for a very short ride yesterday to test out my modified ACM 1600 and the temperature Data Logger. The ACM required recalibration first but other than that it performed flawlessly. The area where I tested it does not have any hills which was fine for the first run. I also did not bring it up to full speed. After riding the Inmotion V5F+ and V8 for so long I need to become better acquainted with my new wheel. Below is a sampling of the temperature data gathered yesterday. The blue line represents the temperature of the 3 motor wires exiting the axle shaft and the black line represents one of the 3 bullet connector motor wires. As you can see on the graph the blue line (axle wires) is climbing on the gragh more rapidly than the black bullet connector line. When I arrived at my destination around 5:25 pm the blue line begins to decend on the graph. Now I just need some serious hill climbing and faster speeds for more advanced data.
  17. 8 points
    Awesome video! So fun to watch! You are a terrific host!
  18. 7 points
    My wife's new KS 16S arrived yesterday and it is beautiful. I love the silver! So once again it is now time to protect it so she feels comfortable riding it. I am in the beginning stages of applying the silicone protection. I first changed out the little black rubber bumper that was stuck to the pedals to prevent them from destroying the plastic shell when closed. I replaced it with a 3/8" clear self adhesive molding strip by Cowles. Next I decided to add protection to the bottom of the pedals using the same thin silicone sheet material that was used on my wife's waterlogged KS14C. After the silicone template was cut out and ground smooth I heated it in an oven and then attached it to the pedal using double faced tape. The Kingsong logo became embossed on the silicone. I also removed the ugly KS label pasted over the pedals. Now onto covering the entire shell in silicone.
  19. 7 points
    a VERY nice KS18S video from a EUC community member called Phillipe Chiu:
  20. 7 points
    Ladies and gentleman, allow me to introduce to you all - "The Sylver Unicyclist"... Mother to both @The Fat Unicyclist and @The Skinny Unicyclist, 74 years young and totally blind! (and she wants a second lesson)
  21. 7 points
    I don't mind people asking me about my EUC, unless I'm in a hurry and they're trying to stop me :-) I wonder why people don't use Google more. But I'm always happy to help and talk about it, as long as the other person is not drunk What's interesting, the first question from most people is how much does it cost, which I like to skip, as people don't know how many models are on the market. From my observations: - The highest frequency of stopping me occurs when I'm riding the V8 or IPS Zero, - High frequency occurs when I'm riding KS14 or KS16. Right now a black KS-14D is my favourite and a lot of people are stopping me, - Low frequency or almost none occurs when I'm riding a Gotway ACM :-D Anyway, this is a great chance to meet new people! Maybe it would be worth to stop sometime and start talking? One thing is certain: you don't get that much attention when riding a bike :-) What most important, people reactions are great, no matter the age. Sometimes I have so funny conversations, I'm smiling the whole day :-)
  22. 7 points
    I don't think there is any animosity towards the store staff. They are just doing their job and love wheels as much as the next person. Can't fault them for that. And you are right that having a local store is extremely valuable for service and help and that costs money and is worth some premium added to the price. I've learnt that from having a relatively rare folding bike (Brompton) and having a dealer in my town. That said, eWheels and @Jason McNeil have, to my knowledge, provided remote based service that has been second to none. I had no qualms buying from him based on his reputation and engagement on here. The problem, and the reason for the upset, is how the company is operating. Not the store. Not the staff. SoloWheel, rather than innovating and producing quality competitive wheels that people want to buy seem to be strong arming the market, supressing competition, and ultimately hurting you and I by working to force out the other options. We now end up paying 60% more for basically nothing but a logo change on what was once a great wheel at a competitive price that offered an excellent option for mid-range buyers. Now it is a great wheel that no one would touch if they knew of the other options out there. The KS 16S (400W extra motor, nearly double battery capacity) can be had for $100 less now. It used to be nearly $500 more. I for one am annoyed that Solowheel has made a great brand (Inmotion) and great wheels (V5 and V8) technically unavailable/unaffordable to US buyers without a whole lot of hassle with imports.
  23. 7 points
    I had a chance to ride about ~6 miles to training in NYC each way today. In the morning, I rode it up 1st Ave, someone in a BMW X5 almost ran me over when he tried to make a light to turn left. He came to screeching halt and I had to push away from him with both hands on his driver door. But I didn't fall amazingly and just did a slalom around him. I was riding in the bike lane. Lots of people riding bikes to work. I followed behind them. I found my legs were not all that steady today probably too nervous, like spaghetti. Most people didn't even bat an eye when they saw I was riding. I like that most NYC folks don't care. LOL. Had some trouble going cross town on 42nd Street. There was no bike lane. I was able to follow a biker to Lex, then I was all alone trying to cross to 5th Ave. I rode on the sidewalk a little bit, but it was so crowded. The second time was when I was coming back down from midtown on 2nd Ave. Towards the midtown tunnel, the bike lane becomes a turning lane. Another car came inches to hitting me. Again, I was in the bike lane all the way down, following bikers. I got a few looks from bikers going the other way. A few kids screamed out it was so cool. A guy tried to ask me something as I blasted by. It was a fun, but dangerous ride. Now I know what bicyclist face everyday in NYC. 12 miles and still 70% battery left. Pretty cool!
  24. 7 points
    I saw a guy riding in Dallas on the sidewalk on a KS-16A over a year ago. I ran into Jason McNeil on the sidewalk of the Las Vegas strip during CES. I ran into a guy riding a ninebot in Las Vegas and shouted at him "Hey Ninebot!". But he didn't stop and just kept going. Seemed like he was still learning. An original Solowheel rider saw me riding on a parade route (our biggest one) and chased after me. A bar bouncer saw me walking my MSuper V3 in downtown Austin and yelled at me to come over. He has a beat up ninebot but is very good at riding it. His boss (bar owner) rides the Inmotion V3. I ran into an older couple riding the Q-series Airwheels during our "Car-free day". I ran into 3 different EUC riders in Austin last month within the span of just 15 minutes. Segway S1, Kingsong 16S, and Ninebot one. I was completely blown away by that. A cop driving in his cop car stopped me and said "Hey is that a Gotway?" He has one of the MSuper V1 I think.
  25. 7 points
    French meetup in Nertherlands Amsterdam - Den Haag the 17th of june.
  26. 7 points
    Here is my IR photo when passing thru both wires of the GX-16-3 pair at 10A for some time. The ambient temperature is 24.8C, spot 1 is the plastic socket, spot 2 is the heat shrink tube wrapped around the metal case of the soket(metal is not good for temperature reading). The hottest spot is the 18AWG wires(40.8C) which is for test only. I actually use 16AWG and GX16-4 for my V3s+.
  27. 7 points
    Can you just use Google? It's superior. Put this in the search box at Google: site:forum.electricunicycle.org whatever blah blah
  28. 7 points
    This trick is high on my priority list!
  29. 7 points
    Have ridden literally hundreds of miles in rain and standing water on KS14-C, Inmotion V8, IPS Zero and MSuper V3S+. Zero operational issues with any of them, or falls/slips due to wet surfaces or puddles.
  30. 7 points
    Some off riding with my acm 1600wh, QC from 7th of march. No problems with the wheel at all, dit over 1500km since begin of april. Love the wheel, the performance, the power, the speed and the maneuverability. I think i can say that not all the gotway wheels have problems. And when the acm performs how it should perform it is a great wheel to ride.
  31. 6 points
    Here you go. I'll give you all a laugh... P.S. If you want to actually see me ride vs. falling off the first 5 times then skip to about 4:30. It is odd how having a phone in your hand puts you off. P.P.S Excuse my disheveled appearance. I had just cycled home from work and was feeling pretty nasty!
  32. 6 points
    When I had the opportunity to get to know Jason a bit more during his recent California trips and discussed the market and its politics, I can say that Solowheel's (Chen) objective is to kill all imports of non-Solowheel wheels. Inmotion is the first volley of the attack. Sadly I think the V8 (whatever it's called) is now essentially dead. The only people that will purchase it will be those who are new to EUC's and aren't aware of the wider marketplace. I was forever tempted to buy a V8, but at the new price I would be crazy (stupid) to do so. Look what I could buy from KingSong or Gotway for nearly the same price. Interesting times are ahead. Better stock up on your favorite wheels
  33. 6 points
    I think 99% of things in life are better with women than without, including the EUC community.
  34. 6 points
    Hunka loves it! Marty hates it! Meepmeepmayer pushes some buttons! Hunka takes the bait! Will Hunka choose the GT16 for it's sexy looks or go with a Gotway because he fears Marty's Gods? Stay tuned!
  35. 6 points
    Some morning on the hill
  36. 6 points
    It is not necessary to open the battery. The path goes like this(for my V3 of 820Wh at least): The charge port --> 20AWG wires --> SM2P socket/plug --> 20AWG wires --> two soldered 'Y' joints --> two pairs of 20AWG wires that goes to each battery. Therefore, the replacement is necessary only to the 'Y' joints.
  37. 6 points
    This is not surprise to me at all as I had similar situation with my V3. - The charge socket(GX16-3) is of poor quality(the metal wall is thinner than usual and the plastic core is easily comes loose) -- I changed it - the solder joint is not good, too less time when soldering - the hot glue is not applied well, too cool and/or too less time. - the wires connecting the socket is thin(20AWG) -- I changed to 16AWG. - there is a plug/socket pair SM2P that is the bottle neck IMO that easily get hot if the charge current is large(as in the case of fast charger or external battery pack) -- I changed to GX16-4 pair. As for the max current of GX16, @esaj once said it is 7A. However, I've tested with 10A and monitored with my IR camera that the temperature rise is small(about 15C),
  38. 6 points
    That looks familiar. How many more inferior components and maladroit assemblies are hidden within our wheels? My message to Gotway!
  39. 6 points
    Not to mention the port... even if you replace the wires with thicker gauge, the GX-16's are rated for 5A max (7A according to some sources, ie. Aliexpress sellers, but that sounds like pushing it). Above that, the charge port may overheat, melt the plastics and short.
  40. 6 points
    I do extreme slaloming! I actually tilt the pedals quite a bit doing this, and I can also do it pretty quickly. It probably looks quite silly from all angles, but it's fun! I also do lean turns where my whole body slopes to the side. These skills are actually handy to go up sloped sidewalks without scraping pedals if you have a low pedaled wheel. I can approach the sidewalk at almost any angle and tilt the wheel to ride up to avoid skimming the pedal. Emergency avoidance maneuvers and braking might another good thing to practice. I've had pedestrians suddenly stop walking and do a U-Turn right into my path where I have to swerve and avoid. I'm usually not going fast so it's not a huge problem. Super slow riding is good to practice so you can go at baby crawl speeds behind pedestrians. This also improves your low speed balance. I can actually creep super slowly and silently behind unsuspecting pedestrians. It's quite fun to do. Coming to a full stop, pausing slightly, and going is a handy skill to learn. I usually come to stops at stop signs and look around before proceeding. I think it impresses drivers as they see me roll to a pause and go. Practice small jumps to get over sidewalk irregularities easier. I think this is good to practice as it likely helps transition to hopping up edged sidewalks. Riding While Heal-Toeing. This helps to relieve foot and leg fatigue and assists with blood flow. I'll point my one foot down over the front edge of the pedal while lifting up my heal and then back to level. Imagine it as pivoting on the front edge. You have to be careful not to loose pressure on the front edge while doing this, but I find it helps a lot. Also pivoting inwards and outwards also changes up the foot pressure to fight fatigue. Duck and Roll. Ever find low hanging tree branches? Being able to bend down at the knees and waist to avoid these is helpful and possibly handy at parties where they have EUC Limbo challenges. Turning around and talking to someone behind you. Ever have people asking you questions that you just want to give a quick reply to? Practice looking back and turning your upper body slightly to one side while still riding in a straight line.
  41. 6 points
    BTW, the point of the video is to show that even while riding a wheel at conservative speeds, s*!t happens and you can get injured. Why not add some protection to better your odds? Yes, regardless of what you wear you can still injure yourself. That, in my opinion, does not negate the positive attributes of protection. Besides, it can look cool
  42. 6 points
    I used to do skill practice a lot (a twist idle that will be included in the link above, only 3MB per post is allowed)
  43. 6 points
    Almost one month ago my ACM burned up when attempting an aggressive hill with @Sven See the whole story here: Today I've ridden my trusty ACM again for the first time. It feels like a long time, buy nothing like @Rehab1's odyssey (although his was totally self inflicted ) I had to replace the control board (gratis from @Jason McNeil - you're the man!) and the motor (purchased from Ian at Speedyfeet for ~$250). Here is the final picture before I buttoned it up. Not the prettiest, and I wasn't sure about posting it, but why not show my dirty laundry . I opted to remove all of the motor connectors and solder everything. And instead of trying to insulate the wires (my motor from Speedyfeet had 14 gauge wiring ) I opted for isolation. I used a crap-load of zip ties to route the cables and keep them from touching anything. I feel pretty good about this solution. Even if the insulation melts they can't touch anything. And I extended the motor cables so that I could route the Hall Effect Sensor wires far from the motor wires. Yes, all the wires still get bundled up as they go through the axle. But in my experience and a few others, the melting all occurs in the vicinity of the connectors. My theory is that this is a point of higher resistance and therefore highest heat. So the cabling that goes through the axle is much cooler. We're waiting for some empirical data from @Rehab1 to perhaps shed some light on the differential heating between the axle area and the connector area. So I'm finally whole again. All four of my nice wheels are in working order
  44. 6 points
    I ate pavement going super slow on melting ice once. My wristguards, kneepads and elbow padded jacket helped. Just look what happened to this newb. I like to think of wearing protective gear is similar to using a seat belt. It doesn't guarantee that you won't get hurt, but in the rare case that you do need it, you're very thankful that you did!
  45. 6 points
    I noticed that you were stress testing the MSuper on a steep hill with about 70 pounds more weight than usual. It was climbing well, and even hitting that bump didn't fry the board. It was a good place for the @The Fat Unicyclist to see the power of the Gotway. I am sure he was impressed with the hill climbing ability. No wonder he wants to upgrade to one. That looked like a great ride!
  46. 6 points
    Welcome to the one wheeled community! Regarding protective gear, there are basically three camps. Group one (The Skin Savers let's call them) are the ones who wisely wear helmets, knee pads, elbow pads, and wrists guards because they value their health, know that accidents will happen, and want to ride another day. Group two (The Skin Donors) ride until they have a bad accident to then decide to get geared up. These are the fearless until they get bitten by the gravel gator that lurks beneath them riders. Group three (The Hopelessly Scarred) don't need no stinkin' protective gear because they are East Coast Muthafu.... ah... fast healers. Which group do you want to belong to?
  47. 6 points
    Actually those are stock side pads! With the special edition they came in that colour. I think Speedyfeet also sells them in black. They hide scuff marks well, not that I have any. I definitely need to sign up for the SoCalEUC club meet and test ride program! Meep it's not the size of your battery that matters, it's what you do with it! Jonathan Tolhurst would likely agree. Unfortunately for now this Ninebot battery isn't cutting it! I was considering getting a spare pack, but they are about $265 USD. It wouldn't help the 20 kph speed limit either. 20 kph is safe but a slow safe! I checked the distance to BestBuy, and it was only 8.5 km so I figured well perfect! I do 16 km all the time! Sadly I did not factor in that it was 8.5 km mostly downhill so the uphill might have killed me. I can do one way either way with no trouble. No round trips for me. The Ninebot is just so cool looking. When I try to pick a different wheel all I see are black, matte black, and black. The GT16 looks cool, but there's too much exposed wheel plus that sad rear fender is like a cheap after-thought. Maybe KS16S is calling my name...
  48. 6 points
    I was returning from a night ride (10 mile loop) to 'Lighthouse Point' (picture of Lighthouse from Fort Sewall below). On the long causeway an hour or so before midnight two 'girls' ran toward me from the beach while I used the motor lane. One of the two , with a deep gravely voice, said 'can I see your bike' ? I said 'hey' as I rolled past a few feet away. A few blocks farther a female passenger leaned out of a moving car window to shout 'I hope your going to...?.....(couldn't hear out of range). Returning late one night with a backpack full of groceries on the Swampscott (hometown of the state's governor) rail trail a couple of yard parties were in full swing. The larger of the two parties was fully lit while my LEDs did circular patterns on the Ninebot passing along on the trail a few feet away........a few laughs that seemed to be directed at my ride were heard above the parties background noise level. Other than high summer humidity fogging up my glasses in the swampy Wyman Woods part of the 'rail trail' the night ride excursion (visibility was about 5 feet for a stretch) was smooth goinh and punctuated every now and then with a multitude of small rabbits which tend to move left to right to left and again in front of me before deciding where to jump into the tall grass. They seem to use the flashlight beam to get a fix on their situational awareness before scurrying into the weeds. Today, a great day to ride weather wise, I rode from my apartment to the coast, along Lynn and Revere beaches (slighlty smelly at the land side of Lynn Nahant Beach at low tide with drying red tide in the sand in certain algae pooling areas ) before arriving at the subway stop to Boston. My Ninebot had 6.4 miles left but the ride all the way to Airport Station (Logan) was not interesting to think about in speed limited mode. Here at the Boston Public library, where I arrived at 1 pm my Ninebot recharges back to its 17 mile capacity. For 90 minutes of charging I get rejuvinated for another 10-17 miles of riding before becoming a pedestrian again with a 30 pound object to lug around. I think I'll ride back to the Revere Beach subway area, catch a bus (if the driver allows it) and go back to my apartment. Gotway ACM riders could make the round trip (almost?) of about 42 miles without using subway or bus. Yesterday ,while on an EUC ride, I stopped at a Dunkin Donuts downtown as a half dozen bikers (big heavy bikes) filled the lot. Literally no one paid any attention to it as I rolled into the lot and parked it (app lock in) next to a wall and went inside for some iced coffee . The roadster car with its roof down caught a lot of attention as it's engine roared to life.
  49. 5 points
    It's my first topic in this forum and my English is not very good. Just let me know if anything not described clearly. Most of the skill rides are best illustrated by videos. However because some reason, I cannot upload any video on youtube and the video I uploaded on youku.com seems not viewable here either. I created animated gif files instead. I've learned all the skills described below and all the videos or gif files are performed by myself. Although these skills are selected to keep less dangerous in mind, one must be very careful and ware proper protective gears when practice and learn these skills in your own risk. 1. Slow ride Slow ride is all about gaining more balance skills because the slower the ride, the more difficult. When ride slow, perceive the slightest trend of off balance and correct it immediately. Arm swing and leg twist may be needed in order to keep balance. 2. One foot ride The keyword is gradual. One foot ride is about the skill, the pain endure and proper position of the foot on the pedal and leg on the side. In normal riding, the body weight is distributed between the feet 50% to 50%. I suggest that you start by 60% to 40%(left foot say) distribution or 67% to 33% at first, that is, put more weight on the left foot and less weight on the right foot but without actually lifting. Try to ride this way a longer distance with normal situations (accelerate, slow down, right turn and left turn) and also try to put more and more weight on your left foot until you put most of the weight on you left foot. At this time, the right foot only barely touched the pedal and used only for emergency. When you have ridden this way for about 2km to 5km, you will surely can lift your right foot entirely. The same applies for right foot. I suggest that right foot and left foot practice alternatively. In this way, one foot practice can be done in normal ride. Unfortunately, I don't have a one-foot video, I use one-foot up slope instead. The slope is 20 degrees. 3. One foot small circle One foot inward turn is natural and easy. More turns continuous become a circle and circles can be reduced in diameter by more practice. 4. Sharp 180 degrees turn Again this can be mastered by reducing the diameter of the turning circle gradually. When down to a very sharp turn, it require the coordination of the upper body with lower legs. You have to turn your upper body and arms first and then the turn of your legs. 5. 180 degrees twist The sharpest 180 degrees turn is when the diameter become zero, that is, the wheel will just turn 180 degrees on the spot. After the twist, you continue the route where you come from. When perform the twist, first with your arms open and turn your upper body 90 degrees or slightly more if you can without leg turn, and then make you arms and upper body turn suddenly in the reverse direction and turn your legs(and the EUC) in the right direction at the same time. At first, you may only twist 90 degrees say, but with more practice, you will twist more and finally reach 180 degrees or even more. 6. Reverse ride There are several ways to start the practice. One way is to find a wall and ride alongside of it. It did not agree to me. Rather, I find an open space with no obstacle so that it won't necessary for me to look behind when backward, which is not easy for people barely able to ride backward. The use of strap is recommended since it will avoid the fall of the EUC when off balanced and will re-start practice quick and with ease. Start reverse either by stand still or forward-stop-backward. I use the later. One the EUC start moving backward, try to remain constant speed at about 3 to 5km/h, similar to walking speed. If the speed is too low, it's difficult to balance. If the speed is too high, it's dangerous because you off balanced at high speed, you will fall when backward pace is slow. If you becoming too fast and you cannot make it slow, just jump off at earliest possible moment. When slightly off balanced, twist you legs at the direction to be fall. Learning backward ride is difficult and the best time to learn is after two months of normal ride or you have ridden more than 100km. I cannot find any reverse video of me alone but here is something more including reverse. 7. Forward and backward without interruption This skill requires the conversion from forward to backward and from backward to forward. The backward to forward conversion may be more difficult as there is a moment that the EUC stand still completely. I did not find any video of me riding this way but there is a photo of tracks on the snow: 8. Pendulum Pendulum refers to the short forward and backward without interruption where the head does not move but only the lower body especially the EUC moves back and forth. I looks like a pendulum from sideway. The track on the snow ground showed that I was doing pendulum with shift last winter: 9. Idling There are three idling techniques as far as I know, they are: -- small pendulum -- both feet twist -- one foot stand still balance I can do the first one which is basically small version of the pendulum where only the legs moves in a small range and large part of the body remains relatively still. I can also do the twist idling. Of course, there are slight back and forth movement evolved with the twist. By combination of small pendulum and twist, One can idling in a small place for a very long time. However, I cannot do the one foot stand still balance very well, I'll skip the video. 10. 180 degrees twist reverse This skill is useful when you need to ride in reverse in the same direction taking photo or video of some others. You must master the reverse ride and 180 degrees twist first, and this skill is nothing but the combination of the two.
  50. 5 points
    Great video @Marty Backe that looks like a lot of fun, so good to see our friendly neighbour the Kiwi @The Fat Unicyclist having such a great ride after a long flight.