Jonathan Tolhurst

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    My related interests include: Electric Unicycling (Ninebot One), Tron, Light Painting, Skateparks

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  1. I would recommend that everyone who rides an EUC considers learning to competently hop up and down a regular curb or step - both are really useful manoeuvres. For small hops/drops you should be able to complete these at normal riding speed. For bigger hops/drops - these need to be attempted at much lower speeds. Hopping up on to a platform is obviously a lot easier than jumping right over something. You have to be careful with larger drops - I have burst a few tires and even cracked off a piece of rim (see photo below) when doing big drops (I would classify a big drop as 80 cm or more). Rider weight, tire pressure, EUC build quality and terrain surface are obviously important variables to consider when determining how big a drop you can complete. The tricky jump is the "Bar Jump" - there is very little room for error :-) My personal record for hopping up on to a platform is 40 cm/ 16 inches.
  2. Hi, On my NB E+ the valve is quite difficult to get to - I have to use an extension adaptor to reach the valve. As I regularly check my tire pressure (and adjust the pressure depending on the type of riding I am doing (and for different tricks) I leave the cap off. I haven't had a problem so far - in total I have racked up about 4000 Km. If the valve was more easily accessible then I would always keep the cap on.
  3. Hi, Your trip sounds awesome! I have completed several long distance (>1000 mile) unsupported solo sea kayak trips in both hemispheres and my advice to you would be 1) plan for all scenarios including breakdowns/ accidents/ harassment /illness/adverse weather/legal barriers (hopefully these won't happen, but it's diligent to have plans); 2) be realistic with your daily mileage and charging times; 3) take every opportunity to meet with local people and do some sightseeing/local stuff. 4) Be prepared to have some lows as well as lots of amazing highs. Have an awesome trip, don't let anyone put you off!
  4. Just wondered if anyone had ever seen electric unicycles appear in a movie before? I don't recall seeing such a film. Getting EUCs featured in a big movie would certainly help to promote electric unicycling to the masses (which users of this forum may or may not appreciate)! I'd love to see a futuristic sci-fi film where they are used as a primary means of transportation, hopefully with some awesome chase scenes
  5. @Keith and @dmethvin have already highlighted some of the important variables. With tyre pressure even a few psi can make a big difference (For some tricks I have to slightly adjust the tire pressure to make the wheel behave exactly as it needs to). I did a post a while back that covered some of the variables that need to be considered (this was more to do with doing tricks consistently but it also explains why different wheels may handle very differently. As someone who likes to do tricks, this is why I have stuck to the same wheel with the same firmware version and try to control as many of the variables as possible.
  6. On the E+ (and possibly other models) there are diagnostic codes in the way that the LED rings light up (E.g. you may be able to tell if there is a problem with the control board or the motor) and in which LEDs are flashing on the mother board. I believe these have been discussed in other threads or you could speak to someone like Ian at SpeedyFeet.
  7. On a (kind of) related note, who originally invented the four chord song This always makes me chuckle when I see discussions/arguments about who invented what, patents and copyright.
  8. I have been riding for 2 years (pretty much every day) and for me the discomfort has never gone away completely. Whether I am doing tricks or going on long (3 battery change) rides I adopt an active stance on the foot pedals, so that I "listen" or "feel" the surface and am able to react to it - the downside to this stance is that it is uncomfortable for long periods of time. For this I wear flat and thin soled shoes. I do sometimes adopt a more comfortable stance where the surface is very smooth and predictable but the downside to this is I have less control.
  9. It's clear that there are a number of different types of EUC enthusiast on this forum. Probably most of us fit into at least one or more of the categories below. What kind of enthusiast are you? Feel free to add any categories I might have missed (there's probably a few more to add), or elaborate on and/or humorize any of the categories The "trick" enthusiast - for the trick enthusiast it's all about perfecting your skills and doing tricks. You more than likely spend far too much time practising. The "muscle wheel" enthusiast - for the "muscle wheel enthusiast", it's all about faster speed, further range and power. You may or may not push your precious wheel to the limit. The "speed freak" enthusiast - for you, you feel the need for speed and to push your wheel to it's limits. Hopefully you wear suitable protection and ride near a hospital. The "wheel hoarder" - your wheel collection rivals Imelda Marcos's shoe collection and you are always looking out for your next purchase. If it's new, you have got to have it. The "brand fan (aka snob)" enthusiast - you are hooked on a particular brand which you will defend to the end, even if you have to paper over some glaring shortcomings and bend the truth just slightly. The "mod" enthusiast - you can't help yourself from modifying your wheel(s), always looking for ways in which you can add improvements or make your wheel look awesome. The "nerd or techy" enthusiast - your interest lies in the science of EUCs and like to take everything back to physics and mathematical equations. The "off road" enthusiast - you like to take your wheel off road and to the back of beyond. The "commuter" enthusiast - you generally use your wheel for commuting and getting out and about. The "leisure" enthusiast - you use your wheel for exploring. The "social group riding" enthusiast - you principally enjoy participating in group rides.
  10. I remember seeing a couple of video's a while back of riders standing on top of their wheels whilst riding along. It looked like an awesome trick. I can't find the links (it was a Chinese or Thai video) but from memory, the wheels used had a flat top, which provided a place to stand. Has anyone seen this trick done on a round-topped wheel like the Ninebot One? I didn't think it could be done on a round topped wheel but then my (latest) handle just snapped off leaving somewhere I could potentially put my foot and now I'm thinking it may be possible? Has anyone tried this trick (? @Hirsute, @Sidestreet Reny, @wheeler) or have any suggestions on how best to approach it?
  11. Hi, silly question, can you confirm you haven't accidentally put the wheel into "speed restriction mode" in the App? Are there any beeps accompanying the tilt back and what are the LEDs on the wheel doing when this happens?
  12. Not sure if it's the same person but there is an EUC rider from Denver who has a YouTube channel that coincidentally only recently posted a review of a "self defence" knife on YouTube?
  13. Thanks @steve454. Penny Spins are great fun, although it does take a lot of practice to land them consistently. If I get a good spin then I can land most types about 80% of the time. The more I practice remounting the more I perceive the wheel to slow down during remounting - it definitely slows down during the straight penny spins; with the self sustaining spins, it speeds up and slow down in cycles. The cape is just a bit of fun (it's meant to be a Jedi robe ), I have previously tried to trick people into thinking "returning boomerangs" work because the wheel understands voice commands . @Hirsute - Awesome video (as always)... Can you please send that beautiful weather over to the UK!
  14. Thanks @Rehab1 ! RE: A dark side - That's meant to be a Jedi Robe, I have tried to do tricks in it a few times (hoping I might make a themed edit); unfortunately it just looks comical, although it's really useful for learning tricks as it restricts the vision, which forces you to really learn the moves. BTW Does anyone has any ideas on how to minimise the precession - I'd really love to do this trick on a static spot without any drift/precession?
  15. Ten Passes Piggy-in-the-Middle Penny Spin Boomerangs. This week's video is of some ten pass piggy-in-the-middle penny spin boomerangs. I added them to the edit at double speed as they can be a little boring to watch at normal speed! If I could work out how to cut out the precession then this would be an amazing trick. Part of the problem is that the car-park is not completely flat, and the wheel is not centrally balanced. I have also included some better footage of normal piggy-in-the-middle penny spin boomerangs from Crystal Palace Park.