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

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  1. Has anybody Heard of this?

    After reading some of the comments above, it does appear that there was a project listed on Kickstarter a few years back: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/220079372/the-urban-glider-re-think-how-you-explore-the-worl/ Funding for this project was suspended by Kickstarter on August 19 (of that year). It would be interesting to learn why funding was suspended?
  2. Has anybody Heard of this?

    I wonder how much it would realistically cost to start an electric unicycle company in either the US or Europe from scratch and bring a product to market? I can imagine there is a very long list of skills and resources required, especially if you are going to match or exceed the competition. The abbreviated accounts for Uniwheel Ltd (June 2015 - September 2016) are available via the UK Companies House website (uploaded end of June 2017) which may or may not give an indication of the kind of expenditure made by such a startup, although sadly with Uniwheel I don't think the product was ever released. https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/09657577/filing-history
  3. Has anybody Heard of this?

    There is a Linkedin profile, I think it's the same person: https://www.linkedin.com/in/austin-marhold-0822a358
  4. My wife has often asked this question and I'm sure some of you also get asked by your spouses – How much do you spend on your wheel? (That’s the very polite version of the question ) So I had a spare half hour and decided I’d look at all my orders and list my expenditure going back to when I brought my first EUC back in May 2015. I’m always mending my wheel and replacing broken/worn parts – doing tricks definitely takes its toll on parts (as well as the body) . For example, “Spinning” quickly wears down the foot plates and tires. And practising “Penny Spins” can result in cracked shells and broken battery covers. And learning switch stance tricks (especially on slopes) resulted in a few burnt out control boards. With the exception of a couple of purchases I have used every part until it is worn out or broken. Some of the parts were damaged due to my stupidity – for example, I went through a number of trolley handles because I kept leaving the attachment bracket on when doing tricks. I have obviously also cannibalised my old wheels for parts – not that long ago I managed to bend the metal frame out of shape. I have stuck with the E+ mainly because I have invested a lot of time in becoming “at one” with its characteristics (With the amount I have spent I could have brought a number of different wheels). It’s also been a good wheel in that I can easily maintain and repair myself (thanks to Speedy Feet’s videos) as long as parts are available. The only real design flaws that I have come across with the Ninebot E+ is with the built-in handle snapping off and the poor quality App. I have spent an equivalent of about £120 per month. I have ridden about 4000 Km in total (although a lot of the time I’m doing tricks (E.g. going around and around in circles ) rather than riding distance). If I didn’t do tricks then I’m pretty sure I could still be running my first wheel having only required a couple of inner tube, tire and foot pedal replacements. However, I have had so much fun and get a huge amount of pleasure from trick riding, and also from maintaining my wheel. I still get that butterfly feeling when I go riding! Date Item Qty Value GBP Price Per Unit GBP Supplier Comment 2015-05 Ninebot One 'E+' - Single Wheel Transporter (~35km Range) 1 895 895 Speedy Feet First EUC 2015-06 Ninebot ONE Trolley Handle 1 49.96 49.96 Speedy Feet 2015-06 80mm Valve Extension 1 4.96 4.96 Speedy Feet 2015-08 Ninebot ONE - Battery Cover / Leg Support Cover 2 26.9 13.45 Speedy Feet 2015-08 Ninebot ONE Parking Stand 1 18.95 18.95 Speedy Feet 2015-08 Ninebot ONE Outershell - White 2 35.9 17.95 Speedy Feet 2015-08 Ninebot ONE - Lower Footplate (Underside) 2 19.9 9.95 Speedy Feet 2015-12 Ninebot ONE C & E Replacement Inner Tube 1 5.35 5.35 Speedy Feet 2015-12 Ninebot ONE C & E Replacement Tire 1 20 20 Speedy Feet 2016-01 Ninebot ONE Trolley Handle 1 49.96 49.96 Speedy Feet 2016-02 Ninebot ONE - Battery Cover / Leg Support Cover 2 26.9 13.45 Speedy Feet 2016-03 Ninebot ONE Trolley Handle 1 49.96 49.96 Speedy Feet 2016-03 Ninebot ONE Charging Port 1 8.95 8.95 Speedy Feet 2016-03 Ninebot ONE - Foot Plate COMPLETE 2 39.91 19.955 Speedy Feet 2016-03 Footplate Spacer Set for Ninebot 2 7.1 3.55 Speedy Feet 2016-03 Ninebot ONE C & E Replacement Inner Tube 1 5.35 5.35 Speedy Feet 2016-03 Ninebot ONE - Battery Cover / Leg Support Cover 2 26.9 13.45 Speedy Feet 2016-04 Ninebot ONE C & E Replacement Tire 1 20 20 Speedy Feet 2016-05 Ninebot ONE C & E Replacement Inner Tube 2 10.7 5.35 Speedy Feet 2016-05 Ninebot ONE - Complete Shell Set 1 85.5 85.5 Speedy Feet 2016-05 Replacement LED Light Strip Cover Ring 2 29.9 14.95 Speedy Feet 2016-05 Ninebot ONE - Battery Cover / Leg Support Cover 1 13.45 13.45 Speedy Feet 2016-06 Ninebot ONE E+ 320wh Replacement / Spare Battery 1 260.96 260.96 Speedy Feet 2016-06 Ninebot ONE Charging Port 1 8.95 8.95 Speedy Feet 2016-06 Ninebot ONE - Battery Cover / Leg Support Cover 2 26.9 13.45 Speedy Feet 2016-06 Ninebot ONE - Foot Plate COMPLETE 2 39.91 19.955 Speedy Feet 2016-06 Ninebot ONE C & E Replacement Tire 1 20 20 Speedy Feet 2016-06 Ninebot ONE C & E Replacement Inner Tube 1 5.35 5.35 Speedy Feet 2016-06 Ninebot ONE Trolley Handle 1 49.96 49.96 Speedy Feet 2016-06 Ninebot ONE Attachment Bracket 1 9.95 9.95 Speedy Feet Used only a few times for filming 2016-06 Ninebot ONE Footplate Bar 2 8.9 4.45 Speedy Feet 2016-06 Ninebot ONE Outershell - White 2 35.9 17.95 Speedy Feet 2016-07 Ninebot ONE - Rubber Side Cover 2 17.9 8.95 Speedy Feet 2016-07 Ninebot ONE LED Light Strip 4 36 9 Speedy Feet 2016-07 Ninebot ONE C & E Replacement Inner Tube 1 5.35 5.35 Speedy Feet 2016-07 Ninebot ONE - Footplate Magnet 2 7.1 3.55 Speedy Feet 2016-08 Triple 8 T8 Exo Skin Shin and Whip BMX Guard (Large) - Pair 1 39.7 39.7 Amazon Ankle Guards - rarely used 2016-09 Ninebot ONE Charging Port 1 8.95 8.95 Speedy Feet 2016-09 Ninebot One E+ (Gen2) Single Wheel Transporter (~35km Range) 1 645 645 Speedy Feet Second Wheel - wheel rim buckled 2016-08 TSG Single Ankle-Guard Cam, Black (L/XL) Pair 1 21.95 21.95 Skatehut Ankle Guards - used everytime 2016-10 Ninebot ONE C & E Replacement Inner Tube 1 5.35 5.35 Speedy Feet 2016-10 Ninebot ONE - Complete Handle Unit 1 49.96 49.96 Speedy Feet Snapped off within 2 hours of installing 2016-11 Ninebot ONE E+ / P Replacement Main Control Board 1 134.96 134.96 Speedy Feet 2016-12 Ninebot ONE - Footplate Magnet 2 77.02 38.51 Amazon 2017-01 Ninebot ONE E+ / P Replacement Main Control Board 1 134.96 134.96 Speedy Feet 2017-02 Ninebot One E+ (Gen2) Single Wheel Transporter (~35km Range) 1 495 495 Speedy Feet Third Wheel 2017-06 Ninebot ONE C, E, E+, P inner Shell Set 1 49.96 49.96 Speedy Feet 2017-06 Ninebot ONE Upgrade - Outer Shell (Blue) 2 30.29 15.145 Speedy Feet 2017-06 Ninebot ONE - Foot Plate COMPLETE 2 37.85 18.925 Speedy Feet 2017-06 Ninebot ONE - Battery Cover / Leg Support Cover - White PRO 2 37.9 18.95 Speedy Feet 2017-09 Ninebot ONE C, E, E+, P inner Shell Set 1 49.96 49.96 Speedy Feet 2017-09 Ninebot ONE - Battery Cover / Leg Support Cover - White PRO 2 37.9 18.95 Speedy Feet Totals 75 3841.34 Total Quantities: Item Qty 80mm Valve Extension 1 Footplate Spacer Set for Ninebot 2 Ninebot ONE - Battery Cover / Leg Support Cover 9 Ninebot ONE - Battery Cover / Leg Support Cover - White PRO 4 Ninebot ONE - Complete Handle Unit 1 Ninebot ONE - Complete Shell Set 1 Ninebot ONE - Foot Plate COMPLETE 6 Ninebot ONE - Footplate Magnet 4 Ninebot ONE - Lower Footplate (Underside) 2 Ninebot ONE - Rubber Side Cover 2 Ninebot ONE Attachment Bracket 1 Ninebot ONE C & E Replacement Inner Tube 7 Ninebot ONE C & E Replacement Tire 3 Ninebot ONE C, E, E+, P inner Shell Set 2 Ninebot ONE Charging Port 3 Ninebot One 'E+' - Single Wheel Transporter (~35km Range) 1 Ninebot One E+ (Gen2) Single Wheel Transporter (~35km Range) 2 Ninebot ONE E+ / P Replacement Main Control Board 2 Ninebot ONE E+ 320wh Replacement / Spare Battery 1 Ninebot ONE Footplate Bar 2 Ninebot ONE LED Light Strip 4 Ninebot ONE Outershell - White 4 Ninebot ONE Parking Stand 1 Ninebot ONE Trolley Handle 4 Ninebot ONE Upgrade - Outer Shell (Blue) 2 Replacement LED Light Strip Cover Ring 2 Triple 8 T8 Exo Skin Shin and Whip BMX Guard (Large) - Pair 1 TSG Single Ankle-Guard Cam, Black (L/XL) Pair 1 My riding style:
  5. Do you guys even walk now?

    Due family commitments I ride a lot less now than I did 12 months a go - I'm lucky if I get two-hour sessions in per week. Interestingly I have lost about 4Kg in weight since cutting back on my riding. Not sure if it is due to riding my EUC less (and therefore walking more) or perhaps it's related to having to share most of my meals with a hungry toddler as well as carry him all over London on my (aching) back. I enjoy my EUC sessions even more now they are less frequent.
  6. Riding in the urban jungle - your thoughts

    I'm suggesting that wearing a lot of visible safety gear may give off the impression that the wearer may be a good target to rob or harass. Rightly or wrongly, to some people wearing lots of visible safety gear may suggest that a rider is either inexperienced, scared of getting hurt, or just a "dork". Most robberies/muggings are opportunist - the aggressors will choose targets that they perceive to be the easiest targets I.e less likely to resist. A pack of lions is more likely to target what they deem to be easier prey. This may be a giraffe who is smaller, unfit, injured or wearing a pink t-shirt and so unable to blend into their surroundings
  7. Preferred riding footwear

    Below is a picture of my EUC shoes - they have a thin flat sole and are pretty flexible which makes them perfect for doing tricks - I am easily able to "feel" the pedals through the soles. The grip works really well with the NB pedals. I have to hide them away at home as my wife would like nothing more than to throw them away
  8. This is a rather philosophical question, there are probably several different schools of thought - If you live/lived in an urban area do you think that the benefits of wearing visible safety gear when riding outweigh the risk that in some eyes you may look like more of a target if wearing lots of visible safety gear? Personally, I think that you do have to take into consideration how other groups in your environment may perceive you and "blending in" is an important part of being street smart. Other than ankle/shin guards I don't normally wear protection when riding (which normally takes place in parks/skateparks), and this was also the case when I used to Skateboard. I would say that I am pretty competent in understanding the limits of my wheel (which I check regularly and do preventative maintenance on) and don't tend to ride faster than I am prepared to fall at; I am also good at bailing. I do wear a helmet when I go off-road (which is normally outside of urban areas) or when riding my bike and will also wear one when I start teaching my toddler to ride a scooter.
  9. Tricks to Learn

    Overlean Stall-Rolls This trick requires a round EUC! The trick involves getting the whole unit to roll over itself as you step off and then step back on again once the machine has completed a full rotation. It's really difficult to get it to pull it off (sometimes the balance stops working, and sometimes it doesn't) and has to be done at very slow speed. I'll try to make a film of this when I have some time.
  10. Wanton and furious driving

    I have been following a UK court case relating to the extremely sad and tragic death of a pedestrian who died as a result of being hit by a cycle that was not road legal (In the UK bikes have to have a front brake which the cyclist's bike did not have although these "Fixie" bikes are quite common in London). The reason for my interest is that the cyclist was prosecuted under a very old (1861) offence of causing GBH by "wanton and furious driving". This offence appears to be used when it is not possible to prosecute under modern road traffic laws; apparently, it was originally created to deter people from driving horse carriages recklessly. I am not sure if it could ever be applicable to EUCs, although its use (and the use of the 1835 Highways Act) does suggest that modern laws need to be written in the UK to reflect current and future modes of transport. It's a really tragic case and my heart goes out to the family of the pedestrian who was killed. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-41034492 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41036581
  11. squirrels, rabbits and small animals

    Anyone else tried to catch pigeons on an EUC - have a go - for some reason it's easy - Dick Dastardly and Muttley should have been riding EUCs! Please note that no pigeons were harmed in reaching this conclusion
  12. The Photo Thread

    EUC Lightpainting
  13. Submit an EUC Guinness Record

    You might have some stiff competition in that category with anyone who ordered a Uniwheel
  14. Currently in London there is a moped gang craze which has been causing an outcry in communities right across the capital. They are (often underage) teenagers who don't wear helmets and seem to have little regard to their own or anyone else's safety. They ride superfast all over the road and also on the pavement. Some of the riders have been robbing people, targeting mobile phones and other bikes. The trend may be related to the widely publicised view that the police will not chase anyone on a motorbike who is not wearing a helmet. This is because several police apparently lost their jobs after a rider died during a pursuit. There is also an abundance of poorly protected mopeds being ridden around - in part due to the popularity of "Deliveroo" and "Uber"-like delivery services. Certainly in my own neighbourhood (in South London) it's a big problem - we have the police helicopter overhead at least three or four times a week, and there is growing calls from the community that the police need to address the issue. Over half of all social media posts in the various local parent and community groups that I follow relate to this issue and there are repeated requests for people to photograph bikes and riders to build up intelligence to pass to the police! What I'm worried about is that if there is a crackdown, then EUCs may end up being clamped down on as well. In some people's eyes there isn't any difference between riding a moped or an EUC along the pavement, especially if they are being ridden at speed or inconsiderately. I certainly can't see this helping the legal situation here in the UK which is a shame. Recently I have had a number of interactions with groups of masked moped riders - so far they have been okay - they all seem intrigued with my tricks, although it does get a little bit intimidating when you are being circled by six masked moped riders all revving their hairdryers, especially when you have seen the same riders riding around clutching what look to be weapons! For now, I have decided to stick to my twice weekly lunchtime sessions in town and the occasional early morning weekend ride, or riding in one of the larger parks. It would be interesting to hear any other stories or views of riders from London.
  15. Replacing the Inner Shells - Bolt Problem

    I spent a couple of hours trying to line it up but without luck. So I swapped out the metal frame (I had a couple of spares from previous wheels) and both shells fitter perfectly first time. I must have bent the frame!
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